First of all, I want to thank Annette for this chance to share about my home state.
|Moose are Native|
The state slogan is "The Way Life Should Be" and most of the time I agree. I was born and raised in a small town outside of Portland. After graduating from high school, I continued school in the big city of Boston, got married and eventually moved to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. After living there for 30 years and raising a family, I moved back home to Maine--literally, moving back into my childhood home to live with my mother. We had three wonderful, fun years before she died as the result of an auto accident. I then bought a house of my own. The small town I live in now reminds me of the town I grew up in.
Having lived away from Maine for a number of years, I think I appreciate it even more than if I'd spent my entire life here. It is a charming blend of mountains, ocean, cities small rural towns and country roads
|View of the White Mountains|
|Rockbound Maine Coast|
Although we have four seasons, it mostly seems like winter and summer joined by spectacular fall colors.
Some fun historical tidbits:
In 1775, the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought in Machias Bay.
In 1839, Gov. Fairfield declared war on England, resulting in the bloodless Aroostook War, the result of an ongoing dispute about the northeastern boundary of between Maine and New Brunswick.
In 1947, during the "year that Maine burned," major forest fires sweep Mount Desert Island and other parts of the state, destroying more than 200,000 acres, 851 permanent homes, and 397 seasonal cottages. As a child, I can remember seeing the evening sky in the west turned orange by the flames.
In 1948, Margaret Chase Smith (1897–1995) of Skowhegan and Lucia Cormier ran in the nation's first all-female race for the U.S. Senate. Smith won, making her the first Maine woman elected to the U.S. Senate in her own right and the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress. She also bravely spoke out against the Communist witch hunts of Senator McCarthy.
As an author, I've been influenced by both states I've spent most of my life in, Maine and Minnesota. My recent short novella, Wishes and Dreams, is set along the coast of Maine and features one of my ancestors.
Can a grumpy old ghost stand in the way of a woman's wishes and dreams?
Available from Amazon Kindle and http://whispershome.com
|Coming March 2013|
or you can find her spicy side at www.peppergoodrich.com
I love comments and respond to each one. Now for a little contest: If you would like to enter a random drawing on a chance to win a Maine souvenir, comment by answering the following question: Why would you like to visit Maine? As part of your answer, please include your e-mail addy [e-mail AT service DOT net or com] so that I can notify you if you win.
(pictures provided by author)