Great Maine Apple Day

drove to Unity
with Sam and Jerry

first stop Heritage Orchard
walking the rough terraces
covered with weeds and chip paths

examining the apple labels –
who named these?

then to MOFGA fairgrounds.
A couple of lectures and an
apple tasting.

Learned a lot – especially
apple trees from seed are
just like human children.


went to visit the Nearing’s house
spent time touring the gardens
talking with the caretakers
and watched a short documentary
got some seeds and a geranium!

tried to visit Four Seasons Farm
but it was closed up tight
maybe next spring

no walking

pettengill preserve

short hike on the blue trail
then the yellow loop
lots of water
a few board bridges showing up
under the snow and ice
a lot more work walking when
you have to crunch through snow
uneven surfaces
and guard against submerging your boot
in soppy snowy water

yellow loop was very soggy initially
then led to higher, dryer ground
very quiet, open, and uplifting

headed back to the car
westward into sunset

time is very precious

so it’s ended
60 by 365
wish I had more photos
wish I had more drawings
but I did it
wrote every day in this
big year of transitions
like basting
holding down time’s
billowing fabric
or drawing
capturing gesture,
value, expression

someday I’ll read through it
revise, revisit, review
not one for nostalgia
that would be a wholly new experience

not in new jersey anymore

trying to get used to this
so much togetherness
I’m trying to work
used to getting
an introvert’s retreat
at lunchtime
went to The Grind
and saw Sam’s truck there
uh, no…kept driving
to Shinbashi
going to order sushi to go
Sam appears
so okay
we sit down for
miso soup, sushi,
and tension
not totally clear
on what’s happening

home in hancock!

happy – crashing – happy – crashing

struggling to reorient now that we are here

no house in Stamford any more

readjustments in the relationship

most shocking, Sam cuts off his ponytail

a lot of volatility can be blamed on overtiredness

and a surfeit of Facebook surfing (has to stop)

no food – food –

no rest – rest –

no warmth – fire in the wood stove


seems crazy but we just wanted to get home
so get in the car in NYC at 1:15 am
I start driving and make it to
Charlton Plaza, Mass Pike 4 am
we pull into Portland 7 am
for a freaking wonderful breakfast
at Bayside American Cafe
an early afterglow among people who had marched
and wanted to stay in that communal feeling