Favorite thing: In July, you'll see Black-Eyed Susans blooming in profusion all over Maine -- in the hills and along the roadsides. Rather like our poppies in California. This flower is a member of the sunflower family and indigenous only in states east of the Rockies. It is not the state flower of Maine, but it IS the state flower of Maryland. Not ME but MD.
Favorite thing: Across the street from the American Legion Building in Blue Hill, Maine, is a sobering and touching memorial. A little white flag has been placed in this grassy area for every US soldier who has died in the war. The area was filled with flags. The sign shows the number of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians who have died in the war to date. Unfortunately, those numbers keep going up.