Category Archives: Sandra’s Posts

Messiah. Nutcracker. Blizzards. Butter. And Gratitude.

Up to my waist in broken ice, snowshoes scrambling for good footing in the melting marsh, I struggled for breath as freezing water saturated clothing and skin. I wasn’t too busy to miss Pock sinking into a happy crouch. My dog was a Lab. Water—any water— was heaven-sent.

I learned to respect March outings by keeping close to shore where it’s only ankle deep. Or taking a nap.

“Nooooooo,” I yelled. “No, don’t jump! Not fun in here. Not FUN! Continue reading

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Who Knew? Of Salamanders and Their Service. Well. All Services.

Sandra Neily here: this article was first published in my 2005 “Valuing Nature” column in the Moosehead Messenger. We’re all likely to have a hibernating winter ahead of us. Like salamanders.  Sometime in the spring we can crawl out to … Continue reading

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New Season. Same Pandemic. But New Get-Out-There Strategies

Sandra Neily here: Here comes a new season so I’ve got two new goals to get more use out of things I’ve taken for granted. Goal One: Get out on the first snow, even if it’s only a few inches, … Continue reading

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It’s Really Ok to Call Something Stupid

Sandra Neily here: With apologies for crashing into this lovely fall weather with anything sobering (this is not about covid), but maybe after the hottest summer on record in Maine, we can shake loose our brains for something we can … Continue reading

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Of Course I Should Have Done It … Sooner

 Sandra Neily here: I should have done it sooner.  Well, that’s perhaps an endless list for most of us. (Including my missed Crime Writers posting date last week. Apologies to the team.) But I should have done this sooner. My … Continue reading

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Flower Riot and Paying Deep, Deep Attention

Sandra Neily here:  It was a wonderful day except for the tick. Grateful for Maine’s Tick Lab.) This week my second novel, Deadly Turn, was finally published. It’s taken years, with a long break for cancer treatment and then more … Continue reading

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Dreaded June Stuff. But Great Swamp Video …

Sandra Neily here: My June topic is the dreaded synopsis (or plot summary). I suspect many readers cannot get into this type of dread, so I’ve paired the issue with something we can all ….DREAD.  (Don’t miss the they’re-still-laughing black fly … Continue reading

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Forks in the Road: Chosen and Not Chosen

Sandra Neily here. It’s been a month of choices and transitions, of learning, loss, and loving what might be small and also so very huge. I will start with the smaller ones. And then get to Rupert. I’ve made progress … Continue reading

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Birds Of a Feather, Not Flocking Together

Sandra Neily here: Good news! Despite birders’ tendency to flock together in groups and share their spotting scopes, birding is actually a fine way to explore the outdoors with a friend or even grand-kids, without getting too close. You can … Continue reading

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Social Distancing in Maine Means ‘Get Out There!’

Sandra Neily here, admitting I’ve put way too many frozen veggies in the freezer. Given how some things are flying off the shelves as people prepare to stay home more, there does not seem to be a run on frozen … Continue reading

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