Conversations with Maine

 
CONVERSATIONS WITH MAINE
Tessa Wood with her Dad (who is about to tackle a crab dish called "Godzilla") at "Jacques-Imo's" Restaurant in New Orleans.

Road trip to the Deep South

By Robin Clifford Wood on Aug. 27, 2013, at 1:42 p.m.
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Angela Taylor, 98, reads from a journal in which she has recorded summer visits to Islesford, Maine since 1957.

Maine summer islander is 98 years young

By Robin Clifford Wood on Aug. 13, 2013, at 3:32 p.m.
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"The Stone House," home to the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing.

BDN columnist goes back to school

By Robin Clifford Wood on July 30, 2013, at 2:47 p.m.
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John and Marisue Pickering of Orono recently self-published a charming book about great day trip destinations from central Maine. Each destination includes photos, an informative essay, and references for further exploration.

Couple turns Maine explorations into a guidebook

By Robin Clifford Wood on July 02, 2013, at 5:55 p.m.
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Aqsa Munir, an exchange student from Pakistan who attended high school in Hampden this year, spent her final weekend in the U.S. out on the Cranberry Islands.

Saying goodbye to our Pakistani daughter

By Robin Clifford Wood on June 18, 2013, at 11:58 a.m.
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Cristi Hegranes (right) works with Tara Bhattarai, the Global Press Institute's country editor in Nepal.

Woman’s vision trains, empowers truth-tellers worldwide

By Robin Clifford Wood on June 11, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.
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Don Gallupe, 89, shared life stories and war stories with Robin Clifford Wood at Dysart's earlier this month.

Bangor veteran of World War II exemplifies the way life should be

By Robin Clifford Wood on May 21, 2013, at 9:09 p.m.
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Heidi LaForge has been the owner of Maine Animal Keeper in Hermon for more than 14 years.

Depths of dog dedication, personified

By Robin Clifford Wood on May 07, 2013, at 2:03 p.m.
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Matt Dubel, director of the Fields Pond Nature Center in Holden, appears in an online video about this weekend's HOPE festival.  He hopes that festival goers will join together in making a commitment to a healthier world.

HOPE is on this weekend

By Robin Clifford Wood on April 23, 2013, at 5:09 p.m.
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Patti Lewis (left) and Sandy Spiller met each other in Sandy's Glenburn shop.

Two women are knit together by more than yarn

By Robin Clifford Wood on April 09, 2013, at 1:57 p.m.
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Elizabeth Siegel, still fondly referred to by all who know her as Queen Elizabeth,at Boyd Place in Bangor.

After 100 stories, some favorite updates

By Robin Clifford Wood on March 27, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.
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Joan Fenrow, a retired artist living in Hampden, has a studio adjacent to her home where she works, teaches and displays many of her paintings.

Joan Fenrow: Artist with ‘a cram-packed life’ makes the most of remaining time

By Robin Clifford Wood on March 12, 2013, at 5:16 p.m.
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Aqsa Munir, an exchange student from Pakistan spending the year in Hampden, Maine poses with her first-ever snowman.

More tales of a Pakistani teenager in Maine

By Robin Clifford Wood on March 05, 2013, at 4:36 p.m.
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The 95-year-old fingers of Harry Weiss tickle the ivories of a an electronic keyboard at Boyd Place in Bangor on Thursday. Weiss, a former silent movie musician, now plays piano for the pure love of it.

96-year-old piano prodigy still wowing crowds

By Robin Clifford Wood on Feb. 26, 2013, at 3:13 p.m.
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Molly Pitcher sings jazz with the new band, Interplay" at Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor last month.

Front porch performer finds her voice, fulfills dream

By Robin Clifford Wood on Feb. 12, 2013, at 6:09 p.m.
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Donna and George sit with their dog, Captain, in their "rolling home," a fifth wheel RV that hitches to the bed of their pickup truck.

Retired couple explores RV life on the road

By Robin Clifford Wood on Jan. 31, 2013, at 2:03 p.m.
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The Gateway Arch represents the role that the city of St. Louis played as the threshold of westward expansion for the United States during the 19th century. Its shape and symbolism, however, inspire dreams that move beyond our history — into a future of progressive discovery, growth, and progress.

Visit to inner city school illuminates ongoing challenges of racial inequity

By Robin Clifford Wood on Jan. 24, 2013, at 3:31 p.m.
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Gail Page, holding a cup of tea, stands in front of a large canvas she painted with one of her favorite "positive energy colors."

In caring for elderly mom, woman discovers buried treasure

By Robin Clifford Wood on Jan. 17, 2013, at 12:09 p.m.
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Stu Silverstein — filmmaker, artist, bread baker, wood-fired stove builder, family man — at home in Waterville.

Waterville man advocates change in art and life

By Robin Clifford Wood on Jan. 10, 2013, at 12:49 p.m.
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Zach Meehan and Morgan McCluskey, two die-hard Disney fans, are preparing to run their first half marathon next week in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

Disney dreams inspire couple to train for half-marathon

By Robin Clifford Wood on Jan. 03, 2013, at 2:01 p.m.