December 2014 Publisher's Note

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and let us all be thankful for our many blessings. 

In the United States of America, and particularly in Maine, we have so much for which to be thankful. Morrill Worcester is certainly doing his part to show his thanks to our fallen heroes. Wow! Read the story of how a 5,000 wreath surplus and one man’s passion led to a worldwide tribute to America’s Veterans. In 1992, Morrill traveled from Washington County, Maine to Washington D.C. and, with 12 volunteers, to lay the wreaths at graves in Arlington National Cemetery. The movement that Worcester created now has over 600,000 volunteers laying wreaths in over 1,000 cemeteries all over the country and in 24 cemeteries overseas. Morrill is humble about this and gives credit to everyone else involved. Yet, at MAINE SENIORS, we know he is a “prime mover”.

Sometimes “It Only Takes One” to make a difference … as is suggested in Hunter Howe’s column, From the Porch. Hunter has been a gift to MAINE SENIORS Magazine and is our “Featured Contributor” for this issue. Over three years ago, I talked with Hunter at the Local Buzz Café in Cape Elizabeth about publishing a magazine for seniors. I listened as Hunter shared with me his observational wit and wisdom, as well as his dry sense of humor. Yet it was his affection for yesteryear and nostalgic references that popped to the front as I listened to his stories. I knew that he would be a star in the pages of MAINE SENIORS Magazine, however, I did not know that he would be one of our most enthusiastic “cheerleaders” and help to keep me going with this challenging endeavor. Yes, sometimes “It only takes one to make a difference. Thank you, Hunter.

This glorious time of year can be very difficult for some folks. We address some of these issues in several articles which are beneficial for all to read. We do not want you to have a “Blue” Christmas; we want you to enjoy your holidays to the fullest. Cherish your memories of the past while making new memories today. Reach out to others. If you cannot find an angel, be an angel for someone this Holiday Season.

To all of our senior partners, as Tiny Tim said in the classic Dickens Christmas story, “God bless us, everyone.” 

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!



—David S. Nealley, Publisher