December 2015 Publisher's Note

Merry Christmas!

At this time of year, I am reminded by family, friends, and co-workers, how important it is to raise the human condition, even if only a little. The giving of oneself to help others, to lift up their souls, and to give them hope, is our ongoing mission here at MAINE SENIORS Magazine. We try to do this by highlighting positive and inspirational stories.

The story of Ed Kaelber of Bar Harbor, is one that exemplifies the following quote from Clarence in the movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives.” Ed was the founding President of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, an institution that has influenced many, including Nell Newman, the daughter of Joanne Woodard and Paul Newman, with her creation of Newman’s Own Organics. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, credits the College of the Atlantic for her critical thinking skills… and so many others have benefited from Ed’s good work at the College of the Atlantic.

Ed Kaelber was also the first President and inspirational leader of the Maine Community Foundation; an organization that awards grants of around $27,000,000 per year. Wow! What a difference the life of one man has made. 

Please enjoy Waldo Clark’s column about “A Season of Grace”. This article has a great quote by Caroline Myss about “Grace”. “Grace is a power that comes in and transforms a moment into something better.” This is an uplifting thought to keep in mind throughout this holiday season.

At MAINE SENIORS Magazine we all strive to make this world a better place so everyone can say, “It’s A Wonderful Life!"

So “we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne”.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


—David S. Nealley, Publisher