Monthly Archives: December 2016

What the Dickens!

Dorothy Cannell: In the past I have always squirmed when asked the inevitable question of this time of year: “Are you all ready for Christmas?” The answer, because one cannot risk telling lies with Santa listening, was always a squeaked: “No.” … Continue reading

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Time To Move On

On December 2, I embarked on a trip that would affect me more than I ever realized. My sister-in-law asked me to go to Orlando, Florida and bring back her late son’s car. I agreed and decided to drive down … Continue reading

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Gardens Aglow in Boothbay, Maine

One of the newest – and most popular – sites to visit in Maine is the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden ( in Boothbay. Opened in 2007, the garden’s 270 acres of tidal shoreland include a children’s garden (complete with references to … Continue reading

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Post-holiday Traditions

Jessie: Surrounded by snowbanks Every year about this time my mind begins to turn to the post holiday lull. It isn’t because I  don’t love merry making or family gatherings. I adore tinsel and beribboned packages and dining room tables heaving … Continue reading

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Trying to Go Green on This White, White Christmas

When I was imagining this month’s post last month (because I do think about these posts in advance — I just don’t actually write them then), I had beautiful visions of a post detailing all the eco-friendly ways I’ve embraced this holiday … Continue reading

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Weekend Update: December 17-18, 2016

Next week at Maine Crime Writers, there will be posts by Jen Blood (Monday) Jessie Crockett (Tuesday), Lea Wait (Wednesday), Vaughn Hardacker (Thursday) and Dorothy Cannell (Friday).   An invitation to readers of this blog: Do you have news relating to … Continue reading

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Remembering Christmas on the Farm

Kate Flora here, listening to the wind howling outside, and remembering Christmas on the farm in Union. Although she didn’t tell us this until years later, our mother didn’t really like Christmas. Perhaps it was because so much of the … Continue reading

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