Monthly Archives: August 2022

A Fresh Start

This post from 2014 wasn’t the first time I had posted in this space, but it was a beginning after a false start. Since August 30, 2014 I have posted almost 2,700 times in this space. I’m not sure oif tehre is any way of measuring, but that is probably more than a million words. […]

That Time of Year

I’m going to be a little self-indulgent today and talk about me. And you. And our time together. As August winds down, it is anniversary time here at Random Thoughts From Lorne. If I had been thinking, I would have given this blog a better name. Hindsight is always, as the cliche goes, 20-20. According […]

Another Early Morning

It’s Monday, and what better way to start the week than some early morning beach scenes taken at OId Orchard Beach, Maine. September is almosrt here, sSchool is about to start, and churches are gearing up their fall programs. All of which means the end of Summer. I don’t think any of us wants to […]

Best Before

I see in the newspaper that there is a movement to eliminate the “best before” dates from food packaging. Apparently most Canadians are opposed to the idea.  Me too – but not for the reasons of the majority. My reasoning is purely selfish. Whoever chose “best before” for labeling would probably choose different words if […]

Thursday Night Lights

On Thursday evenings in the summer, the town of Old Orchard Beach hosts a fireworks show adjacent to the pier. It brings a late-night crowd into the downtown, much to the delight of local businesses. I’ve always wondered if the businesses fund the fireworks display, or whether the cost is covered by the town’s tourism […]

Still Independent

A year ago thery hit the 30-year mark, milestone, though during COVID celebrations were muted.. Six months ago it looked like there would be no 31st anniversary. Today is Independence Day in a still independent Ukraine. For six months the country has resisted a Russian invasion at a horrible cost in death and destruction. Thousands […]

Food For Our Times

I thought it was an internet joke. It isn’t. In Canada crickets are the new fad food. Just a warning though: if you have a shellfish allergy, you are also likely to be allergic to crickets. I haven’t tried it yet. At least not that I am aware of. Do you have any desire to […]

Visions of Sunrise

What better way to start a Monday than with the sight of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean in Maine earlier this month? Today’s pictures were all taken August 7, between 5:34 and 5:38 a.m. EDT.

What’s Here Now?

Sometimes I struggle with the books I receive for review. Maybe it is some personality defect. Jeanne Stevens almost lost me on the opening page of What’s Here Now? when she asks”is there ever too much Chip and JoJo?”  You tell me – I have never heard of Chip and JoJo, but in context I […]

What’s A Billion?

The numbers boggle the mind. Talk about rags to riches. Overnight. It was an American news story that I probably would have missed if I hadn’t been on vacation in the US and consuming American media. The rags may be metaphorical, but the riches certainly aren’t. Sometime when I wasn’t looking (because I don’t play […]