A writer inspired by nature and human nature


Here in The Pine Tree State, we’re celebrating Maine’s Bicentennial—that’s right, our beautiful state will be 200 years old on March 15, 2020.

Here on my blog, I’ll be celebrating Maine through poetry all year long… Let me know if you’d like to join in. Blogger friend Jim at USFMAN kicks off the New Year with three great haiku poems and photos from one of his Maine adventures at Acadia National Park! Check out Jim’s blog for more of his awesome adventures! ~ Bette A. Stevens https://www.4writersandreaders.com

About James Rogge

From his adolescence as an idealistic product of the Civil Rights movement to his ambitious pursuits as a dedicated college student and later professional educator, James Rogge has been inspired to find positive energy from the present moment in his personal/professional undertakings. James embarked on a  teaching career for over thirty years in the challenging multicultural setting of South Florida that included tenured assignments as a History/English teacher and Reading /ESL professor. Now retired, James enjoys his hard earned freedom these days by practicing yoga, pursuing photography, writing/reading  blogs and traveling with his wife over six months a year. James would welcome chatting with you either through his blog  (http://www.onstageformyselfnow.blog) or by email (jamesrogge@yahoo.com.)

Snippets of a Traveling Mind

“In every walk with nature, one receives more than he seeks.”(John Muir)

Hello Bloggers:

I recently learned from one of my favorite blog followers that 2020 marks Maine’s celebratory Bicentennial year. As I considered her offer to share my own visions of Maine as part of this effort, I immediately recalled hundreds of iPhone pictures I’d taken of Acadia National Park and the nearby Bar Harbor region during our recent Maine cruise travels. Logically, the time seems right for my latest blog to take a fresh look at my blog writing skills and “fire up” some original Haikus about the inspiring natural beauty of this American region.

I thus share three poems below for your imaginative pleasure. Happy New Year USFMAN

SUMMER DARE

A Fractured Rock Shore

Gaze Dark Plunge Into Chaos

So Simple To Fall

NATURE’S NOD

I Just Want To Sleep

Undisturbed In Maine Silence

Away From My…

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Comments on: "Acadia Affections (Maine Haiku & Photos by James Rogge)" (44)

  1. Congrats to Maine, Bette. We’re excited for Plymouth’s quadricentennial this year. Will be up in Maine in June for a brief three day stop to sell books!

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    • We were a Maine province way back then… I’m sure Plymouth’s Quadricentennial will be be amazing and tie in beautifully with your new books! Glad to hear you’ll have a few days to enjoy the magic of Maine too. Wishing you and yours a blessed and beautiful 2020, dear Noelle! ❤

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  2. Happy 2020 to you !

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  3. Thanks for sharing, Bette. We were at Acadia a few years ago and it was so lovely. I could have stayed forever. We also stayed in Portsmouth for a few days. That was an interesting spot, too. Love and hugs, dear friend.

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  4. what lovely poems, bette. I feel lucky that I was able to visit your beautiful state for a wedding this summer

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    • Hi, Beth. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. Delighted to hear you had a chance to visit our beautiful state. Let me know if you would like to contribute a haiku and photo for the celebration. I’ll be posting details about it soon. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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  5. Thanks for sharing a lovely post, I am hopping over to Acadia Affectations.
    Love and hugs and happy celebrations.

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  6. Always Lovely! ♥♥

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  7. Bette, it will be a wonderful year of celebrations for your dear State and we are in for a treat a you share yours and others poems! I loved Jim’s selection here! Wishing you a lovely Sunday! 😀❤️

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  8. Happy New Year, Bette! Beautiful post!

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  9. Fabulous!

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  10. Bette, how wonderful that you get to experience this exciting time for your beautiful state! And what a lovely share from USFMAN.

    I’ve never been to Maine and would love to visit your lovely state. I will put this on my bucket list! ❤️

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    • I was thrilled that Jim jumped in to help celebrate with his photos and awesome haiku poems. Maine is a treasure trove of nature to those of us who live here and those who come to visit. The Pine Tree State remains”The Way Life Should Be” to me.So glad we’re back to that unique place we are proud to call home. Wonderful to hear you’ve dded it to your Bucket List, Eugenia! I know you’ll be glad you did. Happy New Year and happy traveling, my friend… ❤

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  11. Thank you for sharing your exciting celebration news, Bette. I’m sending you a Haiku that you are welcome to use. I tried my hand at it, and this is what I came up with just for the occasion. Hope you like it.

    Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse

    A sentinel old,
    Keeping watch by day and night,
    Warning of danger.

    Haiku by Author, Sharon K Connell

    Love your book. It still sits on our coffee table so we can pick it up and enjoy a poem or two anytime.

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    • Wonderful Maine haiku, Sharon! Have you been to Maine and do you have a photo of “Two Lights”? If not, I can get a photo from Mainetourism.com. Delighted to hear that you’re enjoying MY MAINE and that you’re helping us celebrate the great occasion with your haiku! ❤ Hugs & Happy 2020!

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      • You mean the two lighthouses? I thought that was another lighthouse across the water when I found a picture of the Cape Elizabeth. It was a google find so I didn’t download it. Glad you liked the Haiku. 🙂

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  12. Ultra said:

    Beautiful poems show love for the region and the country. I see your country virtually, arouses admiration.
    Best wishes

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  13. Congrats on Maine’s Bicentennial year, Bette! I love your initiative of celebrating Maine through poetry throughout the year.

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    • Thank you, Rosaliene. For me, Maine is poetry… I wrote my first poem in 1974, the year we moved to Maine as back-to-the-landers.” I’m still in love with The Pine Tree State and feel blessed to be a Mainer. Maine is a place that enlivens the senses and soothes the soul. ❤ May 2020 be a year overflowing with blessings for you and yours!

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  14. Maine looks beautiful, Bette and what lovely way to celebrate its bicentennial year…😀 💕

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  15. Thank you for sharing a part of your world!.. a lovely visit always!!.. hope you have a wonderful new year, every day, filled with peace, love and happiness and life be all that you wish for it to be!!.. 🙂

    For today, and every day..
    May the sun always shine
    On your window pane
    May a rainbow be certain
    To follow each rain
    And you know nothing but happiness
    From this day forward
    (Irish Saying)

    May your wishes come true
    Your spirit know only peace
    Your heart know only love and
    Your life’s journey know only happiness
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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  16. OK, those are beautiful. I am on that cliff with you, listening to your poetry as I stand there, buffeted by wind, sense alert. Yummy.

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    • Thanks, Jacqu. I was delighted to have Jim participate in the Maine Bicentennial celebration with today’s post. More coming from Mainers and visitors during the year… ❤

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  17. I would have thought Maine was older than 200 years, Bette. Was it part of another state before or did it exist under another name?

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  18. MAINE HISTORY BIT: Maine was originally a province in The Massachusetts Bay Colony. Maine was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until 1820, when it voted to secede from Massachusetts to become a separate state. On March 15, 1820, under the Missouri Compromise, it was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state as a Free State (vs. Slave State). 🙂 Thanks for your thoughtful question, Robbie! xo

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  19. I noticed your noticing my blog post today., Bette. Thank you! Your beautiful state has much to celebrate, a theme you can get some currency from in 2020.

    Happy writing!

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  20. Bette, I believe you subscribed to my blog last week, as I have to yours.
    However, it looks as thought the subscription is for “plainandfancygirl.wordpress.com.”
    My current website is https://marianbeaman.com . . . just in case there was a mixup.

    Stay warm and cozy these days!

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