I admit that I tend to overreact when I see that something has befallen an animal that I’m pet-sitting, anything from hairballs to heat stroke. There are a few reasons for this. No. 1: I love all animals and I don’t want to see any animal in any sort of pain. No. 2: it’s not my pet and someone is paying their hard-earned money for me to care for their pet. I don’t want to feel that they’re not getting their money’s worth. And No. 3: I have worked at several veterinary clinics and I have seen firsthand what can happen if what starts out as a manageable medical situation gets out of control.
Art and reverence: I get tips on a fairly regular basis about cool art that I should check out, tips that I take seriously and that I appreciate. Recently, I was told by two people whose artistic taste I have a great deal of respect for — Newcastle ceramicist Liz Proffetty, who heads up Neighborhood Clay in Damariscotta, and Bremen painter Michael Blaze Petan – to take a look at the current show, “Convergence,” up in the West Gallery at River Arts in Damariscotta. They both thought that I would like it.
This week I want to take a moment to highlight yet another upcoming Community Read program. On Thursday, July 19 at 11 a.m., the proof will literally be in the pudding as both amateur and professional chefs compete in their own categories for fabulous prizes, fame, and bragging rights at our Community Cooking Contest. The theme? Italian food, in honor of our Community Read book, “Blood, Bones & Butter,” by Gabrielle Hamilton.
The nation’s economy depends on it, but shipping by truck comes with a heavy price, in terms of both environmental damage and damage to the highway infrastructure.
We’ve been planting during this amazing weather, my dear husband and I, and each day we are hoping for rain. We put in corn, beans, tomatoes, and parsley. I haven’t put the cucumbers in yet. Perhaps this coming weekend I’ll be able to put the rest of the garden in.
May was a month of birthdays at Hodgdon Green, the assisted-living home in Damariscotta. Celebrating were residents Patty Hagar, Doug Halm, and Eleanor Mitchell. Blessings on them for a year ahead filled with contentment and joy in being.
‘Re-visioning’ local theater: I recently got to hang out in the cafe at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta with Torie DeLisle and Mallory Adams (and Adams’ very cute and cooperative baby, Willow). Many people know DeLisle as the development director at Skidompha Library and Adams as president of the River Company Board of Directors.
Got a bee in my backside this week, folks, as I had not only one near miss, but two, and in the same location. Well, if you guessed in the crosswalk at Red’s Eats, you would be dead on. Now I know, the law says pedestrians have the right-of-way, and that is true, but nowhere does it say that one should at any time not exercise extreme caution crossing any road.
June? Can you believe it? Schools will be closing soon for summer vacation. Summer camps are open. Vacationland is starting to live up to its billing. At the station we will be seeing more traffic, trash, and tourists. Welcome to Maine.
Fantastic Ms. Fox: Bristol painter Judy Nixon recently gave me a heads-up about the art show currently up in the Hall Gallery at LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta featuring the work of Durham artist Annette Fox.
Well, Mom, here it is, a final writing just for you, my greatest fan of my LCN column. I hope I can live up to your expectations for you were a woman who worked very hard for everything she had in this life; you certainly knew how to enjoy and have fun along the way.
This Thursday, May 31, there will be a Round Pond Village Improvement meeting at the firehouse at 7 p.m. We have much to discuss with the vandalism problems at the lock boxes at the tennis courts and the town landing. We are not sure what the answer is, but perhaps with a little brainstorming we can all come up with a solution.
Hi again, dear readers. Here I am, your Marilyn Beane’s World columnist with more news of my sweetheart and my lives at Crawford Commons Assisted Living in Union.
Thumbs-up weekend: So, it’s fair to say that I had an excellent weekend. It began Saturday morning, May 19, when I got myself out of bed very early to head down to Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater from my home in Whitefield to watch the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the big screen at 7 a.m. (I am an unabashed Anglophile, with a particular fascination for the goings-on of the royal family. Don’t ask me why; that’s just the way it is.)
“You’ve been treated, so any residual symptoms will fade in time.”
“You’ve been listening to that quack group too much. You need to stay away from them.”
These are just a few things that people have been told recently by medical providers here in Maine. As an advocate who’s been sharing updated research with medical providers, hosting events, and sharing educational information with the public for over four years, it’s frustrating to hear the things that their primary care doctors are telling them.