Mysterious Maine Bears, Or, A Cute Coincidence

Yesterday afternoon I drove to Bridgham & Cook in Freeport to buy some preserves. On my way home there was a traffic jam on 295 southbound while still in Freeport, which was unusual. What was the holdup? An accident? No– people were rubbernecking to take a look at what I snapped above.

Now, seeing Maine wildlife on the side of the road is commonplace, but I have no idea what was going on there! As strange as sight as it was, things got even weirder later in the evening when I received a mysterious text with an attached photo from an unknown phone number. Continue reading “Mysterious Maine Bears, Or, A Cute Coincidence”

Episcopal Summer Chapel: St. Ann’s By the Sea, Kennebunkport

Wayne and I have commenced our “summer tour” of seasonal Maine Episcopalian churches with St. Ann’s in Kennebunkport being our first. St. Ann’s is “an historic seaside Chapel that offers the opportunity for summer worship, fellowship, and outreach on the coast of southern Maine.  Located in Kennebunkport, the picturesque chapel was built in 1887 to serve the communities of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Cape Porpoise.  People of all faiths join residents and visitors to the region for Sunday worship, special services and quiet meditation in the park setting overlooking the Kennebunk River and the Atlantic Ocean.” We decided to go to the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist which was held in the outside chapel overlooking the sea! Continue reading “Episcopal Summer Chapel: St. Ann’s By the Sea, Kennebunkport”

An Anglophile’s Pantry Staples

Such sad news coming from London! My prayers are with you!

I’ve been an Anglophile since my teen years. It hit home for me literally when, in the summer of 1985, I was a counselor at a summer camp in upstate New York where many of the other counselors were from England. I shared a similar dry, off-beat sense of humor with them. I felt a sense of understanding I hadn’t prior. One night in a townie bar during our time off they declared me an “honorary Brit.” Sadly that won’t get me official citizenship, but there’s no reason why I can’t import English goodness into my daily life!

I‘d like to introduce some British goodies to you in case you aren’t yet familiar with them, all of which can be purchased online: Continue reading “An Anglophile’s Pantry Staples”

John Ruskin on Contentment

There are, indeed, two forms of discontent: one laborious, the other indolent and complaining. We respect the man of laborious desire, but let us not suppose that his restlessness is peace, or his ambition meekness. It is because of the special connection of meekness with contentment that it is promised that the meek shall “inherit the earth.” Neither covetous men, nor the grave, can inherit anything; they can but consume. Only contentment can possess. Continue reading “John Ruskin on Contentment”

My Confirmation at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland

Good Monday morning! Yesterday afternoon I was Confirmed by the Bishop Lane into the Episcopal Church! (The beautiful antique Victorian stained glass above, which is one of many stunning windows, was created by Ward & Hughes, London, England.) Continue reading “My Confirmation at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland”