When You Live In Maine, Your Foot Is Not Nailed To The Floor.

August 26, 2016
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Maine is one big state and when you live here, it is like a multi faceted dream come true. Because you get to sample lots of very distinct areas. All friendly people but the closer to the southern border of the state you get, a little more traffic happens. The cost of living grows up. […]

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Living In Maine, Small Rural Town Decision Making.

August 20, 2016
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Common sense and being forward thinking are two skills true dyed in the wool Mainers possess in great supply. Small Maine towns survive if resistance to change is removed, if creative brainstorming is done. To figure out what do we do now? Way way before arriving at that all important crossroad that makes it do […]

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Taking Money Out Of The Equation | Simple Maine Living.

August 10, 2016
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During an election year, like hail, lots of activity pelts a person off the beaten path even in Maine. The robo phone calls from Presidential hopefuls as everything gets racheted up approaching the early November elections. But when less voters live in a rural state, to pull the curtain and fill in the spaces, when […]

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The Love Affair With Maine Cars, Trucks, Tractors.

August 2, 2016
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When you grow up in a small rural state like Maine. Where the ability to fix things, keep them going not just plunk down the cash to replace them, an attachment grows. To our Maine cars, trucks, tractors, anything with or without a motor on it. I have a super M farm tractor I feel […]

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Maine, Start Small, Get Big Without Debt.

August 1, 2016
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Living in Maine, the idea of relocating here starts with vacations, the eye candy. Lots of Maine images splash online to tease and entice. But when the dream of living in Maine full time won’t go away, needs a little action, how to do it best? Start small, think big and steer clear of the […]

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State Of Maine National Soap Box Derby Champion

July 26, 2016
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There was a time when five soap box derby racing cities in Maine put on locals. Recruited the parents and support from strong arms and backs to wallets opening wide to fund the soap box derby program. The five venues grew, peaked and eventually only the Houlton Maine Derby Hill program was the one race […]

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State Of Maine National Soap Box Derby Champion

July 26, 2016
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There was a time when five soap box derby racing cities in Maine put on locals. Recruited the parents and support from strong arms and backs to wallets opening wide to fund the soap box derby program. The five venues grew, peaked and eventually only the Houlton Maine Derby Hill program was the one race […]

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Picnics, Camping, Grilling, Eating Outdoors In Maine.

July 18, 2016
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You don’t have to be in Maine for a long time to have a good time. Outdoor exploring makes a person hungry though. The picnic areas in Maine are a great place to pull over, open up the basket lid to fish out what was packed away to remove hunger. To quench the thirst as […]

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After The Fourth Of July, Small Maine Towns Settle Down To Normal.

July 7, 2016
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It’s a big deal celebrating the nation’s birthday, all our USA freedoms. Small Maine towns turn up the volume on the local events to wave the red, white and blue. And state fairs, local celebrations are part of the fun in small towns like Houlton Maine. Parades, fireworks, great food and carnival rides combine with events […]

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My Corner of Maine 2016-07-07 15:22:00

July 7, 2016
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Summer has arrived in the woods around our home. And I don’t mean that the leaves are back on the trees, the skunks and porcupines have come out of hibernation, or the migrating birds have returned. I don’t even mean the bugs and the humidity and the heat.

I have spent more time on the miles of nearby woodland paths in the past seven months than I did over the last eighteen years combined. When the kids were little (and yes, we had other dogs but rarely took them in the woods… ticks, you know) exploring the mile walk to the ponds or riding our bikes on the forest trails was a special occasion. I mean, only during fair weather seasons, we might have done it a couple of times each month. But I think it’s safe to say I never ventured into the woods during the wintertime until this year.

Dinah changed everything and we walk in those woods at least three or four times each week. Sometimes every day. And while the woods LOOK and FEEL far different in the summer than they did all winter, the biggest difference to me is the people.

Usually I could let Dinah off leash and walk her three or four miles without seeing anyone. Once in a great while we’d meet another adventuresome dog walker, but the earlier we went out, the smaller chance of it. We had the woods to ourselves which meant I could leave her off leash for all but the roads. It was quiet, peaceful, serene. It was good.

But now? The kids are out of school and of course everyone likes the mild weather. Early mornings often mean at least a handful of others out on the trails with their dogs, plus the joggers, bikers, and rare early ATV riders (usually an older couple traveling slowly). But after 10 a.m. the kids are out in force, swimming in the pond, racing their ATVs and dirt bikes, playing hide and seek, and I’ve even seen ambitious high-schoolers running in anticipation of the upcoming cross-country season.

In some ways the bustle of summer in the woods is refreshing. It’s great to see people out, away from their televisions and computers, especially the kids. I’m glad to know kids still like to play in the woods, even on cloudy days. But I’m also selfish. I have to keep Dinah on leash the better part of the time or she’ll chase anything on wheels. She’ll also chase anything that runs. Or walks. Or stands still. She wants to befriend everyone, but not everyone understands that her barks and lunges don’t mean that she wants to eat them. Imagine that?

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