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“Retirement Reimagined” – ADULTHOOD II – Our ULTIMATE Road Trip Continues From Ogunquit – Travel Blog #16 Day 48 On The Road

Posted on August 23, 2015 under Retirement 101, Travel To Learn.


Common Good Café Southwest Harbor, Maine

Last week before we left Bar Harbor, we had breakfast at Common Good – a place where you pay what you  can afford (think ST. LOUIS BREAD COMPANY/PANERA’S restaurant in St. Louis with  no cash register or prices, just suggested donations).

But after visiting (and my perpetually shy wife volunteering to help with the manufacture of jelly – as she did back in our Webster Groves days – see photo) we realized that the Common Good is far more than a traditional “soup kitchen”– it is a unique, secular, and  innovative organization providing not only food, but healthful natural food, nutritional education, and community warmth for all  who seek it – very cool idea!!

From their web page:

From November through April, in the economic “off season” when many people are struggling to make ends meet, the Common Good draws people from all over Mount Desert Island to its weekly meals. Extra food is prepared for distribution to people in need who are unable to get out. January through March the Common Good also hosts Cabin Fever Saturday Nights where families can have an evening meal out together with music and fun activities for very low cost. These events are attended by people from all walks of life, who come together in the cold months to enjoy live music, conversation and the warmth of each others presence as well as good food. Another special program offered is free-to-the-public cooking classes to spread information about healthy eating and nutrition, such as cooking with whole foods, and using locally harvested produce and seafood.

At our meals, people put money in the bowl according to what they can afford. These optional donations, special fund raisers and an occasional contribution “out of the blue” as it were, have been the Common Good’s only sources of income. Our funding is all grass roots. There is no governmental institutional or foundation support of any kind.

The Common Good is succeeding in its mission to provide a community gathering place, education about food and nutrition, and meals that are truly delicious and nutritious, utilizing local ingredients whenever possible. Volunteers of all ages, from all walks of life, not only serve the larger community but form a cadre of committed souls who radiate goodwill among themselves and beyond. Bank presidents, film makers, carpenters, fishermen, mechanics, farmers, homemakers, college students, high school dropouts, young moms & dads, teachers, persons being rehabbed via community service, physicians, special needs students from MDI High School: they all come together to chop, peel, stir, serve, clean, and make it happen. With the guidance of our triumvirate of executive chefs, they produced 61 events in the 014-015, winter season alone.!



Miles Traveled So Far:  Dunedin, Big Canoe, Ashville,  Hound Ears, Peak of the Otter, Elmira, Corning, Gettysburg, Grottoes, Rutland,  Niagara On The Lake, Franconia Notch, Chautauqua, Camden, Bar Harbor, Ogunquit:  3876

States “touched”:  13

Provinces’ Touched:  1

Days On the Road:  48

Blog Posts:  16

Status of Marriage:

Rainy Days: Counting Today – 3

Beard Status:  Still Gone

Friday’s Hike Encompassed A Little Bit Of Everything Here At Acadia – Kobe Mountain Trail  *and I apologize for the quality of the photography – I haven’t figured out  yet how to get shots from my camera to Picassa to Word Press without losing lots of detail, color, etc.

Charlotte Rhodes Park and Butterfly Garden, Southwest Harbor, ME


“Hustle, work hard, and seek adventure, but do it with your eyes wide open and focused on your present step.

You have everything right now.  The best in life isn’t somewhere else; it’s right where you are, at this moment.  Notice it, and make it memorable.”

Craig J McConnell

“Entering Adulthood II”


(Continuing to) Make Sales People Memorable
(striving to) Re-imagine Retirement



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