Category Archives: Nonfiction

Diary From a COVID-Classroom : Day 2 – Ready, Steady, Go!

SACO – Thank God it’s Friday. I am not sure how many times I’ve muttered that to myself over the years, but today will not be one of them. Many teachers in school districts around the state have already returned to the classroom, and this coming Monday, it will be my turn. I’d be lying […]

Just Mercy – A significant addition my bookshelf.

SACO – This time of year, people of all walks of life look at the calendar and often decide to make a change to some of their habits. Sometimes, they decide to eat a little less, sometimes, they decide to exercise a bit more. Whatever change they make, it is almost always done with an eye toward […]

Maine Marathon training weeks three and four – when life intervenes

For many teachers, the last two weeks of the school year are often the most hectic and stressful weeks on the calendar. For a teacher who is also beginning a marathon training program, the scheduled runs are usually seen as a welcome respite or as just one more task for which there’s just not enough […]

A semester filled with stories from professional writers

Kate Clark Flora, a former assistant attorney general for the state of Maine and a best-selling mystery and crime writer will be speaking about her work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is invited […]

Giving students a chance to speak directly with a writer – one of the best forms of education

Bruce Robert Coffin, a retired detective sergeant from the Portland Police Department and a best-selling mystery and crime writer from Maine will be speaking about his work and the writing process at the Mary Weymouth Hyde library at Thornton Academy on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and the public is […]

Making educational institutions safe again – Arming school teachers, administrators, and the staff is not the answer.

The last few days I have watched and read the stories about the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I’ve read as students, school employees, parents, and politicians have struggled to find the right way to express their frustration and come up with a reasonable and effective solution. At a listening session at […]

A Maine teacher’s perspective on school shootings, gun control, and student activists

Like many of my colleagues, I watched in horror as a mentally unstable 19-year-old walked into a Florida high school opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, an AR-15. By the time he left the building, hiding in plain sight with fleeing students and teachers, 17 people were fatally wounded. Now, one week later, like most […]

The Final Run – My second novel begins to take shape.

SACO – This school vacation couldn’t have come at a better time.  Candidly, I have been struggling a bit with my second novel, not with the story, the characters, or the general idea that I’d like to write about, but simply with being able to find the time to put it all together. But with […]

Eric Marston – a teacher whose lessons may last a lifetime

If you’ve read any of my recent stories, you no doubt have seen me write about Mary’s Walk and the Kerrymen 5K road race. Both events are near and dear to me and in an important and significant way, they have helped a community and a number of families heal. What follows is one student’s […]