Reflecting this Mother’s Day on Mother Mary

I always have mixed feelings about "holidays" such as Mother's Day but I went to bed last night thinking of Mother Mary. I thought about how much she went through as a mother of which we can choose...

This Food Safety Revolution May Mean End to Bacterial Food Contamination

During the last of 2018, I frequently posted on social media news about food recalls. At first, I only focused on recalls in the United States. When ground turkey was recalled in both Canada and the...

Being Kind to Myself is My Superpower!

"Be kind" is something we are frequently admonished.  Be kind. What a great phrase! They are great words to hold up to anything we do or say. My daughter will say to her daughter "was that kind?" or...

Nourishing the body and soul.

Caregiving is successful when given with love, kindness, and compassion.

The world is a fantastic place. We build community through love, honor, and understanding.

To do something with soul, creativity or love – to put something of yourself into your work.

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In 2018 We Googled Magical Unicorn Cakes and Keto Treats

In 2018 We Googled Magical Unicorn Cakes and Keto Treats

Purveyor of trending searches, Google’s 2018 top ten was all about food. If you think “local food” was of great interest, you would be mistaken and neither was climate change. Food recalls made a fair showing but not as one of the top 10. Although, within that...

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Blanketing the World with Denmark’s Hygge

Blanketing the World with Denmark’s Hygge

How to survive the rest of winter is today’s question. Mainers know that winter has a way of causing us to be snow schlepping around in fur-lined boots at a time when April showers are elsewhere. In the quest to find something interesting and innovating to take me...

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Conscientious, Optimistic

Lillian Lake is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic people I know. Her irrepressible determination to find and optimize strategies in pursuing any number of worthy issues is an inspiration.  Lil is dependable and conscientious, optimistic and cheerful; she would be great to have on your side in any struggle.

~ Cynthia Hoeh Stancioff 
Local Food Day Fiddlehead Festival Committee Member

Passionate, Involved

Within the first minute of conversation with Lillian Lake, it’s evident that you are speaking with a passionate and involved community member. Lillian works assiduously in both her research of issues and how situations affect the people and environment of her community.  She connects her research in human trafficking and food insecurity between the local and the global, and conveys these connections at speaking events and conferences as a means to educate and advocate for change. Lillian’s sensitivities to the needs of others and her unflagging energies makes a big difference in the lives of many.

~Krisanne Baker

Professor, University of Maine at Farmington