Sunday, July 29, 2012

Wiscasset - Don't Pass it. "The Prettiest Village in Maine"

It is hard to imagine traveling in mid-coast Maine and not being forced to go through the exquisite bottleneck that is Wiscasset.

Wiscasset is known for unbelievable back-ups in the summer, especially on weekends and was the topic of endless conversations.  Because all of that mid-coast traffic flows right through the center of the village, there has been, for many decades, talk of building a bypass. Finally after so much time, money and effort, (and nesting eagles) the committees have once and for all given up.

But this notoriety should not overshadow its true uniqueness. The town bills itself as "The Prettiest Village in Maine" and it is hard to argue that.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Poll: 'Made in US' vs. 'Made in China' - Does it Matter to You?

When you are buying items of clothing, are you influenced by where a product is made?  For this poll: does it matter to you if a product is 'Made in US' vs. 'Made in China?"

The choices are:
  • I prefer 'Made in China' 
  • I don't care
  • I mildly prefer 'Made in US'
  • I strongly prefer 'Made in US'
*** The poll is closed.  Out of 890 votes, 63% chose "I strongly prefer 'Made in US'."




Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Henry Beston's Outermost House, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

These Cape Cod pictures were taken in 1973 of  Beston's "Outermost House".   Photos from personal archives

“I wanted a place to come to in the summer, one cosy enough to be visited in the winter could I manage to get down... It consisted of two rooms, a bed-room and a kitchen-living room, and its dimensions overall were but twenty by sixteen.  A brick fireplace with its back to the wall between rooms heated the larger space and took the chill off the bedroom.”

Henry Beston, The Outermost House

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's not food if...

“It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car.”

- Michael Pollan, Food Rules

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Vineyard Sound

The Vineyard Sound, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard

“The English gentleman... does not like short-sleeved shirts (preferring to roll up the sleeves of an ordinary shirt when it is hot).”

- Paul Keers*,  A Gentleman's Wardrobe

Paul Keers' current writing, very British and witty as always, is on wine, and can be found on his The Sediment Blog, located at  As he described it:
The "PK" persona is really a way of allowing me to be a slightly different "character". As with my fellow author, CJ, I don't think either of us are quite as angry/ignorant/alcohol-dependent in real life as we appear in our Sediment personae!


Eat food...

“Eat food.  Mostly plants.  Not too much.”

- Michael Pollan, Food Rules

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Mr. President... with cheese!

A stark, starchy-white New England building taken in the mid 1960s.  (Original Photo From Archives)
Calvin Coolidge is the only US president born on July 4th.  Each year, there is a celebration in Plymouth, Vermont (his birthplace) to honor the 30th President.  Here is a photo of the Plymouth Cheese Company which Coolidge's father founded and his son resurrected.

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Perfect Coastal Maine Evening

The most appreciated parts of my life are not the grand adventures, but the sublime routines.  Here is one of the best.

The Influence of Maine Summers and Sensibilities on Preppy: A Quoddy Take

(I received this email from the president of Quoddy.  He agreed to let me post it, and he then supplied the art at my request.)

In reading some of your writing, I was particularly struck by your premise that the Prep aesthetic has been so informed by not only Brooks Brothers and JPress, but also by "summering" in Maine.