Conversations from the Pointed Firs 11/5/21: “Mythical Creatures of Maine: Fantastic Beasts from Legend and Folklore”

Host: Peter Neill
Producer: Trisha Badger

Conversations from the Pointed Firs, talking with Christopher Packard, author of “Mythical Creatures of Maine: Fantastic Beasts from Legend and Folklore”. Chris is a full-time high school science teacher, and prior to taking up teaching and writing he worked as an ecological restoration technician, field biologist, naturalist, and outdoor educator. His new book explores rich Maine folklore—tales of humans confronted by strange beasts, both wonderful and terrifying. Based on meticulous research into legend and folk tale, the resulting book is an encyclopedia, a field guide to the mythical creatures that maybe can be found in Maine and beyond—if you’re looking in the right places.

-Maine History
-Nature
-Spirit of place, community
-Logging and the outdoors
-Myth, Legend, Folklore
-Maine writing

Guest:
Christopher Packard, author of “Mythical Creatures of Maine: Fantastic Beasts from Legend and Folklore” published by Downeast Books (September 1, 2021)

About the host:
Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.

Conversations from the Pointed Firs 10/1/21: “The Historic Taverns and Tearooms of Maine”- an interview with the authors

Host: Peter Neill
Producer: Trisha Badger

The guests for Friday, October 1st are Kathy and Bill Kenny, authors of “The Historic Taverns and Tearooms of Maine” published by the History Press of Charleston, South Carolina (May 31, 2021). The conversation centers around the social history and political culture of Maine as nurtured in unexpected places.

-Maine History
-Prohibition
-Spirit of place, community
-Women’s suffrage
-Taverns and tearooms

About the host:
Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.

Conversations from the Pointed Firs 9/3/21 Earl H Smith “Downeast Genius: From Earmuffs to Motor Cars, Maine Inventors…”

Host: Peter Neill
Producer: Trisha Badger

The guest for Friday, September 3rd is Earl H Smith, a native of Waterville, a 40-year veteran of Colby College, former dean of the college, recently retired, and author of “Downeast Genius: From Earmuffs to Motor Cars, Maine Inventors who Changed the World”.

Key Discussion Points:
-INVENTION
-MAKER CULTURE, FIX-IT CULTURE
-SPIRIT OF PLACE
-HISTORY OF INVENTIONS AND PATENTS

Guest: EARL H SMITH, AUTHOR, HISTORIAN, NATIVE OF MAINE

About the host:
Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.

Conversations from the Pointed Firs 8/6/21: Gordon Bok

Host: Peter Neill
Producer: Trisha Badger

The guest for Friday, August 6th is Gordon Bok, sailor, singer, songwriter, storyteller, woodworker, sculptor, and keeper of Atlantic memory and traditional music. He and host Peter Neill will discuss traditional ways of thinking that are unique to Maine, to the Atlantic coast, and to the cultural flow of humanity as informed and shaped by our ocean world.

Key Discussion Points:
MUSIC & SONG
THE NATURAL WORLD AND THE MAINE COAST
SPIRIT OF PLACE
TRADITIONAL SKILLS AND MUSIC

Guest: GORDON BOK, SINGER, SONGWRITER

About the host:
Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.

Conversations from the Pointed Firs 7/2/21: An interview with Rob McCall, minister, musician & creator of Awanadjo Almanack

Host: Peter Neill
Producer: Trisha Badger

The guest this month is Rob McCall, minister and musician and creator of the Awanadjo Almanack heard here on WERU and circulated across Maine in various publications and through his most recent book, Some Glad Morning, Holding Hope in Apocalyptic Times. Rob and Peter will be discussing the tradition of Nature writing in Maine, the characteristics of the genre, and the various methodologies and principles that underlie this special means by which to evoke and understand the natural world that surrounds us.

About the host:
Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.

Conversations from the Pointed Firs 6/4/21: Chris Newell of the Abbe Museum

Host: Peter Neill
Producer: Trisha Badger

The guest is Chris Newell, recently appointed director of the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. Chris is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and he joins Peter Neill for a discussion about the museum as storyteller and keeper of historical art, artifact and authenticity. This conversation evokes the spirit of Maine as seen through the history of the Wabanaki, the native people who have lived here since the beginning. Peter also talks with Chris about his time with the Mystic River Singers, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Pow Wow drum group based out of Connecticut. Chris believes that education, storytelling and song are the paths to making the world a better place for all people and for creating a better, well-informed future for us all.

Conversations from the Pointed Firs is a new one-hour interview program hosted by Peter Neill with authors and artists attempting to capture the elusive elements of this special place in which we live.

About the host:
Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.

Conversations from the Pointed Firs DEBUT 5/7/21: Mihku Paul on “Wilderness”

Host: Peter Neill
Producer: Trisha Badger

Mikhu Paul, indigenous native of Maine, poet, educator, and activist, discussing concepts of “wilderness,” relationship with Nature as established by first peoples, and her experience growing up in Maine as expressed through her reading of eloquent, personal poems and thoughts on spirit of place.

Conversations from the Pointed Firs is a new one-hour interview program hosted by Peter Neill with authors and artists attempting to capture the elusive elements of this special place in which we live.

About the host:
Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete’s Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life.