As the holidays approach, it is that time again when we enjoy eating delicious foods. As we enjoy our food we may see our pets watching us longingly. Since it is a special occasion and we love to see our pets happy, we think, “a little won’t hurt.” Later, we are awakened in the middle of the night by a vomiting pet.
Benoit at Sotheby’s: Sue Jones over at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Damariscotta called me the other day to give me a heads-up about a cool new show that is running there through the end of April 2018: Boothbay Harbor wood-sculpture artist Andre Benoit’s “Abstraction and Representation Within and Outside the Drawer” exhibit.
And so the seasons change. Wham! Not a gentle ease-you-into-it kind of thing either. It was warm one day with temps in the 60s, blue skies, leaves still hanging on nicely with some color yet to enjoy, and then it turned bitter with wind whipping, temps plummeting to single digits and teens, and now we have seen our first cat tracker of the 2017-2018 snow season.
This is what I’m talking about: “I love to hear from readers.” I sign off my column each week with those words. And I mean it.
Welcome to the inaugural column of the Skidompha Skoop — your destination to discover more about what the library has to offer each week, all year long.
Tackling a touchy subject: The words on Tom Mathews’ business card read as follows: “Communicate your perspective in a calm manner, using clean vocabulary, without attacking groups or individuals with hatred.” These are good guidelines for participants in a documentary project dealing with one of the thorniest issues in the United States – guns and gun violence.
Hello, friends and neighbors,
What a wild week it has been for Westport Island and so many folks in New England! By now I hope your power has been restored and your life is returning to some normalcy.
There is a term that the Lyme community uses that has upset some of the medical world: “Lyme-literate doctor.” This term has been developed and used to specifically to highlight those who are highly educated and experienced in diagnosing and treating Lyme disease and other tickborne diseases. They are heavily networked with other Lyme-literate providers and consult on difficult cases.
Sometimes you just hate being right. “We’re going to be out for a week,” I announced Monday morning when the day started without power. Throughout the course of the day I spoke with several folks who thought the outages would be much shorter, with the good weather in our favor. Sounded totally reasonable, but it was not to be.
In 1979, I was working in New York City as an economist at Merrill Lynch. One day, the chairman of the firm, Donald Regan, descended from his 55th-floor executive suite to the 32nd-floor offices of Merrill Lynch Economics, where we, the macro-model scientists, toiled away. Regan had a special assignment for us.
Ready or not!
Light the candles.
Pour the bottled water.
Jump in the shower that’s cold, not hot!
Talking art at the grill: On Wednesday, Oct. 25, I caught the opening reception for the new art show up at Damariscotta River Grill, featuring the work of painters Susan Parrish Carter and Anne Cronin. Cronin is an accomplished watercolorist in her 80s, and Carter, who lives in Rockland, has a unique style that includes painting intricate landscapes on layers of glass.
Hurricanes form naturally over warm water: the warmer the water, the stronger the hurricane.
Recently, the Newcastle Historical Society museum was given a notebook of articles and stories written by Thomas Gay (1902-1984). Gay lived his entire life in Newcastle and ran a grocery store near the bridge. In 1926, he married Iome Irvine (1902–1990) An article, dated 1979, tells about the area, its shops, stores, and people, as Gay remembered them. I have not changed the wording nor the punctuation in any way.
kdb of the Wilderland: There’s a really nice exhibit of encaustic paintings and photographs up at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office-gallery, at 584 Main St. in Damariscotta. The creator of those wildlife-focused pieces is Bath artist “kdb” Dominguez, whose “Birds of the Wilderland” show runs through Monday, Nov. 20.