Category Archives: Sandra’s Posts

The Best Gift, Revisited … and Humans Together

Sandy Neily here.  It’s December 26th and I am thinking of what might feel joyously human (now that we are headed into some Covid hibernation again) and also a Christmas family moment to revisit, written as an assignment to “go … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But …”

Sandra Neily here: If I had to pick a time to avoid open heart surgery like the plague (oops; useless expression these days), I would avoid it now when Maine Medical Center is packed with more Covid patients than any … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Cowboys Are My Weakness & Other Recommendations

  Sandra Neily here: What if nature-based fiction or passages work better to bring us close to the richness and power of the physical world than any science course we might take? What if they deliver more magic, more empathy, … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Suspense. Ice Tea. Duck Babies. Swimming Bears.

Sandra Neily here: This past week, we took our small trailer even further north of Moosehead Lake to camp up on the Penobscot Corridor. This corridor is part of Maine’s amazing suite of public lands, many with well-cared-for remote campgrounds. … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

A Good Cry & the Do-It-Yourself MFA

Sandra Neily here (also sharing a selection of disparate pics that may wander away a bit) At a library author talk this past week, I was asked how I wrote a novel when I’d only written non-fiction for work. I … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Cucumbers and Trout. (Bit of Salamanders, too.)

Sandra Neily here. Before we get to cucumbers and trout …. For the past few years, I’ve weighed in on garden issues. Here’s a blog from the past: “Weird Gardening. Ticks. Slugs, Beetles.” Here’s this year’s veggie drama. What’s eating … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Kamikaze Gardening. Antler Camp. Black Flies.

(Join me at the Thompson Free Library this Thursday 5/27!) At my Moosehead Lake home (camp) I’ve been Kamikaze Gardening. Kamikaze Gardening is my term for intensely swooping down to remorselessly attack every garden job before black flies drive me … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Smart Fish. Tiny Home.

Sandra Neily here:  First the important stuff. As if there weren’t enough barriers writing a novel in a small camper trailer, this morning I mistakenly took the dog’s Benadryl tablets instead of my meds. The fog descended. I have yet to … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mud Month. Big Night! (Not What You Think…)

Sandra Neily here: It’s mud month in much of the northeast. I’m washing off my snowshoes and waxing my X-skies to rest them for a while. What to DO when it finally does melt off the high-up slopes? Distancing is … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fishing in Siberia. Best Lottery Ticket Ever. And George.

Sandra Neily here: I see that another Maine Crime Writer has written about George Smith who does deserve lots of attention and accolades. He was a good friend and I have some good George stories. But first, in honor of … Continue reading

Posted in Sandra's Posts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments