Thursday, January 24, 2013

Maine, The Way Life Should Be

Before I start I must confess to being one of "them" and know that no matter how long I am here I will forever remain so.  However, I could not love Maine more if I came from generations of Mainers.
This morning I looked through a pictorial book, Maine 24/7, for perhaps the hundredth time.  There is an introduction written by Bill Nemitz, a columnist with the Portland Herald and I would like to include some of the passages interspersed with some of my depictions of Maine:

"We call them "from away".  They often ask why we choose to live here in Maine, where the winters are too long, the summers too short, and the shopping centers so scarce that we actually named our largest one "The Maine Mall".  They wonder how we can get by on so little, yet still hang signs at our borders that boast, "Welcome to Maine.  The Way Life Should Be."

 Pretentious?  We don't mean it that way.

 It's simply the truth.

   Life in this corner of the country is, now more than ever, not easy.  The mills that once churned out shoes and textiles are long gone. Our proud fishing fleet struggles to stay afloat in a steadily rising tide of federal regulations.  The brightest of our children leave for college and, much to our dismay,
often never return. 

 Yet we stay.  And we adjust.  And we presevere.

 ...which brings us to the true essence of Maine-and the reason we choose to stay. 
 Maine, in a word, is beautiful. 

 From the granite outcroppings at West Quoddy Head, where the sun first touches the nation each morning, to the majesty of Mount Katahdin, Maine is a place where people the world over come to look, to smell, to feel the simplicity of nature as it goes about its business.  And from the lobsterman to the logger to the musician, it is a place whose people cherish nature's business as  they go about their own.

 No, it isn't easy.  And as long as we stay, with our ghost mills and wicked winters and our mall named after the whole gosh darn state ,it likely won't get easier anytime soon.  But if there is hardship in Maine, so is there pride.  And if living here is a challenge, so is it a blessing.

 Welcome to Maine:  The Way Life Should Be!


  1. TRUE, so very true for me too.

  2. so glad you joined us Marti~ Please feel free to link up any week - but please link the specific URL of your post (not your blog)because people do go back and go through past Off the Wall Fridays. Also please link back to my post somewhere in yours (most people just put it at then end) so that your readers can find us. If you have any questions - email - I tried to email you but you are set on "no reply" - these are lovely!

    1. Thanks Nina Marie, I will try and figure out how to do all of the above. I have had my blog for awhile, just now trying to really understand all the pieces.

  3. Now I want to live in Maine, which I do every time I visit. Lovely quilts, you capture the "feeling" of Maine.

  4. Lovely post, augmented with lovely artwork!

  5. You've done some beautiful work! ((Here from OTWF)

  6. Wow! I agree with you, Maine is beautiful! We have been there several times and plan on coming back in October.

    Adacia National Park is beautiful and one of my favorite places is Jason Lake.

    Your art is beautiful! thanks for shairing it with me today!

  7. Sounds really pretty, although I'm not sure I like the sound of longer winters. I really like your work. Beautiful.

  8. Ah yes. It is true about Maine. But then a Maine girl ends up in England and finds it is just where she needs to be - 25 years and counting. (Although I still ask for a Maine calendar for Christmas - especially for the florescent sunset scenes!)
    Sandy in the UK

  9. Doesn't sound too bad to me!

  10. I see I left a comment earlier and I responded to yours on my blog just now. But also wanted to let you know that you're a "no reply" blogger in case you didn't know! :)