Brownville Junction, Maine – Jeremy Flagg, a one time resident of Brownville Junction Maine has decided to detail growing up in a small town in Northern Maine. Through the use of his blog, I.Am.Maine, he retells stories about what it means to be a “Mainer” and how the world views him and his Maine heritage.
Flagg, an art teacher, started telling stories to his students about growing up in Maine and finally decided to turned them into a blog. His articles include stories about growing up in the Penquis region and the stigma’s he’s faced as he tells outsiders he’s from Maine. As an avid photographer he also includes photos from his youth and of his frequent travels to the small town.
“It started from telling my students those horrid, ‘When I was a kid…’ stories and eventually people started saying I should write a book. I decided a blog was the easiest way to reach the community I often write about.”
Having a military father meant his early years were spent moving around from base to base. Eventually he would reside in Brownville Junction for twelve years, a community composed of a little over 1,000 residents.
“This blog is a way I can pay homage to my heritage and let people outside of Maine know what it’s like to come from a town far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.”
His blog, http://www.iammaine.com currently has over sixty stories and has been running since June of 2011. He hopes that eventually his blog will culminate in a book of photojournalism, showing the various states of his one-time small town over the past several decades.
Flagg currently resides in Boxborough Massachusetts but frequently visits central Maine where his family continues to reside.
Jeremy can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org