Little did I know that at the dawn of the computer age, I would have to prove to a computer that I am a human being, not a computer. Sometimes I find myself staring at a computer screen trying to identify objects from blurry photographs. You know what I mean. I am talking about reCAPTCHA—a … Read moreI am not a Robot
The Portland Sea Dogs are changing their name to the Maine Whoopie Pies! My son, who lives in Portland, broke the bad news to me about the Sea Dogs, who are the minor league affiliate of the Red Sox. I was dumbfounded; crazy thoughts ran through my head. In my book, this would be like … Read moreTell me it ain’t so…
Last week, Snow Moon was an internet sensation. Did you see it and wonder about the phenomenon? By now you may know that Snow Moon is the second full moon of the year, occurring during the snowiest month, and refers to times when the Moon is closest to the earth in its monthly orbit … Read moreSnow Moon
Twenty-six years ago, my family moved from old Cape Cod to central Maine. As you can well imagine, it was quite a culture shock. Spring came to Cape Cod in March. We planted peas on St. Patrick’s Day and actually saw the phenomenon of green grass. Up north, March is often the snowiest month. Climate … Read moreThe Romance of Ice Fishing
I don’t often read pop magazines, but I spotted an article in The Atlantic magazine that caught my attention. Entitled My Son’s First Robot : For better or for worse, toys powered by A.I. are building emotional bonds with children, written by Alexis C. Madrigal. It was a scary article. The writer gave Cozmos, a … Read moreThe Bad Idea Whose Time Has Not Come
Sometimes you have to search hard for good news. I missed this story that went viral on Twitter last year. Every year Gerber Foods chooses a baby of the year and with it a prize of $50,000. For the first time, Gerber chose a child with Down syndrome to represent the company. The story broke … Read moreCulture of Life
Disagreement can be found anywhere…even on license plates. Maine is probably the only state to have a dead animal featured on our official plates. A bright red lobster looked like it had been just removed from boiling water-steamed and ready for melted butter. In 1999, we switched to the chickadee. That seemed like a safe … Read moreRead all about it…the hottest controversy ever!
What is your favorite Christmas movie? Hands down for me has to be It’s a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. My favorite scene is called by movie buffs “the prayer scene”. You know the moment. George Bailey is at the end of his rope, contemplating suicide. $5,000 of bank money has been misplaced by … Read moreFrank Capra Goofed!
My blog posts have disappeared like a groundhog in his burrow, but I am back with an all new look! As you will see on the website-exciting things are happening on the old homestead. Just in time for Christmas-two new books! In November, watch for the second edition of the popular little book Heavenly Hosts: … Read moreDo writers hibernate?
Sofia, Bulgaria -Winter winds beat down on the old man. He pulled a threadbare coat tightly around his stooped body and shook snow out of peasant sandals. Despite fierce weather, he held out a tin cup to gratefully accept coins from pedestrians, never taking a penny for himself. Even at age 100, the beggar walked … Read moreBeggar of Bulgaria