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More Maine—Arts & Culture

  • Maine officially celebrates its  Bicentennial (200th birthday as an independent US state) on March 15, 2020.
  • The Pine Tree State (Maine’s official nickname)—provides a sanctuary for arts and culture—check out these famous Maine people (Arts & Literature) at Maine.gov.
  • Maine has been inspiring artists and art lovers for more than two centuries and continues to provide a cultural haven for residents and visitors alike. You’ll find a treasure chest of museums and galleries spattered throughout the state. Be sure to check out these “10 Must-See Maine Art Museums.”
  • Maine is known as Vacationland From pristine wilderness to pine forest mountain ranges to crystal clear waterways and majestic shorelines, Maine is a perfect place to spend your vacation.

Maine Watercolor by John Cable JOHN HOWELL


I’m delighted that John W. Howell stopped by to help celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial with a fine piece of Maine art that inspired his My Maine haiku poems! John is one of my Rave Review Book Club #RRBC author friends. I invite you to check out his bio and books— His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. Howell’s John Cannon series rank among my favorite mystery thrillers. ~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author

John Howell: “This is a watercolor by Maine artist John Gable. I bought it when I was on vacation at Kennebunkport, Maine. I had the pleasure to meet the artist and discuss some of his art while there. This painting has been with me since I bought it in 1981. If you would like more information on the artist here is a link to his website—John Gable Fine Art.”

My Maine

by John W. Howell ©2020

Before the parade,
A treasured water color. . .
Created in Maine.

Is a physical,
Reminder of such good times. . .
Which are forever.

The air and seashore,
Are still pondered in the heart. . .
Someday to return.


About John W. Howell

John W. Howell, author of suspense thrillers, short stories and poetry.

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. Howell’s first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The fourth, Circumstances of Childhood a family life story published (2017). The fifth book, The Contract is written with Gwen Plano (2018).

John is currently finishing his sixth novel Eternal Road – The Final Stop, to be published in June 2020. All books are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. The paperback versions are available in the Indie Lector store

John lives in Lakeway, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

Follow the author and find his books on Amazon.

The Power of Poetry

How Readers & Writers of All Ages Benefit from Poetry

  • Improves Verbal Skills & Memory
  • Enhances Cognitive Function
  • Develops Empathy & Insight
  • Encourages Creativity

Bette A. Stevens is celebrating Maine’s 200th birthday as an independent US state on her blog all year long through her new release,  My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons (Poetry & Photography Collection). She’s inviting friends and readers to join in the celebration with their own photo and haiku creations highlighting The Pine Tree State.

Whether you’re a Mainer or from away, I invite you to join me as I celebrate #Maine2020 by submitting one of your favorite photos taken in “The Pine Tree State” and writing a haiku too! I’ll be publishing submissions here on my blog throughout 2020. Simply email me at bettestevens@tds.net  SUBJECT: “Maine Bicentennial Haiku.”

“A nature-filled land that enlivens the senses and soothes the soul
—to me, Maine is poetry.”
~ Bette A. Stevens



“See Maine through the eye of a poet…”

Grab a copy of My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons today! 

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Comments on: "Celebrating #Maine2020 through Poetry with Author John W. Howell" (93)

  1. I thought the painting was a photograph. It’s beautiful. And loved the poem from John. Thanks for sharing, Bette. This reminds me I have to review one of John’s books!

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  2. What fun! John’s painting and poem reminded me of the times I’ve visited Kennebunkport. A lovely unique town that can be quite crowded now in the summer. Lately I’ve visited it in the late fall, with less crowds and more breathing room to walk along the water, view the Bush compound, shop in the many stores, and enjoy the unique restaurants. A fabulous Maine venue.

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  3. Great to see, John here, Bette. Loved the contribution, John… Nice poem.

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  4. Wonderful post, Bette – I always love meeting artists 🙂

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  5. Wonderful haiku, John, and gorgeous watercolor! Kennebunkport is an interesting place and one can find some amazing artwork by local artists.
    Bette, I’ve probably told you before how much I love Maine. It is possibly the most beautiful of all states. Hugs. ❤️

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  6. Thank you for sharing a part of your world and thoughts!!…. 🙂

    Hope today and all your tomorrows are filled with love and happiness and life is all that you wish for it to be!… 🙂

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  7. I don’t know much about art, but I love that painting – easy to see why it’s been with you so long, John.

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  8. Ultra said:

    On the occasion of 200 years Maine, it is worth meeting people who are inspired by the nature of these beautiful surroundings : Bette A. Stevens and John W.Howell!

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  9. John’s poetry celebrates Maine experience so well! That art is fabulous, seems like a picture. Thanks for sharing Bette.

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  10. John, that’s a gorgeous piece. I can see why it caught your attention.

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  11. Reblogged this on Eugi's Causerie and commented:
    Sharing lovely art and haiku in celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial –

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  12. A beautiful piece by John. Many thanks to you both for sharing. 🙂
    Wishing you both a fabulous week ahead. xo

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  13. Lovely art and haiku from John! Sharing!

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  14. Wonderful, Bette. I love John’s poem and photo. Maine’s big celebration is just around the corner. 🙂

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  15. Bette, it’s been a joy to read about John’s painting and his poetry here.😀

    John, I love the feeling and love for Maine evoked through your poem. How true that precious moments live on forever! I’m taken with the painting and can see why it has had a hold over you all these years – a treasured possession.

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  16. Good good

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  17. Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Celebrating Maine’s Bicentennial.

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  18. Lovely painting and poetry. Thanks for sharing, John and Bette 🙂

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  19. What a wonderful post, and such a beautiful state! I enjoyed the poetry by John and Bette. I’ve got to visit one of these days.

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  20. It’s great to see John here, Bette. I do watercolor painting, so I appreciated the fabulous painting and it’s wonderful that your sentimental poem was inspired by the painting.

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  21. The artist did a wonderful job with shadow and imagery. John’s poem tells me how much he enjoyed that trip- beautiful ❤

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  22. What an awesome piece of art and lovely poem from John Howell! Thank you for sharing, Bette!

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  23. How lovely to see a poem by John Howell, Bette. I can’t think I have ever seen one before and he did a marvelous job.

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  24. What a fabulous watercolor. It’s so easy to sink into that painting and imagine the surroundings, much like John’s poem. And I can so relate to the last three lines. They echo my thoughts as well!

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  25. What a gorgeous painting, John. I loved your Haiku, too. Thanks for sharing, Bette.

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  26. Maine holds a very special place in my heart. I spend summers at Cape Elizabeth when I was little, and my dad got his dream job at the Aroostook Medical Center.

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  27. D.L. Finn, Author said:

    I love the painting and the Haiku, John. It’s great when something can give you such pleasure of a past time.

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  28. It’s a gorgeous painting. I love the light playing off the chrome and the sun lit background and the chiaroscuro effect across the car and pavement. (I can never remember that “chiaroscuro” word. I always have to look it up! But I love seeing that effect in paintings and photography.)

    It’s a gorgeous poem, too, because it explains so well that sense of feeling we all get when we see an item or image from a long-ago visit. Time just loops back, and you’re there.

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  29. Reblogged this on Fiction Favorites and commented:
    I am with Bette Stevens today in celebration of her beloved Maine’s 200th birthday. Bette is a wonderful poet and person. You should check out her site.

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  30. Thank you, Bette. It is such a joy to be with you today. I am enjoying your series in celebration of Maine’s 200th birthday

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