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2011 Photography Contest Winner: Nancy Jane Smith
(Above) Machiasport Sunrise by Nancy Jane Smith of Sunrise Senior College
2011 MSCN Poet Laureate Contest Winner : Natalie Murray
Her Hands Were Always Busy
Her hands were always busy.
Unadorned, save the slender silver ring,
Third finger, left hand, that changed her name,
Defined her as wife.
Suds to elbows, those hands lifted sheets to
Icy fingers pried frozen towels from the line.
Laundry was no push-button chore.
With clicking needles she knit
Precious little white mittens
With dear pink angora bunnies on the backs
For the delicate-boned, red-haired girl cousin.
There were sturdy sliding, snowball making
Mittens for the four boy cousins.
Babies and toddlers got colorful felt slippers
And feather-stitched flannel petticoats against
She could cane a chair, paint and paper, make
Also wrote the village news for our local weeklies.
On Saturday afternoons she listened to radio
As she scrubbed the big kitchen floor.
What were her thoughts as she planted, weeded,
Hoed, picked, canned, whipped, stewed,
Arranged a home grown birthday bouquet for her
While his angel food cake baked golden in the
Family and friends, expected or not,
Always had a place at her table.
I never saw my mother twiddle her thumbs.
by Natalie Murray, OLLI at USM
MSCN Applauded in Downeast Magazine
We are pleased to note that the Maine Senior College Network was spotlighted in the February 2011 issue of Downeast Magazine. Programs for retirees in general, and Maine Senior College in particular, topped Downeast Magazine's list of "20 Reasons to Retire to Maine."
The National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes plays a lead role in disseminating information on effective educational programming for older learners. In addition to providing information and connections via a web site, the Resource Center publishes a national research journal, plans an annual national conference, and provides a number of other ways for OLLIs and the Maine Senior College Network to connect with one another.
ENCorps is about taking care of all of Maine, from its beautiful natural resources to its cities and towns and the people who live here. ENCorps is designed specifically for Mainers 50 years of age and older, regardless of their background or experience.
The Maine Association of Retirees (MAR) exists to protect and expand the rights and benefits of Maine retired teachers, state/county/municipal government employees, and to support a fiscally sound retirement system. MAR has 15,000+ members. One of the benefits MAR offers to its members is reimbursement of senior college costs (up to $25/year) for active participation.
The 2-1-1 Maine Resource Directory includes agency, program and service information as well intake procedures, eligibility requirements, hours of operation, web addresses and other vital information.
This MPBN Media Archive invites the Maine Senior College Network to upload their recorded classes to this site.
A new social network for Maine's Lifelong Learners.
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