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About oldmainer

I am retired and live in southern Maine with my wife and two dogs. I started Oldmainer as an outlet for my occasional opinions and random observations, with some poetry thrown in. I welcome anyone that wants to kick back and join me here on the porch, exploring all the gifts we have been given and the memories collected. Thanks for stopping by.


A few weeks ago, I walked into our local Subway shop and ordered a sandwich.  When I checked out the lady asked me if I was a veteran.  I said I gave about 6 1/2 years of my youth but … Continue reading

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Happy Whatever

At the outset, it seemed like a simple enough task.  Stop at the pharmacy and pick up a birthday card for my brother.  Nothing fancy since we only see each other every ten or fifteen years, give or take.  The … Continue reading

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It’s All About The Neuron

Do you know what a neuron is?  I didn’t either until this morning while reading the paper.  I stumbled on an article that attempts to answer the burning question of who is smarter, a dog or a cat.  I’m sure … Continue reading

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If you were to ask Mr Webster the meaning of the word ‘secret’, he would tell you that it means “Kept from knowledge or view…Marked by the habit of discretion.  Perhaps that was true in his day and time (and … Continue reading

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Sharing The Wealth

I think  almost everyone observes some sort of tradition, and probably more then one.   Many are an attempt to resurrect a fond memory or experience while others are more mundane, driven by necessity more then desire.  Such is one of … Continue reading

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Enjoying A Fine Whine

Monday Man, it’s chilly this morning.  I heard the strong winds last night.  I’ll bet the power is off.   No real surprise there.  When you live around this many trees, it is almost a given that after a storm, someone … Continue reading

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Purse-uing The Truth

Admittedly, I don’t know anything about cows, or not much anyway.  To me, farm is just another four letter word.  Oh sure,  I know what they look like and I think I can tell the difference between a cow and … Continue reading

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