Articles by Rosemary Herbert

 

Topsham bead-maker offers colorful jewelry

By Rosemary Herbert on Nov. 10, 2009, at 7:02 p.m.
If you’re craving color now that the garden has been put to bed and even the autumn leaves are gone from the trees, look to the work of bead-maker Stephanie Sersich of Topsham.

Search for Roxy produces surprises

By Rosemary Herbert on Nov. 06, 2009, at 7:09 p.m.
When my cat Roxy was found after nearly two weeks on the run, she was starved for affection and food, but otherwise in fine fettle. When I saw her yowling in the Havahart trap in which we had snared her, I was so jubilant that I literally flapped my arms …

Loss of a pet can spur reaction later regretted

By Rosemary Herbert on Oct. 30, 2009, at 7:58 p.m.
Anyone who has ever had a pet go missing will know that the feelings that follow the loss can be profoundly intense. In fact, there’s something about losing a beloved animal that can make you feel plunged into a childlike emotional state. You may find yourself sobbing with sadness, railing …

Efficient strategies lacking at DMV

By Rosemary Herbert on Oct. 23, 2009, at 5:51 p.m.
If ever there were a place that is a study in inefficiency and exasperation, it is the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Thomaston.

Unkind actions fuel needless accidents

By Rosemary Herbert on Oct. 16, 2009, at 4:47 p.m.
There are two ways of reacting to the dent that appeared in the door of my brand new car this morning: with fury or with dismayed acceptance of the fact that accidents happen.

Jobless? Party in the spirit of Rome

By Rosemary Herbert on Oct. 09, 2009, at 8:09 p.m.
If you are like too many people who are forced to start or extend a long search for a new job, you certainly can feel disheartened by the process. When you are feeling down and out of a job, it’s obvious that it’s time to network. But networking need not …

Class member’s lapse in etiquette mustn’t be ignored

By Rosemary Herbert on Oct. 02, 2009, at 6:08 p.m.
No one wants to be an ogre in a social situation, and this is particularly true when it is someone else’s responsibility to address the problem. But what is a person to do when the person in charge …

1836 shipwreck inspires book

By Rosemary Herbert on Sept. 20, 2009, at 7:15 p.m.
When circus animals get shipwrecked off the coast of Maine, it becomes a visually exciting romp and hide-and-seek in the pages of Chris Van Dusen’s new picture book, “The Circus Ship” (Candlewick Press, $16.99).

Some tips to keep the flu to yourself

By Rosemary Herbert on Sept. 18, 2009, at 4:25 p.m.
It’s a good thing writing this column only requires exercising my mental voice. As I write it, I have lost my speaking voice due to a humdinger of a cold accompanied by laryngitis and an underlying …

Power of storytelling comes through at most opportune time

By Rosemary Herbert on Sept. 11, 2009, at 5:17 p.m.
My mother was hundreds of miles away when the brakes on my car failed yesterday. Nevertheless, I am certain that she saved my life. That’s because, when there was no way I could stop my car, I remembered a story she told me about losing the brakes on her car …

Parents’ assurance keeps child calm, safe

By Rosemary Herbert on Sept. 04, 2009, at 7:13 p.m.
A 7-year-old girl is swept into the sea at Thunder Hole. Another young woman in the news was held captive for most of her life by a pedophile in a backyard complex.

Berry stains signify morning in paradise

By Rosemary Herbert on Aug. 14, 2009, at 9:21 p.m.
Taking my blueberry-stained jeans out of the soiled-laundry basket today, I did not want to put them into the washer. That’s because I would like the time I spent on my knees in the blueberry fields last weekend to remain indelible forever. It all began with the news that the …

Librarians weigh in on summer reading

By Rosemary Herbert on Aug. 08, 2009, at 12:35 p.m.
Summertime, and the reading is chilling, thrilling and tear-jerking, according to Maine’s public librarians.

Rabbits’ run

By Rosemary Herbert on Aug. 07, 2009, at 6:53 p.m.
More than a decade ago, Quan Myers of Walpole had two life-changing experiences: She purchased a rabbit she called Harvey, and she suffered a serious brain and spinal cord injury in a …

Charlotte’s daughters have arrived

By Rosemary Herbert on Aug. 07, 2009, at 6:33 p.m.
There is no denying that there is something of the miraculous in a spider’s web beaded with dew on a foggy morning in Maine. Tiny water droplets clinging to the sticky threads highlight the amazing …

Facing the crossroads of his life

By Rosemary Herbert on Aug. 02, 2009, at 7:50 p.m.
If you want to write a novel, it pays to start out at one of life’s major crossroads and move forward and back from there.

No job? Time to see your limits, and love

By Rosemary Herbert on July 31, 2009, at 11:37 p.m.
Laid off from your job, you’ve been applying for new work for months now. Your resume is as fine-tuned as it will ever be. You’ve honed your skills at writing the cover letter. You’ve practiced …

When stress builds, have plan to conquer your sleeplessness

By Rosemary Herbert on July 24, 2009, at 7:09 p.m.
How many times can you plump up the pillow, tell yourself worrying will do no good, and still find yourself lying in bed wide awake with worry? What do you do when warm drinks, giving yourself pep talks, and even praying don’t do a thing toward getting you some Z’s? …

Finding his wings again

By Rosemary Herbert on July 20, 2009, at 5:35 p.m.
In the aftermath of life-threatening injuries, potter Richard Robertson struggled to recover his health and creativity; a weekend exhibit demonstrates how well he has done.

Erstwhile librarian visited by real-life Wm. Shakespeare

By Rosemary Herbert on July 17, 2009, at 8:57 p.m.
It took a real-life visit from William Shakespeare to prove the usefulness of simple civility. Yes, I mean a visit from William Shakespeare in the flesh. At the time of the incident, I was working …
 
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