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A Million Stars

The Sagittarius teapot was bright in the sky.  A few more degrees to the right and it would appear to tip enough to shower the earth below.  The Milky Way, its steam, rising as it pours.

Despite the summer sky, Maine was cold earlier that week.  We needed a fire in the woodstove to warm up the house. I didn't know it at the time but not too far away a friend and his family were also in Maine.

Hikers from all over come to Baxter State Park, home to Mount Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine.  The land was a gift from a suspicious former governor unsure who he could trust to preserve the land.  Not even the federal government has a say in what goes on there. Three people control what happens in that park; the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Director of the Maine State Forest Service.  It belongs to the people of the State of Maine (as much as a mountain can belong to anyone).

It was a good night to huddle around a camp fire and t…

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