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    February 20, 2019

    Lee Van Dyke, Portland: Concentration, focus, practice matter, even for clowns

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    February 20, 2019

    Ron Ward, Falmouth: Sometimes the hard way is the best way

    In the early 1960s, I was a scrawny teenager looking to drink in all I could to make the leap from small-town elementary school to small-town high school in an adjoining town. My father had a new, very small construction company, he having made his own leap from carpenter in the employ of a contractor […]

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    February 13, 2019

    Anne Cyr, Buxton: Learning the lesson in every breath

    Scene One I am going through the house collecting dirty clothes and see that the rosemary plant on the windowsill needs watering. It is tucked in the corner of the room next to the La-Z-Boy. I stuff the laundry under one arm, grab the small copper watering can with the other, then somehow manage to […]

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    February 13, 2019

    Elizabeth Dostie, Fairfield: No good turn goes unpunished

    Joan and I left St. Louis with our new bachelor’s degrees from a couple of Midwestern colleges, mine in English, hers in history, and headed to Boston. She had a brand-new 1970 Volkswagon, a graduation present from her parents. She’d been planning this move for months. I simply hopped in her car as she headed […]

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    February 13, 2019

    Bob Quigley, Gray: Learning from the students

    While going through a closet, cleaning out some things we never use, we found some stuffed animals that had sat on the shelf for years. One of the items was a little stuffed animal made of green corduroy with a funny face glued on it, which brought back some fond memories. I was in my […]

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    February 13, 2019

    Peter Sirois, Madison: Traveling the world, learning about home

    It was 1957 and I was graduating from the eighth grade at Madison Junior High School. In those days I was considered a good student, got good grades and pretty much did what I was told. You might even say I was quite patriotic. So much so that I received the American Legion School Award: […]

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    February 13, 2019

    Bonnie Sammons, Belgrade: The lesson is not always what the teacher intended

    I sat in the church pew with my mom, my brother and sister. It was a typical Sunday morning at Saint Dom’s Catholic Church. Light from the stained glass above the pulpit cast a glow that seemed like holy light on Father Rich while he delivered his sermon. It was classic “fire and brimstone.” Sinners […]

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    February 13, 2019

    Linda Lucas, Kennebunk: Still in awe of Mrs. Preble

    At the age of 5, I announced to my parents that I wanted to learn how to read music. I wowed them with what they thought was my “absolute pitch” because without looking, I could identify all eight notes of one octave, starting with middle C. They rushed me to a guest organist who was […]

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    February 13, 2019

    Lucy Webb Hardy, Wells: Rocky Pond and the lesson of letting go

    Special places. Many of us have them. A childhood neighborhood, a ballpark where Little League games were played, an island community where grandparents resided. My special place of over 58 years was camp on Rocky Pond in the rural town of Orland. Camp consisted of a primitive, one-room abode without electricity or plumbing. Most agreeable […]

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    February 7, 2019

    Denali Nalamalapu, Falmouth: What we take for granted

    There always seems to be a glass of water on the kitchen table. No one’s really sure whose it is. It’s usually by the window, the sun’s activity reflected on its surface. Following its initial, distracted placement on the table, no one really takes another sip from it. Tiny bubbles form, signaling days-old neglect. An […]

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