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‘Angela Waldron’ — An Award-Winning Writer & Photographer From Maine, Who Works At ‘The Farnsworth’ Museum.

by Anura Guruge

Click to read the original at ‘Find Maine Writers’.

A pretty impressive and distinctive résumé. A Maine lobsterman’s daughter at that — which resonated since this is also the case with my wife. From what I can deduce they are both from roughly the same area in Maine, albeit from different age demographics.

I came across her at ‘The Farnsworth Art Museum‘, in Rockland, Maine, where she is the Registrar. There is a book in their collection that I have been trying to get hold of for 16-years — though to be fair I gave up the first time after a few months. But, I have renewed my quest.

When I was at the museum recently (on our last trip to Maine) I made some inquiries as to who I should now be talking to about trying to get hold of this book. I was given Angela’s name and hre contact information.

As some of you know, I never contact anyone (or respond to anyone for that matter) before I Google them and try and get a read of who they might be. Amazes me the number of people who contact I, via e-mail, my blog or phone, who have no idea who I am and what I do. [When I used to teach, I Googled all the enrolled students prior to the first class. Weren’t they surprised! What used to crack me up was that none of them had Googled me — and many of them were trying to get Web-related degrees and jobs.]

I kind of figured that ‘the writer‘ and ‘the Registrar‘ had to be one and the same, given her degree in anthropology, her interests culture and her location (i.e., Downeast Maine).

I did get to talk to her and she was most helpful. Also extremely modest. She was very reticent to acknowledge that she was indeed the award-winning writer I had found on the Web.

Well, just thought that some of you too might enjoy getting to know her.

So, let me please introduce to you: ‘Angela Waldron, of Maine, writer, photographer, Registrar and one heck of a nice person‘. Oh, a lobersman’s daughter too.

(Our niece just got married to a active lobersman on Oct. 19 which is why we were in Rockland this time around. And while we were at the museum I met a curator who was a retired lobsterman. He knew my wife’s father. My wife and he had quite the chat.)

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Selfies My Way — ‘Farnsworth Art Museum’, Rockland (Maine), October 18, 2019.

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Yes, you are free to steal these pictures.

Anura Guruge selfie October 2019

selfie Anura Guruge October 2019

It is an art museum. It would be churlish not to exploit the large, well lit mirrors they have. So yes, another new location for ‘selfies my way‘. Actually I hadn’t been to the ‘Farnsworth‘ in 12 or 13-years. We went up to Maine, a day early (for the wedding) just so I could visit the ‘Farnsworth’. I like the ‘Farnsworth’. It is small, but has a great collection. Very intimate.

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Rockland, Maine, Breakwater Lighthouse & The ‘Haven’ Islands, Vinalhaven & North Haven Beyond

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Deanna, whose father was a lobsterman, is from Cushing, Maine. Rockland, ME, with its rather nice (but unbecomingly snobbish) Farnsworth Art Museum (associated with the Wyeth’s), is the nearest town to. So over the last 10 years I have got to know Rockland quite well. We hadn’t been there in a few years until yesterday. Deanna had a family ‘thing’ so the girls and I had an hour on our hands. So I took them to the Breakwater Lighthouse. It would be the first time Teischan, six, had walked to it. It was a beautiful day. We weren’t dressed for it, but it wasn’t that cold. [Deanna ‘knew’ the elder Wyeth and her aunt is ‘Sirithat he painted.]

There was an intriguing mirage affect on the islands. See the first two pictures. Pretty cool. They looked like they were floating.

The breakwater is 4,300′ (7/8 mile) long. They started work on the breakwater in 1881 and finished it 8 years later.

They brought the huge slabs of granite (I think) from Vinalhaven by ferry. They used a total of 730,000 tons. In the 1880s it cost $750,000!

Google Map of Rockland breakwater (the appendage sticking out), looking east showing why you see islands in the ocean, something I still can’t get used to. Click to ENLARGE.

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You can see the mirage effect here … as you can in the prior picture.

The Samoset Resort. We spent the last night of our honeymoon in January 2003 at the Samoset after driving up from Newport, RI.