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

Month: June, 2010

First Cheese

by Karl Schatz It’s not often that the fulfillment of a dream can be found in a  gallon of milk and a little vinegar, but then, ours was not the typical dream. In 2003, we embarked on a great goat odyssey  (chronicled in our book, The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the  Quest for the Perfect Cheese). […]

Crisp Sheets and Crack Cocaine: A Surprising Visit to Windsor, Vermont

by Stewart Engesser One of the great things about Maine is that it’s close to Vermont. Vermont, the Green Mountain State, is well-known for maple syrup and scenic dairy farms; ice cream and covered bridges, rolling hills and quaint inns. It’s less known as a place to easily score smack and hard rock cocaine. So […]

Big Mama

by Margaret Hathaway I’ve always had a soft spot for groundhogs. Whenever they pop up by the side of the highway, alert and somehow jaunty, black noses twitching, their round brown bodies like bristling loaves of bread, it makes smile. When we discovered one living in the hill beneath our oak tree, I enjoyed watching […]

The Common Ground Country Fair Poster

by Sharon Kitchens Here are my five favorite Common Ground Country Fair posters from the past 33 years. To see more visit the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association website. 1982 1985 1996 2003 2008 and here is this year’s…

Master Shots: Tillman Crane

Photographer Tillman Crane interviewed by Sharon Kitchens Sunset, Standing Stones of Stenness, Orkney. Cover of Odin Stone. What were the most important things you learned as a photographer’s assistant? I never worked as a commercial photographer’s assistant. However, I did work as a Teaching Assistant at the Maine Photographic Workshops during the summer of 1987. […]

The Second Life of Paul the Armadillo

by Stewart Engesser When my wife and I have people over for dinner, it’s only a matter of time before someone asks about the stuffed armadillo dressed up like a pilgrim in the center of the dining table. To some people, Paul is an alarming stuffed desert mammal that may be harboring disease. To others he is a […]

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