Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Front View Of A Cozy Little Corner Home In Dundalk's Ship Streets

Photography by David Robert Crews

This photograph is the first of twelve new ones on this blog site, all posted on Tuesday May 13, 2008, which are part of my Springtime In Dundalk series. There are other photos from this series already on this site. You'll have to look through my other blog posts to find them. I'm certain that it will be well worth your valuable time and will be an easy, near effortless, but quite rewarding search. There are many very nice photos on here. Photos that honestly reveal how Dundalk, Maryland truly is a good place to live, work, shop, play, relax, and enjoy life.

Just in case you are not aware of this, you can mouse-click on any photo to enlarge it and see much more detail in the photograph.

Side View Of A Cozy Little Corner Home In The Ship Streets

Photography by David Robert Crews

Every Spring, There Are Trees In Bloom Like This All Through Dundalk

Photography by David Robert Crews

On Beautiful Dunglow Road

Photography by David Robert Crews

A Very Pleasant, Subdued Color Scheme

Photography by David Robert Crews

The Ned Williams House

Photography by David Robert Crews

I Like The Blue-Grey Shutters

Photography by David Robert Crews

Great Tall Trees For A Front Yard

Photography by David Robert Crews

Accented With Tulips

Photography by David Robert Crews

Every Spring There Are Many Beautiful Azaleas Blooming In Dundalk

Photography by David Robert Crews

Nice, Shaded Bushes

Photography by David Robert Crews

Nice Dark Red Tree On Meadoway

Photography by David Robert Crews

Monday, May 12, 2008

One Blog Visitor's Feelings About Of My Internet Published Works

Juliana L’Heureux is a native of Dundalk, Maryland who has lived in Maine for many years. She is a well known, long time professional writer up in Maine. Her latest professional accomplishment was to be appointed as the new executive director of the Maine Association of Mental Health Services (MAMHS), in Augusta. The press release for that substantial milestone in her life is on this blog and right below this blog post. She has kindly, and graciously, written the following on my behalf:

Flashback: From a Dundalk Annex

From Dundalk to Maine and Back Again

By Juliana L’Heureux

One Turkey Run
Topsham, Maine 04086
207-721-9629 (Home)
207-751-8117 (cell)

Being among the streetcar commuter students who attended junior high school at the Dundalk Annex, in Sparrow’s Point, probably prepared me for the deja-vu feeling I experienced while like living and writing in Maine.

Obviously, no one drives north to Maine on a streetcar. Although Kennebunkport is known for its streetcar museum (and the summer home of President George W. Bush), these cabled antiques are relics of the last century.

Nevertheless, the sense of living in a scenic annex was recently made evident by David Crews, a Dundalk native, who happens to write about the beauty of Maine, by posting stories on his various blogs and Internet projects. Although Crews once lived in Maine, his travel, these days is done in cyberspace, on the Internet. “When I lived in Maine, we drove all over the place having fun on Saturday nights,” he says.

Nowadays, Crews describes Maine like a well informed Internet travel writer.

So, what’s so special about this? Well, because my Internet domain name is www.mainewriter.com. I’m a Dundalkian (a word I recently learned) who does the same thing, except, I’ve actually lived in Maine for the past 25 years.

Moreover, for the past 20 years, I’ve written a weekly column about the state’s 400 years of French heritage, culture and language inherited from Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. It’s called Les Franco-Americains, but over the years the scope
broadened to include coverage of almost anything related to French culture. Indeed, I’ve covered the important French influence in winning the American Revolutionary War.

Another related story is Baltimore’s lovely Cathedral-Basilica and National Shrine of the Assumption, with its French artistic and historic connections.

Crews, in his writing and photography, completes the Dundalk to Maine annex connection for me. Frankly, I’m impressed by the quantity, and the quality of articles, and stories posted by Crews on his websites and Maine blogs. Maine’s Vacationland tourist slogan is supported by colorful outdoors photographs. He spotlights the rugged individualism of the people living in Maine towns like Patten, and tiny places like Sherman and Island Falls.

These small Northeast Maine communities are so tiny, even people living in nearby towns hardly know they exist. Locals boast “wicked” Downeast accents. They might say, “Eyhaaa, so’s a t’urist act’ally b’lieves, ya’ can’t get theeaaaa from heeaaaa”, made comically classic in “Burt and I” dialogues with the late Marshall Dodge. They’re the quaint places Crews knew when he worked at his uncle’s hunting lodge in Patten, after graduating in 1968, from Dundalk High School.

Crews writes about experiences enjoyed during his youthful Maine days, reminiscent of the scenic innocence Steven King describes in his excellent short story, “The Body”, later made into the “Stand by Me” movie.

My deja-vu feeling of being transposed to an annex returns when I read about Maine on one of Crews’ websites. Without leaving Dundalk, he even captures the heart of another state slogan, “The Way Life Should Be”.

© Juliana L’Heureux www.mainewriter.com
May, 2008