Category Archives: Rural Life

The season of letting go

And as the pumpkins sit, frostbitten and unnoticed, gradually losing their masterfully carved faces to eventual decomposition even in swiftly dropping temperatures, we empty the candy bowls, gather up the strewn wrappers and pack up the spider webs. We’ve lost our enthusiasm for pumpkin spice and the fall foliage has gone from being captivating on […]

“Why would you want to live in Aroostook County?”

They ask me, their faces creased in varied expressions of doubt and disapproval. “There’s nothing to do up there.”  They continue on, as though telling me will make me believe it. “The County’s dead and I’m glad I left.”  They say often with a sense of slight satisfaction and disdain. “It’s too cold up there […]

We’re all guilty.

For some of us the struggles of parenting may include juggling sport schedules, helping our young adults navigate blossoming relationships or budgeting for new clothing as our teenager seemingly gains three inches of height every month, and for others of us the struggles consist of potty training grumpy toddlers, teaching our young ones healthy eating […]