A writer inspired by nature and human nature


DID YOU KNOW?

There are over 4,600 islands off the coast of Maine not to mention some inland too. My author friend N.A. (Noelle) Granger has taken up my #MaineHaikuChallenge to help us celebrate the beauty and bounty of The Pine Tree State. Here is her lovely Maine haiku tribute!

 

SWAN’S ISLAND

Swan’s Island lies six miles southwest of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park. It features 7,000 acres of classic coastal scenery and one of the prettiest harbors in Maine. Visit https://visitmaine.com/things-to-do/parks-natural-attractions/acadia-national-park to learn more about Swan’s Island, Maine.

Check Maine.gov and search COVID Restrictions for Visitors before visiting The Pine Tree State for the latest health and safety guidelines in place.

Maine is the easternmost state in the contiguous United States, and the northernmost east of the Great Lakes. It is known for its jagged, rocky coastline; low, rolling mountains; heavily forested interior; and picturesque waterways, as well as its seafood cuisine and its four distinct seasons. 

Meet N.A. Granger

N.A. GRANGER is a Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. After forty years of research and teaching undergraduates and medical students, plus earning her EMT license, she decided to use her knowledge of human anatomy and emergency medicine in mystery writing. In addition to the Rhe Brewster mystery series (Death in a Red Canvas Chair, Death in a Dacron Sail, Death by Pumpkin, Death in a Mudflat), she has written for Coastal Living and Sea Level magazines and several times for the Bella Online Literary Review.

She recently published her first historical fiction novel, The Last Pilgrim, about Mary Allerton Cushman, the oldest surviving passenger on the Mayflower. The book has been long-listed for the Devon and Cornwall International Book Prize. Another Rhe Brewster mystery in the works—Death at the Asylum. The mystery series has its own website: http:www.na-granger.com.

You can find more of her writing and musings at saylingaway.wordpress.com. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and a Maine coon cat who blogs, and she spends a portion of every summer in Maine and Plymouth, MA, researching for her books and selling them, too.

I had the pleasure of meeting up with Noelle a few years ago in Boothbay Harbor at Sherman’s Maine Coast Bookshop/Maine’s Oldest Bookstore where she was signing books from her Rhe Brewster mystery series (one of my favorites) for fans that summer. I’m delighted that Noelle joined #MaineHaikuChalllenge. Thanks so much for stopping by to celebrate The Pine Tree State with us!

 

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Comments on: "Celebrating Maine! Swan’s Island in February #HAIKU by N.A. Granger" (83)

  1. Beautiful haiku for beautiful Maine 💜 Have you thought about switching to solar energy, if you haven’t already? Community Solar has partnered with the CMP utility market and is making it easy for households to receive solar energy through solar farms! It’s free, saves you money and helps our planet! https://solar12.onlinesalespro.com/swnp-1 I hope you can check it out 🙂

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  2. […] Celebrating Maine! Swan’s Island in February #HAIKU by N.A. Granger […]

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  3. Thank you Noelle and Bette for sharing a part of your world, seen through your eyes, with lovely thoughts and words!!… “Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime, So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.” (Author Unknown)…. 🙂

    Until we meet again, have a Happy Easter and…
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  4. Thanks for the insight! Very interesting 🧐

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  5. Great post 👌

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  6. I love Maine!!!

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  7. Great snow ❄️ pic😀

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  8. […] Celebrating Maine! Swan’s Island in February #HAIKU by N.A. Granger […]

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  9. Gorgeous Haiku and photo, Noelle. Thanks for sharing, Bette. ❤️

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  10. such an amazing haiku !!!

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  11. Good one Noelle. Thanks, Bette.

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  12. It’s nice to meet Noelle here and her haiku is as beautiful as her picture. Swan Island would be in my dreams now. Thank you Bette.

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    • Noelle is an amazing author, Balroop. Here mystery series featuring a female lead is set in Maine. Her wonderful haiku and photo are a fine addition to our Maine celebration. So glad you stopped by to meet her and chime in! ❤ xo

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  13. A beautiful haiku from Noelle. I’d love to visit Swan Island… in the summer, I think! I enjoy Noelle’s books and have read a lot of them. Always a pleasure. Thanks for the lovely post, Bette. 😀

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  14. Beautiful, Noelle. Last night at 8pm in was 76 degrees. The first time this year. I’m sure that will change back to cold today.

    Harbors are places I love to explore. Maine is a state I would love to explore.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

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    • Sunny, windy and in the 40s here today–your 76 sounds like heaven… Noelle is a fabulous writer and her mystery series (set in Maine) gives readers a peek into people, places and unique things that are sure to delight those who come to visits. Hope you get a chance to discover Maine one of these days, Sandee! Meanwhile, bask in the beauty of your California islands and harbors. 💞 Delighted you stopped by to meet Noelle. xo

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    • Thanks, Sandee! Do take a trip to Maine. It has such a gorgeous coastline and so many places to visit. I did the A-Z blogging challenge one year on just things to see in Maine.

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  15. A lovely haiku by Noelle, Bette. Thanks for sharing it here.

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  16. That’s a beautiful haiku written by Noelle.

    Bette, I can’t see it in the list at the side and couldn’t find it on Amazon, but I thought you had a book of haiku for children. Am I mistaken?

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  17. Bette, wow! That is a lot of islands and I imagine one needs to know the area well to sail around them all! I enjoyed Noelle’s haiku, capturing the wintery beauty with finesse and I can feel the cold!

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  18. You do love your Maine, Bette, and rightly so. I had no idea about the vast number of
    Islands you have. Amazing. Are the all inhabited?

    I like the Haiku. It rings very home to me as boats were up on land over winter.
    Protected under tarpaulins.

    miriam

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    • Thanks! Now I need to find a warmer photo!

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    • Winter wonderland… such beauty in the frozen froth and in Noelle’s haiku! ❤ Have a wonderful week, dear Annika. xo

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    • Hi, Marian. I do know that many islands are NOT INHABITED and some are even for sale. As for Maine’s uninhabited islands, here’s what I’ve discovered via Google search:
      How many Maine islands are inhabited?
      There are over 4,000 islands in Maine and they are as diverse as they are numerous. Some are designated nature preserves, others are large rocks that are only visible at certain tides, while still others are inhabited year-round.

      Thanks so much for stopping by to join the conversation. ❤ xo

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  19. petespringerauthor said:

    Like many others, I was surprised by the figure about Maine’s Islands. I think more of Alaska when I think of islands of the coast. Noelle is a talented writer. The Last Pilgrim is a great read for those who like historical fiction.

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  20. A beautiful Haiku and image…Maine sounds a wonderful place and who knew certainly not me..all those islands…wow 🙂 x

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  21. What a delightful haiku from Noelle. The photo and haiku go hand-in-hand. Thanks for sharing, Bette.

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  22. Wow, 4600 islands off the coast? I didn’t know that, Bette! Noelle’s haiku is beautiful. It’s wonderful meeting her on your blog! 🙂

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  23. I had no idea there were so many islands off Maine’s coast. Japan, yes, but good grief. What else don’t I know?

    And lovely Haiku.

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  24. Beautiful haiku. Thanks for sharing, Bette! ❤ It's nice to meet a fellow North Carolinian.

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  25. Lovely haiku.:-) I’m flabbergasted that there are more than 4600 islands off the coast!

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    • Maine is amazing, Priscilla! 🌲 Wonderful to have cheering us on. xo

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    • One of Maine’s many attractions, Priscilla. There were settlements on some of the islands by Europeans as early as the 1600s – the Pilgrims sailed north to buy fish from them during their second winter when their own food supplies ran short. The Pilgrims were not fishermen but farmers.

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  26. Haiku is one of my favorite poetic forms. I get a good glimpse of February in Maine, where one of my relatives lives. Thanks to both poet — and host! 🙂

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