Category Archives: Dick’s Posts

You’re Crazier Than the Weather, Charlie

Another of my old teachers died last week. Charles Simic was a Pulitzer-Prize winning poet, a MacArthur grantee, and a well-loved teacher at the University of New Hampshire. He died in Dover, NH of complications of dementia. He was also … Continue reading

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Garlic is Better than Ten Mothers

Jim Harrison, the poet, talks frequently in his food writing about discovering garlic for the first time when he moved away from home in the Midwest to New York. I learned about garlic in 1967, in the kitchen of my … Continue reading

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Yet Another Writer Platform?

Those of you paying attention to social media know that things have gotten a touch weird online. Facebook has mainly become a way to stay connected to old friends and family members you’d maybe rather not see at Thanksgiving. Twitter, … Continue reading

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Slouching Toward November

Been running around quite a bit this month, promoting the new book. The response to The Last Altruist has been very gratifying, more so than any of the previous books. I’m particularly grateful to Longfellow Books, Sherman’s Maine Coast Books, … Continue reading

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TL;DR Publishing is Weird

Thanks to all who turned out for the launch Wednesday night at Longfellow Books. Great fun, excellent cake, and an outstanding conversation with interviewer extraordinaire Katrina Niidas-Holm. I’m continuing the donation scheme I announced that night through the end of … Continue reading

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You Can’t Hurry Love . . or Anything Else Good

OK, short and sweet today, as it is my birthday. All greetings gratefully accepted, and in the immortal words of Eubie Blake: “If I’d known how long I was going to live, I would have taken better care of myself.” … Continue reading

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Sharing Books We’ve Read and Loved

From time to time, instead of talking about our writing, our books, or our Maine lives, we like to talk about books-other people’s books. That’s our group post theme for today: a book we’ve read and loved. Feel free to … Continue reading

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Unfurling the Umbrella

I’ve been teaching a class about crime fiction for the local Senior College at USM for several years now, and I’m constantly surprised by how many people equate a crime novel with a traditional mystery: a story that begins with … Continue reading

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Trundle On

Been a busy couple of weeks out here on Trout Brook. We had to chip our way out of three inches of frozen water when we returned from our thrice-delayed flights, coming and going from God’s Waiting Room, Florida. Key … Continue reading

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Haunted by Waters – Redux

While Dick Cass is dealing with family issues, we repost here a post of his from the past, along with the question: Are you a river person? Lake person? Ocean person? Or don’t waters play a big role in your … Continue reading

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