A warm day was promised, so I went out early to water the transplants. I didn’t notice while watering, but the no-seeums were out in force and biting me all over (wasn’t wearing much). No–seeums are so small that sometimes you miss them. Then the itching begins. In a way they’re like a metaphor for an internal irritation, surfacing after the initial unconscious encounter. That’s the only connection with Maine this post will have, so we might even consider it off-topic.
Before we moved here, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith had been the “longest serving Republican woman in the Senate.” She was “placed in nomination” at the republican national convention, the first for a woman. Today Senator Susan Collins would tie the longest serving record on finishing her current term. She is declining to support or vote for Donald Trump. She has said she may go the write-in route.
Margaret Chase Smith was another senator who stood for what she believed–during the trying times of the McCarthy era, in which the House Un-American Activities Committee was engaging in un-American activities.
Note that the emblem bearers have never been attired in suits and ties. Even today they would not wear their jeans with t-shirts and ties; or opaque goggles showing fantastic images over their eyes while plying their trades.
“Mr. _______, hoping to have the files for you in three weeks’ time if not sooner. Many thanks!”
Here’s my initial pitch, which I recycled for this second book’s proposal.
“Maine memoir and creative nonfiction describe the Maine Metaphor series. In Maine Metaphor the emphasis is not personal, as it is in Carolyn Weber’s Surprised by Oxford; but natural and cultural as in The Maine Woods (Thoreau), Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (Annie Dillard), or Dakota by Kathleen Norris. In Maine Metaphor the reader is immersed in Maine, the region, and an experience of a newcomer relishing the natural adventure. Five books in the sequence, Maine Metaphor is divided geographically (4) and seasonally (1), and composed over the course of 25 years.”
Once a book is accepted, Wipf & Stock’s materials submission process includes a mock interview. I’m not sure of its purpose, except perhaps to get you in practice. I plan to ask them to post it (this time) to the book page so I can link it here. A sample question/answer of my own devising for the new book (Experience in the Western Mountains):
- “How were you able to go to school and live while writing?
“My spouse supported our family as you’ll see in the book—not so I could write but so I could eat! He had his own struggles earning in this part of Maine. He is retired now, so the income is fixed, but it’s still difficult for others making a living here.”
I’d like to see something like this on the cover because it is Maine mountainous. And I’ve a concern that the photo on these covers be quintessential Maine.
Grateful for this news.
I’ve written to the editor before about state driving laws being just and needing no refinement. Now, can the elected stewards, our representatives, get together to scout an infrastructure plan for safe biking in districts, towns, and state? There may be many working on proposals, but all such proposals would have to be worked out with dedicated fundraising monies, preferably from bicyclists, from grants, and matching funds then codified in law. If stewards who bike get together to form a coalition, in the House and in local governments, it might happen.
We do love these beauty old places. Here’s one discovered while out biking above hidden Labrador Pond. You can see, outside the wall, some are also buried–perhaps according to an old custom of sorting sinners from the saved? Or perhaps it was just that the family cemetery had no room for others?