Well Out to Sea: Year-Round on Matinicus Island

Well Out to Sea: Year-Round on Matinicus Island

by Eva Murray




What's it like to live on an island twenty-two miles out to sea? Where there are only three dozen winter residents? Where the local economy is lobstering? Period. Where your most reliable source of transportation off the island may be a small Cessna and the airstrip is dirt (or snow or mud)? Where, if the forecaster says the storm is "headed safely out to sea," you know it's coming your way?

When Eva Murray took a job on Matinicus Island in 1987, she expected to stay a year as the island's kindergarten-through-eighth-grade teacher. When the school year ended, she turned down her graduate school acceptance, remained on Matinicus, and in 1989 married the island electrician. She and her husband Paul raised their two children on Matinicus and continue to live and work there full time. Eva is wilderness emergency medical technician, operates a small bakery, has served in several positions of municipal government, and has been a regular columnist for area publications since 2003 including Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Down East Online, and Working Waterfront. She is a 1985 graduate of Bates College and is currently working on a book about the modern-day one-room schools of Maine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780884483311
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date: 08/17/2010
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 3 Months

About the Author

Eva Murray moved to Matinicus Island in 1987 to become the only teacher in the island’s one-room school. She writes regularly for newspapers and magazines and authored two adult books for Tilbury, and The Maine Lupine Award winning children's book Island Birthday.

Table of Contents

Introduction-And a Note to My Neighbors ix

A Five-Minute History of Matinicus 1

The Year of Living Insularly 7

Getting Here Is None of the Fun 10

On the Edge of What? 14

The Return of the Native 18

Island Wheels 21

Live Lobsters Ain't Red and Other Truths 27

The Third Reason to Come Here 38

Bell Buoy 41

For the Next Island Teacher 45

Teacher Wanted for One-Room School 48

Readin', Writin', and Reality for an Island Teacher 51

Not Just the "Three Rs" 54

The Island Kids are Lucky 57

Students from Overseas 63

Breakfast Aboard the Robin 67

Making Do and Doing Without the Flying Service 69

Safely Out to Sea 73

You Can't Get There from Here.... 76

Why Don't You Have a Cow? 80

Survival Rations 86

Two in the Stern 89

The Customer Is Always Right 96

Anadama Bread and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles 100

Artisanal Electricity 103

The Outlaw Doughnuts of the Resistance 106

Greep Birds and Secret Eagles 112

How to Entertain Guests 115

The Marine Operator Is Holding Traffic 118

No Desire to Tweet.... 123

Resistors, Doctor Bob, and Lech Walesa 126

We're Not Off the Grid, We Are the Grid 129

Leaving the "Baby" with a Sitter 132

Election Day in the Old Schoolhouse: Arrive Hungry 134

The Littlest Caucus 138

Disorganized Territory 141

Fight City Hall 145

Pity the Census-Taker 150

Letters I Wished I'd Written 152

Sister Cities 155

After the Fire 158

Matinicus Island Has a Post Office (At Last!) 161

Why I Live on Kumquat Street 164

You've Got to Give Me a Valid Zip Code, Lady! 170

Pie, Kale, and Sheetrock 174

Years of Tradition Unhindered by Progress 180

Christmas on This Island 184

Lobster Chowder Is a Man's Work 189

The Red Dahlia Society 193

Us Egghead Bookworm Types Will Do Anything for Cookies 196

What We Need Around Here Is a Municipal Parade 199

Waitangi Day 203

We'll Miss You, Dave and Betty 207

Don't Tell the Nurse 209

The Schooner Bowdoin Makes a Stop 212

What Sort of Year for Monarchs? 215

Matinicus Island Rescue 218

Head Lice, Propane, and Chamomile Tea 222

Who You Gonna Call? 226

Knock on Wood and Water Down the Stew 230

Keep on "Weather Eye" on the Sky 234

The Harkness Rescue, One More Time 237

A Dumpster, Toilets, and the Bloody Electrician 247

The Song of the Island EMT 251

Ferry Day: We're All in this Together 254

I Feel Safe-How About You? 258

Terrorism Poster 261

Åland Island, Home Sweet Home? 265

Watch Out for the Crane 269

Make Way for the Garbage Czar! 272

The Society Pages 280

The Soft-Edged Boilerplate of Tradition 283

It Could Have Been Any of Us 288

No More Pirate Jokes for a While, Please 291

All the News, Whether It's Fit to Print or Not 293

Writers "Discover" Matinicus Again and Again and Again 296

A Year on Matinicus 299

You Might Be from Matinicus If.... 303

Nobody with Any Sense Would Write About an Island 307

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jeffome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
St. Barth trip Book #4: So this was a perfect juxtaposition book for my tropical rest on the gorgeous island of St. Barth! And i loved this book. I've always had some unexplainable mental connection with islands and have had the chance to spend some time on one small one off the coast of Maine, and in the St. Lawrence River. So this was right up my alley!! And Eva Murray has a delightful tongue-in-cheek style that suited me just fine! Maybe a wee-bit repetitive at times, but then, that was also part of the point.....the misinformation about Matinicus just keeps going on and on and on!! This was a perfect match for my simple soul and mind.....if you are looking for a fascinating, fun, quick read....i highly recommend.....and a big thanks to Russ & Jenny for giving this to me for Christmas!!