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My name is Keith Michaud and this is “Letters From Away,” a blog written by a Mainer living outside the comfortable and sane confines of New England. The blog is intended for Mainers, whether they live in the Pine Tree State or beyond, and for anyone who has loved ’em, been baffled by ’em or both. Ayuh, I am “from away.” Worse still, I live on the Left Coast – in California. Enjoy! Or not. Your choice.
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Monthly Archives: January 2010
I am not sure if the men’s room at one coffeehouse I frequent has been cleaned since I started patronizing it nearly a year ago. It’s almost as if it’s 8 ft. X 8 ft. X 8 ft. Petri dish. Seriously!
Got to Coffeehouse Observer for more coffeehouse observations.
Here’s DownEast.com’s trivia question of the day. I believe I may have been here once or twice. Maybe. I’m not totally sure that it is accessible.
Where is the geographic center of Maine?
In Piscataquis County, eighteen miles north of Dover-Foxcroft at Longitude: 69° 14.0’W and Latitude: 45° 15.2’N.
(As I’ve written before, I like the idea of wind power and offshore wind farms. But the guy this story is about does provide another viewpoint that is worth considering. … But then again …. — KM)
(I found this Maine Public Broadcasting Network story interesting in that they are talking about using seawater, air and electricity to possibly turn the water into amonia and then fuel. It is a long-term project that could go on for a decade before you see cars running on the stuff. Still interesting, though. — KM)
Decaf? Why bother?
For more coffeehouse observations, visit Coffeehouse Observer.
Here’s a trivia questioned from DownEast.com and the answer brought to mind the quote often attributed to Marie Antoinette: “Let them eat cake.”
She supposedly said it after she was told that peasants had no bread. It reflected the princess’ lack of knowledge – or concern – of the famine at the time.
What key development expanded lobster’s popularity?
Once considered “poverty food,” lobsters became popular after the first cannery in Eastport was established in 1843. At their peak, Maine had more than thirty lobster canneries.
Lobster as a “poverty food” seems amazing today.
Here’s the top of a story in the Lewiston Sun Journal about a former Lewiston, Maine, resident who was helping orphaned Haitian children. A link to the rest of the story is below.
Again, there was no byline attached to the story or I would have included that information.
The Rev. Marc Boisvert was already making an impact in Haiti before the earthquake felt around the world rocked the small island south of Cuba.
On Tuesday, the former Lewiston resident’s impact grew deeper when his orphanage, known as Project Hope, announced that the facility would take in another 100 children orphaned as a result of the nation’s deadliest natural disaster in history.
“With our staff of 250 and over 140 acres, we have the capacity to handle the extra children left helpless because of this devastation,” Boisvert said in a press release issued Tuesday by Free the Kids, a stateside nonprofit organization that helps raise money for the Les Cayes orphanage.
Click here for the rest of the story.
For more information: www.freethekids.org.
You have got to check out this story in the Lewiston Sun Journal. And scroll down to the bottom of the story to see a couple photos of this truly palatial ice shack. (Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever believed that I would write a sentence in which “palatial” and “ice shack” would be somehow connected.)
There is no byline on the story posted on the website or I would have added it. Below is the top of the story.
Tanya Ouellette was shopping at the corner store when she overheard a conversation about homeless people living on the frozen lake.
“Those aren’t homeless people; that’s us,” Ouellette said.
She and her husband Kevin spend night after night each winter with all the comforts of home – a full kitchen, wood floors, surround sound, two televisions, a wood stove, a bathroom complete with a shower (no hot water) and a doorbell. Their home just happens to sit on a foot of ice.
“I have the best of both worlds — ‘American Idol’ and ice fishing,” Tanya said.
Click here to read the rest of the story.