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‘Olive Kitteridge’ By Elizabeth Strout — Magical Enough To Win A ‘Pulitzer’.

by Anura Guruge



It is not a novel. Essentially thirteen short-stories with ‘Olive Kitteridge‘ playing some role, major in some, fleeting in others, in each story. Beautifully crafted. The story and characters engage you. Draw you in. You want to know what happens to them.

All the stories are set in a fictional coast town in Downeast Maine. My wife of 16-years is from coastal Maine (albeit slightly further North). Over the last year six years I have been spending a fair amount of time in Maine — mainly in Acadia. So, the landscape and the nuances of the characters were familiar.

I found it interesting and absorbing — though typically I am not a huge fan of short-stories. The portrayal of the Mainers amused I. An overriding theme is their lecherousness and promiscuity — irrespective of age. Hmmm. I won’t comment on that.

Yes, as with the ‘Secret Lives of Bees‘ this book is hugely well known and has a huge following. I am, as ever, late to the party.


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Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Its 100th-Year BIRTHDAY Today — Happy Birthday.

by Anura Guruge


Attribution WILL be enforced.



It shares a birthday with my other favorite National ParkAcadia.

That is how I know.

Strange. I haven’t seen anything in the media acknowledging this significant birthday.

I adore the Grand Canyon. I have visited it at least 8 times and know that I haven’t even scratched the surface. It takes my breath away each and every time without fail.

A natural wonder of the world.

Happy Birthday, the Grand Canyon National Park.

We need to be precise on this. The Canyon itself is much older. SMILE!


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One Expensive, And As Such Possible Rare, Buddha Statue For Sale — And That Puzzles Me.

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I know these folks and they are very nice people. We visit their magical gallery & garden, in Northeast Harbor, Maine — i.e., ‘Acadia‘ — at least once a year. We have even chatted about Buddha statues.

I am in no way trying to cast aspersions but when I saw this it got me slightly puzzled and concerned.

Shouldn’t this be in a museum? In the scheme of things it is not that old, but, it is old enough and no doubt also rare.

I would hate to see it end up in someone’s house as a decoration or worse still as a garden decoration. Heaven forbid it ending up in some corner of a Chinese restaurant.

My point is very simple. This appears to be a statue that warrants some high level attention and care.

I am going to see if I can get a Buddhist temple to show some interest in it. That is all.


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Acadia National Park, Maine Impacted By Lack Of Snow Removal Due To Federal Government Shutdown.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From the ‘National Park Service’ at: nps.gov.


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Acadia Ocean Drive in March 2018
when we visited in Winter during a storm.


The problem is the SNOW. They have kept the roads open BUT are not plowing.

I heard, this morning, that Ocean Drive is basically closed due to snow.

Not sure you are planning on visiting right now but I wanted to give you a heads up.

We went in early March 2018. I had fun. I walked the entire Ocean Drive twice — once in a gail.

Hopefully the SHUTDOWN will be over by March 2019!

 


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Friday, November 23, 2018, Is ‘Acadian Day’ In Louisiana — Commemorating The Arrival Of The ‘Acadians’.

by Anura Guruge





The original Acadia in 1754. Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


Yes, my beloved ‘Acadia National Park‘ is related to the Acadians but semi-indirectly. The actual ‘Acadia‘, as can be seen from the above map, was further north, in Canada. But, the notion of calling that whole NE area ‘Acadia’ persisted.

Canada has a ‘National Acadian Day’. The Day After Thanksgiving holiday is restricted to Louisiana.


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SOME Of David Rockefeller’s Acadia, Maine, Estate Items To Be Auctioned, August 17, 20018.

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Click to access article from “Mount Desert Islander”.


Click for last year’s post on THE house for sale.


This from what I gather is basically ‘odds and ends‘ of no ‘great’ value — though all of those terms are relative when you are dealing with the likes of the Rockefellers.

As the above ‘MDI’ article points out in the 4th paragraph 1,500 items were already auctioned off at Christie’s in New York for a staggering $833 Million. Yes, you read that right; $833 Million. Close to a Billion.

I doubt that there will be any bargains at the August 17th auction in Northeast Harbor. The whole Acadia area, Northeast Harbor in particular, has an abundance of money, much of it, like the Rockefeller’s, old money. So, cash and cheques will be flying. Plus there will be sentimentality and those hoping that they might be able to make a profit reselling. So, I don’t plan to be there. Long drive.

But, I wanted to make sure that YOU knew about it. Happy bidding.



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