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

A Postcard Home

designed and sent by Margaret Rizzio

Noodle Soup 6

Noodle Soup 5

Noodle Soup 4

Noodle Soup 3

Noodle Soup 2

Noodle Soup 1

Something Completely Different

Photographer Jim Dugan really does run the gamut of Maine, from pretty waterfalls to, well, just take a look. These are the roller-derby ladies of Rock Coast Rollers raising funds in their annual Milli Vanilli Lip Sync Contest at Trackside Station in Rockland. The music was all over the map but humming “Proud Mary” from Ike and Tina Turner might help with atmosphere.

Spring Melt in Acadia

Jim Dugan first photographed this waterfall on Mt. Desert Island over 20 years ago. He’s never seen it roaring as it did this spring.

Tuesday Tune: Yellow Rumped Warbler

photographs by Brian Willson

Yellow Rumped Warbler

Pussy willow blooms, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2015.

Pussy willow blooms, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 20 April 2015.

Tuesday 207: Brothers & Bass

painting by Jessica Ives


From the Orvis Guide to Family Friendly Fishing, by Tom Rosenbauer:

The first family fishing trip should be a short one. It should be timed carefully to coincide with the very best time of the year for panfish, small bass, or juvenile saltwater species because your goal is for every one to catch a fish. If possible, I’d advise you to take only one other person at a time on this first trip…. Too many bodies creates chaos, resulting in a disappointing experience for everyone.

We were not disappointed. Then again, we were not beginners. For the first time in our adult lives my brothers and I were all in a boat — a small canoe — together, fishing. And fish we did. The trip was not short. The day was beyond beautiful. We all caught bass, some of them not small.


207 Paintings post every-ish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maineand 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.





Pool’s Open

photograph by Susan Williams

Pool's open.


poem by Dave Morrison

Note from Dave: Friends, I am being given so much help and care from so many people that it makes me dizzy with gratitude. I offer this poem as small thanks.


What makes me
want to throw myself
at your feet?

I am no longer broken to that
degree, not desperate or
despairing or alone.

Almost the opposite;
my heart is not broken
but unbound, I am

burdened with blessings, sick
with love, if I weep it is because
it feels good, if I howl

it is so I can be heard above
the drums in my head, if my
hands are burned

it is because you have given me
the sun to hold.

(Lonely Life of Spies – JukeBooks 2009)

Dave Morrison

Stop Right There

inspiration by Happier Outside

Happier Outside

Maine Farmland Trust