Daily Archives: November 21, 2010

Tides of promise: Tidal power could help restore economic sustainability to eastern Maine | DownEast.com

Tides of promise: Tidal power could help restore economic sustainability to eastern Maine | DownEast.com



Surrendering in the face of overwhelming odds | DownEast.com

Frankly, I hadn’t heard this story, but the locals seemed to understand the concept of fighting another day. Here’s some Maine trivia from DownEast.com

What gained Fort Sullivan fame in 1814?


Built in 1810 as a battery and blockhouse in Eastport, the fort gained fame in 1814 when a dozen British warships loaded with two hundred guns came into sight. Against such overwhelming odds, the fort’s six officers, eighty men, and nine guns surrendered upon demand.

Peak preserve | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Peak preserve | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram


WHAT: Beech Hill Preserve, Coastal Mountains Land Trust’s
cornerstone preserve and an unusual place in the midcoast region.

WHEN: The preserve is open year-round; the hut is open two
days a week from May through October.

WHERE: In Rockport off Beech Hill Road, between routes 1 and

HIKING IT: It’s just three-quarters of a mile on the old
farm road from the parking area to the stone hut.

WHAT ELSE: Walkers must stay on the path and dogs must be on
leashes. This is important to allow the land trust to continue the organic
farming effort on the blueberry fields.

LEARN MORE: Go to tinyurl.com/39lo27r and maineolmsted.com/ad/heistad.html.

Quimby’s subdivision plans stun locals | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Quimby’s subdivision plans stun locals | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Deer’s abnormal antlers stop traffic | Bangor Daily News

[I could be wrong about this — so hunters, please feel free to correct me — but
I believe hunters in the eastern United States count all the points on a buck’s
antlers, while the western United States count one side of a rack. Either way, a
20-point rack is imipressive. — KM]

Deer’s abnormal antlers stop traffic | Bangor Daily News.

100 Classic Hikes a treat for the eyes, feet | Bangor Daily News

100 Classic Hikes a treat for the eyes, feet | Bangor Daily News

Coffeehouse observation No. 229 – Hope carried on the wobbly legs of toddlers

 Hope is at the very core of what we are as humans, but it can be such a fleeting thing.

One moment a person feels hopeful that strong feelings will blossom into true love. The next moment that all comes crashing down. One moment a person feels hopeful that hard work will be recognized by supervisors. The next moment a co-worker claims the work as his own. One moment a person sees hope in the eyes of another. The next moment that hope is taken away.

It is not always easy to hold onto hope when things are not going as they should. Like so many Americans, I’ve been out of work for much longer than I ever expected I would be. It has been more than 20 months since I was laid off after 22 years in the newspaper business. It has been a demoralizing struggle to find work and so far it has been an unsuccessful search.

I have spent much of the time since being laid off in public libraries, bookstores and coffeehouses drinking coffee or green tea and scouring the Internet for employment opportunities. (OK, let’s face it – I’ve spent most of that time in coffeehouses.) I’ve sent out hundreds of resume packages and filled out countless applications.

And still no luck.

But I have never really lost hope – not even now – that I will find work again. Part of that comes from my belief that if I work as hard at finding a job as I did working at my previous jobs, then I very likely will find something even better than I had before. Persistence and patience – two traits of which I have abundance – will help me ride this stretch of misfortune and help me find work.

Another thing that has helped me cling to hope for myself is the expression of hope others have displayed.

I’m not talking something spectacular. I’m just talking about life, simple, everyday life.

As I sat in those public libraries, bookstores and (mostly) coffeehouses, something struck me – people were living their lives. Auto industry collapse, banking greed and collapse, housing market collapse, joblessness, two protracted wars, threat of terrorism – all of it be damned. People were living their lives despite these problems.

The most striking aspect was that young people – men and women couples, same-sex couples, single adults – seemed to be going ahead with having families. They were having babies. What greater sign that the future will be better is there than to go ahead with plans to have children, children who will live in that future?

No matter how terrible my job search was going on any given day, my mood always improved when I spotted a pregnant woman walked into the coffeehouse, either alone or with her partner. The fact that there were people still on Earth willing to chance it – were hopeful enough to have children – made me more hopeful, made me more willing to carry on with my own life.

Now, of course, part of that message of hope comes of the wobbly legs of toddlers who were born since my job search started. It is difficult to completely lose grip of hope when a young child looks up and beams a smile for no reason whatsoever and then waddle off for some other toddler adventure.

I do not know how long I will be able to hold out hope. The time is nearing when I will be without unemployment insurance. Without that very threadbare safety net, I do not know what happen.

But I know that hope – and persistence and patience – will be part of what gets me my next job. I get that from the message of hope in young parents and on the wobbly legs of toddlers.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 228

Just heard a Christmas commercial. The music was just too freakin’ perky.

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