Category: Sense of Place

Lasting Impact of Conserved Lands

Lasting Impact of Conserved Lands

When Land for Maine’s Future began in 1987, I had a front-row seat – working at the State Planning Office, where the program was housed. New state programs don’t typically generate much spectator interest,...

Belonging to Place–Even in Mud Season

Belonging to Place–Even in Mud Season

In the muddy-puddle depths of April, winter’s white has turned road-sand brown while summer’s uplifting palette is still a mirage. If I were ever to fall out of love with Maine, it would be...

Rest and Renewal Outdoors

Rest and Renewal Outdoors

In the first of her “Little House” books, Laura Ingalls Wilder describes a Sunday afternoon in her grandfather’s youth. He and his brothers had just built a sled, but the Sabbath had begun before...

Treasures of the Dark

Treasures of the Dark

To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight, And find that the dark, too, blooms and sings, And is traveled by dark feet and dark wings. — Wendell Berry In movies, books and...

Places of Paradox: the Lure of Maine Islands

Places of Paradox: the Lure of Maine Islands

Before the sun rises over a neighboring island, a translucent plum of moon slips into clouds tinged pink with the approaching day. The full moon has drawn the tide to an astronomical low, revealing...

Maine Windjammers Demonstrate Rewards of Sustainability

Maine Windjammers Demonstrate Rewards of Sustainability

By definition, sustainability looks to the future – working to ensure that generations to come have adequate resources to meet their needs. Yet paths to greater sustainability can integrate historical practices – as Maine’s...