All posts by Karen O. Zimmermann

Karen O. Zimmermann

About Karen O. Zimmermann

Karen O. Zimmermann savors chance encounters with people throughout the state of Maine, and is endlessly delighted with the tales they have to share.

Through the looking glass: inside a fish shack

Ice house, fish shack

The tiny houses dotted along a frozen surface are irresistible to any one with a camera in hand. Their simple shapes in the middle of a field of ice, surrounded by forest and mountain, have inspired coffee table books and appeared on the covers of magazines. They represent a culture, a world, and, for those […]

Groundhog’s Day Maine-style

Vodka infused with Candlemas symbols: round peppercorns, sun yellow lemons.

Maine does not have a famous resident rodent to predict winter’s length, but February 2 was the day to see what Mother Nature has in store long before Punxsutawney Phil was a gleam in his mom and dad’s eye. Whether or not Phil sees his shadow on February 2 is believed to be an indicator […]

Mrs. Peel gets a tree

Tree lashed to car

Wild Maine Christmas trees have uneven branches, irregular shapes, bare spots, gaps, and are not dense and lush. They are simply trees cut from the woods, where they grew and adapted to what was happening around them. We are large in number who love these true and honest trees. Some call them Charlie Brown’s, but […]