local hub succeeds


Happy New Year Everyone! Our local hub succeeds for the time-being-now.


On moving to this hamlet in the mountains of Western Maine three decades ago it was called Bob’s Corner Store and Texaco. Bob might have forgone including the oil company in his convenience store’s name but he chose to incorporate the whole in his sign out front. I think he was proud of the association. He was a typically—more than typically—Maine hard worker. Indirectly I suggested he might teach himself to go without sleep around the clock in order to get more done. He seemed to think it possible to accomplish the feat. He was generous in dealing with us—gave us credit when we needed it most…. Locally known as “putting it on the slip.”

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Nativity on the Common


Today we are given one second more of light than yesterday. Winter Solstice happened shortly after our viewing of the Nativity on the Common last night. Earlier, we shoed on nearby academy grounds. …Conditions continue bad for snowshoeing… like shoeing on white ice. It seems possible to don skates and glide across these grounds and over the snow-icy plank bridge and on, into the woods. On a slope above us, its woods are greatly thinned from last year, and a pile of long-logs stand near, covered in icy white. We look forward to better conditions for the shoeing season, but so far none are predicted.

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diary of a robot


Thinking out loud here at The Green and Blue House … I’m looking for ways to get my science-fiction reading into Maine blogging.   Something like the fact of a science-fiction character hailing for Maine, USA.  I’m not talking about my own science fiction. This is a Diary of a Robot, SF by TM-2000 and TLC’s hack Lewis Jenkins. The Maine character (appropriately named Eddie Forest for my Maine tie-in) has served in the Army (as does many a Mainer), and has moved around enough to lose his Maine way of speaking. His is a definite supporting role.  As comptroller of TLC, he supports his old Army buddy, the inventor of a testing machine that is boot-strapping its encoded intelligence to the level of a truly coherent  thinking machine.

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