An Island For Sam by Sandra Dickson

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 Our 3 year old granddaughter Ada was enchanted by An Island For Sam, Sandra Dickson’s true story of a Shetland pony named Sam who rode the Laura B, a Port Clyde ferry, to Monhegan where the pony’s owner, Aunt Peggy, turned the pony over to her young 5th-grade niece.

Ada loves horses and points them out in the fields as she rides to school. So of course, she loved this story, which is told in the voice of the niece. Ada was very excited to see that Sandra had autographed the book to her, and when I told her it was hers to keep, she said, “Grampy, can I keep it forever?”

We’ve visited Sandra’s wonderful art gallery on Monhegan, where the pony’s home was. Islanders were very excited by the arrival of the pony and helped the niece’s family build a horse barn.

You could win this great book!

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 I recently read and wrote about a great new book, The Naturalist’s Notebook. And I am pleased to alert you to an opportunity to win a free signed copy of the book.

 

Got deer meat? Kate Gooding needs some.

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 If you don’t have Kate Krukowski Gooding’s wild game cookbooks, put them on your Christmas wish list. Kate is an amazing cook, and once cooked a fantastic wild game stew on my TV show Wildfire. Everyone in the building flocked to the studio to eat a bowl of that delicious stew.

Not long ago Kate was on Bill Greene’s TV show, making Black Fly Stew. And she put blackflies in it! Bill claimed they were tasty, but I doubt it!

A stunning story about an amazing hike

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 While you will be inspired by Thomas Jamrog’s amazing experience hiking the Continental Divide Trail, you will not be inspired to do that hike.

For one thing, it’s a 2500 mile 5 month journey through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, on a trail often described as desolate and brutal. Having read Jamrog’s book, In the Path of Young Bulls, published by Maine Authors Publishing, I think that description is an understatement.

But I found the book fascinating and was unable to put it down, racing through it as fast as I could, captivated by his detailed (and sometimes troubling) accounts of each day. This really is an incredible story.

A great market and eatery in Manchester

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          Brother Gordon loves Manchester’s Lighthouse Wine and Seafood and urged us to write about it, so now I owe him bigtime. This is a very special place.

          Nick and Dalena Nel came to this country from South Africa, lived for a time in Texas, and ended up in Maine. Their story is a very good one and we are lucky to have them here. They bought the Lighthouse last March.

Laurie Chandler’s paddling adventure was amazing and inspiring

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 After reading Upwards, I’m not sure I want to tackle the entire Northern Forest Canoe Trail. But I sure do want to paddle some of the trail.

Laurie Apgar Chandler was the first woman to solo paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and her new book is a detailed and inspiring account of that 740 mile adventure including 67 portages totaling 125 miles.

Her faith, and remembrance of padding some of the trail with her husband Chris who died at a young age of a heart attack, are inspiring, and her fierce determination to get through tough portages, awful storms, fierce winds, and lots of long days of paddling, is amazing.

Outstanding leaders organize new native fish advocacy group

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 Exciting news! A new organization focused on our native fish has been organized, “to protect, preserve, and restore native fish populations through stewardship of the fish and their habitats.”

I was pleased to participate in getting this group up and running, and will serve on the group’s Maine advisory committee. Outstanding fisheries leaders at the state and national level comprise the national board, with state boards in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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