Friday, February 16, 2018

Insight: A respite from adulthood by Lorraine Glowczak

Next week, the students at Windham/Raymond schools will blissfully enjoy their week-long winter vacation. If their parents are lucky, perhaps they will get to take some time away from their daily workloads and have a fun filled midwinter break, too.  
I have heard it said that we all want to play and have fun, but somewhere along the way as we get older and the demands of life loom over us, we rarely remember to keep those zany and impulsive activities on our “To Do” lists.

I never thought I would be one who forgot how to play, but, alas – it has happened. The past couple of years I have become pretty serious about my career and life time goals. So serious in fact, that I was shocked to recently discover it’s been quite some time since I have delighted myself with amusing and meaningless distractions that tickle my funny bone. 

I realized recently that it has been at least two years since I have skied, snow shoed or snow tubed down a steep icy hill in the moonlight. The thought of it brings back memories of exhilaration and I miss the foolish diversion from everyday life.

For those of you who have children and you have found that your everyday adult life has slipped onto the same monotonous path as mine, I challenge you to take a moment to do something fun with your sons and daughters next week. 

Consider doing something that you wouldn’t normally do as an adult. Be silly. Be amused. Make outlandish faces with your kids and then laugh until your gut hurts. Take a break away from being an adult for a while. If you have forgotten how, I’m sure your children can inspire and help you remember.

If you are lost for some fun and playful family ideas, be sure to read Briana Bizier’s “Ice fishing with small children” on the front page or the “Winter activities and updates” by Rep. Mark Bryant on page 3. 

No matter what it is you choose to do, silliness and play are delightful ways to take a breather from all those important and sometimes tedious adult chores. Not only does it make us feel more alive and adds joy to our daily existence, but in doing so, it creates fond memories to recall on more difficult days - not to mention the wonderful memories you will create in your child.

Now, back to me. It would only seem right that if I challenge you to dive into childhood enthusiasm then I should challenge myself to do the same. Hmmm? What kind of crazy mischief can I get myself into next week? I don’t know what that may be yet, but the excitement is bubbling just thinking about it.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

The political season is upon us. It’s hard to believe but there are currently 29 people registered in Maine seeking to be our next governor. We shall soon begin to hear from local Maine Senate and House Candidates as well. 

The Raymond Republican Party will hold their annual caucus on Saturday March 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Raymond Fire Department Building, the Public Safety Building, 1443 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond, Maine. 

The meeting will include various items such as electing officers, learning about local Republican candidates and choosing Raymond Republicans who will represent us at the next statewide Republican Convention, May 4-5, 2018 in Augusta. Raymond Republicans, people wishing to register to become a Republican voter and all local Republican candidates are welcome. This meeting is a great opportunity for Raymond Republicans who wish to get very involved as well as local Republicans wanting to simply learn more.

Maine is fortunate as we tend to get good people, maybe even our neighbors, running for these local seats. As we watch the political divide widen between the two major parties nationally, we challenge all Raymond voters to closely look at what each party now stands for and to support the candidate and party that will best fight for local control, family rights and for policy that will allow Maine businesses to succeed. 

Raymond Republican Party believes individuals and families make the best decisions, not the government. We seek to send people to Augusta who also believe that.

Please join us at the caucus; we look forward to seeing you. For more information contact Raymond Republican Party Chair Marshall Bullock at:
Mike McClellan

Friday, February 9, 2018

Insight: Keeping the spark alive in love and in life by Lorraine Glowczak

Valentine’s Day will be upon us next week and many will celebrate the special person in their lives. It is a day where lovers everywhere can get out of their everyday routine and express gratitude for those they deeply love. 
Author and clinical psychologist, Dr. Lisa Firestone, while referring to Valentine’s Day, has written about breaking everyday habits to keep our love alive, “Routines are so easy to slip into. They make us feel sort of safe and secure, but they also bore us. In the long term, they can actually threaten the passion and excitement we feel toward our partner.”

I must admit, my husband and I are one of those couples who tend to go about Valentine’s Day as if it is any other ordinary day. Although it’s true that we do regard each other as important and special (on most days), I guess we are not the “message-on-a-candy heart, red-rose, heart-shaped and helium-filled balloon” kind of people. 

I know we are not alone in our approach to this day of romance, but, whether we go all out on Valentine’s Day or not really isn’t the point. There are many ways to express and experience love on a daily basis and it does not necessarily require one to be in a “special” relationship or one to feel pressured to “show love” extravagantly on a specific day of the year to break out of a routine. 

It is true that habitual needs can rob us of the spark that ignites the creativity to love one another. It is for this reason, I chose this week’s quote of the week by Vincent Van Gogh, “I feel there is nothing more artistic than loving people.”

It has been said by philosophers and artists alike that art is the union of humanity that joins everyone together. Although Valentine’s Day is specific to romantic love, the everyday kind is just as profound and contributes to a creative life lived deeply. 

Van Gogh’s description reminds us that, much like art, life is messy and beautiful - and so are humans. To love, whether romantically or otherwise, takes a lot of creativity and work. It is easy to slip into a comfort zone with one another and with life.  Keeping the romance alive in whatever we do and with whomever we live is one of the keys to love. And if we stay committed to that happy yet complex creative endeavor, a masterpiece is born.

So, whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a significant other, with friends, by yourself or if you treat it as an ordinary day – remember to keep the spark alive in love and life daily in your own unique and creative way.