A lesson in edamame

A lesson in edamame
Had a great time tonight at Barrels Market 1st Annual Dinner by the River.

All locally grown food, some even served by the people that grew it!

But I also had a lesson in edamame.

Look at the two plates above. I grabbed a pod from the blue plate and popped it in my mouth. [Lesson #1: you don’t eat the whole thing, just suck the soy beans out.]

Then, after I’d consumed the pod, I found out I’d picked it from the plate my friend Sarah was using to put her used pods on!

You bet, that was Lesson #2.

A Thought on Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend, we remember the thousands of veterans who’ve fought and died for us to enjoy the privileges we take for granted.

One of those privileges is the ability to participate in choosing our leaders. A privilege the majority of us will blow off.

Here in Maine, June 8 is an election day. The two major parties will be nominating their gubernatorial candidates and as well as candidates for some state offices. We will also be deciding important issues for our state and our communities.

But it’s estimated that less than 30% of us will even show up at the polls.

Less than 30%.

Please, let’s remember the sacrifice of our veterans and those currently protecting us by turning out and voting.

Whatever your issue, whoever your preferred candidate, a republic like ours is meant to have direct input from each of us. Not just 30%.

Let’s remember our veterans this weekend and on June 8.

Family pix

You know you’re behind on blogs when you go to Google Reader and see that your wife’s blog has 11 unread posts!


Here are some highlights of our family’s enjoyment of the warmth. (We thought it was warm at 50!)

Family picnic (Yep, that snow is still higher than the kids!)

Yard work (Yep, there’s still snow on the ground!)

Cool kids on scooters

First Gifford’s trip

I really love my wife and her writing ability. She’s a great photographer too!

False news reports about me

I got into work today to be greeted by an email from a co-worker. “Marc, you’re getting slammed on the radio this morning”!

Apparently the folks at Mix 107.9 saw the Wikipedia article on Waterville, ME. In it, the most exciting economic development initiative in town, The Hathaway Creative Center, is called a scam.

My coworker heard them say I’d made that comment, that I was the pastor of the Vineyard Church, and that I worked at Inland.

Here’s the background. A couple months ago, one of Inland’s new physicians told me that they came here despite the Waterville article on Wikipedia. When I went to it, it was awful. It was like an extended online reader’s comment at the bottom of a Morning Sentinel article. The writer ranted about how awful this place was, how economically depressed our downtown is, and how inept Waterville was at getting anything positive started.

Obviously I took issue with that. Waterville is a great place to live and has some great things happening in it. Worse, the article didn’t follow the Wikipedia guidelines of being a reference work with lots of references. There were none.

So I added some references to good stories in the Morning Sentinel and added some positive things happening: Waterville Main Street, the Waterville Public Library, Soup to Nuts Coffee House, and KVConnect. (You can compare what I found on the site to the changes I made: right here.)

After that, someone went in and added a ton of information: demographics, pictures, lots of stuff. Apparently they also added that the Hathaway Center was a scam.

I didn’t see that when I went in on December 4 to update the transportation. (Only the airport was listed so I added I-95 and the intermodal transfer station we have.)

But I got blamed with the negative information in the article. Ironic isn’t it? And not only blamed but blamed on air.

What a way to start the morning! *sigh*

I’m concerned for lots of reasons:

  • My friends and colleagues–the leaders in the community–are working really hard to make this a great place, now I appear to be slamming their work.
  • There are enough pastors negative about life in general. I’m an optimist but I’m being painted with the brush of the others.
  • Inland’s name was included. One of our core commitments is to the economic development of our communities. This makes it look like one of their most in-the-community people doesn’t buy it.

What’s shocking is that a minor edit I made on Wikipedia can be misconstrued by a local radio station. I guess I still haven’t come to grips with the ramifications of the interconnectedness of Web 2.0.

[12/13 Things are MUCH better. No one I spoke with listened to this station any way. The station apologized Tuesday. And I got to go on for an Inland related thing on Thursday a.m. I was on air with them for about 45 minutes. It’s really turned out to be a good thing!]

Stale Coffee Can Churches or Fresh Roasted?

Ben Arment has a great post inspired by the book Starbucked.

I’m intrigued by how conditioned people can be to coffee that’s so old it needs to be injected with something called “coffee aroma.” It gets that way in church too. So when the real thing comes along, where the Spirit is a living and equal part of the Trinity we worship, it’s a culture shock.

I’m content to continue being shocking!