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An old age question asked during my annual physical for about a decade, “Have you fallen during the past year?” It always seems like an astounding inquiry. I occasionally fall carrying my kayak or canoe up and down steep embankments. A couple of times a year, I fall… Read More
    This past week I spent more than eight hours cleaning out two rooms in our basement. Did I want to? Heck no!!! But when it came time to put away Christmas decorations the storage space was so disorganized I refused to just put them away without tackling the… Read More
    SACO — Age Friendly Saco is launching their Handyman Program throughout Saco in an effort to help residents ages 55 and older better adapt to aging in their community. Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution (SBSI) recently donated $4,000 to help fund this new program. A recent survey… Read More
    “Where the mountains meet the sea, “ is an oft-quoted phrase attributed to poet Edna St. Vincent Millay to describe the Camden Hills. Located in Camden Hills State Park, Mount Megunticook is the tallest of the Camden Hills at an elevation 1,385 feet. According to park literature, it… Read More
    What do I still want to accomplish? Accomplishments should not stop when we stop working. As this New Year begins, take time to identify something worth spending your time accomplishing this year. It could be something you want to do, be, or have. It doesn’t have… Read More
    You can still love an activity even if you’re not good at it. That’s true with cross country skiing and me. Beginning the sport in my forties, I’ve never progressed beyond mediocrity. Something I thoroughly enjoy, it’s gentler on my aging body than most other favored pursuits. Read More
    A lot has changed since I started hiking Ragged Mountain in the 1970s. Part of a coastal mountain range called the Camden Hills, back then the only trail leading to the summit began in a pasture on the Gillette Road in Rockport. Crossing private properties, the path went… Read More
    Except for three years in the Army, I’ve lived my entire life in Maine. One would surmise that after seven decades experiencing Maine winters, they wouldn’t come as a surprise. However, for some inexplicable reason the first significant winter storm always seems to catch me unprepared. Read More
    In this season of holiday gift giving, sometimes the greatest gifts come from unexpected sources. Read More
    Perhaps the best kept whitewater secret in coastal Maine is a three mile stretch of the Cathance River in my hometown of Topsham. Located in the northeastern, rural part of town, it is a Class II through V creek run that consists of four rapids followed by four… Read More
    Photo by Geralt. Courtesy of pixabay.com Although Santa is long past the traditional retirement age, he is still going strong. Every year he supervises the production and distribution of toys to good little girls and boys across the planet. Is his job stressful?… Read More
    Birthdays never bothered me until I turned sixty-nine. It was then that I realized my next solemn remembrance would be seventy. By anyone’s definition, seventy is old. Depending upon one’s perspective, it may not be ancient or completely over-the-hill, but seriously old. Just recently, there was… Read More
    Maine has some great whitewater. Besides the well-known dam release rafting rivers like the Kennebec, Dead and Penobscot, there are dozens of excellent free flowing whitewater streams and rivers. Under normal circumstances, the best time to paddle whitewater is in the spring when April showers and snowmelt combine… Read More
    Neither an ornithologist nor a bird watcher, I might qualify as a lowly tenderfoot birdie peeper. Observing large colorful birds like pileated woodpeckers or beautiful toucans that were prevalent during my visit to Costa Rica is very entertaining. Eagles and ospreys always get my attention. Conversely, my favorite… Read More
    Several factors make Little Suncook River in New Hampshire unique. A short, very narrow, initially intense whitewater run, it has Class III & IV rapids, a navigable dam and is frequently pockmarked with strainers. All of this excitement in three brief miles, much of which can be observed… Read More
    Loss comes in many forms. Yet, it can be an incredible teacher. It all depends on your point of view. Read More
    Is there a better way for outdoor enthusiasts to spend four days than mountain hiking on a range of magnificent summits, sea kayaking along perhaps the most spectacular section of the Maine coast and biking a network of scenic, off-road trails that weave through mountains and around secluded… Read More