The place where artists and writers with Maine connections are showcased.

Maine’s mystical ships by Ramona du Houx – May 2016 exhibit Featured

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Seascapes

“Our bodies consist of the same proportion of water as the earth. We are creatures of the sea. The draw of the ocean has been written about time and again. There is something more vast and more mysterious about the sea than anything else on earth. It’s something similar to the vastness and mystery of the universe itself. Our planet is just one in our solar system which is connected by the vastness of space. Is the relationship we have with the ocean a microscopic reflection of the relationship our Earth has to space?” said Ramona du Houx.

“How people interact with the ocean, from feeling at one under sail with the winds at the back to simply watching waves lap the shores, transmits a calmness, a wholeness. That peace is something I wish to convey in my work.”

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Ramona du Houx’s photography Featured

Ramona has been to many events in her 32 year career as a photographer and has had the privilege of capturing the excitement and atmosphere surrounding the events.

“Ramona du Houx provides fine, thorough, and complete photography and writing services and doesn’t stop until she gets the job done to the satisfaction of the client she is working for.”
– Bangor Citycouncilor Joe Baldacci

Here is a small sample of her work. For more please click here. Or contact her directly.Rates vary per assignment and needs. Read more

EXILE  SPACE: ENCOUNTERING ANCIENT AND MODERN AMERICA by Esther Pasztory

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STONE AGE CIVILIZATIONS IN THE NEW WORLD

More about Esther Pasztory —

Esther Pasztory is Lisa and Bernard Selz Professor emeritus of pre-Columbian Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She has published extensively in the field of pre-Columbian art, including the first art historical manuscripts on Teotihuacán and the Aztecs.

DSC_0374Born in Hungary, she emigrated to the United States in 1956, after the anti-Communist revolution. She attended Vassar College and Barnard Collage, where she received a BA in art history. With her dissertation at Columbia, entitled The Murals of Tepantitla, Teotihuacan, she received her PhD in 1971.

Other books by Esther Pasztory:

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Order online on the donations page of the non-profit publisher: Polar Bear & Company. Indicate the book and make sure you include your address!

Or phone in your order, email solon@tds.net, or send your check or money order for $17.95/copy to: Polar Bear & Company, P.O. Box 311, 8 Brook Street, Solon, Maine . 04979.

Along with this information:

Name:

Address:

How many copies:

Email if you wish notification of it being sent.

Thank YOU!!

Conversations with Quetzalcoatl and Other Stories by Esther Pasztory

Patrick McGowan’s thrilling novel – One Good Thing

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A Maine adventure novel with purpose-

Mac McCabe, the owner of Allagash Air, flies his customers into the wilderness to unforgettable and often life-changing experiences, camping, fishing, and hunting. But these days it seems that it’s harder to make ends meet, even as the rich get richer and flock to Maine on vacation.

When the local paper mill is to be chopped up, stripped and closed, and the man behind the deal slams Mac’s airplane into a deadly spin with his jet, Mac dreams up a plan to get even. He recruits the military discipline of his brother-in-law Jackson Gunther and the skills of a journalist on the run from the mob. With the computer expertise of one more companion, they are involved in an offshore network to lift billions of dollars from two crooked and greedy billionaires.

Nature encounters human nature in the North Woods in search of natural justice—just one good thing to bring home to the community.

Read more about the author 

Screen Shot 2018-04-15 at 2.29.54 PM“During the winter of 2014-15 we lost power over the entire Christmas holiday. Luckily I had this story in my head for a book. I started writing. That story is now a book, One Good Thing,” said the author, Pat McGowan. “It is an adventure story with purpose.”

Patrick K. McGowan was born in Bangor, Maine, and raised in Somerset County. He learned to fly at the age of sixteen and began a lifetime of adventure and backcountry bush flying. Inspired by his home state, a place of magnificent beauty, he began a public service career, which included being a legislator, presidential appointee, and member of a governor’s cabinet. He has owned and operated many small businesses over four decades.

His drive for continued adventure included ten years as a skydiver, forty years as a floatplane and backcountry airplane pilot and multiple Maine canoe trips.

One Good Thing brings his public service, floatplane adventures, and love of storytelling to the public in this first novel.

He campaigned for single-payer health coverage in a congressional race in 1990 and has never given up on this bold idea for America. McGowan is an accomplished conservationist.

Published by Polar Bear & Company of Maine – Head office: PO Box 311, Solon, ME  04979. In town location: 20 Main Street, Rockland, ME  04841.

Available on Barnes and Noble.com, and Amazon, local independent bookstores by request or directly from the publisher.

$17.95/Pages: 260 / ISBN-13: 978-1882190812

Dragon Kim Foundation helps teens learn music and much more

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“Life is a gift, so live it to the fullest. Grow happy and gaily, for you only have one shot,” that’s the beginning of a poem written by 14-year-old Dragon Kim.

A teen often described as wise beyond his age. A boy, whose life ended along with his friend Justin Lee on August 14, 2015.

Park rangers say a large tree branch broke and fell on a tent where Dragon and Justin were sleeping. Both were killed.

His parents established The Dragon Kim Foundation “in our son’s honor to carry on his love of life to make it possible for other young people to pursue interests in areas in which Dragon himself was passionate, and to help give others the access to a bright future.”

 

 

 

 

The foundation gives young people access to more opportunities.

 

Please consider making a donation, on their website They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

The Dragon Kim Foundation, 13217 Jamboree Road, Suite #158, Tustin, CA 92782

 

Winnie and Tate a great bedtime adventure about two ducks and their new family

by Ramona du HouxTwo ducks find their way to a new home. As Winnie and Tate’s world expands in the backyard woodland pond, so does their circle of friends. They meet a variety of animals and discover that dangers can sometimes lurk around the corner.Exciting firsts and scary life events rally the family and their ducks in lasting ways, as vivid situations come to life in this wonderful adventure.

Author, Nancy Crinklaw, brings us into the world of these adorable ducks as they grow, getting into mischief at every turn.  As Winnie and Tate mature they help their human family realize what’s important in life.

Winnie and Tate will entertain many age groups and has a few life lessons for all. You just keep reading and want to know more once you finish the book,” said Lisa A Paulon in her review. “I hope to see a continuation of the story in the near future and in the meantime I will remember to be mindful of the “dark side” of the pond!”

First booksigning will be with author Nancy Crinklaw at 10AM at the Sandown Public Library, 305 Main St, Sandown, NH 03873 on March 1, 2018.

About the Author Nancy Crinklaw:

Nancy (on the right in the photo) loved reading books as a child and wanted to share that love with her daughter and began reading to her the day she came home from the hospital. As her daughter grew, she remembers searching for page-turners that would interest her child, teach a few life lessons, and be enjoyed by her as well. With those elements in mind she wrote Winnie and Tate.

“It was a struggle to find books with good messages that were fun adventures when Rachael was a baby. I really wanted to give new mothers a fun book that will help them with the road ahead, so Winnie and Tate was born,” said Nancy.

Nancy grew up in a very small town in New York along the St. Lawrence River just a stone’s throw to the Canadian Border, along with her sister Joanne Langston (on the left of the photo), who illustrated Winnie and Tate. 

“I guess it is the sister thing because the pictures fantastically compliment the feeling of the book Winnie and Tate,” said Nancy.

 Nancy now lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband, daughter, six little ducks and two cats.

She continues to find joy in writing, and is working on a second book.

Nancy currently works in manufacturing management, continues to find joy in writing, and is working on a second book.

About the Illustrator:

Joanne Langston loved painting from an early age and recently returned to this life-long passion when Nancy asked her to illustrate Winnie and Tate.

“It’s been such a honor to be able to illustrate Nancy’s classic story. We’ve always wanted to work together on a project of significance, to give back and hopefully inspire. I’m hoping it’ll be a long partnership,” said Joanne.

Go to Facebook: www.facebook.com/quackedweb/ for information about Winnie and Tate.

Winnie and Tate is published by Polar Bear & Company of Maine – PO Box 311, 8 Brook Street, Solon, ME 04979 and 20 Main Street, Rockland, Maine  04841.

$15.95  * ISBN: 978-1-882190-58-4 *  www. polarbearandco.org 

Book combats childhood bullying – Clipper and the Village Park Bully

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From Maine Insights News

In the third book in the Clipper Maine Island Labrador puppy series, Clipper and the Village Park Bully, our hero visits the village park for the first time. Excited to make new friends, he soon discovers he has a lot in common with other puppies. Then the park bully snarls at him and . . .

Clipper’s author, Anita de Laguna Haviland, takes on the bully in the park to help children and parents deal with this serious problem. Being bullied as a child can have harmful, long-term consequences, like being stunted emotionally and socially.

“I couldn’t sit by hearing about all the bully situations in our schools across America. I hope Clipper and the Village Park Bully will show children that there are answers to their situations, that they are not alone, and most importantly that people do care.”

“Everyone has a role to play in combating the epidemic of childhood bullying. I hope my paintings will connect with children so they know they are loved and important to us all,” said watercolor artist Ramona du Houx.

Nine out of 10 elementary school kids have been subjected to physical or psychological bullying by their peers, while six in 10 have been bullies themselves, according to a new study.

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“The results show that even going down to young ages, we have very high levels of bullying and victimization,” said study lead author Dr. Thomas P. Tarshis, who conducted the research while with the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. The findings were published in the April 2017 issue of the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

More about the Clipper series—

Clipper is a sweet Labrador puppy who loves to get into mischief. His adventures on a Maine island reflect incidents everyone’s child somehow manages to get into. If we think far enough back, we got into them too. How Clipper solves situations, how those around him help or not provides direction—as a great picture book can do. All the while, this adorable puppy warms everyone’s heart and soul.

“These stories are based in experience. Our loving dogs have been wonderful teachers,” said de Laguna Haviland, who dedicates Clipper and the Village Park Bully to the memory of her loving dog Picasso.

Du Houx’s vibrant watercolor paintings bring the book’s words to life while inspiring children and fostering an appreciation of art. Studies show early childhood exposure to the arts helps calm children and encourages their imaginations.

“I love seeing the eyes of children light up as they turn the pages in Clipper. It’s so easy to fall in love with a Labrador puppy,” said Ramona. “He’s a wonderful role model for kids.”

Inspired by the visual splendor of the natural world and by children discovering it, Ramona has painted six picture books. Ramona’s photographic art has been exhibited worldwide since 1980. For the past twenty-two years she has worked as a journalist, artist, professional writer and photographer.

screen-shot-2017-06-26-at-12-24-27-pmClipper and the Village Park Bully is published by Polar Bear & Company, 8 Brook Street, P.O. Box 311, Solon, Maine. polarbearandco.org

The book retails at $17.95. ISBN 978-1-882190-64-5

Available from the publisher at great Maine Independent bookstores, Ingram and amazon.com

Watercolor painting illustrations copyright © 2017 by Ramona du Houx.

Clipper copyright © by Anita de Laguna Haviland. All rights reserved.

Quote book – “great resource and inspiration,” said inaugural poet Blanco

From Maine Insights News  

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Polar Bear and Company is proud to announce the publication of A Writers’ Compendium: Quotations on the Trade, edited and compiled by author Peter Bollen. Illustrations are crafted by Ramona du Houx.

Writers often spend hours, days working away on manuscripts. Sometimes in their self imposed isolation they wonder if their experiences are unique. A Writers’ Compendium: Quotations on the Trade allows them to see how their process may or may not be similar to other writers. It brings the writing community together and offers inspiration within unexpected quotes.

This unique collection of quotes by writers on the process of writing, on journalism, on censorship, poetry, writer’s block, and on other writers and critics is a wonderful resource.

Bollen is the author of Nuclear VoicesGreat Labor Quotations and Frank Talk. He’s currently a contributing columnist for the Bridgton News.

“As a long time literary book collector, I have concentrated on writers’ memoirs and biographies, as well as interviews and conversations with a wide range of writers working in various fields. This obsession became my education for my own writing and my career in publishing. Gleaning all this literary wisdom fueled my dcoveresire to compile a useful and entertaining collection of literary nuggets for readers and anyone who aspires to write. Putting this volume together and reading the words of these lively minds on the craft of writing and the creative process was particularly enjoyable and personally edifying.

“The chapters in this book include quotations on creativity, censorship, critiques from fellow writers, and the importance of journalism. I hope they convey something about the writing life and the importance of the printed word.

I intend for this collection to serve as a helpful guide for aspiring and fledgling writers. I have included a chapter on the dreaded “writer’s block” – that familiar malady suffered, at times, by even the most experienced wordsmiths. When I interview and talk with writers personally, I always ask them about “The Block.”

Writers often refer to and use their favorite quotations by their colleagues and mentors. Many of these quotations are well known and often repeated. In this book, where the actual source of a quote could not be definitely determined, I have added ‘attributed’ following the author citation.

“I hope this compendium is entertaining as well as useful for readers and writers alike. I have tried my best to be accurate and correct in attributing the quotations. Any inaccuracies discovered after publication will be corrected in subsequent editions of this volume.” —Peter Bollen

kingWhat others have written about the book:

“A great resource and inspiration.” —Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration

“Entertaining and often illuminating, the incisive and concise quotations go on, page after page. Dipping into compendia such as this can be like eating cashews—it’s hard to stop at just one canful. You keep reading and snacking. Just one page more . . .” —Mike Corrigan, Bridgton News book review

“Peter Bollen has compiled a magnificent collection of quotes that any writer, editor or photographer can identify with, from dealing with editors to questioning one’s self. Very amusing and informative. Mr. Bollen has gone on a deep search to find the quotes that you can—At one time or another—Find yourself in. —H. Joie Crockett, photojournalist

Screen Shot 2017-12-12 at 8.25.20 PM“A treasure, a welcome companion for any working writer. In this lonely field, one often feels blocked, stopped, and distracted . . . Refreshing . . . illustrates that so many others, especially the giants of this craft have felt exactly the same and then gone on to publish wonderful stories. It is a source of solace, comfort and encouragement, much needed and much appreciated. It has a permanent place next to my computer keyboard.” —Alan Lapidus, author of Everything by Design. My Life as an Architect

Please visit Peter’s website at: https://famousquotescom.com/

And Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/writerscompendium/

On Amazon herehttps://www.amazon.com/Writers-Compendium-Quotations-Trade/dp/1882190785

Published by Polar Bear & Company . ISBN-13: 978-1882190782 .  Pages: 153 . $14.95

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Maine’s Celebration Barn awakens students and audiences to life through theater

In Maine Insights – Article and photos by Ramona du Houx

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The first stage of the Celebration Barn experience is getting there. After negotiating countless side roads, one takes a turn down a semi-paved road and another down a rocky lane. There, in 11 acres of woods, far from the maddening crowd, lies a red restored horse barn where unique performances await the traveler, whether one is a participant in the non-profit’s workshops or someone who enjoys great theater.

Discovering the Barn is like coming across another world, a summer theater Shangri-La, as the atmosphere the performers and instructors exude is all encompassing. They greet you with enthusiasm, and excitement in their eyes sparked by the energy from working together in intensive workshops. They welcome you into their community with open arms, into one big functional family. But the majority of these thespians, writers, directors and producers only just met weeks before.

The connectedness that has been established during those weeks binds these artists to one another and becomes key to their successful individual and collaborative scripts that they act out in sold out community performances.

“Here, artists are encouraged to do work that is uniquely their own. Living and working alongside one another, while getting to totally unplug from daily demands, allows artists to go deep into their creative process. Developing a shared vocabulary, embracing each other’s differences and strengths, and supporting one other in stepping outside one’s comfort zone creates a very dynamic, safe atmosphere,” said Amanda Huotari Executive Artistic Director of Celebration Barn. Read more