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Remember what made you happy…

beach library
London book benches

Advice I came across years ago that I find useful: think back to what made you happy as a child, say eight years old. When you feel overwhelmed by grownup obligations, these memories can help you focus on simple pleasures you may be neglecting that feed your soul.

My eight-year-old self loved books, animals, smart friends, the ocean, holidays of all kinds, writing and drawing, including making little illustrated books for my family. No surprise that I live on the coast of Maine, an animal lover, avid reader, writer and yes, publisher of books for the fun of it, not for profit. I still love holidays and playing with like-minded friends. If too much of what you were drawn to and made you happy as a child is missing from your busy adult life, perhaps you can find those uncomplicated pleasures again and be nourished by them.

On the theme of books and their importance: here’s a beach library, and examples from a clever project in London where bus stop benches are decorated as famous books.

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Maine – Talentland

AfternoonInWonderland Brooking

It’s a truism that Maine is overflowing with talented people – writers, artists, musicians, creative types of all kinds. One of the delights of publishing poetry books in Maine is using art and photos by people I know whose work I love, often the poets themselves, on book covers. For me, showcasing both poetry and art in an alluring package is one of the most fun parts of publishing. Feast your eyes on some examples on our website: covers by Ruth Bookey, Ellen Taylor, Mike Albert, Nancy Henry, and Donna Asmussen, to name a few. (This picture is called “Afternoon in Wonderland” by Westbrook artist Mary Brooking, whose paintings enliven the covers of Jack McCarthy’s beautiful book ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE.) Quite a few MPP poets have musical talent, too. We are close to releasing a book by Maine’s own inimitable Stan Keach, a “triple threat” poet, musician and artist who illustrated his upcoming book NOTHING IS REAL (more details about this soon). I am grateful that I will never run out of excellent poetry to publish, or wonderful art for covers.