Another good thing is that Natasha Mayers is organizing the annual Kings Mills Fourth of July parade. Folks drive for miles to enjoy the annual parade of Whitefield folks in costume, driving rigs, and animals. There are always lots of kids having fun. If you pick the right spot, you get to see the parade twice.
Also, my friends Daryl and Cherly Hagar, who have been living away, are hosting a welcome-all potluck party at 1 p.m. July 10 at Chester Rice’s building in Damariscotta. They want to see all their old friends and show off Joshua, their brand new baby. They would love to see you. Bring something to share and your own beverages. I am going for sure. I hope to visit with some of my readers while whooping it up.
I think I heard that the governor is coming too. That ought to be fun, tipping with the gov. Did you hear? Mrs. LePage is working in “the harbor” like an ordinary person this summer.
My longtime friend Walter Hilton, who just lost his wife Vikki and who was living lonely and ill, decided to join her and left us this week holding the urn of her ashes in his arms. Together at last, forever. If that didn’t get to you, you have no heart at all. I am so very sorry and at the same time happy too. We’ll see you soon Walt and Vikki, be at peace till we get there.
Finally, the best of all, at least for me, having spent most of my adult life apologizing for and explaining the gay lifestyle, was watching Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, declare to the world that gay people deserve an apology from the Roman Catholic Church. Well, you could have knocked me over backward with a feather. His Holiness was agreeing with German Cardinal Reinhard Marx that the church owes gays an apology for having marginalized them. He also said gays must not be discriminated against but treated with respect.
How could I ask for more than that from the greater world church? God is good. He lives in his people, therefore his people are good too. Get it?
(Doug Wright lives over Head Tide Hill in Whitefield. He welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.)