Author Archives: Brenda Buchanan

Grounding our Stories: Place Matters

Last week I hung photographs and prints on the walls of my workday office, the final task of a renovation that began in December 2019 and was completed—but for the picture hanging—two months later. For the twelve months it took … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never . . .

Last week my blogmates posted gorgeous photographs of their winter worlds. I tried to add a few of my own, but thanks to the vagaries of WordPress (a blog post all its own) they disappeared into the ether. I was … Continue reading

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Lynne Raimondo – A Tribute

Our crime writing family is mourning the death of Lynne Raimondo, who died on November 12. The author of three acclaimed novels, Lynne had colleagues, friends and admirers across the country and around the world. We in Maine were fortunate … Continue reading

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I’m Talking Cars Again

It has been a week, hasn’t it?  On Monday, focus was a struggle.  By Tuesday it was close to impossible. Now it’s Wednesday, and I think the wisest course is for me to revive a favorite post from the past. … Continue reading

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Until We Meet Again . . .

Seven months into the pandemic, we’ve become pretty darned good at adapting, haven’t we? We see our friends and family at carefully choreographed, socially-distanced deck visits. We think ahead about the weekend’s menu and place online orders on Thursday night … Continue reading

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My Thoughts Are Like Sanderlings, Redux

In early April, when our awareness of the pandemic was still new, I wrote a post consisting of a series of random thoughts. I thought about that post last Sunday while walking the beach late in the afternoon, studying the … Continue reading

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A Trove of Garden Insight from Katharine White

We’re spending some time in Brooklin this month, where I lived for a while in the early 90s and to which I have returned most every summer since, at least for a few days. Regular readers of this blog likely … Continue reading

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Maine Librarians Can!

This will go down in history as the summer of can’t. Can’t experience the anticipatory happiness of hearing musicians tuning up to play a concerto. Can’t applaud as the Pride or Independence Day parade marches by. Can’t take in a … Continue reading

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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Go Virtual

Maine’s crime writers are blessed to be part of a resilient, resourceful community. The particular obstacle doesn’t matter – a sluggish economy, an endless winter, upheaval in the publishing industry – we find a way to survive, buoyed by readers … Continue reading

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Helping With Hunger During the Pandemic

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is, in a word, overwhelming. The scale of our collective loss–especially of lost lives–is so enormous it’s hard to comprehend. Uncertainty about the future affects our mood, our sleep, our plans, our worldview. Still, … Continue reading

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