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Gun-control initiatives pass in West Coast states. Why did it fail in Maine?

Gun-control initiatives pass in West Coast states. Why did it fail in Maine? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gun-control advocates celebrated a three-pronged West Coast victory, but their East Coast loss serves as a lesson for the road ahead.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This Broody New Englander favors background checks but would have voted against this initiative. Why? Because it ignored the web of personal relationships that are the basis of life in Maine. The existence of a personal web, that existence of community, is what lay at the heart of America's founding. It is a part of our way of life that has been lost as the country has grown and grown as people have come from more and farther lands. Who is one of us and who is not? That is a basic question, not only in Maine but the entire United States. 

By the way, if you want a sense of my experience dealing with that question, you might enjoy The Stylite, the novella in "Broody New Englander." https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00QCUYK12/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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‘Wessie’ the snake is Maine city’s own Loch Ness monster - The Boston Globe

‘Wessie’ the snake is Maine city’s own Loch Ness monster - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Westbrook, Maine is abuzz with news of snake sightings.
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This Broody New Englander has to share the latest news form his beloved Maine. Of course, when I heard Maine folk talking about a giant snake, I figured they were talking politicians. Ayup! 
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Maine sees a Somalian community starkly different than what Donald Trump portrayed - The Boston Globe

Maine sees a Somalian community starkly different than what Donald Trump portrayed - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donald Trump’s incendiary charge linking Somali refugees to crime and terrorism was denounced Friday not only by a chorus of Somali leaders but by Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
This is the New England I love. Thanks to the fine people of Maine who reject the Trump message of racism, bigotry, and fear. It's good to see that there are some Republicans, like Senator Collins, who want to bring people together and not drive wedges. The last time I was in Lewiston, Maine a lady from Somalia made my Sam's Italian Sandwich. The hotel at which I stayed had Somali staff. The UPS store at which I shipped off a present to my son also had Somalian workers. Guess what, they were all competent, gracious, and helpful. The only problem was they didn't say "Ayup." Oh well, if you want that, you can read "Broody New Englander." 
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North Pond Hermit discovered, arrested after 27 years in Maine woods - The Boston Globe

North Pond Hermit discovered, arrested after 27 years in Maine woods - The Boston Globe | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Christopher Knight told police he had lived undetected in a tent in the woods for 27 years, spoke with another person only once in that time, and did not know what he looked like. But Knight knew how to steal, authorities said, and how to stay hidden even though his tent lay within 600 yards of the nearest cabin. Such is the singular world of the man called the North Pond Hermit by the long-spooked residents here, where Knight is believed to have committed more than 1,000 burglaries since he left a computer-technician job and retreated to the forest. Now, he is residing in the Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta, facing burglary and theft charges, as banjo players rhapsodize about him and bewildered Mainers shake their heads at the thought of 27 winters in the open.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
If this guy fascinates you, you  have to read "Sometimes you can hear 'em" one of the two short horror stories in "Two Tales of Terror" available in Kindle. https://www.amazon.com/Two-Tales-Terror-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00FHZIKE6?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc#customerReviews ;
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The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit

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For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine, creeping into homes, and surviving on what he could steal. He became a legend. Then one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest. His name was Christopher Knight
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This is the kind of great character you can find in Maine, which is why I will soon be publishing "Broody New Englander", a book with my novella "The Stylite" and two short stories--all three set in Maine. Meanwhile, all authors have to delight in people like Christopher Thomas Knight, for it is the unusual which so often inspires us to see the twists and quirks in the normal.

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End Of An Era: One Of The Last Howard Johnson Restaurants Is Closing

End Of An Era: One Of The Last Howard Johnson Restaurants Is Closing | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From 1,000 locations down to just one.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
An icon of my youth is disappearing. I loved HoJo's because it was the only place my mother would allow me to order a hotdog. If you've read "Memoirs From the Asylum," you'll understand that one—at least as well as I can. They had 28 favors of ice cream and special sauce for their hamburgers. It was fine dining back then. So, the Broody New Englander says, "Adieu," to yet another memory. That's all right; I'm a big boy now and can order hot dogs whenever I want. 
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GOP senator Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump

GOP senator Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Three incidents in particular have led me to conclude he is unsuitable for the office.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
While I have never been a voter in the State of Maine, it is in many ways the state with which I most identify, hence referring to myself as a "Broody New Englander". Susan Collins is an outstanding senator for whom I have the greatest respect and I am delighted to see her taking a stand on strong principle. 
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Proposed national park is a multimillion-dollar gift wrapped up in distrust

Proposed national park is a multimillion-dollar gift wrapped up in distrust | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In Maine, a region battered by the closure of paper mills and traditionally wary of the federal government wrestles with the prospect of a national park.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
As a lover of Maine, I can see both sides of this controversy. The wilderness, in which I have camped, is glorious and worth seeing. However, the way of life is private and built around hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling. The economic boost of a national park and tourism would be huge, but it would change that way of life and I can certainly understand why folks would not want to give up their small town ways. If you'd like to get a sense of that way of live, be sure to read my book "Broody New Englander" which one professor called the best book she'd ever read. You can find "BroodY" on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene-ebook/dp/B00QCUYK12?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc
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8 incredible travel destinations inspired by adventure novels

8 incredible travel destinations inspired by adventure novels | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

An engaged reader is one whose mind wanders to faraway lands when turning a page. An inspired reader is one whose life changes after shutting the book. For some, reading a good adventure novel isn't enough. They need to live it.

Kenneth Weene's insight:

I hope my love affair with Maine will encourage readers of Broody New Englander to visit, but I won't reveal the actual town because the entire state deserves a visit. Ayup.

 

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