• In the 21st century we can stay connected second-by-second through the wonders of email, text messages, tweets and the like. But a dose of heavy New England weather recalls the words of Mark Twain:
“Half the time, when it is packed as full as it can stick, you will see … New England weather sticking out beyond the edges and projecting around hundreds and hundreds of miles over the neighboring states. She can’t hold a tenth part of her weather. You can see cracks all about where she has strained herself trying to do it.”
Maybe that’s what happened to Route 27 on either side of the entrance to Sugarloaf.
• Sen. Claire McCaskill’s earnest but decidedly goofy pitch at a congressional hearing for reviving the art of letter writing probably won’t help the U.S. Postal Service rebound to its pre-email glory days.
The Missouri Democrat waxed nostalgic about discovering a box of letters she had sent her mother while McCaskill was in college. Her three children and four step-children apparently won’t provide Mom with a similar treasure trove: “I had to impose a new rule: You cannot get money by text message,” she said. “I mean … we weren’t having conversations. I was getting like this gibberish spelling, ‘need money T number 2 DAY.’ You know, it’s ridiculous,” she said, according to The Hill.
• The Stephen King literary canon seems less creative and more journalistic given the recent reports on the theft of some 20 dogs in the Western Maine region around West Paris. The prevailing theory is that they are being dog-napped for use in dog fighting events.
Yet national news outlets are reporting that dog thefts are up nearly 50 percent over last year around the country. And it’s not to turn them into Cujo, but to re-sell them — another recession-related crime.
• TV and movie actor Kirstie Alley, who is selling her Islesboro estate, has been a beneficent and colorful presence in the Belfast-Camden area. Stories abound among the locals about her buying sprees in local shops, bringing tradespeople to work at the two estates she has owned on the island and her generosity, particularly toward children. We hope she still visits.