October 2017 Publisher's Note

On the cover of this issue is a great example of a Prime Mover: First Lady Barbara Pierce Bush.

Most of us know that President and Mrs. Bush enjoy their summers at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport and yet, I must admit that I didn't realize the extent of Mrs. Bush's passion for Maine and its people.

Mrs. Bush was the inspiration behind the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland. She also founded a literacy foundation. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has provided nearly $6.2 million in support of literacy programs here in Maine. We are pleased to share a story about Barbara Bush, "Maine’s National Treasure." Yes, we are fortunate to have the Bushes summer in Maine and thankful for all of their good work.

As autumn sets in, we find it easy to reminisce. Leaves change color, and temperatures go down at night, and then leaves fall off the trees. Enjoy “Raking Leaves”, an article by Paul Weeks in this issue’s A Look Back.

It is true that autumn has its own sounds and smells that add to the nostalgic hypnosis. We think of days gone by that were, or at least seemed to have been, simpler. Those were days of a greater sense of serenity. Be that as it may, in my little world, each autumn I am refreshed anew by the magical and vibrant fall colors, especially those displayed by copious arrangements of apples and pumpkins. In our Food for Thought column consider the recipe for Apple Pumpkin Soup.

To all of our Senior Partners; sit back, relax, and enjoy this autumn with the October Issue of Maine Seniors Magazine.



—David S. Nealley, Publisher