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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 […]

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

From Maine Insights News   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 […]

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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 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. […]

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8th Annual Rural Open Studio Tour in Central Maine – Today

Saturday, August 12th, 2017 -Studios and Galleries open 10am to 6pm There’s much more than mosquitos in Maine north of Route 2. In the rolling hills and farmlands surrounding Skowhegan, Maine is one of the most unique opportunities to visit the amazing home studios of fabulous artists at over 20 Central Maine locations. It’s the 8th annual tour, hosted by Open Arts in association […]

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The Poems of Maria Caridad Lara Sciaky, dive deep into every woman’s soul

The work of a spirit unafraid of powerful and enduring literary fashions and taboos, these poems exhibit a refreshing sensitivity to the superficial as well as the profound trends in the history of the craft. They arise. “The schematic structure of Maria’s poetry is very similar and best described by comparing it to a musical configuration called a fugue,” wrote […]

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Global Warming Conflicts and Solutions -Documentary to Make Change

A short clip to help raise funds for the initiative from its director, Alexander Cornell du Houx: The Solon Center for Research and Publishing has agreed to publish books based upon this documentary project which highlights conflicts around the globe that are a direct result of climate change and how community solutions, already available, could help defuse these problems. These […]

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Hélène Farrar’s eclitic work on exhibit at UMF Community Arts Center

A vibrant solo exhibit by visual artist Hélène Farrar launches the UMF Emery Community Arts Center’s spring schedule. The show, “What We Carry,” runs from Jan. 17 to March 19, and features an opening reception from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20. The exhibit is free and open to the public. “Balance” by Hélène Farrar Farrar’s exhibit, “What We Carry” shows that we are more complicated than we think we are. We are even more complicated than even the stories we tell. We can’t see that someone next to us might be carrying with them an entire room or an elephant-sized amount of trauma, an isolating living situation or viewpoint, anger, a deep (dis)connection to others, and a personal or familial […]

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A Winter’s Apprentice is the first account of a craftsman working in a Maine boat yard

By Ramona du HouxJohn Willey shares insights into life in a Maine boatyard, where he worked and kept a journal from 1978 to ’79 in his book, A Winter’s Apprentice. John’s perspectives are unique coming from being a scholar and private investigator. He knew he was working amoung a group of outstanding craftsmen and involved in a dying art that he has now preserved in his writings. “Before it ever leaves its building shed, a yacht will take its makers on unimagined journeys. This one only begins in East Boothbay, Maine,” said Willey. As the historian John Gardner confirms, until relatively recently boatbuilding was not recorded—the life of the yard crew even less so. Here is a rare and vibrant narrative from a […]

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Neil Rolde’s comprehensive history of the War Refugee Board

By Ramona du Houx Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were killed. Many of the same elements that led to the Holocaust survive today. Maine author, Neil Rolde, has dedicated himself to broadening our awareness of this era. His histories highlight the degree to which the U.S. helped save Jews during […]

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Climate Change Causes Conflicts-Documentary Project to Bring Change

A short clip to help raise funds for the initiative from its director, Alexander Cornell du Houx: The Solon Center for Research and Publishing has agreed to publish books based upon this documentary project which highlights conflicts around the globe that are a direct result of climate change and how community solutions, already available, could help defuse these problems. These […]

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Maine’s Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s 14th Amendment Exhibit

Maine’s Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s 14th Amendment exhibit opens on Thursday, September 22nd and runs through December 22nd, 2016. The exhibit will be at the Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive in Augusta. Themes depicted relate to many areas of American society covered by the amendment: including due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, […]

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Blue Heron in Solon, Maine by Ramona du Houx

  When the Sacred Waterbird, Blue Heron, comes to you in the Native American Totem tradition it gives you a lesson of self-reflection. Heron “medicine” teaches us about the power of knowing ourselves so that we can discover our gifts and face our challenges.  We learn to accept all of our feelings and opinions and not to deny the emotions […]