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John V. Finnegan, Chairman

Philip J. Judd, Vice Chairman/Project Director

Roger Pomerleau, Treasurer

Lisa Miller, Secretary/Clerk

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Dean LaChance

Edward Miller

Kay Rand

Mitchell Ross, MD

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Message from MFN

This is an archive of some past thoughts from the site.

As designed by our calendar, in January we are called to begin a new chapter in our life. What we know for certain are two things-1. We will be a year older sometime during this year and 2. 2020 comes only once, never to be repeated. So forget the shouldas, couldas and wouldas !!

Think of it as a unique year long journey full of peaks, valleys and plateaus. It will be a combination of joys, sadness and surprises.

It will be made up of yesterdays, todays and tomorrows-the past, the present and the future. Always be in the moment, the present, informed by the past, the yesterday and full of hope for tomorrow, the future. Follow your life compass forward and fill your backpack with kindness, gratitude and most importantly-patience and peace.

Here are some celebrated days to keep in mind for the family:

  • January 4-Spaghetti day,
  • the 5th is Bird watching day,
  • the 16th appreciate a dragon day(That could be a lot of fun!),
  • the 21st, is give a hug day,
  • and the 31st is hot chocolate day.
  • Also, the 21st is Martin Luther King Day-so many ways to celebrate MLK.

There are others from around the world check them out and bring them alive for the benefit of your children.

“Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.”

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Tis the season, Charles' Dickens—The Christmas Carol, and The movie with Jimmy Stewart—It's a Wonderful Life all come alive again. Yes, tis the season for reflection on the gifts of family, friends, neighbors and humanity. These are the true gifts we have received that make a difference but are often forgotten and taken for granted.

Every culture and faith are built on this foundation. Enjoy the traditions of your family together, greet your neighbors and give kind greetings to strangers you meet and help the less fortunate. Tis the season!

This festive time please watch the movie—Its a wonderful Life” Also visit Maine Families Network on Face Book.

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

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We are ending our fall efforts-buttoning up for Winter. The bright orange, yellow and brown of pumpkins, leaves,and corn husks are all around us. It is getting to look like Thanksgiving-one of our our most important family holidays. In the United States it is celebrated on the last Thursday of November-this year Thursday, November 28th.

I find it fun and helpful to see what other days are celebrated during any given month. Here are some interesting November celebrations that lend themselves to creative family activities filled with wonderful messages and memories. They are…Family stories month, National gratitude month, National inspirational role model month, National spinach and squash month, National American Heritage month, Family Literacy month.and lastly, National peanut butter month. Enjoy making memories, share you ideas and experiences with these sorts of “family” celebrations.

Enjoy the month of November. Take your time, November 2019 is only here once.

“ You may never now the result of your actions. If you do not act, there are no results.”

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This is a month full of National (month) of awareness . I will list below a few that I felt worth families thinking about. But first, I will tackle “the day” that all retailers, and many manufactures market to, earlier each year- Halloween. I like think of it as a national day of candy over-consumption. A day of wasting money. Dress up is fun-why not re-purpose something you have or make it yourself. Who needs all that candy??? It is only one night in most cases. Here is a listing of some National October month awareness.-each with it's own focus. All of them promote a specific idea that has a lot of merit for all of us and certainly families ! We would benefit if these were acted on all year long, not just in October. I will be brief as possible! -

  • Adopt a shelter dog.(yea!)
  • Breast cancer awareness
  • Celebrate a bilingual child
  • Eat better!
  • Emotional wellness
  • Financial planning
  • Health literacy
  • Walk to school
  • Dental health
  • Do something nice
  • Farmers celebration!
Parents have fun to come up with unique activities for as many of these awareness events, It will be fun! Each month you can Google the month and great ideas will be there, Think foreign events-what fun for your children to learn about the area/country they are celebrated. Your home is a joyous an meaningful place for you children to learn and grow. As they say-”the world is you oyster!

Creativity, innovation, listening , learning belong to children not robots!

Fil, the friendly dragon

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It is now September, following a family friendly warm summer. The signs-back to school shopping, last minute vacation, if lucky, a family labor day gathering. But now-back to school, a new year of friends, yet un-known, new ideas and experiences and holding fast to family ties and memories. In our own way we are thankful for these times and memories that shape who we are becoming.

Labor Day dates in America from the late 1800's It started with an idea and continued, state by state. Initially the intent was to distinguished between the upper-class and the working class. Today it is a national holiday for all families regardless of “class”. It honors human efforts in building, creating,producing, repairing and a good work ethic. It is essential to family and society. It is what saves and repairs community and country.

Two things I leave you with. Human effort (labor) requires both brain and brawn. It is kind and nurturing. Always respect it at home and look for it in both parent and child. Your family, community and our society can not survive without it.

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I always find it interesting to read about all the celebrations that are highlighted for each month.

August has many--American adventures month, Getting ready for kindergarten month, Happiness happens month, National water quality month and National Civility month. August 6th is friendship day.

It would be wonderful if each family could observe each of these days- what a a month August would be. Very important- add to this list any family member who is celebrating a birthday !

Enjoy August 2019 it only happens once in a lifetime !

“Family memories take time and creative effort but they last forever.”

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Good news! It appears that July should be one of our warmest months. August must be the other. We have had a cold spring in Maine and a lot of rain. The gardens will love the warmth of the sun, as will I. We also......

Somethings never change—I was conversing on the cold in last June's message. It is cold now and it is approaching June first. My lovely street is being torn up and ledge is being blasted. What an experience.

Fortunately, I am working the flower gardens and dressed warmly—no black flies.

But this is the month of graduations from High school. A major passage for seniors. I can still remember mine—back in 1958. I have a couple of photographs as memories and have attended about every reunion.

But one thing that has become my mantra—be a life long learner. What we experience each day and the conversations we have are constantly informing us. To share that with your children, grandchildren and friends enriches us all. It is essential to life itself.

“Life is best understood by looking back. It can only be lived by moving forward”

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It doesn't seem like May. The cold days are still with us here in Maine, and am still using my pellet stove! Having said that, the spring flowers are blooming and the summer hostas are about 2 inches out of the ground.

May, regardless of the weather has a very important celebration- Mothers Day. Where would we be without our nurturing, kind mothers that most are blessed to have. Sometimes it may include your grandmother. It is this kind nurturing that encourages each of us to grow, discover and learn each day.

We are supported in finding our passion and seeking our dreams. Thanks to all mothers for the nurturing and encouragement that prepare your children to create their future that our society will benefit from.

“Love, empathy, compassion and kindness-the deepest expression of humanity.”

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It's April! Spring is in the air. In Maine the snow is begrudgingly melting. We are beginning to see buds in many areas of the state. Children are or soon will be riding their trikes and bikes. Once the ground dries out, spring clean-up begins. “Play outside” is the words parents will be saying.

It's Spring and April is the time it starts in Maine. Same is true with outside play and the fresh air, far away from the television, x-box and the computer. So leave technology inside and enjoy the warming days.

Just a few thoughts on play — it is available inside during the cold months but nothing compares to the possibilities of outside play — hikes, bikes swings and jump ropes come to mind. Games like marbles, hopscotch, hide and seek, were standard for times past and just as much fun for the children today. We all enjoy cook-outs and picnics. Say hi to neighbors you haven't seen much of over the long winter.

“Play is the important work of children and essential to family Life”

"No batteries required, just the energy of family”

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