Thespians raise money for Healthy Kids: River Company President Mallory Adams invited me to a noon event at the Healthy Kids office in Damariscotta on Wednesday, Dec. 20.
Hello, friends and neighbors!
I hope you all had the opportunity over the holidays to do something that made you happy. Maybe you spent time with family and friends whom you love. Maybe you received a fun gift from someone or were delighted by a recipient’s reaction to your gift.
As 2017 nears its end, many reflect over the past year, embracing the good times, being thankful that the difficult ones have passed, and considering some necessary changes for 2018.
I wish to thank Mr. Oliver, the editor of this newspaper, for his invitation to share a Christmas reflection this year with you, the paper’s readers. He asked me to share a few bits of biographical information to begin with.
There are few things more instructive in how to enjoy life than to watch a young child open Christmas presents.
Every day I’m proud of the work that we do here at Skidompha Library, but there are some weeks when my job is especially cool. This is one of those weeks.
Hercule Poirot hits Lincoln County theaters: After being invited a number of times by Jason Sheckley, who manages Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor, to attend technical screenings of films opening at the theater, I finally took him up on his invitation the morning of Thursday, Dec. 14. On tap was the brand-new film “Murder on the Orient Express,” directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh.
Summer visitors very often come and go without leaving many concrete contributions to their communities they inhabit part time. An enormous exception to this idea in our town is the Cooney family, of South Waldoboro.
It is hard to believe that Christmas is on our doorstep. The weather is cooperating somewhat, giving us a little coating of the white stuff. We have received so many wonderful Christmas cards this year, which I have to admit makes me feel a little guilty because I stopped doing them a few years ago. But we certainly do like getting them, and we would like thank everybody that has sent us one.
No matter what I think I know about dogs, I have discovered there is always more to learn. The two lovely boxers I recently pet-sat for reminded me of this fact. They were shy, sweet, and eager to make friends (and very happy to accept treats from me). And, apparently, at least one of them likes to chew on slippers.
Donald the cat is enjoying his first Christmas season, the greatest enjoyment being the lights and the ornaments. Donald was adopted last February from Lincoln County Animal Shelter and has proven to be a great companion and provider of many laughs from his antics.
The recent arrival of snow is a clear sign of winter and the holiday season. One result is that people everywhere tend to band together a little bit more, knowing that while there may not be peace on earth, home, at least, can be a place of security and reassurance. While world events seem sometimes as if we were all afloat in the same small boat on a storm-tossed sea, our own personal port in heavy weather can be a very safe place indeed.
Brrr … turn off the freezer. I’m ready for a January thaw right now. I guess we’ll get through it. In the spirit of optimism, did you know that Thursday is the shortest day of the year? Spring can only be just around the corner.
Monday is a special day for nearly all Americans. Seventy percent of Americans identify as Christians, but barely more than half of those attend church regularly. Even so, nearly all Americans celebrate Christmas by decorating their homes, shopping for and giving gifts, and gathering with family and friends.