One of my magazine editors told me to read a certain history book for an upcoming project. He said, “Perhaps the Waldo Library can get it from some other library.”

I quickly disabused him of that notion. Waldo has nothing even approaching a library and probably never will.

My next move was to visit Belfast Library but they don’t carry much in the way of maritime history. They did offer to get a copy of the book in from some other library, but as a Waldo resident, I needed to pay a $20 fee for a six-month library card. Considering this amount of money way too much just to borrow one book, I declined.

But all this only goes to show the difficulty that we in Waldo and other small towns must endure just to borrow a book. Which reminds me of how valuable the Maine State Bookmobile was to rural Mainers. The Bookmobile made scheduled stops throughout Maine’s rural countryside, a valuable service indeed. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider something akin to the bookmobile. After all, some of us still like to read actual, hard-copy books rather than squinting at a computer screen.

Heat stroke

The Saturday after Fourth of July was the third day of a heat wave in Midcoast Maine. I arose early and knowing that the heat was coming, went about doing needed chores. By around noontime I began feeling dizzy and feverish.

My breathing became labored, so I took a shower to cool off. But that didn’t help and I lost consciousness in the shower. Finally managing to crawl out to the living room, I spent the rest of the day in my recliner.

Not having an air conditioner probably contributed to my heat stroke. But just at the right time, my pal John McMillan dropped by and noting the stifling conditions in my house, went home and returned with an air-conditioning unit. John installed the air conditioner and soon, my house was comfortable again.

Besides the heat, high humidity was a problem too. I’ve never complained about the heat, always considering it a step up from winter. But when heat waves with accompanying high humidity strike, it’s time for all of us to assess our actions and take proper precautions.

Perchin’ prediction

Fishing hasn’t proven very rewarding as of late. But this week should see a resumption of feeding activity. Also, mackerel have arrived in Penobscot Bay, so there is another outlet for our piscatorial pursuits. I’m hoping for a mess of mackerel so that I can smoke them.

In the garden

Things are finally beginning to put on new growth. I even have little tomatoes on the vines. Also, garlic have sent up seedstalks, or “scapes,” and in order for the bulb to mature, we need to cut the scapes so as to direct energy to the bulbs.

Besides that, garlic scapes have all kinds of culinary uses. I use them in cooking and even chopped fine in salads. Also, garlic scapes keep a long time in the refrigerator.

Weekly quote

“As corrupting an influence as money is in medicine, it appears to me even worse in the field of nutrition, where it seems everyone has his or her own brand of snake-oil supplement or wonder gadget.” ― Michael Greger, M.D.