September 2017 Maine Seniors Magazine

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Noel Paul Stookey with his family, 1970s

Also Inside: Noel Paul Stookey: There is Love


• Scott and Nancy Nash of Peaks Island • Gordon Bok: A Voice for All Seasons • The Economic Power of Seniors • Raspberry Whipped Jello Mousse ...and more!

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s children, my sister and I used to hide from my mother before nap time and she would sing“Where Have All the Flowers Gone” as she searched for us. One of the flowers that made this song a part of America’s soul is gone. Mary Travers (deceased 2009) has passed on and yet, the beautiful music of the famous Peter, Paul, and Mary trio, lives on through the magic of Noel Paul Stookey.

This extremely gifted artist may be best known for his 1971 hit “The Wedding Song—There is Love” (see the lyrics below) This song poured out of Noel as a divine inspiration and it definitely has been divine for so many millions who have known and felt the grace of this piece of music. Fortunately, Noel had a chat with Gordon Bok (read about this gifted artist in article following Noel’s story) who recommended that Noel visit Blue Hill, Maine, where Noel settled and founded Neworld Studio. Noel, thank you for all of your gifts, which have helped to raise the human condition here in Maine and throughout the world.You are a true Prime Mover! Fortunately, Maine has attracted great musicians and artists further enriching our quality of life here. Enjoy the lyrics below. He is now to be among you at the calling of your hearts Rest assured this troubadour is acting on His part. The union of your spirits, here, has caused Him to remain For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name There is Love. There is Love. A man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home And they shall travel on to where the two shall be as one. As it was in the beginning is now and until the end Woman draws her life from man and gives it back again. And there is Love. There is Love. Well then what's to be the reason for becoming man and wife? Is it Love that brings you here or Love that brings you life? And if loving is the answer, then who's the giving for? Do you believe in something that you've never seen before? Oh there's Love, oh there’s Love. Yes the marriage of your spirits here has caused Him to remain For whenever two or more of you are gathered in His name There is Love. There is Love. —Noel Paul Stookey

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The Featured Contributor for this issue is Chloe JonPaul.


aine Seniors Magazine is truly pleased to offer its readers Chloe’s Corner by the inspired author Chloe JonPaul. Chloe's articles are both thoughtprovoking and uplifting; touching on joy, zest for life, and overall attitude; they are philosophical, therapeutic and entertaining. Her inspiration stems from a long background of various experiences. Chloe taught school for 35 years in Maryland and Maine. Her students included elementary children and special needs adults. She has long been an advocate for seniors. In 2003, Chloe was Ms. Maryland Senior America. She was on the advisory board for the Maryland Healthcare Commission and the Interagency Commission for Aging Services, Maryland Department of Aging. Chloe also served as lead facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence

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Further, she worked as Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Project at her church and volunteered at a hospice and homeless shelter. Chloe claims her philosophy in life is "Find a need and fill it". It seems she has done that many times over. In spite of her many interests and obligations, Chloe found time to write four books. Two of the four are non-fiction: What Happens Next? A Family Guide to Nursing Home Visits...and More and Entering the Age of Elegance: A Rite of Passage & Practical Guide for the Modern Maturing Woman. Her fiction books are The Girl Who Did Not Like Her Name, which is children's fiction; and This Business of Children. The latter won an award and was written into a screen play. Having traveled to seven continents, Chloe has decided to settle on Maine as her retirement home. This is good news for her and for Maine Seniors Magazine. MSM

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SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUE 1 Publisher's Note


5 Contributors 8 Prime Mover: Noel Paul Stookey

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17 Prime Mover: Gordon Bock


25 Prime Mover: The Nashes


35 Sage Lens: Elder Clout


39 Health Treasures: Medicare Open Enrollment


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43 Just Pondering: Keep Swinging


45 The MAINE Point: Creative Volunteerism

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47 Chloe's Corner: Your FGA Quotient


51 Special: Timeless Musicians


55 Legacy: Financial Planning


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nown to his family, friends, and neighbors as Noel, he has reached into the conscience of his listeners for over fifty-five years. As Paul of the trio“Peter, Paul and Mary”, Noel wrote and sang music that shaped many of us who came of age in the 60s. He's long been a gifted songwriter and singer, and at eighty, he’s still at it.

A tall handsome man on whom the few pounds of maturity drape well, he reaches out a hand strengthened by years of playing guitar. I heard him sing with Peter and Mary at the 1963“March on Washington”, and I've been a mesmerized fan since then. Now as I sit across a table from him, I have a chance to know the person behind the songs, and that is a gift.

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and keeps them here? Surprisingly, Noel appreciates the “reticence of Maine natives to accept people 'from away'". Noel Stookey moved to Michigan when he was 12, and there he met Betty, whom he married 54 years ago. As a child, Betty spent summers in Kennebunk and in 1974, when success seemed to cloud their lives, Noel and Betty sought a refuge where they could

find privacy for their own family of three young daughters, as well as a simpler way of living. They asked Maine singer-songwriter and friend Gordon Bok for advice and at his suggestion made two trips to Maine, searching along the coast until they arrived in the Blue Hill area and knew they had come home. The first property the Stookeys bought in Blue Hill was an empty four-story chicken barn set on about thirty acres across from the ocean. Because they rented a house from a family named Coope, many people thought they had actually moved into the Henhouse. Instead, within a year, skilled local contractors turned the former shelter for chickens into the new home of Neworld Studios. Peter Clapp of Blue Hill Garage used his tow truck to hoist a piano to the second floor. There Noel wrote, recorded his own music, and SEPTEMBER 2017 • 1 0

PRIME MOVER Noel and Betty at "One Light, Many Candles,” photo by Sally Farr.

produced recordings of talented friends like comedian Tim Sample, singer-songwriter David Mallet, and the spoken words of neighbor E.B. White. Eventually, Noel and Betty moved to a house, conveniently located across the street, that they bought from Ann and Clarence Conroy. The Conroys had predicated the sale on the agreement that the Stookeys would continue operation of Fairwinds, their greenhouse and flower shop. Betty had a talent for floral design and the endeavor proved to be such a success that she eventually moved it into Blue Hill, where it continues to operate today. In 1980, people in Blue Hill wanted to create a community radio station. They appreciated NPR, but there were so many musicians 11 • MAINE SENIORS

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and artists living nearby that the idea of a station utilizing and celebrating local talent was compelling. In 1969 Peter Yarrow had asked Noel to “bless his wedding with a song.” Noel is a deeply spiritual man, and as “The Wedding Song” came from prayer, he believed that the profits should be returned in much the same way. In 1971, he had created the Public Domain Foundation to use the considerable profits from this song to support the public good. The Foundation funded many such ideas from people around the world, and creating what became WERU offered a welcome opportunity to help locally. What drew the Stookeys to Maine, and keeps them here? Surprisingly, Noel appreciates the “reticence of Maine natives to accept people ‘from away,’ ” which is a respite from the superficial adulation that follows him elsewhere. Mainers offer “the invitation to prove yourself,” Noel reflects. When they first moved to Blue Hill, Betty, Noel, and their daughters took their time, but slowly began to fit in. There was no nursery school, so Betty helped create one. Noel gave a concert to raise funds, and at the end of it, Paul Sylvester, their next door neighbor and the original builder and owner of the Henhouse, lingered, and then said to Noel, “There are worse ways to get to know your neighbors.” Noel eventually understood it to be a great compliment. “People here accept you because of your character, not press releases,” he adds. Older now, and even wiser, Noel reflects on what matters most to him: his family, of course, Maine, and this country; but also the gift of imagination. “The solitude drawn from living in Maine grants you the time to re-discover the meaning in life. Recently, I feel the need to celebrate my parents. (Noel’s parents Dodie and father Nick moved to Blue Hill in the late ‘70s and lived out their lives in Maine until their passing in 1989).“I'm writing songs now that come from my childhood.” Noel’s new composition“Somethin’ Special” borrows from a family holiday experience that yielded spiritual growth as well as a bicycle. (Hear a preview of the song prior to its November release at“My mom and dad were not only thoughtful, but inventive as well. I learned harmony singing with my folks on long automobile trips. I don’t


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suppose that happens too much anymore,” he says with regret. “What with iPods and earphones, music ‘on the road’ has become less shared and more isolating.”

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But technology can open doors as well. Noel recalls creating a computer board system (a forerunner of Internet connectivity) with eight telephone lines converging to equipment maintained in the Henhouse offices and usually filled to maximum capacity with “folks 'logging in' to chat and play interactive text games. It was great acting as host to those electronic gatherings…and if you think about it, it’s sort of the same service that music—particularly folk music—can perform: bringing people together by articulating common concerns.” Having a long life is a gift, and imagination helps Noel find new meaning and enjoyment as he gets older. Noel believes every one of us employs his or her imagination, but in different ways. How to foster imagination?“Volunteer, mentor, don't assume you can’t help,” he suggests.“Technology opens up avenues. There are lots of ways for older people to stay active in their minds. People who make


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their living by using their imaginations, including song writers, writers, painters, and craftspeople, may benefit most, but for all of us, imagination is a key to aging well,” which is precisely what this Music Maker is doing. MSM Note: From the poem, The Music Makers, by Arthur O’Shaughnessy. Noel will be playing on September 23, 2017 at the First Parish Church UCC, 9 Cleaveland Street, Brunswick, ME—7:00 pm C







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GORDON BOK A Voice for All Seasons

Gordon Bok has a rumpled easy-going look about

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just a paradise for us kids,” Gordon recalled. “All these interesting boats and interesting people—you know, in those days those people could do amazing stuff with their hands! And they were my heroes, right there in the boatyard. I got to see them and learn from them every day.”

is is a voice of such resonance and depth that you can feel it thrumming in your solar plexus, while his knowledge and aptitude with the guitar, especially the 12-string guitar, are a full and rich complement to his singing. His bas-relief carvings, of mostly nautical scenes, have the same inspired dimension, creating a richer, deeper appearance to any wood he chooses to apply his chisel.

Music was a big part of Gordon’s upbringing as well.“My mother’s family was musical,” he said.“They all sang when they got together, and I remember my Granddad played the banjo, mouth organ and guitar. Back then, they didn’t have those wire things to hold the harmonica in place so he would sit with his head tipped way back and kind of ‘mouth it around’ while he played the guitar.” Gordon laughed at the memory.

Gordon had, in many ways, an idyllic childhood in and around the boatyards of the mid-coast town of Camden, Maine. “It was

Although his mother also played the guitar, it was his uncle who inspired him to try the instrument. He was eight or nine


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Music was a big part

on me—he knew that although the rhythm was lacking at the time, the love of music and desire to learn was there.” Gordon added that the big gift for him was the free time in the winters he had to really explore music and guitar technique.

sang when they got together."

He worked on various yachts—another passion of his—as well as passenger and fishing boats during the summer months, and in his late teens Gordon headed for the bright lights of Philadelphia to ply his musical craft. He discovered a thriving folk music culture there and was happy to become immersed in it.

of Gordon’s upbringing as well.“My mother’s family was musical,” he said. “They all

at the time. “It happened so gradually, there isn’t any ‘when’, but I remember I couldn’t, for the life of me, sing on key, and I had no sense of rhythm,” he chuckled. Captain William Peterson, who ran Camden Shipbuilding, set Gordon on the right course. “When I was about 15, he sat me down in front of his HiFi set and played Dixieland for me. He taught me how to move my body to it, and that finally put the rhythm into me,” Gordon recalled. “He was a really kind man, and I think everyone else in my family had kind of despaired that I wouldn’t be able to get it. He didn’t give up

“What a fascinating musical scene to be part of!” he exclaimed. He was well received and began writing his own songs about the people and the experiences he had growing up in a small seafaring town. In no time, he had a large circle of friends, all of whom were enthusiastic about his singing and playing abilities. “I have to say,” Gordon grinned,“if it wasn’t for the confidence and encouragement of friends, I’d be half the artist I am.” He was pretty much adopted by a Mongolian immigrant

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community of Kalmyks who had sought refuge in Philadelphia, after brutal repression during the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin. “They took me in wholeheartedly,” he said. “I guess they figured I needed some serious looking after.” Despite the language barrier, music was the common denominator and Gordon played with the other Kalmyk musicians for their dances and other gatherings. “The people I played with used the balalaika and mandolin mostly,” he said.“And they also used their traditional two-stringed instrument called the Dombr.” Gordon learned a lot of traditional Kalmyk folk-tunes during this formative time and inadvertently became a keeper of their music.“They would bring me their tapes and records,” he said. “I helped teach their kids so they could sing and dance to their traditional tunes.” He didn’t realize how dramatic this connection was until a few years ago, when he and his wife Carol Rohl were invited to a fiftieth anniversary gathering of the Kalmyk immigration. It turned out that he knew more of their traditional tunes than most of the


Kalmyks did. So many of the older folks had passed on, and their children were not aware of the rich trove of music their older relatives had brought with them when they fled the Soviet Union. He was asked by one attendee how it came to pass that he had more knowledge of this music than they did. That planted a seed that something needed to be done. Gordon’s “project du jour” became the creation of a phonetic written language for these old Kalmyk songs. He has collaborated with others to create a small songbook and a CD of the people singing their traditional tunes. “It was a

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crude start,” he observed. “But we did it to see who we could bring out of the woodwork before everything was completely forgotten. And, that part worked well.” In the meantime, his music career was really taking off. Noel Paul Stookey, of the famous trio Peter, Paul and Mary, produced Gordon’s first album on Verve Records. Shortly thereafter he was picked up by Folk Legacy Records, and received critical acclaim. Folk music legend Sandy Paton had this to say about his first album for Folk Legacy, called Tune for November: “Gordon Bok sings of the sea with the authority of a man who has been there, and he sings of life with the zest of a man who lives it as he chooses, and loves it.” These days he continues to enjoy his career—he works hard to keep it manageable by limiting the amount of concerts he gives—and along the way he had the good fortune to meet some incredibly special people. One such person was Pete Seeger. Gordon was the original mate on the Clearwater, Pete Seeger’s Hudson River sloop and their dogged sailing up and down the Hudson changed New England’s Trusted Appraisal & Auction Professionals

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impressed!” Since that time, Carol and Gordon have performed at all manner of venues; they are an excellent musical foil for each other—and best of friends as well. They had a 32-foot cruising sailboat and spent most of their summers aboard for 23 years. “She was tougher ‘n a little tank,” remarked Gordon. “We carried two guitars and a small harp and a viola da gamba on board.” They traveled the world together, playing music and sailing whenever they could. During the winter months, Gordon turns to his other passion— woodworking. At the time of this interview, he was busy with sharpening tools and taking careful taps with a chisel on his latest bas-relief. His tools came from his mother.“She was an artist and a sculptor,” Gordon said.“And when she passed away I was fortunate to inherit her tools.” He loves getting lost in the work—the Zen-like joy of complete focus. Taking breaks from music keeps him fresh he said. “And,” he added. “I have to be very careful to do enough other things so I won’t get bored with what I’m doing.” Gordon’s home is reminiscent of his love of ships and the ocean—it is tidy and compact, with ship-lapped lines and a place for everything. Carol’s home is on the St. George River in Warren. She and Gordon chose to live in separate dwellings partially because each house was fairly small and also because of their love of place. Carol prefers her river view and her bountiful gardens, while Gordon’s home is tucked in the woods. Despite suffering a debilitating stroke 13 years ago, Carol has learned to cope with the challenges of her ongoing recovery. Gordon has been a rock throughout this process, making the changes necessary to her house so she could live on her own.“She dearly loves her place and she’s very independent, always has been,” Gordon observed. “It’s such a big part of what defines who she is.” Gordon does few live concerts these days and yet, you can still fill your ears with his unique sound by accessing his website. Timberhead Music is his publishing company and place for all things Gordon. His latest release is a collaboration with longtime friend Bob Zentz, who comments about their album on the website: “In late March 1979, Gordon and I were on an odyssey of exploration, friendship, teaching and learning,” he writes. “We tried to create a blueprint of the mystical ‘business’ called ‘music’ but in reality you can’t distill what we do down to a formula . . . it’s

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cott Nash and Nancy Gibson Nash are two of the island’s influential and accomplished artist/illustrators. They not only work on their own well-renowned creations; they generously help to promote author/illustrators in Maine in big ways. They have been married for 35 years (since 1982), but they began their artistic collaboration when they were 16 year-olds in Cape Cod’s Barnstable High School art class. They are basically doing art right now because of the great art teachers and programs at that school. After high school, Scott graduated from the Swain School of Design (now part of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth) and 25 • MAINE SENIORS

received a Master’s degree from The Cranbrook Academy of Art. Nancy is a graduate of the Connecticut College in New London where she majored in printmaking and collage. Before he moved to Maine, Scott co-founded the company, Big Blue Dot, during which time he designed identities, and developed and produced animated properties for Disney, Nickelodeon and MTV, among others. He won an Emmy Award from the Television Academy of the Arts and Sciences for his work and awards from the Society of Illustrators and International Society of Typographic Designers. After many years of high achievements in their respective crafts, the couple fell in love with Maine, bought a home on Peaks Island in 1996, and moved in after making renovations. Peaks Island is 763 acres and has close to 1,000 year-round residents. The summer

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illustrated the children’s book, I’m Afraid Your Teddy is in Trouble Today. It was authored by Jancee Dunn and will be published by Candlewick Press in October 2017. To view Scott’s current creations, go to

Scott is a former department chair and assistant professor at the Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland where he helped establish the Illustration Department. He has illustrated over fifty children’s books, including his first book, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp! Scott is also a writer and is the author/illustrator of The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate. He has recently

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Nancy is a mixed media collage artist/illustrator and has been featured in a multitude of periodicals such as Smithsonian, Yankee Magazine and the Washington Post. Her work has been shown in gallery exhibits, children’s publications, textbooks, and she has worked for a variety of corporate clients. Nancy is the Project Manager for their company NASHBOX and their website states that, “she is committed to making things work smoothly and bringing projects in on time and on budget.” Nancy’s commissioned art and illustration can be viewed at Illustration Institute and the Faison Residence

Scott and Nancy’s latest project is the Illustration Institute. It is a non-profit based in Portland whose mission is to raise appreciation and awareness of illustration in its many forms by providing people of all ages the opportunity to learn directly from master artists and working professionals through exhibitions and workshops provided at public libraries. Maine has a large number of illustration artists and the Nash’s have been able to rally many of them to help with their cause. Sarah Campbell is Executive Director of the Portland Public

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Library, which is the busiest public library system in Maine and is one of the oldest in the nation. She also serves on the Illustration Institute’s board. She states, “Libraries have such a deep affection for telling stories in all of its forms and a well-rendered illustration is a great story-telling device. We have been partnering with the Maine College of Art (MECA) Illustration Department and with Scott, for the past five years through a regular illustration exhibit in our gallery. As a result, we became the initial partner and venue for the Illustration Institute’s first events last fall.” Eighteen illustrators’ works were featured in the Library’s affiliated art exhibit including Chris Van Dusen, Daniel Minter and Jamie Hogan. Ashley Bryan, 93-year-old children’s author/illustrator, also appeared in the exhibit, as well as at a special event where he read excerpts from his new book, Freedom Over Me. Chris Van Dusen, who is a very popular Maine children’s author/ illustrator, has known Scott and Nancy for about 18 years. He met them at a children’s book festival in Portland when Chris had

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just published his first book, Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee. He said, “Scott had several books that nearly covered the table and I kept wondering if I’d ever have that many books published!” Chris is now a prolific award winning children’s book author/illustrator and a member of the Illustration Institute. He will be teaching workshops for the Institute.

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The President of the Board of the Illustration Institute is Ponch Membreño, who is from Peaks Island and has known the Nashes for over 15 years. He says,“Scott and Nancy have a great partnership and are supportive of one another as well as consistently giving to our community.” Ponch recalls that last year, on the Peaks Island ferry, Scott told him about his ideas for the Illustration Institute. “He wanted to elevate the status of illustration as an art form and to put on exhibits in public libraries and organize illustrators and classes around the country.” Ponch continues,“It began as an idea for a small non-profit. Within a short time of presenting the Illustration Institute’s concepts to the Peaks Island community, John Faison, in honor of his deceased wife,

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offered his charming property, the Marilyn Faison Artist Residency located on Peaks Island, to the Illustration Institute.” Scott Nash states, “The Residency with two houses, a shed and a 900-square-foot stone garage, is set to welcome all manner of creativity, while also providing workshops and instruction from a talented roster of illustrators.” The mission of the Residency is to provide illustrators, writers and artists an opportunity to create—in relative seclusion—on Peaks Island. The Institute is in the process of a campaign to ensure that these properties will remain sustainable and available as the Faison Artist Residency for years to come. Jamie Hogan is an award-winning children’s book author and an artist/illustrator. She knows the Nashes because she lives on Peaks Island and is a teacher of illustration at the Maine College of Art. Her illustrations were featured in the Illustration Institute’s“Picture This” exhibit last fall at Portland Public Library. She strongly



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The Nashes are creative and generous people who love to share their artistic talents with children and adults alike helping to introduce everyone they meet to the magical world of illustration. supports the Faison Artist Residency because she says, “It’s a great opportunity for an artist to be in this unique environment for inspiration. You could turn over a rock here and find an artist or illustrator!”

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re you feeling strong today? If you’ve celebrated 50 birthdays or more you should be. You are part of one of the mightiest economic and political forces in history— older Americans. Not quite feeling this power? Don’t worry. We’ll talk about ways you can plug into it.

Numbers equal strength and the number of older citizens impresses. Fully 33% of the population in the United States has reached age 50 and the proportion of older adults grows. According to the Census Bureau, by 2029, when the last of the Baby Boomers reaches 65 years of age, 61 million citizens that age or older will represent 17.2% of the population. Since the oldest of this age group begin to express certain specialized consumer needs it, in fact, is drawing the attention of business and government. More and more companies are reaching out and catering to this segment of the marketplace. In fact, the“longevity economy” (the production and consumption 35 • MAINE SENIORS


of goods and services for and by people 50 years of age and older) has now exceeded 7.1 trillion dollars in annual economic activity and is now recognized to be the third largest economy in the world behind only the economies of the United States and China. And politicians are taking notice as well, increasingly showing their willingness to act in these voters’ interests. The power of this demographic cohort stems from more than sheer numbers. This age group has enjoyed their lives and accomplished great things including amassing considerable wealth and assuming positions of power and responsibility in all facets of life. According to a Deloitte Consulting report, “Boomers will continue to be the wealthiest generation in the United States until at least 2030. Their share of net household wealth will peak at 50.2% by 2020.” That’s about a fifth of the country controlling more than half the resources. That spells CLOUT in no uncertain terms. And Boomers are wielding that influence in very visible ways. On average, Fortune 500 CEOs have seen 58 birthdays, U.S. Representatives 57, and U.S. Senators 61.

But the trend will not follow a straight line. There will likely be ups and downs and occasional missteps. Older Americans are hardly a monolithic group pushing a clear-cut agenda. They hold various, sometimes conflicting priorities. They vote a lot—registering at a 90% rate compared with only 75% for younger citizens. But contrary to conventional wisdom, they don’t vote as a monolithic bloc. Over time, their allegiance to the two major parties has split about evenly, with some ebb and flow slightly favoring one of the two sides at different periods.

The power of this demographic cohort stems from more than sheer numbers. This age group has enjoyed their lives and accomplished great things including amassing considerable wealth and assuming positions of power and responsibility in all facets of life. The dominance of older Americans in the nation’s affairs is not a new phenomenon. Rather, it has been an enduring and growing one. Social Security has helped bring economic security to older adults since 1935, for example. Medicare began helping secure older adults’ access to healthcare in 1965. In 2003, coverage was extended to medications. As the number and proportion of older Americans grows, additional needs—for housing, home care, transportation, and so much more—will become more obvious and the trend of society meeting those needs will, no doubt, continue.

How can you improve your chances of sharing in the political and economic gains of your age group? How can you help insure that the movement works to advance your particular interests? Two suggestions: political activism and collective action. Don’t just hope the flow takes you where you want to go. Try to direct it. Learn about the forces and individuals affecting the issues that are important to you. Identify the politicians likely to advance or not be responsive to your interests and work to support or resist them. In our polarized age, this self-education poses challenges. Be aware of any biases of information providers and, to be safe, don’t rely on

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Within the great collection of needs that must be addressed by the older adult movement, it is very likely that each has a special interest group dedicated to its advancement. Identify the group working on your issue(s) and sign up. The power of collective action can be dramatic. For example, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has successfully advocated for broad older adult positions. Its support pushed Medicare drug expansion over the line in 2003. But many other groups and associations are also successfully addressing more narrow or local issues. You and likeminded individuals working together will provide the real power and direction behind this historically powerful and unprecedented movement of older Americans. MSM

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Rudman Winchell: A history of excellence, 100 years in the making.

Abraham Rudman begins practicing law in Bangor. American “doughboys” are fighting in the Great War.

1917 Gerald Rudman joins the law offices of Abraham Rudman.

1952 Paul Rudman joins his father and brother in the practice of law. U.S. launches first weather satellite.

Hemingway publishes “The Old Man and the Sea.”



Abraham Rudman appointed to the Maine Supreme Court. Martin Luther King Jr. marches from Selma to Montgomery.

The firm moves into the historic Graham Building.


“All in the Family” premieres on CBS.

The firm merges with an established law firm, and becomes Rudman, Winchell, Carter & Buckley.


Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” hits #1.


Edith Richardson joins firm as one of the region’s first female attorneys.

Gene Carter appointed to the Maine Supreme Court. First FAX machines are made available to businesses.

U.S. boycotts Moscow Olympics.

1991 Paul Rudman follows in his father’s footsteps to the Maine Supreme Court. The Euro currency is established.


Firm attorneys John McCarthy and Brent Singer argue a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Last episode of “Seinfeld” airs on May 14.

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Sports provides the ultimate retreat from the trials and tribulations of our daily lives. It gives us a respite, a chance to escape from reality. Hippocrates said, “Sports is a preserver of health.”


any of us look back and wonder what might have been, that elusive stardom. We play pretend imagining ourselves walking up the 18th hole of the Masters, victory at hand, waving to the cheering fans or swishing a last second shot to win the NCAA Basketball Championship. Jay Leno said, “I wanted to have a career in sports when I was young, but I had to give it up. I’m only six feet tall, so I couldn’t play basketball. I’m only 190 pounds, so I couldn’t play football. And I have 20-20 vision, so I couldn’t be a referee.” I remember playing little league baseball. One day, I hit a grand slam homer, mobbed at home plate by my teammates. My coach approached, kneeled down, put a hand on my shoulder, and said “Good job, Waldo.” Then, he laid this on me, “You hit a bad ball.” I didn’t want to hear that. Poor timing, coach. We take our sports seriously. Our passion overflows with each Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots, and Celtics win. An article in Psychology Today said, “Psychologists are closing in on the conclusion that sport has many of the same effects on spectators as religion


does.” And like life, sports can be perplexing and frustrating. I’m a grumpy sports fan—some things, most small, irritate me to no end. Sometimes, I just don’t get it. I’m not alone. For example, too many analysts think they’re comedians. I’m all for a dose of humor but not for watching some goon bouncing up and down in his chair acting like an out-of-control puppet. My ears cringe when I hear the numbing exaggeration,“That was the greatest catch I ever saw.” Since when, yesterday? Come on. Love this one. A pro football team hires a new coach. At the introductory press conference, he pounds the podium and proclaims, “We’re going to the Super Bowl.” I’m thinking how about first building a solid foundation of assistant coaches, scouts, exercise program … and then see what happens.

My ears cringe when I hear the numbing exaggeration, “That was the greatest catch I ever saw.” And the worst job in the world, the hockey goalie. If he doesn’t stop well over 90% of the shots, he’s toast.What other profession demands that rigor, other than perhaps a surgeon. When that hard black puck crosses the goal line, a red light goes on and 18,356 fans boo. I’m reminded of a quote from Howard Cosell, “Sports is human life in microcosm.” How about the high-energy college basketball coaches who run along the perimeter shouting, pointing, grimacing, and going nutso. Who’d want to play for someone like that? Not my idea of fun. Sure would be swell to see an annoyed point guard walk over to his hyperactive coach, toss the ball to him, and say,“You want to play? If not, take a seat.” Speaking of college basketball, why do the majority of women coaches and their staffs wear high heels? Looks darn awkward. Hey, it’s the hardwood, it’s B-Ball. Same goes for the men football coaches standing on the muddy sidelines in a sport jacket and tie. Pats coach Bill Belichick gets it right, with his hoodie and cut-off sweatshirt. Just Waldo the Sports Fashion Critic chiming in.

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And doncha love, with 2.3 seconds left in the game, a referee whistles a close infraction. You guessed it, the monitor. I head to the kitchen, boil three Fenway Franks, squirt on the Raye’s Mustard, pop open a Shipyard Old Thumper, and return to the TV—the ref’s still staring at the monitor. Make it stop! But the good memories win over the bad ones. During the 1963 U.S. Open at the Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, I happily found myself in“Arnie’s Army” watching golf’s hero Arnold Palmer make one of his patented charges, fist pumping, hitching up his pants, moving with a determined swagger. Nothing better. The great slugger, Henry Aaron, said, “My motto was always to keep swinging: Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble on the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” Say, that’s pretty good advice for us Maine Seniors to follow. Just keep swinging. MSM

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Creative Volunteerism is All Around Us BY JANE MARGESSON

As we do each year in September, it is time to celebrate Maine Seniors Day to recognize the service and contributions of all older adults in the state of Maine.


ince coming to Maine, I have been informed of several “must-sees” and I think it is time to put them on a check-off list. Thanks to my job, several community-based initiatives have brought me as far north as Fort Kent and Madawaska, and as far south as Sanford. This year, I’ll be working in collaboration with the Maine State Fire Marshal’s office on a public safety and scam awareness program that will take me to Eastport. Still, there are many points in between and I have sought the guidance of a few friends to start a list and begin the check-off process.


This year, Maine Seniors Day is celebrated on September 9th – the second Saturday of the month. Over the course of this past year, I have had the opportunity to meet some remarkable individuals who have gone out of their way to make Maine an even better place to live for all of us. I’ll begin with a story from home. Late last year, I was in the late stages of caregiving for my mother-in-law who at the time was in Hospice in our home. We were overwhelmed with the amount of care she needed which became 24 hours a day during the last few months of her life. A lovely woman named Joanna volunteered to come and sit with my mother-in-law once a week for a three-hour stretch. If you have ever been a caregiver, you know what those three hours meant: Time to breathe! Having an early evening to ourselves each week made all the difference at a time of great stress for my family.


On the subject of stress, my office recently met a new volunteer whose mission it is to help reduce stress for others. We met Mike at one of our free Portland “On-Tap” social events that take place each month at the Irish pub RiRa. Mike wanted to meet our office team because he had a great idea. Mike is a Tai Chi instructor and he offered to host a twelve lesson series of free Tai Chi classes in our office for local AARP members. Tai Chi is a wonderful way for any of us as we age to learn techniques that can reduce stress, improve posture and flexibility, and above all, help us maintain good balance. Mike’s classes are so popular they have been extended for an additional twelve weeks and we have moved the class to a nearby facility to accommodate the 40+ participants who attend each session. Further North in Bangor, our office has been approached by local residents who want to help us run our monthly morning “Coffee Klatch” at Bagel Central. These coffees have become a regular social event for Greater Bangor residents who want to make new friends while enjoying a bagel with a fresh cup of coffee all the while learning about community and national initiatives from special

This year, Maine Seniors Day

is celebrated on September 9th —the second Saturday of the month.

guests such as legislators, local law enforcement and community leaders. I recently attended the event in July and one of our newer volunteers, Bill, was managing the event like a pro. It was easy to see that the 25 participants enjoyed his outgoing and welcoming demeanor. This event will continue to thrive thanks to Bill. Each of these three volunteers donated just a few hours of their personal time each week, but the value of this donation has an enduring and meaningful effect for us all. As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of Maine Seniors Day, we look forward to hearing many more stories about innovative ways to give back in communities around the state. MSM

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Y ou r F GA Q uo tie nt in the September of Your Years


In the vast spectrum of emotions, there are three that appear to be most common in relation to aging.


he elegant woman is not exempt from having to deal with these negative emotions. What sets her apart is the manner in which she chooses to deal with them.

So… what is your FGA quotient? FGA refers to frustration, guilt, and anger. These three emotions top the list for older women. The first order of business is to make friends with frustration. It will show up like an uninvited guest no matter what. How you handle it is entirely up to you and how you perceive it. There are the daily 47 • MAINE SENIORS

minor frustrations that tempt us to lose patience with ourselves and others. It may be a glitch in the computer program you’re working on, or a telephone call from a loved one whose demands haven’t been met, or having to clean up a mess you didn’t make. Also, there are the mounting frustrations often associated with long-term care giving. You may be caring for a spouse, an elderly parent, or even a grandchild. These frustrations are real and potentially harmful not only to your emotional health but your physical well-being as well. It is essential to identify what is at the core of your frustration and to develop an action plan to work through it. You can be proactive instead of being reactive. Think about the tone of voice you use, certain gestures you make, the kind of language you use in such situations. The woman of elegance is in control of these things and will exude a refined calmness in the most frustrating circumstances.


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The second emotional hurdle to jump is guilt. Too often, at this stage of life, we find ourselves saying “I could’ve, I would’ve, I should’ve if only…” The elegant woman gives herself permission to make mistakes because she accepts herself as a fallible human being. She also knows that every mistake is a perfect opportunity for learning. Guilt is actually a good thing because it alerts us to the fact that our behavior needs to be corrected. It’s the voice of our conscience telling us that something needs to be resolved. Unresolved guilt is harmful because it can lead to mental health problems and disrupted relationships. Living in a guilt cycle can also be hazardous to your health. To acknowledge your feelings is to get to the core of what makes you feel guilty. That will help break the guilt cycle. Then try re-labeling the guilt that you feel. For example, instead of saying“I feel guilty about not visiting Mom more often”, try saying “It would be nice if I could manage to visit Mom more often.” You might also try substituting“I feel sad…” or“I regret…” This should help you be more understanding of how you feel, what you do, and the situation you find yourself in.

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The third component of the FGA quotient is anger. No one is exempt from this emotion. Our anger may be rational or irrational but everyone experiences it to some degree, because it is a natural response to pain or hurt. The Woman of Elegance will look for constructive ways to deal with her anger because she values her dignity and serenity. Since anger is a secondary emotion, the primary emotion that triggers it must be identified and dealt with. Anger is to your emotional system as a fever is to your physical system. It is a symptom of a deeper problem.


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You can choose to look at anger in three different ways:

1. It is wrong, destructive, and harmful. 2. It causes damage, whether you express it violently or even suppress it. 3. Anger can be beneficial and bring about positive results. If you make a conscious decision to take a stand on dealing with your anger, it means that you are willing to take a good, hard look at what is really making you angry, develop some tools to communicate more effectively, and try some creative problem-solving techniques. Someone once said that anger shuts out the humanity of the other person. It fosters the desire to hurt that other person. You can, however, find ways to use anger with honesty and channel it into something good. You may even want to try some exercises to deal with anger. A personal favorite of mine is the Sacred Anger Exercise, described by Marajen Moore in her article “Exploring Anger as an Ally”. It can be found on her web site

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Another excellent source to help you deal with your anger is Dr. WilliamDeFoore’s web site: Here you can take a quick anger test and check out twelve anger management techniques. Frederick Beuchner, a Presbyterian minister and American author, probably sums it up the best: “Of the seven deadly sins, anger is probably the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations yet to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back—in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you.” (Taken from www. There are plenty of books that deal with anger management so the focus here is simply a gentle reminder to get you started in addressing the issue. It is important to recognize and deal properly with your FGA, frustration, guilt and anger so that you can move more gracefully into the Age of Elegance. MSM


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Do you longingly dream about the days you were in the elementary or high school band, playing an instrument alongside your classmates?


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“I am really passionate about making music accessible for anyone who wants that experience,” said Andersen (Oatley).“The program is for people who aren’t going to be professional musicians or may never become terribly proficient but they still want to enjoy music.


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“When I observe adults learning an instrument, there is a certain joy that is present and they are having fun. With children, they are less aware of what an amazing thing it is,” said Andersen (Oatley). “With the adult community band I directed, I know they didn’t play note perfect, but they played with tremendous soul.” Andersen (Oatley) has served as the band director at Freeport Middle and High Schools. She teaches clarinet, saxophone and flute to students of all ages and works with woodwind players in local schools. She is an accomplished clarinetist who performs with a wide variety of groups. This past summer she became the director of the adult programs at the Snow Pond Community Music School and the New England Adult Music Camp, both located in Sidney. Andersen believes community music making is a vital part of our cultural history that needs to be nourished and sustained at any age. Music is timeless, as will be the musicians who take part. MSM For more information contact Nina Andersen (Oatley) at (207) 415-0880, email: or visit SEPTEMBER 2017 • 5 4


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s of this writing the Dow Jones Industrial Average has reached 22,000 for the first time ever, returning over 10% year to date as of August 2, 2017. This rise in the equity markets has many participants wondering if now is a good time to take profits, or money “off the table” and move to cash. For investors with the appropriate risk tolerance and long-term time line, we think the answer is “no”. Here is why.

On a historical basis, our experience suggests the overall equity markets go through periods of consolidation and expansion that average approximately 14 years each. This long-term trading pattern somewhat resembles that of a stair case with periods of time moving sideways or consolidating, followed by periods of time of advancement. The most recent period of consolidation by our work is measured as roughly the years 2000 through 2015. In 2016, we believe we entered a new period of advancement that


will be more reminiscent of the U.S. equity market activity from 1982-2000, meaning the equity markets should trade higher on a long-term basis. Cautioning however, we are in no way suggesting this will be a linear, or straight up event. The advancement of ’82-‘00 included the stock market crash of ’87 which, until more recently, was the largest one day drop ever in the Dow Jones and a very painful period of time for investors. That period of ‘82-’00 also included many more sell offs, at times very severe. However, investors who “rode it out”, or stayed invested, generally made out very well during that overall time frame. Going forward, no doubt, there will be similar market activity. Equity market valuations are high and equities are “fully valued” at their current prices as measured by their price to earnings or PE ratios. We agree. However, we believe on a relative basis the equity markets are primarily concerned about whether or not the


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economy is getting better or worse. While not as quickly as many would like, the overall economy is improving, and so are collective earnings of the publicly traded companies. After an earnings recession through 2014 and 2015, overall corporate earnings are on the rebound and we think this is a trend which will continue for the foreseeable future, driven by improving consumer metrics, low inflation, low energy prices and low interest rates. Further, while many will acknowledge the current valuations on a historical basis, they fail to recognize or correlate that interest rates remain at historically low levels. Long term interest rates in the United States have averaged approximately 6% while short term rates have averaged approximately 3%. Currently long-term interest rates are akin to the average short-term rates. The Standard Poor 500 or SP-500 is a broad measure of large company equities. In 2005 the SP-500 yielded approximately 1.75% while the 10 year U.S. Treasury yielded approximately 4.25%. Today the SP-500 is yielding approximately 2%, while the 10 year U.S. Treasury is yielding about 2.2%. It is universally accepted that the 10 year U.S. Treasury is a lower risk investment than the SP-500. However, investors willing to accept the increased risk of investing in the SP-500 should also expect to receive a comparable dividend with upside potential for capital growth. So far, the overall capital markets have embraced the new administration, as evidenced by the attended rise in equity prices and failure to sell off on bad news since the election last November. We believe that failure to sell off because of the bad news is a sign of healthy equity markets and should be considered a positive indicator. Dysfunction in Washington D.C. is hardly new. What may be our boldest prediction is that we think policy makers, Congressional leaders and President Trump will find common areas to work

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Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. The information has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Any opinions are those of Thomas Duff and Joel West and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. All opinions are as of August 7, 2017 and are subject to change without notice. Duff and Associates, 470 N Main St, Brewer Maine 04412, 207-989-6082, is not a registered broker/ dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Raymond James is not affiliated with Maine Seniors magazine. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advisory services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Holding investments for the long term does not insure a profitable outcome. Investing involves risk and investors may incur a profit or a loss. Diversification does not ensure a profit or guarantee against a loss. Inclusion of these indexes is for illustrative purposes only. Keep in mind that individuals cannot invest directly in any index and index performance does not include transactions costs or other fees, which will affect actual investment performance. Individual investor’s result will vary. Past performance is not indicative of future results. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), commonly known as “The Dow” is an index representing 30 stocks of companies maintained and reviewed by the editors of the Wall Street Journal. U.S Government bonds and Treasury Bills are guaranteed by the U.S. government and if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and guaranteed principal value. The price-earnings ratio, or P/E, is a common measure of the value of stocks. It shows the relationship between a stock’s prices and the underlying company earnings. In very general terms, the higher the P/E ratio, the more likely the stock is to be overpriced.

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Raspberry Whipped Jello Mousse BY ELLEN L. SPOONER

Super cool, refreshingly delicious, and incredibly easy to prepare. . . That’s what desserts should be in the summer.


fter all, who wants to spend hours in the kitchen on a beautiful summer day when you could be outside enjoying the sights and sounds of the season . . . children riding bikes or playing baseball, birds singing merrily as they flit from tree to tree, the colors and fragrances of flowers that adorn gardens and walkways, and the glorious sunshine that warms your body and your heart.

Fortunately, there is no reason to slave over a hot stove in the summertime preparing a “gourmet” dessert for your family or guests, as many less complicated and far less time-consuming options exist. Dishes of ice cream or sherbet, watermelon slices, fresh fruit compotes . . . all fit the bill nicely when it comes to summer dessert fare. And we certainly can’t forget our all-time favorite . . . J-E-L-L-O. 59 • MAINE SENIORS

For over one hundred and fifty years powdered gelatin has been available to the public but it wasn’t until 1897 that Jello, as we know it, was created. Having acquired the formula for powdered gelatin some years earlier, Pearle Bixby Wait, a carpenter and cough medicine manufacturer from LeRoy, New York, added flavoring to the gelatin powder and named it Jell-O. At first only four flavors were available—strawberry, orange, raspberry, and lemon. As its popularity grew, the Jell-O line expanded and its uses multiplied. But, as a dessert, it’s still just that wiggly, slippery stuff kids like to play with when you’re not watching. Right? Not necessarily. This recipe allows you, in a few easy steps, to create a wonderful, delicious mousse that even the most discerning diners will appreciate. Two basic ingredients that you can embellish to suit your personal taste. Try it, today. It’s Yummy! And remember: “There’s always room for Jell-O.” MSM


Featured Recipes RASPBERRY WHIPPED JELLO MOUSSE INGREDIENTS:  1 lg. pkg. (6 oz.) raspberry Jello  1 10 oz. container Cool Whip


1. Prepare Jello in large bowl according to package directions and place in refrigerator. 2. This is the difficult step. When Jello just begins to thicken, remove from refrigerator and add thawed Cool Whip. (If Jello becomes too thick, the consistency of your mousse will be somewhat lumpy.) 3. Using a wire whip, beat mixture until it is smooth and pour into serving dishes. 4. Chill until firm. 5. Serve. But, how? Here’s where the versatility of this old recipe comes into play. You can: garnish the mousse with fresh fruit (I like raspberries and blueberries); layer in glass cups or a large glass bowl, alternating mousse and berries; or, pour mixture into a prepared graham cracker crust, creating a tasty pie. And, of course, use any flavor of Jello that you and your family prefer . . . strawberry, or lemon, or limeade. Whatever you choose to do . . . enjoy!

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country, and overseas. They’re a constant companion everywhere I go, leaving a trail of nostalgic memories.


Humorist poet Charles Follen Adams wrote, or many years, my family journeyed to Jonesport, my mother’s hometown, for our summer vacation. But in 1957, we spent our only Christmas there.

I remember it well. Everything seemed different. I missed wearing shorts and my Converse sneakers; I missed watching my grandfather, after a long day of lobstering, row his skiff to shore leaving the “Madeline” behind; I missed exploring Sawyer’s Cove (I didn’t miss slipping on the seaweed); I missed picking wild raspberries in the forest behind my great grandparents’ home; I missed racing along Sandy River Beach at night with my cousin Carol; I missed standing on the pier at the end of the lane and staring out across Moosabec Reach toward Beals island. In particular, I remember my grandfather, a former twenty-six-year Coast Guard veteran, with his multi-colored flannel shirts, his belt buckle turned to the side (tough guy), his Old Spice scent, and most important, his ever-present moccasins. That’s why I cherished his gift to me, my first moccasins. How I loved them, so much so that I’ve never been without a pair. I can’t think of any other possession that I’ve had longer. Over the years, I’ve sure worn out many, grudgingly tossed in the trash, a painful and sentimental task. It’s said that time is the most perishable of all our possessions. Hard to argue with that. For me though, my dogs and moccasins occupy a close second. I savor the comforting feel of the soft fleece lining, the strength of the rawhide ties, and the light touch of the soles slapping the hard floor. I wonder how many miles I’ve traveled in them, at home, around the 61 • MAINE SENIORS

A wandering tribe called the Sioux, Wear moccasins, having no shiouxs: They are made of buckskin, With the fleshy side in, Embroidered with beads of bright hyiouxs. When out on the war-path, the Siouxs March single file—never by tiouxs— And by “blazing” the trees Can return at their ease, And their way through the forests ne’er liouxs. Never lost. That’s how I feel when I don my moccasins. In a way, they provide me with a compass of sorts, pointing me toward an imaginary cozy inn in the serene, rolling hills of the English Cotswolds countryside, away from the rough edges of life, secure in the scenic surroundings. It’s late in the evening, the quiet hours, the exhausting toil of daily tribulations left outside. I enjoy the freedom and solace of my home, my own nook hidden away in a fog of shadows. Stone silence. Alone, not lonely. Passing thoughts. No weight. Less thinking. More feeling. Heightened imagination. Doggie Dash presses against my leg, curled up in a warm snooze, content. The steady beat of the mantle clock calms. My left hand holds a Philip Kerr World War II suspense novel, my right one a glass of German Riesling from the Rheingau region. My moccasins anchor me. For a moment in time, when the lights dim, my internal town crier yells out,“All is Well.” Colum McCann, in his Let the Great World Spin, wrote, “The simple things come back to us. They rest for a moment by our ribcages then suddenly reach in and twist our hearts a notch backwards.”

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Never lost. That’s how I feel when I don my moccasins. In a way, they provide me with a compass.

During these lulls, I often reflect on my grandfather, affectionately named “Gump.” What fun treading down a darkened path through still firs to an old, rusty hand pump where we’d fill water bottles; what fun strolling on weathered wharf planks; what fun chatting with him in the wee hours of the morning as he rocked in the kitchen chair by the window, binoculars handy; what fun going to the dump in his trusty Ford truck; what fun stretched out on the wind-swept lawn outside his tiny camp,“Bo-Peep” on a high bluff overlooking Chandler Bay.

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He died in 1969, at age 63, from a botched double-hernia operation in a small rural hospital. Life’s not fair. I’ve kept a faded letter he sent me on May 5, 1961, return address Box 22, Jonesport, Maine, attached four cent stamp. In it, he writes … “it makes me realize what a fine grandson we have … Am enclosing a fiver for you as I know boys get broke awful easy, wish it was $500.” I suppose many Maine Seniors hold similar letters from their grandparents, kept lovingly tucked away in a safe place. Yes, the simple things … Over the many years, my grandfather’s special gift helped me to slow down when slowing down was needed. We all find ourselves in life’s penalty box at times, when as Bert Bacharach sings,“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.” Facing the relentlessness of life, I’ve learned to control the pace, when I’m able, to move forward, unhurried. In my moccasins. Wise folks tell us that the happiest and most successful people, when stumbling, perhaps judged harshly by others, have achieved their level in life by taking small steps. In 1895, Mary T. Lathrop in “Walk a Mile in His Moccasins,” wrote, Pray don’t find fault with the man that limps, Or stumbles along the road. Unless you have worn the moccasins he wears Or stumbled beneath the same load. Little did I know, back in the Christmas of ‘57, that my grandfather’s gift would show me with a way of walking as I stumbled through life, and will remain so, beyond to the end of my road. Yes, the simple things, like a pair of moccasins. Little did I know … MSM

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