Waldo Town News



As far as town news, I have none. But I guess that’s not a bad thing. Not much goes on here in Waldo, so for at least the time being, life goes smoothly. As always, I invite anyone with any kind of news to contact me so it can run in this column.

Next, my brand-new computer has become troublesome, locking up in the middle of things. Norton, the security program, says everything is good. But that doesn’t help.

I never liked Windows 10 from the day I began using it. Microsoft has made the program much more difficult for non-computer types who just want to use the things for letter writing and in my case, writing columns.

So what next? Chuck the new computer for another? The likelihood of this happening again seems good, so perhaps I can find someone to cure the blasted thing’s ills. Needless to say, while I need computers to make a living, I thoroughly despise them, a real irony.

I already wrote this column, but before it was fully ended, the computer froze and then shut off, all by itself, losing my work. It is with remarkable restraint that I didn’t put a fist through the screen and then send the computer sailing through the air like a Frisbee. Those were my inclinations, but often it’s unwise to act upon such animal instincts. So the troubling computer still lives, if only for a little while longer.

Seasonal message

With a new holiday season comes a new outlook, a reset of our lives. Now, after the New Year, we can begin afresh. But before that, let’s consider for a moment the reason for our holiday celebrations. Christmas marks the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.

So perhaps we can set aside a brief moment sometime to reflect upon what Christmas really means. After that we can all count our blessings, which are multitudinous, and give thanks.

Under the feeder

Where do all these squirrels come from? As fast as I eliminate nuisance squirrels, more pop up, “Whack-A-Mole” in real life. The open season on gray squirrels continues through month’s end and the season on pesky red squirrels remains open year-round.

So just remember, those squirrels that raid our bird feeders now will raid our gardens and orchards next season. Any squirrels killed now mean fewer to deal with when next they become a problem.

Wild plants

Although it’s cold outside, with snowdrifts building and just plain uncomfortable conditions, it’s time to begin thinking about next spring. I write books on edible and medicinal wild plants and also teach folks by means of seminars and plant walks.

Anyone wishing to host a foraging-for-wild-plants event can contact me any time now. My calendar has already begun to fill, so it isn’t too early to begin planning.

Also, my favorite book, “Wild Plants of Maine,” is available from bookstores and also from Amazon. Beginning foragers would do well to set out next spring with a copy of WPOM in hand. It will serve to help in identifying a host of wild plants.

Music making

I have taken a hiatus from playing Highland bagpipes, but my interest in Uilleann (bellows-blown Irish bagpipes) continues. Also, I have begun playing Northumbrian bagpipes, a variety of smallpipe native to the English border with Scotland.

Besides that, Irish whistle and pipe-and-tabor, a one-handed pipe and drum outfit played by one person, keep me busy these cold winter nights.

Anyone interested in traditional music of Scotland, Ireland and England, or who plays an instrument and would like to get together to make music, is welcome to contact me.

So for me, it looks like another busy year ahead. I wish the same to all readers. May 2019 treat you all well and may you have a safe, happy and productive New Year.