Eva Murray plans to tell it like it is. “Myth-busting,” she calls it.

In “Not at All the Simple Life” — a Maine Living program sponsored by the Camden-Rockport Historical Society — Murray will emphasize the positives of island life while challenging the notion of the romance of it.

The talk will be held Sunday, March 7 at 2 p.m. at the society’s Cramer Museum. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 or $3 for society members.

A 22-year resident of the island, Murray will describe “the ways we deal with all the logistics that most people take for granted and we have to do ourselves — electricity, school, health care, mail, trash, fuel and finding ways to entertain ourselves.”

Murray came to Matinicus in 1987 as the teacher for the one-room school. She stayed, married, and raised a son and a daughter. Eric, now 19, is a freshman at the University of Vermont. Emily, 17, is a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy and will be going to Bowdoin in the fall.

“I love to brag about it as a great place to have grown up,” Murray said. “I think it did wonders for my children: no organized sports, no fear of strangers, no helmets and shin guards, no peer pressure about wearing the latest styles; lots of opportunity to learn real skills, be a valued community member, and sleep on the beach.

“I have never been here as a vacationer, and my perspective on this place is entirely informed by work,” Murray said. “In defiance of the language we often see used about the islands, I do not see Matinicus as cute, quaint, peaceful, simple, or even really all that isolated.”

Murray’s writing appears regularly in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine and online, Down East online, the Working Waterfront and the Free Press. She also wrote for the Knox County Times/VillageSoup and other publications. Murray currently is working on a book about the modern-day one-room school teachers of Maine.

Married to the island’s electrician and handyman, she has been the elected town clerk and treasurer in the past; this year she is on the school board. Murray also is an emergency medical technician (she helped start Matinicus Island Rescue in 1994), a CPR and first aid instructor, and the town’s emergency management director. She runs a bakery on the island during the summer months — and fries a lot of doughnuts. In addition to all that, blacksmithing is a hobby and she hopes to open an island blacksmith shop one day.

On April 11, fiddle maker and musician Kip Yattaw of Port Clyde will present “The Art of the Fiddle.” The program will feature traditional bluegrass music and information on handcrafting fiddles.

The Maine Living talks will be held at the museum at the Camden-Rockport Historical Society’s Conway Homestead-Cramer Museum complex, just off Route 1 at the Camden-Rockport town line. For more information, contact Marlene Hall, executive director of the historical society, at 594-8047 or crmuseum@midcoast.com.