The Maine
An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.

Tuesday Tune: A Month Of Migration

photographs by Brian Willson

Alder Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Field Sparrow

Field Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Ovenbird

Ovenbird

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Amen Again

photo, text, and coffee by Dan Dishner

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Good Morning friends from the Coast of Maine. Fresh roasted Amen Again in my cup today. Now that’s what I’m talking about. What’s in your cup?
Enjoy the day. — Dan

A dark roast using beans from South America, Central American and Africa. This is a smooth cup of coffee from start to finish. One of my best selling roasts.

Soon

poem by Dave Morrison

Note from Dave: Dear Friends, two treatments to go. While I’m not out of the woods yet and have plenty of healing to do, I still feel as if I’ve stuck my finger in the socket of gratitude. This is the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to go through, and I have felt supported ALL THE WAY THROUGH. My family, my friends, my co-workers, my community, even strangers have been generous beyond words with help and encouragement. Thank you. Now go out there and enjoy this beautiful day!

Soon

it will not hurt to smile or
kiss my wife, there will be no
danger in swallowing, showers
will not involve Saran wrap and
tape and bandages, our counters
will not be crowded with pill
bottles and salve.

Soon there will be no sores in
my mouth, no burns on my
throat, the skin on my neck and
face will not be scorched and
tender.

Soon eating will not involve
vinyl bags and tubing and
syringes, soon it will involve
taste and smell and food and
chewing and satisfaction.

Soon I will wake up and not be
tired, soon I will not need pain meds,
soon I can help around the house
and go to work, soon I can do my
share.

Soon no more treatments; no more
chemo, radiation, daily drives, just
regular days doing regular things,
surrounded by a million tiny
miracles, unspeakable beauty,
riding along in a body that works
correctly, soon my astonishing, blessed,
simple life that I will never, ever, take for
granted again.

Soon.

DM 5/14/2015

Soon

Moxie

painting & lifting by Lily Hamill

Moxie

Moxie, 12″ x 12″ acrylic on wood panel 

Besides running one of Midcoast Maine’s epicenters of fitness
Lily Hamill paints dog portraits by commission. She’s “ruff” and tough.

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#oneoftheseisnotliketheother #‎dogsofcrossfit #‎pupsandprs

Simba

lifting by Lily Hamill

Simba! #‎wedidthat #‎lionking

Tuesday 207: Pickup Line

painting by Jessica Ives

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On Monhegan, overnight visitors to the island are greeted at the dock by a lineup of trucks, tailgates open and drivers waiting. The thing is, only luggage gets a ride up the hill.

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207 Paintings post every-ish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine and jessicaleeives.comSave thirty percent on any 4×4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the Maine state area code.

Tuesday 207 paintings are exclusive to The Maine. They depict the land, the light and the people that make this state a state of wonder. Jessica is editor of The Maine and writes occasionally as The Outsider.

Sunday Afternoon

photograph and text by Matthew Mychack

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I almost felt guilty that this is how I, at 29 years of age, spent my Sunday afternoon; then, I remembered Emerson: “The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.”

Alewives

photograph and text by Matthew Mychack

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Alewives beware.

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If you’re a bird, this is pretty much THE place to be right now: Damariscotta Mills fish ladder, where anadromous alewives spawn in early summer. The gulls are plentiful, and vocal in their pleasure.

Maine Farmland Trust