This is the standing of Mike Powers in our community - the further right, the more of a Wikinut they are!
A sharp, primeval scream pierces the night in the woods near my home… a shriek that repeats itself, sending shivers corkscrewing up my spine. Is it the cry of martes pennanti, that fierce – and fearsome – creature of the twilight commonly known as the fisher?
While most of the world experiences only four seasons annually, we here in the Northland encounter a strange phenomenon every year at this time: a fifth season, caught on the boundary between winter and spring. We in the Northland affectionately call it "Mud Season," as the following ...
A poem written in free verse. In my lonely house, I lie awake at night, pondering questions that intrude on my sleep - questions that take me beyond the plane of my existence...
On February 9, 2013, Winter Storm Nemo (also known as the "Northeast Blizzard of '13") struck the New England states of the United States. My home was in the direct path of the storm. Journey with me now into a poetic and photographic look inside this "Heart of Ice."
A poem. Free verse. Remembering September 11, 2001, eleven years later...
A poem, written in the form of a Rictameter Swirl. I lie awake in that last hour before the dawn, listening, as the gentle sounds of nature and humanity herald a new morning.
A poem, written in the form of a Rictameter Swirl. Sometimes days pass by all to quickly, and I give no thought to discovering the divine spark within. Sometimes, when I stop and ponder, I hear a whispered Voice...
A poem, written in Sestina form. Come, join with me as we walk in a quiet wooded place on a summer's evening.
I am constantly amazed by the mysteries offered up by the wildflower garden that adorns our front yard. Case in point: The Balloon Flower, also known as the Chinese Bellflower
Maine's lighthouses. They are faithful guardians of Maine’s rocky coastline. These solitary sentinels, many of them over two hundred years old, continue to cast forth bright beacons that guide seafarers unharmed to welcoming safe harbors.
When we first saw it in our garden in the spring of 2010, it looked like a low-lying, gray-green cabbage plant growing next to our front porch. Today, that plant - a common foxglove - now adorns our wildflower garden in all its early summer glory!
While walking through the woods near our house last week, we discovered a true floral blessing: a colony of Pink Lady's Slippers on display in all their glory! Come join us on a visit to our "Pink Ladies of the Forest!"
We are admonished to "Seek peace and pursue it." Three poems recounting the effects, cost, and futility of war.
Three poems honoring the sea and all who sail upon it.
Two poems. A Haiku and a Rondeau. Extolling the beauty of a sunrise.
"Theodore Roosevelt: A Life" by Nathan Miller is an excellent one-volume introduction to the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, and one of the greatest men ever to hold that office.
"Lonesome Dove" is Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the Old West. It’s one of the very finest works of fiction written by a twentieth century American author.
A poem. Cinquain, in a form invented by Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914). A moonlit night and memories lead to sleeplessness.
"The Civil War: A Narrative," by Shelby Foote, is a beautifully written, powerfully dramatic, and highly literate three-volume account of the American Civil War.
A letter to my estranged father, letting him know that I'm alright now.
"Is Paris Burning?" by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre masterfully tells the story of the Allied liberation of Paris in August 1944, one of the most dramatic and inspiring events of World War II.
A poem. Blank verse. A moment of time captured at sunrise.
The true story of how two fishing schooners – the "Edmunds" and the "Sadie and Lillie" - were shipwrecked along the coast of Maine, within a few minutes and a few hundred yards of each other...
"The Downing Street Years" is the first volume of Margaret Thatcher’s excellent memoirs. It’s a very well written account of Thatcher’s ten years as Britain’s Prime Minister – a decade when she helped shape world history.
This one-volume abridgment of "The Journals of Lewis and Clark" is outstanding in every way. Lewis and Clark convey in their own words the drama, excitement and high adventure of their expedition through the heartland of America and to the Pacific northwest in 1804-1806.