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Military history, past and present, shows it’s a small world

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 23, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
Injured by rifle grenade in Belgium on Feb. 13, 1916, Maj. Warren Herbert Belyea, second in command of the 26th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, returned to battle on March 9, 1916. Eleven days later, he was “mortally wounded by a high-explosive shell at Watsonville” in the Battle of Kimmel Hill …

Sunday Brunch: Fast and Fancy

on March 23, 2014, at 7:31 a.m.
  Every week I muster up some strength to put out a spread for my small brood of men. It is never terribly time consuming or expensive and is always made while simultaneously corralling children and answering the phone. Motherhood never takes a break, after all. Because I want to …

Sleeping In

on March 22, 2014, at 7:48 a.m.
I miss sleeping in. I threaten to do it at least twice a week. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, I tell everyone, I will not get up before 9:00 am for anything. Unless there is a fire or someone is bleeding. Every weekend morning the children pounce on our bed …

100 Things To Do In Maine With Kids

on March 21, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
     Take a selfie with Paul Bunyan      Eat a lobster      Crab fishing      Skip rocks      Bon fire      Visit the DeLorme Map Store to see the giant rotating globe in Yarmouth      Potato sack race      Swim in the ocean      Charter a sailboat (some are inexpensive!) …

Wooing The Neighbor Girl

on March 20, 2014, at 7:50 a.m.
To my unprepared dismay, my little super hero announced that he must build a go-kart so that he can drive away to the neighbor’s house and save his girlfriend, because that is what super hero’s are supposed to do. What four year-old has a girlfriend?! According to the rather lengthy yarn …

10 Reasons Why You Don’t Want To Be My Friend

on March 19, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
Life ruins friendships. There is no flowery way to put that. Sometimes getting a fancy new job means losing some friends. Sometimes moving away will be an effective way to kill off your entourage. For my social life, the slow inevitable death of my friendships came after I had children. …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip are 3rd cousins through Victoria

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 09, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
Reading through the approved “souvenir programme” of The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from June 2, 1953, with its “Genealogical Table Showing the Descent of the Crown,” reminded me that both the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, are descended from Queen Victoria. In fact, the couple are …

Short And Sweet: Myself Talks Back

on March 06, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
I talk to myself a lot these days. Sometimes myself talks back. Usually the jibber jabber goes something like this: Oh, good grief…who left the flipping wet towels all over the bathroom floor? Whatever, I’ll just toss them in the next load. Oh, I should grab the new jug of …

Everything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

on March 04, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
My husband put the kids to bed. Let me type that sentence again, because frankly, it is mystifying to me. My husband put the kids to bed. And he did it with absolutely no fuss or fluster from the kids. In addition to this parenting feat of brilliance, he also …

Some Muffin Top Bravado

on March 03, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
You know what? I freaking love my muffin top. And I don’t mean that in some passive-aggressive defeatist way because dieting doesn’t work for me. The truth is, I have never cared much about my weight because my weight has simply never been much of an issue. I had kids. …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

World Acadian Congress talk set for Bangor library

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 02, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
Penobscot County Genealogical Society will host Dona Saucier presenting “Congres Mondial Acadien 2014 — World Acadian Congress 2014” at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. Seventeen days featuring more than 120 family reunions, 200 community events and numerous heritage projects …

The Pleather Predator

on March 01, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
It is hard to imagine that there was a point in time that I thought having one child was tough work. Two children are tough work. Two children means no sleep, no hot meal or beverages, lightening fast morning ablutions, and having to learn how to do nearly everything with …

Childfree Meetup

on Feb. 28, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
One of the common downsides of being childfree is that many of your friends become parents. Now friends becoming parents is not a downside in and of itself – unless you are one of the few childfree people who genuinely dislike kids. Which we are not. No, the downside it …

Arsenic Hour

on Feb. 24, 2014, at 7:31 a.m.
There is a horrifying time of day when polite manners and family rules are shoved under the couch cushions to suffocate to death under grouchy jumping toddler feet. Children turn into wild heathens and run screaming like lost hellhounds looking for scraps of Cheddar Bunnies and final slurps of Sippy …

Arrival of great-nephew prompts genealogist to review documents

on Feb. 23, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
Tall, medium build,blue eyes, dark brown hair, born May 9, 1878, in New Jersey. Worked as a “tile paster” for Old Bridge Enamel Brick & Tile Co. Submitted his World War I Draft Registration Card in Sayreville, N.J., on Sept. 12, 1918, shortly before the Great War came to an …

Mom Envy

on Feb. 21, 2014, at 8:12 p.m.
I have a snarky and super freaky-smart cousin who lives in Alabama. She has a sweet but chaotic brood of three children plus one husband. Every time I chat or text or Facebook with her I laugh and relate along to whatever hilarious accounts of life she has to share …

Pillow Forts and Melt Downs

on Feb. 20, 2014, at 11:02 p.m.
This has been a truly tough winter for my oldest son. He has suffered the oppression of being stuck with Mom (eye roll) everyday including a rough three-day holiday power outage. The poor kid had more play dates cancelled due to stupidly cold sub-zero temperatures. His favorite cat, Stella died. …

Introducing we’re {not} having a baby! Central Maine

on Feb. 19, 2014, at 5:31 p.m.
This blog is the brainchild of Amy & Lance Blackstone, a childfree couple, married since 1995 and living in Bangor since 2003. Together, we offer musings {sometimes sociological, sometimes snarky, always entertaining} on the childfree life.

Welcome to Housewife Plus!

on Feb. 19, 2014, at 5:07 p.m.
Housewife Plus features stories from my perspective about the everyday experiences my family has while working and living in rural Maine. My husband is a wooden boat builder and I am a writer and artist. Together we practice gentle living and natural parenting with our two young sons.
 Erin Hamlin (USA) waves to the crowd after receiving her bronze medal during the medal ceremony for the women's singles luge during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at the Medals Plaza.

Luge medalist may have connection to Hannibal Hamlin from Maine

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on Feb. 16, 2014, at 9:57 a.m.
Three cheers for Erin Hamlin, the first American woman to ever win an Olympic medal in the luge event. For sure, I will be sending her a message to ask what her dad knows about his Hamlin line. As in, does he need any help in figuring out his relationship …
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