Tag Archives: Richard Grant

Is Maine Too Small To Fail? | DownEast.com

[There is a old Maine tourism slogan that goes something like: “The way life should be.” Mr. Grant mimicks that sentiment. — KM]

The collapse of mighty institutions all around us — big corporations, the State of California, and now perhaps the Grand Old Party — might be even more alarming were we not watching from the relative tranquility of a place where things are basically okay.

Now I don’t claim that Maine is perfect. It probably doesn’t qualify as the Last Good Place — though I must say it looked very much like that to me twenty-one years ago, which is why I’ve stayed. But it is a good place, a decent and civilized place, where the complex wheels of social interaction — neighborhoods, town committees, schools and churches, local papers, community suppers and concerts, PTA bake sales, worthy fundraisers, gatherings of like-minded friends — seem to be oiled and grinding away without undue friction.

We have our social ills. Many of our schools are under-funded, some severely so. There are drugs in the hallways. There are (I assume) meth labs in the woods, and caches of firearms, and angry people who think the Anti-Christ is sitting in the White House. Our police blotters are enlivened with crimes of amazing stupidity. Old people struggle to keep their homes warm in winter. Girls get pregnant in their mid-teens. Last week some boys dropped a block of ice off a highway overpass, almost killing an innocent driver.

Click on the link to the rest of today’s entry by Richard Grant in his “Coffee With That” blog on DownEast.com.

Know Hope, O Bearded Sons of Maine!: DownEast.com

(I have had a beard off and on since I was 17. No need to rush to the desk drawer for a calculator. That’s 30 years. The mustache has been around the entire time, even though I have shorn the beard from time to time only for it to return in various shapes and colors over the years. Here’s a link to a DownEast.com blog on Maine men and their beards. – KM)

Know Hope, O Bearded Sons of Maine!: DownEast.com

Maine blogger’s look at the coming decade

A somewhat interesting look at the coming decade by Maine novelist Richard Grant in his “Coffee With That” blog on DownEast.com.

Here’s a link to “A Prophecy for the Coming Decade.”