Blossoming on the Greenbelt Walkway in South Portland

I used to live within walking distance of the South Portland Greenebelt in the 1990s and spent many days here staying ahead of my anxieties one step at a time. I was young, single, had a dream job that had been created just for me in the Old Port (with parking!) and a cute little house. Yet serenity then was still elusive. Walking here always helped me feel more calm and centered. It had been years since I was here last so I decided to revisit it today despite it being cool and cloudy.
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Vintage Maine Recipe: 1914 Simple & Spicy Spring Celebration Cake (With Edible Petals!)

Wayne celebrated a sobriety milestone today–five years! I baked him a special cake inspired by a recipe from my vintage 1914 cook book A Collection of Receipts For The Preparation Of Foods Most Commonly Made In The Songo Kitchen. It was published in Portland, Maine, but “The Songo Hotel” was located in North Bridgton. Continue reading “Vintage Maine Recipe: 1914 Simple & Spicy Spring Celebration Cake (With Edible Petals!)”

What is “Serenity?”

Is serenity the absence of hardship, turmoil, loud neighbors, petty annoyances and bad hair days? Do you need to live in a place where you can access quiet places of natural beauty? What about relatives–do you need to have the perfect family to have serenity? Is serenity only available to people of privilege who are born into money and never have to worry about how they will pay their bills? Continue reading “What is “Serenity?””