Author Archives: oldmainer

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions. While I tell myself that I write for my own pleasure, I in fact write for yours. As such, I hope that I put to paper a few scribblings that you might enjoy. If so, feel free to use them, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.

Is It Good Enough?

I can’t tell you how many times over the years that I have second guessed myself on something.  Often, they were not big things, but at the moment of decision, they were important to me.  I wish I had a … Continue reading

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Silent Persuasion

“No, I really can’t” she said.  “It’s late and I have to be up in the morning.” As was his habit, he didn’t say a word.  Didn’t try to argue her into it.  Instead he just sat there, looking at … Continue reading

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The Price of Sitting Down

I have always had a walk behind mower.  Some had front wheel propulsion, but others I had to push. However, in the past few years, the almost perfect woman began getting on my case about my yard activity.  I would … Continue reading

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Tools Of The Trade

I remember when I was first married and there were no pennies to be wasted, I used to enjoy going to Sears and wandering around the tool department, predetermining what I would buy when I was able.  I wasn’t even … Continue reading

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Going Off Half Baked

When I decided to become the next Gordon Ramsey, I said I was going to try to cook for myself, not bake.  However, I have a problem.  My wife, with my encouragement was a big fan of King Arthur mixes.  … Continue reading

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Wordsmithing 101

When I was a manager, the task that I disliked more then any other was preparing the annual performance appraisals of my employees. Each year, I would struggle to make pertinent comments while showing compassion.  That was not always as … Continue reading

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Let Him Dig

Why is it that men, myself included, have so much trouble asking for assistance, or directions. For some reason, we seem to be missing a gene that precludes us from ever seeking advice. This is not to say we won’t … Continue reading

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