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Plus a local story about concerns for protecting the newly installed grass carpet from grassroots entrepreneurs using the Commons in Boothbay Maine

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Continuing the thoughts in my recent substack post about the Boothbay Water District’s announcement of a potential water scarcity spun as a solution under development while the real problem (impending water scarcity) was not explained in any detail approaching adequate.

In another recent Boothbay Register article Ziagra and other officials assured us that large-scale workforce housing poses no sewage issues for the Peninsula.

As housing groups look for paths to homeownership and rentals for the Boothbay peninsula’s workforce, local utilities are just waiting for the word. Boothbay Harbor Sewer District Superintendent Chris Higgins, Boothbay Region Water District General Manager Jon…


Decoding the language of a strange new metaverse

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.


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…


Thank you. I think it is important to follow our meaning. Work isn't only about income but it is great that your income is increasing because of your choice.

I am collecting these personal stories about work. I really like yours. I have always worked from home and I imagined this kind of an evolution happening. People write about the remote work movement as though the remote workers are still the employees of large corporations, but I envision it as networked small businesses towards decentralization, and I imagine that the small businesses will network together .


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The apportionment of taxes on the various descriptions of property is an act which seems to require the most exact impartiality; yet there is, perhaps, no legislative act in which greater opportunity and temptation are given to a predominant party to trample on the rules of justice. Every shilling with which they overburden the inferior number, is a shilling saved to their own pockets. James Madison Federalist Paper #10

In 2004 the Pine Tree Zone tax exemptions were enacted in Maine as a program to benefit low-income high unemployed areas.

In 2009 the Pine Tree Zone tax exemptions were amended…


Right. The founders studied history. In example, they di not create a pure democracy because they saw that historically pure democracies never lasted for long and if they succeeded only for a very small geography. Many did not believe that even a Democratic Republic the size of the thirteen colonies could last long.

The enlightenment ideas influenced both the American and the French Revolution, and even before the American Revolution, the French and Americans fought along side each other in colonial wars. Id course there was a sharing of ideas. The French gave us the Statute of Liberty and when the French Revolution occurred a few years after the American Revolution, The Declaration of Independence inspired Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen in France.


I'll go with Bono, "America is an idea".

Quoting Bono. :America is an idea. Ireland is a great country, but it’s not an idea. Great Britain is a great country, but it’s not an idea. That’s how we see you around the world, as one of the greatest ideas in human history.

That's true. Many of the quotes about being UnAmerican are just said in jest, imho, but the ideas that started America are seriously great ones. Its not easy to live up to them and we do not always succeed, we are often on the verge of losing it, like right now, but the idea as found in the writings of the Federalist Papers is truly great.. Never retire that concept. It is an ideal, never expected to be perfect but an idea of human equality and freedom to be forever strived after.


I complain about all the stories focused on money as well but I am at the point of stepping back and taking it with a grain of salt. I shifted a lot of my focus to Substack and Newsbreak but I realize that will change too. I became re-engaged in Medium when they did the contest because I saw it as the platform trying to re-engage its writers in writing. I use the lists to organize stories and content creators that I want to follow but still the home screen feels like a time-wasting addiction. I can't resist seeing what's…

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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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