Category Archives: Sandra’s Posts

Chemo Tips: No Horror Stories, Please

  I am inspired by the amazing Lea Wait and her amazing post to share a letter on chemo advice. (If you have a friend or family member taking treatment and want quick advice, scroll down to Great Hats, Cards, … Continue reading

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Weird Gardening: Ticks, Slugs, Cats, and Beetles

Sandy Neily here, trying to keep slugs off my petunias. A few years ago, writing for a regional paper, I went looking for unusual garden tips, first interviewing Joanne Suley, a spunky Skillins Greenhouses instructor. “People are just going to … Continue reading

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Maine’s Coast for the Proletariat: The Rest of Us

 Over 97% of Maine’ s coast is privately owned and much of that is behind lots of signs telling us we can’t go there. How on earth are the rest of us to get to salt water? Enter the Maine … Continue reading

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Do We Wait ‘Til It Dies? Caddis Scrabble

“Do we have to wait until it dies?” asked my husband, watching a struggling caddis fly cover the Scrabble square he wanted to use. “I don’t think so,” I said. “They’re landing and taking off again.” Lured by lantern light … Continue reading

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More Magic, More Empthy, More Urgency

What if nature-based fiction works better than most any science course we ever took? What if it delivers more magic, more empathy, more urgency, and more wisdom than a cross-section or diagram ever could? When authors use the natural world … Continue reading

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Dogs. Snow. Mary Oliver.

My dog, Raven is rolling in the snow. With wild abandon she’s tossing it over her head and rubbing it all over her body in a snow massage. I am jealous. Animal gladness is a fine thing and I am … Continue reading

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Are Maine Winters Murder? Try Some Of This Stuff!

Sandy Neily sharing  here. (And there will be more good winter stuff; look for a special Maine Crime Writers “Cabin Fever” post, January 30th.) It was late.  The snow was still falling furiously and I was still typing furiously, finally … Continue reading

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