Editor’s Note: Bangor Daily News columnist Robin Clifford Wood has decided that it’s time to move on from her column, Conversations with Maine. Robin has taken us into the lives and homes of Mainers for five years, showing us the connections between people, their communities and their passions. Read More
    On a recent Tuesday afternoon, a quiet garden plot was transformed into a bustling, multi-generational, community-service project behind the senior center in Orono. A dozen or so volunteers, some of them in wheelchairs, showed up to harvest onions, squash, garlic and beans and prepare them for delivery. They… Read More
    The scent of lavender permeates the lives of the Costigan family. Whether at their Appleton farm called Glendarragh or browsing their retail store in Camden, that soft, heady, complex, tantalizing aroma of various lavenders weaves its tendrils around your imagination. This aromatic herb has a long history in… Read More
    The most recent surprise Chris and Jill Packard confronted on their 3-acre homestead in Hampden came from their new Ancona ducks. “They are very messy. They get a mouthful of food, walk over to their water, shake their heads around and spew food all over the… Read More
    Jennifer Sapiel Neptune — artist, anthropologist, educator and member of the Penobscot Nation — has integrated her myriad skills to intertwine the past and the present, giving life to the future of her community. Her most recent reproduction from Penobscot history was a ceremonial headdress, cuffs and a… Read More
    From a small farm in remote Prentiss, one woman’s gentle devotion to animals is reverberating in widening circles of hope across the state and beyond, benefiting multiple species, including humans. The first part of my report on the Last Stop Horse Rescue introduced the… Read More
    Joyce Pomeroy lives alone on a 20-acre farm in Prentiss. Well, not exactly alone. Her resident family includes 28 horses; six cats; three dogs, one of them blind; a dwarf goat named Sophie; and Annabelle, the orphaned lamb. You might think that sounds like chaos,… Read More
    Scenes of potato harvests, clam digging, woods and wildlife are the themes of Eddie Harrow’s woodworking. The Dedham resident’s intricate carvings have been displayed across the area in places including Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Pediatric Cancer Center, the Brewer Community School, the Penobscot Courthouse, and Congregation Beth-El. Read More
    Ten years ago in April 2005, Robert Sypitkowski was granted a six-month leave of absence from his job at the Department of Environmental Protection to assist in water system and sanitation improvements in Indonesia, in a region that had been devastated the December before by the Sumatra earthquake… Read More
    It has been a week since I returned from Ireland, but a part of me is still lingering in Irish time, waking up in the pre-dawn light, sleepy by 8 or 9 in the evening. Ireland’s influence promises to linger much longer in other ways. First,… Read More
    Here we are at the end of 2014, and you can feel that familiar buzz of hopeful anticipation. A new year is about to begin, and who doesn’t love to celebrate a new beginning, a new birth? But December 31 isn’t only about beginnings. It is a place… Read More
    It surprises people who meet Katie and Allen Schaffer that they have only been together for about nine years. “People think we’ve been together forever,” said Katie. Perhaps that’s because they both seem to have endless reserves of energy when it comes to creative… Read More
    Tired of robocalls and negative political ads? I have an antidote. Get yourself a copy of “Events,” Bob Tweedie’s self-published book of stories about life in Maine and beyond. It may restore your enthusiasm — if not for politics, perhaps for human nature. “You’ve got to… Read More
    I have never worried much about those little scratchings and scurryings that I occasionally hear from my bed on a summer night. It’s all part of the peaceful soundtrack of summer in Maine. “There goes some cute furry thing, living its little life,” I think to… Read More