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As I reported in my last Substack post, NewsBreak left a message on all stories previously published with a one-to-one ratio of distribution to view, saying that some errors needed attention if I want the stories to receive a greater distribution.

Easier said than done since things have changed since I first published the stories, including my approach to writing. At first, I was feeling irritated with having to go back to something I had written in the past and was thinking I would deal with it in short order so I could get back to my normal flow.


Mum & Dad in their mid-century production shop- old photo by unknown

I was raised in a business in a home on the rural coast of Maine. Our first house was a rental at the end of a long driveway with an attached shed where my parents set up their slip-cast ceramic production shop.

Upon the hillside next to the road that went around the island, was a 200-year-old weathered barn where my parents sold their work, The barn was built with wooden pegs for nails and had an open-air view of the sky where two long planks that ran from the peak of the roof to the barn wall were missing…


A paradigm alternative to central management orthodoxy for the development of a rural Maine peninsula.

Original Prototype design of a Wine Decanter by Weston Neil Andersen in glaze designed by Weston in the late 1940s Image by Mackenzie Andersen

In Boothbay, Maine, the consortium of interests which I have nicknamed the JECD Party likes to use the word “history” as a talking point, but in the way that they use it, it is devoid of content. What have our political leaders and organizations ever had to say about history, other than to call ordinances protecting the working waterfront “archaic”?

Andersen Design is part of the history of the Peninsula as well as of a worldwide historical movement and philosophy of economic and community development. Founded on Southport Island, Maine in 1952, and moving to East Boothbay in 1958. Andersen…


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Cultural Background

I was raised in a business in a home, established in 1952 on the coast of Maine. as a complete product development system from design to marketplace. Production started with bags of raw materials mixed into glazes and casting slip, using original recipes, designed by my Dad. and poured into original mold designs to create ceramic functional forms and sculptures, which were then marketed in-house to wholesale and retail markets.

The Andersen Design enterprise was formulated as an S corporation and located in a…


Historically the farming season was complimented by hand crafted work. I know this because my background is rooted in that culture and small enterprise. My dad grew up on a farm in the days when corporate farming was taking over. That- and the fact that he didn't like killing animals, led him to create another sort of a farm, the ceramic slip-casting studio as a business in a home- which is the industry that traditionally complimented the farm during the off season.

The designer craftsmen movement has always been an alternate movement, especially during the Industrial Revolution since cottage industries…


When I hear about this movement, I wonder what retirement means. I can't imagine that a life without work is very interesting or meaningful so I imagine it doesn't mean retire, it just means having enough money to do what one wants and that always involves work for me.

I can't imagine that people want a passive income so they can live a passive life and so the alternative is doing the work that one finds meaningful that one has put off doing so that one can have enough money to do it. …


Thank You for writing this thoughtful piece and feeding my need for substance on Medium, where we see so many stories about the craft and the business but nothing inspires so much as reading something that is well written and deeply and uniquely thoughtful about the world at large.


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A great addition to Medium is in the lists that we can individually create for our reading preferences, but now Medium should apply that concept to itself.

Despite all the great articles I select to be saved to my personal reading list, I am still distracted by the mess on the Medium home page every day. I can’t resist checking to see what is new and as a result, I waste time searching through all kinds of articles that dominate the reading choices that Medium’s algorithm erroneously believes that I want to see in my stream.

Granted, there is a…


Let history be the guide in the urban to rural migration.

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The warnings about the effect of development on the water supply came in seven years ago, before the Botanical Gardens built a parking lot in the watershed, and before a large construction project reconfigured the roads in the center of town, and before Topsham rebuilt its water pumping facility when development on the peninsula was already occurring at a faster than average pace but no one paid much attention to warnings.

Once I joked that developers didn’t care about the water supply because they counted on the town making so much money from property taxes that the town could pay…

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Its a long story . What is most important is first in in about section on www.andersendesign.biz

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