May 8, 2011

The Many Facets of Inspirational Maine

It’s not hard to imagine writing a novel in Maine where the scenery runs from crisp autumns to relaxing coastlines with lighthouses and folklore of fishermen tossed about as inspiration. Perhaps that’s why so many authors reside in Maine.
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is a thirty-five year old nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the cultural life of Maine by supporting writers and the literary arts.
The MWPA produces a quarterly literary trade publication currently titled Maine in Print. The publication has a press run of 3,000. Roughly 1,500 copies are directly mailed to members, while the other half is distributed through bookstores, and other in-state literary outlets, including libraries, universities, nonprofits, and schools across the state.
All information on this organization can be found here:
http://www.mainewriters.org/

Maine wasn’t the birthplace of E. B. White, American Essayist and Author, but he resided in North Brooklyn, Maine until his death in 1985.
Other Maine Authors include the well known Steven King and Ann Stephens, a 19th century writer, born in Humphreysville, Connecticut. In 1831 she and Edward Stephens married and moved to Portland, Maine. Three years later they began publishing Portland Magazine.
For more information on Maine click on the Maine Chamber of Commerce website http://www.mainechamber.org which directs you to fascinating information regarding this great state and its benefits.
The thing I most enjoy on Mother's Day is that each kid will at least make the effort to call me and I get that rare moment to talk.  It seemed so much easier when they were young and I could trap them in the car while driving to soccer games but now that they're all grown and have lives of their own, it's harder to pin them down for any length of a conversation. The one day a year that my grown children call without my prodding is Mother's Day and for that, I must thank the Ancient Egyptians. They have the first record of celebrating a day for Mother's.  Mostly, I must thank a woman named Julia Ward Howe with her proclamation in 1870.  Who, after the Civil War, summonded  Mother’s to come together and protest  the futility of their sons killing the sons of other mothers.  She's the person who called for an international Mother's Day celebrating  motherhood. 
And as a little Mother's Day treat, many Maine restaurants are taking reservations for Brunch at some pretty amazing places.  Go http://www.boston.com/travel/blog/2009/05/mothers_day_in.html if you're in the area and you'd like to celebrate with the person you call Mom.   

9 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

Happy Mother's Day! The pictures of Maine are so beautiful. I cannot wait to visit. :)

jrlindermuth said...

Thanks for reminding us of so much good writing coming out of Maine--before and since Stephen King.
In this time of remembrance of the Civil War it's also appropriate to consider Mrs.Howe's reminder of the futility of war.

Pauline B Jones said...

Ditto the Happy Mother's Day! Maine has always fascinated me. Would love to visit some day!

Lauri said...

What a beautiful post! My father was born in Maine, and it is still a goal of mine to visit there someday!

Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day to you, too. I remember camping at Sebago Lakes when my kids were little. Beautiful Maine! Thank you for the historical note on Mother's Day. I thought it was another Hallmark money pit, but now I know the truth.
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Nora LeDuc said...

Hi, we love Maine. My favorite campground was Hermit's Island where we could camp right by the sea. We went there every year until suddenly, the kids were grown. I have great memories of those days.

Annette said...

one of my very favorite children's books is Blueberries for Sal set in Maine.

Debby said...

Maine is so beautiful. We traveled up to Acadia and then down.
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Susan Whitfield said...

Maine is another state on my list of places to visit. Thanks for a great invitation!