Wixson captures rural Maine in her Sovereign stories series

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I raced through all four of Jennifer Wixson’s novels that comprise the Sovereign Series. After stopping long enough to write reviews of each of her first two novels, I intended to do that when I finished reading novel #3, The Songbird of Sovereign, but I made the mistake of starting her fourth novel, The Minister’s Daughter, and couldn’t stop to write that third review.


50 Things you must do in Maine.

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           You’ll want to check this book out. Literally. Of the 50 Things To Do In Maine Before You Die, a wonderful book by Nancy Griffin, I’ve checked off 40.

Great cooking with fairies (kids)

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The photos in Fairy House Cooking, published by Down East Books, will amuse and delight you, and wait ‘til you read those stories and recipes! Author Liza Gardner Walsh describes the recipes: “Simple, Scrumptious Recipes & Fairy Party Fun!” Boy, she got scrumptious right.

The kids are the fairies, invading the kitchen to make everything from fruit wands to edible fairy houses. Yes this book made me hungry!

Can bees really thrive at the top of a Paris apartment building?

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 My neighbors raise bees, something I’ve always found fascinating, and of course Linda loves to see them in her extensive flower and vegetable gardens. So I was quick to grab the children’s book, Bees in the City, published by Tilbury House Publishers in Thomaston.

Written by Andrea Cheng, the daughter of Hungarian immigrants, who has been fascinated by bees her entire life, this wonderful book may cause you to rush out and get yourself a bee hive.

I’ll talk about my illness on Maine Calling on Friday

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On Friday, from 1 pm to 2 pm, on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling, I’ll be talking about my illness, ALS, with MPBN’s Jennifer Rooks. Nell Davies from the ALS Northern New England Association will join me.

If you can, please listen to the show, and consider calling in with a question.


Time to tell you about my illness

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           At first, I was devastated. After a lengthy period of constantly twitching muscles and lots of tests, my neurologist told me I have ALS, Lou Gehrig’s illness. I sat next to Linda for a minute in silence. Then I began asking a lot of questions, all of which Dr. Stephanie Lash, my neurologist at Pen Bay in Rockport, answered with kindness and concern. Dr. Lash is extraordinary and I am lucky to have her as my neurologist.

Portage Lake stocking proposal is denied

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 A contentious proposal to stock hatchery fish in Portage Lake in Aroostook County has been denied. While the proposal came from a DIFW Regional Fisheries biologist, with support from most of the agency’s other fisheries biologists, it was sharply criticized by a few biologists.

Perhaps the most significant criticism came from Merry Gallagher, the department’s lead brook trout biologist. Here’s what Merry wrote:

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