The Threat and Consequences of Climate Change to World Order

Saturday, 1/13
2:00 – 3:00 PM

Climate Change or “Global Warming” has enormous implications for the future of humanity and the earth itself. The threat of climate change will have an impact on many aspects of our daily lives and those of future generations. We will see more and bigger storms, floods, higher sea levels, melting ice caps and glaciers, and the disappearance of many species of plants, animals, and insects. In the near future, we can expect the impact of climate change to affect human behavior more and more negatively, resulting in security threats to our country from within and from outside as other parts of the world become destabilized by the effects of climate change. Many of the present day conflicts have climate change at their core. These include the droughts in Syria and Iraq and food insecurity in the region of Nigeria, Chad, and Niger that have produced Boko Haram.  

This presentation is an overview of some of these threats. Andrew Stancioff will also attempt to look into the near future to underscore potential threats and some of the unintended consequences of what humanity has helped to bring about.

What actions can we take today to help? We hope you’ll join the discussion around this vitally important topic.

Click HERE to learn more about our presenter.

Writer’s Accountability Group (WAG!)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Are you looking for a way to get started writing? Or, if you’re already writing, would you like to connect with other writers?

Starting January 17th, we are delighted to introduce our first Writer’s Accountability Group (WAG!). 

We’ll host monthly meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 10:30-noon.

Please join us to:

  • Meet other writers.
  • Share your work.
  • Share resource ideas about editors, publishers, and agents.
  • Give yourself a deadline each month to show up with your latest work.
  • Have fun!

Let’s WAG together starting in January.

Who Done It?

Thursday, January 18
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

In noir fiction, the protagonist is never the detective. They are the victim. Or suspect. Or even the perpetrator!

Learn more about this exciting writing style from local author Dick Cass as he joins us to discuss how classic noir detective fiction rose as a subgenre, and who is currently writing in this style. Dick will also read from his noir jazz mystery In Solo Time and take questions about detective fiction, writing, the writing process, and the state of mystery publishing, including the very lively mystery writing community here in Maine.

Who done it? Dick Cass done it! Click here and scroll down to learn more about our speaker.

Inside the American Bedroom

Thursday, January 25
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Barbara Peacock won the Getty Editorial Grant in 2017 for American Bedroom. This January, Barbara joins us at TML to take us Inside the American Bedroom.

Here’s what Hugh Pinney, VP of Getty Images has to say about Barbara’s work:

“Barbara is a lifestyle and editorial photographer living in Portland, Maine. She’s had a life-long passion for documentary and street photography, as well as drawing, having studied at the Boston University School of Fine Arts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. In 1982, while in school, she began to photograph the people of her hometown in Westford, Massachusetts, and it ultimately became a 33-year project and book called, appropriately, “Hometown.” In addition to her photography, Barbara runs a small non-profit called The Nightingale Project, in which adults and high-school teens join together to teach art and photography to kids in the US and beyond.

Barbara’s project, “American Bedroom,” offers a composite portrait of the United States through unguarded portraits of Americans in their bedrooms. The images she has made so far – paired with pithy, poetic quotes from each subject – are full of subtle details that invite us to contemplate the idiosyncrasies of each enigmatic life. She reminds us that, in an era rife with hot-take, reductionist analyses of the American body politic, her fellow citizens really do contain multitudes.”

Click HERE and scroll down to learn more about Barbara Peacock!

The Unexpected and Awkward Journey of Making the First $1M in Sales

Saturday, January 27
10:30 pm – 11:30 AM
Are you thinking of starting your own business? Join us in January to hear the story of an unexpected entrepreneur and his awkward journey in making his first $1M in sales. Ray Chang, owner and CEO of Motorsport Lab, promises you’ll laugh, learn, and take home tips that will help and inspire you on your own entrepreneurial journey!
Click here and scroll down to learn more About Ray Chang

Songwriting Workshop

January 30
6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

New 3-Month Series!
1/30, 2/27, 3/29

Our new songwriting workshop starts up in January with local songwriter and performer Jud Caswell. If you have a song in your heart, Jud can help you finish it!

Open to songwriters of all levels and abilities.

Participants should bring a song that is “in process” for feedback and support. Please bring 10 copies of your lyrics to share. We’ll have a sign-up sheet when you get here and will have time to share 6 or 7 songs each night.
We will begin each session with a short discussion of some of the elements of songwriting craft and move on to sharing our songs. Feedback will be focused on questions or concerns raised by the songwriter, with discussion focused on issues of craft and technique.
It is the goal of the workshop to provide a safe place to grow your songwriting ability!
Click HERE and scroll down to learn more about Jud Caswell.