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The Boothbay Political Gardens

Rugosa Rose iconic flower of simple beauty was proclaimed an invasive species by the government of Maine' in 2019 photography (c) Susan Mackenzie Andersen 2019 One would think that a photography page dedicated to images of Maine flowers would be non-political but one would think wrong. Gardens have become politically symbolic in  Boothby, used as the means to transform the Boothbay Peninsula's image, no longer that of a natural habitat and an unpretentious community, but instead the image of man's control over the world which only money can buy. The Boothbay Peninsula still has the magnificence of the relatively undisturbed nature in places like Ocean Point and Hendricks Head, but the entryway to our community and thus the first impression. is now designed to co-ordinate with the regimented landscaping of Paul Coulombe's country club. This is no coincidence because according to the Maine Department of Transportation public-private funding agreement, the pri

Comment Deleted from Boothbay Register Topic: Towns discuss JEDC, collaboration

Vintage 1950's decanters designed in form and glaze by Weston Neil Andersen  The Comment presented further down, has been deleted twice from the Boothbay Register Discussion about the JECD,  It is my view of the JECD that it is just an arm of Maine central management of our economy which operates in the "high value industry" paradigm, which Senator Rubio discusses in his report,   American Investment in the 21st Century . I was already aware that some industries are targeted and subsidized by central management and other industries devalued from my research on the Maine economic development statutes, incrementally put into place since the Longley administration Go to Repor t In my opinion it would be good thing for the Boothbay Peninsula if there were a place for the small entrepreneurial community to connect but currently I have not found that to be so. Therefore, I introduced my own economic development vision to the larger community in this post (below),

Is Following Your Passion Politically Incorrect in the 21st Century?

The Great Seal" by Hammer51012 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0  As of late, I have been wondering whatever became of the cultural narrative which used to be a mainstay of American literature and media. I am talking about the storyline where in the protagonist wrestles with the choice between pursuing a career he or she loves or prioritizing  money and job security, with the latter usually advocated by a parent and institutions. As societies across the globe move toward centrally managed economies, the individual loses ground to the collective good, The individual must be corralled by central management to serve the purpose of central management. Passion is a wild card which might lead the individual to create his own path, offering one explanation why the "Follow your Passion" narrative is receding into the dustbin of cultural history as economies, and thus culture, falls under the sway of central management. My search for the narrative, brought up a slew of ar