What’s it like to live on an island twenty-two miles out to sea, where there are only three dozen winter residents? Where the local economy is lobstering…period? Where your most reliable source of transportation off the island may be a small Cessna and the airstrip is dirt (or snow or mud)? Where, if the forecaster says the storm is “headed safely out to sea,” you know it’s coming your way?
Eva Murray moved to Matinicus Island in 1987 to teach in the one-room school. Two years later she married the island electrician and stayed to raise their family there.
Over the years she has started a small bakery, become an emergency medical technician, taken on a number of roles in municipal government and volunteer organizations, started the community’s recycling program, and been a first responder to emergencies both real and imagined.
Since 2003 she’s also been a regular columnist for several mainland publications including penbaypilot.com. Eva bakes bread in a wood stove, spins wool, digs potatoes, collects useful herbs, cuts hay with a scythe and swings a blacksmith’s hammer.
Eva was the guest on The Chris Wolf Show, Friday, March 3, 2016. There’s no end to what she might talk about and, if you follow her writing, you’ll know it will be very interesting. And we’ll find out a lot more about Matinicus, our distant neighbor to the East. Please watch.
For a good sample of Eva’s unique writing style, see https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/eva-murray-time-take-down-island-christmas-tree/66698.
The Chris Wolf Show is broadcast Monday, Wednesday and Fridays with news from PenBayPilot.com. The Chris Wolf Show is a joint project of Penobscot Bay Pilot/PenBayPilot.com, WRFR FM Community Radio and Maine Coast TV Community Television.