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    December 14, 2010

    From Away: Teenager’s Role

    Those of us who are “from away” can rather quickly fall prey to an oft expressed feeling that the Camden area, and downtown in particular, has an arms-length relationship with the body of citizens known, with mixed affection, as “the teenagers.” One parent of a local teenager explained the situation this way: For many years, the high school was in town and the students were a familiar part of the local scene. …

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    October 17, 2010

    From away

    Some of the most precious folks “from away” are the parents and inlaws who come to see or live with their sons, daughters, spouses, and grandchildren, regardless of whether the visit is for days or for life. My extended family has the privilege of having two such visitors every year. One arrived this week to spend the fall with her daughter’s family of three little ones. This is hardly exceptional. What is …

  • Published
    September 12, 2010

    Friday Evening

    On a recent August Friday evening, at the end of a perfect crystal clear and quiet day, I had a fabulous time doing absolutely nothing. I did not even do the one thing I supposed to do, which was to bring the food. It began with Kathrin Seitz asking me to write a piece for Voices, perhaps something more about being from away. Spotting an opportunity, I suggested that I could write something about my first time …

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    July 7, 2010

    From away

    I once saw a Florida license plate outside the library that read “FROM AWAY.” We all know who we are in Maine, although a few of us debate whether the designation is permanent. I am from away, arriving permanently, I hope, last year. My sister Diane, who shares my Midwestern roots, is also from away, although she permanently settled on the Midcoast in 1967. Her husband was born here. Recently Diane and I …

  • Published
    April 7, 2010

    Can I ski?

    So I think I can learn to ski. Or perhaps it is better stated that I should learn to ski. After all, I just moved to Maine. That is why I find myself in the equipment room of the Snow Bowl. I have come to learn to ski. The room is small, noisy and comfortably chilly — the comfort is from the layers of clothing that everyone wears. The room serves as a kind of nerve center for the operation of equipping the …

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    April 7, 2010

    Is there a chart?

    I watch the water roll out After hearing that the water is rolling in. I hear a metaphor for the conflicts in life – in my life. As I sit at the exact place — Camden — where so much has rolled in and out I ask: Am I rolling in? Is my thinking rolling out? Are there tides? Is there a chart? Where is the moon? I feel I am rolling in and out. I think of the friends, the women who have rolled …

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