Dear Friends: Roommates with a View

Featured, Human Interest, Peter Ralston

Something quite different this week!

Maine’s venerable Down East magazine started in 1954 and from the beginning has offered Room With a View, a column that is revered here in the Pine Tree state.

Some exceptionally fine writers have shared their thoughts in over 700 Room With a View columns and it’s a great honor to share with you the news that my dear friend, Philip Conkling, and I are now the columnists filling some very large shoes. We’re really enjoying being able to – once again – pair our shared “view” of life in Maine and beyond. Philip and I have worked together for so long – over 40 years – that Down East’s Editor in Chief, Brian Kevin, who gave us this hallowed soapbox calls us the “roommates with a view.”

Anyway, once a month (or more, at first) I will intersperse my usual Sunday morning emails with these columns and I so hope you enjoy them. By the way, if you are interested in Maine, Down East is the magazine of Maine.

Cheers from Maine where the days are getting longer and the very first morning bird calls are happening,


What follows is Brian’s introduction when we first started the column back in September, followed by that month’s column itself.

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