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The corner store, redesigned

Farm fresh eggs - Coastal Collage

Terra Optima Farm Market, Rockland, Maine   It has been a little over a year since Cheryl Denz opened Terra Optima Farm Market. Cheryl has been a farmer all her life. This retail store directly connects farm to table.   Cheryl thoroughly enjoys feeding Rockland in a very literal sense. “Rockland is wonderful! I love […]

Need a fall project?

Leah and Eileen at Clementine, Rockland

Now is the time to collect together projects for the fall – dare I say – winter. You want to do something new, fresh, fabulous! Don’t you?! Well – there’s a new kid in town, ready to help you put it all together. Leah Ondra has a fantastic new store in Rockland, Clemetine! (Don’t you […]

WRFR radio interview: Alternative education

Mixer board at WRFR

There has been a small ad in the Free Press for many weeks now, it simply states…. oldschoolrockland.org…well… that peaked my curiosity! I emailed Joe Steinberger to get the scoop and request an interview. His response was, “Why don’t we interview each other on the radio”?! My response, “Cool”!! I asked Devi Randolph to be […]

At the vineyard and in the orchard

Savage Oaks Wines

Our fall foliage series closes with scenes from Savage Oaks Winery and Schoolhouse Farm orchards. We stopped by Savage Oaks Winery in Union for a tasting. Holly Savage was a gracious hostess. So many wonderful varieties to choose from. Our favorites: Sterlingtown – a fresh, just picked off the vine flavor, strong grape taste that’s […]

Readers fall foliage photos

Owl's Head, Anna Chern

Thanks everyone for sending in your fabulous fall foliage pics! It sure has been an awesome fall, hasn’t it? Gary Philbrick’s ‘Belmont afternoon’. Just love the viewpoint, looking up through the trees to a clear blue sky. Here are some photos from Dana Ayers. She took photos along the suggested fall foliage route. Next are […]

Reflections of an old school, homeschool mom

Exploration at Salt Lake City by Melinda Prophet

It’s decision-making time again. Do you send the kid back to school or bite the bullet and homeschool? Tough choice, either way. It has been 10 years since my last homeschool outing. I have seen the outcome of a variety of homeschool philosophies. Analyzing my methods and other homeschool methods, I ask, did they work, […]

6.5 Ways to reverse the effects of burnout

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I don’t know how we got from the laid back, peace out,  flower child ways of the 60′s and 70′s to the highly productive, multitasking mania of the 80′s, 90′s, and on to today.  But one thing is for sure, we are all suffering the effects of the environment we created for ourselves. Multitasking was […]

28,000 Tulips

Azaleas and quince are in bloom. Rhododendrons are just about to open and  lady slippers are just peaking their heads up. And oh yes, the tulips, all 28,000 of them.    Free admission to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine is available Memorial Day. If you can catch a few hours in between the raindrops […]