A writer inspired by nature and human nature


In honor of the State of Maine’s Bicentennial (official birthday March 15, 2020), I’ll be posting articles about Maine history, events, people, and places that include poetry and photographs throughout 2020 and 2021. Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a New Year 2021 filled with the Peace, Love, Joy and Hope found in God’s greatest gift—the Christ Child. ~ Bette A. Stevens 

Isaiah 9: 6

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” 

Maine

NOTE CARD COVER: Artwork Created By 7-year-old Bentley Lane (2017)

Did you know?

  • The Pine Tree State‘s pristine lakes and ponds total 6,000 (Maine.gov).

Last December (2019) I received a phone call that made my day! A local resident had checked out my latest book—My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons, from our local library and called to tell me how much she enjoyed reading it. Now that’s a great way for an author to begin her day…but, the wonder didn’t end on that lovely note. In fact, it blossomed into an extended conversation with the caller, Irene White, a fellow nature lover and gardener. Irene lives on Great Moose Pond, just a few miles from our farmstead in Hartland, Maine.

“I loved your book so much that I wrote a poem, not a haiku, but a poem nevertheless. My Christmas poem was inspired by a sweet card created by a seven-year-old boy named Bentley Lane in 2017.  I enjoyed Bentley’s artwork so much that I purchased several cards from his mother’s craft table at the local Christmas fair in town.” ~Irene White

Silently we all say “thanks”

Poem by Irene White (2019)

It’s a frosty morning
and Christmas is in the air.
So put on your tall boots
and your warm wooly coat.
Hat and mittens too,
and grab the trusty saw.
Warm up the truck 
and head for the woods.
Up there be a stand,
it’s thick and green.
The tracks abound,
this way and that.
The rabbit hopped this way,
and the deer circled round.
But look over there,
the perfect tree.
Push forward, pull back,
again and again.
Until the final cut,
and she’s yours!
Now load it up
and head for home.
Shake off the snow
and bring her in.
All the kids shout, “Yeh”
and the dog gives a leap!
We get ready to string the lights,
and silently we all say, “Thanks.”

Discover how reading and writing poetry benefits everyone from kids to corporate executives at this link on Bette’s blog. Whether you’re a resident Mainer or from away, I invite you to come celebrate Maine. I would love to hear from you if you have a favorite tidbit (i.e. poem/photograph/very short story) to share with us about your love for the The Pine Tree State.

About Bette A. Stevens

Inspired by nature and human nature, author Bette A. Stevens is a retired elementary and middle school teacher, a wife, mother of two and grandmother of eight. Stevens lives in central Maine with her husband on their 37-acre farmstead where she enjoys reading, writing, gardening, walking and reveling in the beauty of nature. She advocates for children and families, for childhood literacy and for the conservation of monarch butterflies (milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat). Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture. Stevens’s books include The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!; Amazing Matilda, Children’s Picture Book (Ages 4-11) 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award and Gittle List; Pure Trash (MG/YA/Adult) Short Story; Dog Bone Soup (MG/YA/Adult) Coming of age Novel (2017 KCT International Literary Award Top Finalist 2017); and My Maine, Haiku through the Seasons (Poetry and Photography Collection) 2019.

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Comments on: "Celebrating The Pine Tree State—Christmas Poem & Artwork by Local Mainers" (58)

  1. A lovely poem and a lovely gesture. Congratulations, Bette!

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  2. I had no idea you were such a prolific writer, Bette in a variety of ways. As a holiday gift to myself I will choose one of them to read. Happy Holidays . Jim

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  3. Such joy you share! Merry Christmas dear Bette!!! ❤

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  4. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Maine sounds beautiful. 🙂

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  5. Thank you for sharing your wonderful world!… I hope all is well in your part of the universe, that you and yours are having the mostest wonderful holiday ever and hope you have a very Merry Christmas and all your presents (and every day) is filled with love and happiness!!..

    Until we meet again..
    May the love that you give
    Always return to you,
    That family and friends are many
    And always remain true,
    May your mind only know peace
    No suffering or strife,
    May your spirit only know love and happiness
    On your journey through life.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

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  6. Oh, happy day. That’s wonderful, Bette. Best wishes to you for the Christmas season and 2021.

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  7. I think young Bentley is quite the artist and maybe he should create some Christmas cards to sell. They would go like hotcakes. I am glad Maine is still the pine tree state – so many trees were cut down during the 1700-1800s and shipped out. The forests have indeed replenished themselves.
    Merry Christmas! and I am looking forward to the blogs about Maine!
    Massive hugs!

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    • Merry Christmas, Noelle! 🎄 Thanks so much for your lovely note. Bentley and Irene have blessed us with their wonderful artwork and poetry. Maine continues to inspire us all in so many ways… Blessed and sending wishes to all for a beautiful Christmas and a New Year filled with God’s richest blessings! 💞 xo

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  9. Gwen M. Plano said:

    So lovely, Bette. Thank you for your heartwarming post. This has been a year of hurdles but you’ve transformed it beautifully. God bless and Merry Christmas! 💗

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  10. Thanks for your visit and note, Jacquie! 🌲 Delighted to learn of your past visit to The Pine Tree State and hope you’ll have a chance to experience its beauty once again! 💞Happy Holidays to you and yours! xo

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  11. We drove through Maine and New England many years ago and I was taken by the pristine forests and lakes. You live in a beautiful part of the world, Bette.
    Happy holidays!

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  12. This is a marvelous Christmas post, Bette. May yours be merry and bright. Hugs on the wing.

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  13. A very talented artist. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas!

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  14. Have a very blessed Christmas Bette! 🙂 ❤

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  15. What a talented young man! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, Bette!! xo

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  16. Ever grateful for your friendship and support, Marian! 💞 Sending lots of love your way with wishes for a blessed and beautiful Christmas and New Year! xo

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  17. Once again, your post is so very uplifting. I appreciate the love of nature you showcase here. And I also appreciate how you boost other authors, including your unsolicited “promo” of my memoir on a recent Zoom call. 🙂

    Also, I enjoyed the Christmas poem and especially the artwork by the promising 7-year-old Bentley. His drawing is precious, one I will need to show to our resident artist, my husband Cliff.

    With gratitude for you, Bette, and for the promise of Isaiah 9:6 this season and into 2021!

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  18. This is lovely from start to finish, Bette. Happy holidays!

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  19. What a delightful poem. It’s been a long time since I had a living tree so this brings back lovely memories. And Bentley’s picture–what an artist! And at 7!

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  20. Bette, what a delightful post! What a wonderful story. Irene’s poem and Bentley’s art are fabulous.

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    • Thanks so much, dear Jennie! 🎄 Holiday hugs and wishes for health and happiness for you and yours at Christmas and throughout the coming year. 💞

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      • My pleasure, Bette. Best to you this Christmas. 🎄 I know you will continue to spread the spirit all year. That’s what you do, and what your poetry does. ❤️

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  21. What a sweet poem! And WOW!!! That little Bentley has quite an artistic eye and hand. Thank you for sharing, Bette!! One day I will get to visit Maine!

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by to enjoy these special gifts from two more of our talented Mainers. Maine and Maine people never grow old–visitors love us and can’t wait to come back for more. 🌲 Holiday hugs, health and happiness to you and yours, dear Jan! 💞

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  22. Thank you for sharing the awesome Christmas card and the lovely poem, Bette. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season. 🎄💖

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  23. I enjoyed this post. Bette. A lovely story, picture and poem.

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  24. How sweet. Every artist loves touching and inspiring others.

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  25. petespringerauthor said:

    I enjoy history, and I’ll look forward to learning things about Maine. Happy holidays to you and your family, Bette!

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  26. spookster01 said:

    Hi Bette… looking forward to a bit of Maine history, one of my most favorite states. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
    John

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  27. How wonderful! Bentley is so talented. Merry Christmas! ❤

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    • Thanks, Jill. I’m with you! 🎄Bentley’s artwork is awesome! 💞Wishing you and yours a bright and beautiful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!…

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  28. That’s so lovely, Bette. It’s heartwarming when someone is inspired by our work – makes all the effort worthwhile. Wonderful card and poem. Merry Christmas, my friend, and I wish you a wonderful new year full of happiness, good health, and peace. ❤

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    • Thanks so much for your holiday wishes and for stopping by to enjoy these Maine Christmas delights, DIana! 🎄 Wishing you and yours bountiful blessings at Christmas and beyond! 💞

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  29. Bentley did a great job on that Christmas truck and the poem brings it to life. Beautiful.

    Have a blessed weekend, Bette. ♥

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  30. Bentley Lang was quite the artist at 7 years of age. I’m sure he’s even better now. I hope you have a splendid Christmas, Bette!

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    • Thanks so much for your sweet note for Bentley! Irene bought a box of Bentley’s cards at a craft sale and we haven’t been able to track him down yet. No doubt our young man has lots of talent. 🎄Wishing you a splendid Christmas too, Priscilla!

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