Ramblings of a Maineiac
|Posted on September 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
With barely two months left before the election of the next president of the USA, we seem to be mired in a quagmire of ad hominem insults and unsubstantiated innuendos rather than serious campaigns that deal with the important issues facing our country and that offer cogent policies to address our problems.
Whether Democrat or Republican, one should be incensed that the candidates from both major parties refuse to articulate clearly their positions and solutions witho...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 3, 2016 at 11:35 AM||comments (0)|
Our wonderful cat, Alfie., left us last week. Following a period of declining health due to kidney problems, he stopped eating and drinking and barely moved. With the sage advice of his vet, we decided that it was time to end his sufferring.
Choosing to euthanize a family member, albeit a furry one, is not easy. The one consolation is that Alfie is now pain free and perhaps enjoyin...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 24, 2014 at 5:45 PM||comments (0)|
When the human machine runs well, one forgets how incapacitating minor problems can become.
While on a vacation trip to Quebec City, a pedestrian friendly venue but with treacherous cobblestone streets , my wife broke her 5th metatarsal in what in medical circles is called a Jones fracture due to its location. Fortunately, the Chateau Frontenac where we were staying had a doctor on call that made room visits. As it truned out, he also provided medical services to the Circle Du Sol...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
Every year the wintry hands of Mother Nature transform Parson's Beach and the mouth of the Mousam River, cutting new channels into the marshy tidal flows, moving and redeposting tons of sands into old riparian pools, and changing once familiar contours into a new and exciting landscape. As part of this creative process, old trees and stum...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
No, this has nothing to do with the current flu epidemic. This is about pure joy.
There is nothing quite as infectious as the sound of laughter, particularly that of a young child. Simple and unfettered by social conventions, the wholesome giggles of a toddler lighthen the daily tribulations and bring joy to the soul. Our 9 month old grandson Caden, reacting to his mother's voice, provided us with such pleasure. No matter how many times I have played ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
Between now and that fateful day in November when the polls open for the election of our next president is the period that I call the Foolish Season. During this time, all logic seems to disappear in favor of fantastic claims that are unsubstantiated by facts, dire prognoses of fiscal calamities should the wrong candidate be selected by the voters, neurotic character assassinations, unrealistic and unattainable promises.
When we should be listening to rational arguments by...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 28, 2011 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
The morning light at Parsons Beach continues to captivate me as we inch closer to the darkest days of winter.
Now that our clocks have fallen back to afford an earlier glimpse of dawn, a concession to our former agrarian ways, I frequently venture down to the ocean to admire this magnificent first light.
The contrast of the vivid reds, royal purples and blues, and brilliant yellow hues against the still-to-awaken landmasses, bold and black, create incomparable portraits that even ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM||comments (1)|
On certain days, Mother Nature flaunts her magnificent beauty for all to see and admire; September 14, 2011 was such a day.
Since I left home a bit earlier than usual for my rendezvous with my pals for breakfast at the Maine Diner, I decided to take a detour to Parsons Beach. As I drove down the tree-lined road, I caught occasional glimpses of the rising sun but I did not anticipate fully its splendor until I arrived at the bridge down by the water. On the left side, the fie...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Now that we have sprung our clocks forward and the daylight hours have increased noticeably from the depressive darkness of the winter solstice, the heart of this old fisherman begins to beat faster in anticipation of the first fishing outing of the spring. But, there is much to do before that initial excursion: equipment moved from its winter storage, waders checked for leaks, fly lines inspected and replaced, if necessary, reels cleaned and oiled, flies sorted, bug r...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM||comments (0)|
Yesterday, we enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving meal at a local restaurant, On The Marsh with our daughter Celeste and her husband Nathaniel.
While partaking of delectable seasonal fare in the comfort of the well appointed restaurant, we watched a stealthy blue heron as it labored to satisfy its hunger by searching for small fish and frogs in the narrow tidal stream that borders the property. Standing in bone chilling waters as the the tide ru...Read Full Post »