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Awanadjo Almanack

Welcome Downeast

Rob McCall praises spring birds, blooms, and the white-tailed deer.

Welcome Downeast

From cozy hibernation to bundled exploration, Rob McCall offers thoughts for how to pass the deep winter months.

Welcome Downeast

The close of the year brings holiday traditions, chilly weather, and hibernation for all of nature's creatures.

Welcome Downeast

Rob McCall considers migration, apples and pumpkins, and autumnal shifts.

Welcome Downeast

Rob McCall reflects on summer berries, jellyfish, welcome rain, and slow-growing trees.

Welcome Downeast

Rob McCall ruminates on nature and the spiritual world as the world turns from spring to early summer.

Welcome Downeast

Rob McCall reflects on slow winter days, the spring thaw, St. Patrick, and the pleasures of island life.

Welcome Downeast

Snowflakes are the wheels of the storm chariots, the wreck of chariot wheels after a battle in the skies, these glorious spangles, the sweepings of heaven’s floor.

Welcome to Blue Hill

Rob McCall reflects upon summer fields and flowers, crickets, and the Dog Days of summer.

Welcome Downeast

Rob McCall reflects on the early winter season, mosses, wreathes, weathervanes, and preparing for the time of snow.

Awanadjo Almanack - Issue 137

November is the time to toughen up for the cold months ahead. It takes some doing because a temperature around 40º Fahrenheit that felt downright balmy back in March feels a mite chilly in November after several months of soothing warmth. The birds molt and add new down. Deer change into their thicker and darker winter coats.

Awanadjo Almanack - Issue 136

Ocean swimming, a late-summer bounty from the garden, and apple harvest time in this installment of Rob McCall's Awanadjo Almanack.

Awanadjo Almanack - Issue 134

Spring waters run, Mainers ride the rapids, and the birds return in this installment of Rob McCall’s Awanadjo Almanack.

Awanadjo Almanack - Issue 133

Rob McCall, former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, ruminates on snow, the coming of spring, the games of love, and Valentine’s Day.

Awanadjo Almanack - Issue 132

Rob McCall, former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill ruminates on the seasons, wildlife, and the nature of being in this regular column. This issue he contemplates the holidays, gratitude, the winter season, and the perils of a flat roof.