About…

Screw Elmo: Kermit's the man.Here you’ll find me musing about whatever inspires me – food, movies, books, music, politics, traveling, gardening, writing, TV – in short, life.

I was fortunate in being able to do just that from 1994-2007 at the York County Coast Star (Kennebunk, Maine) where, among other responsibilities, I wrote a weekly humor column called No, But Seriously – 636 of them, some of which garnered me top awards from both the Maine Press Association and the New England Press Association. It was a nice gig, overall. Under Vintage Columns here, you’ll find a handful of them. In the collection entitled No, But Seriously 1994-2007 (Amazon Kindle), you’ll find 108 of them.

Under Lyrics, you’ll find the words to songs I’ve written over the years, ones that I feel can stand alone without their melodies and not look naked. Media contains articles relating to the publication of my novel Two Birds, of which a new paperback edition (and eBook) can be found at Amazon Kindle (www.amazon.com/author/danapearson). Also on Amazon Kindle, you can find eBook and paperback versions of The Muralist, a Maine-based character-driven novel.

As I Was Saying was a newer incarnation of No, But Seriously. It debuted in November 2013 in The Village, a monthly publication distributed to residents in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel, and ran through December 2015.

Boilerplate bio info: Born in Springfield, Mass. in 1964; moved in 1966 to neighboring Longmeadow where, as a fourth grader at Converse Street School, I vowed to be a writer when I grew up; moved to Kennebunk, Maine in 1979; attended Gettysburg College, graduating in 1986 with a BA in English Lit, which naturally led to stints as a waiter, bank teller, nurseryman, and substitute teacher; joined the York County Coast Star in 1994; left the paper in 2007, when I began pursuing fiction full-time; have had a few one-act plays produced in Maine; was in the band The Nerve from 2006 to 2009 and The Wetsuits from 2009 to 2016; and have been married to the adorable Diane since 1987. We live in Kennebunk.

11 Responses to About…

  1. Brian Moran says:

    That’s no way to treat a guitar!! At least you dressed for the occasion!!

    • Admin says:

      It’s not a guitar, it’s a Kay. And I hear it’s still playable. Go figure. I think being dunked in ocean water helped its intonation.

  2. Somehow — even after sharing a friendship that’s endured 30 years — you seem “real” now. Locked in frame and focus by all this deserved attention. Do I remain an avatar? What does Diane think? Congratulations, Dana.

  3. E.D. Ward (pseudonym, story teller) says:

    Hi. As a member of the MWPA I was led to your site. I love it. As a struggling writer for many years, I never pass up the opportunity to ask the question… Do you edit for hire? It seems you are very busy, but I had to ask. Best of luck with the book.
    E

    • Admin says:

      E,
      Glad you enjoy the site. Your comment reminded me I hadn’t added anything for a few weeks, so thanks for that. I’ve been steadily working on a new piece of fiction the past couple of months, and something had to give. Time to rectify that.
      I edited at the York County Coast Star for about a decade, and have done little bits here and there for friends. I would consider editing for hire, but with my schedule, it would depend on the project. If you’re on facebook, we can continue this conversation there via messaging. Let me know, and again, thanks for reading.
      Dana

  4. mae martel says:

    Having read your offering in the Village newspaper, my condolences on your stolen Market Street cloth bag, as I still remain bereaved of my own unguarded personal bag which was taken out of my shopping cart at Hannaford by either a tourist or resident, while I looked over fresh vegetables. As a head’s up even Hannaford cloth bags have also been taken out of my cart since. But losing Market Street’s bag is particularly disturbing.
    As a local whose grandparents, parents, and I never looked windows, doors, cars, it is disturbing to have to hold those around me suspect …. unable to quite trust as in years past. Now everything is locked.
    My amateur video within Market Basket store just before its closing may still be on UTube. Not sure of that.

    • Admin says:

      Thanks for the condolences, Mae. One thing I forgot to mention in the column was that they were kind enough to give me a couple replacement Hannaford bags when they learned of the theft of my Garden Street Market bag. It helped soften the blow.

  5. mae Martel says:

    As per my previous note…being so upset, I failed to use the full name of our favorite store: Garden Street Market. Sorry.
    Do not confuse with Market Basket

  6. Erica says:

    Hey! So I just read your story about capsizing in the chickadee… and when KBIA got rid of all the chickadees and your dad picked up the chicken noodle. Well, anyways I grew up at KBIA and that’s where I learned to sail, on their chickadees. I always said that I wanted a chickadee. Sure everyone complained when I was in sailing that they were too big and clunky and went too slow…. but you really can get some decent speed on them if it’s a good day and you know the wind! Anyways, I was wondering if you know if all the chickadees were sold, or if there are any left in the cove? I’ve been looking tirelessly for a chickedee for years. I’ve been looking for one before KBIA even sold them, they are insanely hard to find! Or if you knew anywhere where I could find one? Haha clearly this is kind of a stretch. But I was just wondering. 🙂 If not it was nice to hear your story… I remember the chicken noodle. My favorite was always Cherrybomb.

    • Admin says:

      Hi, Erica. Thanks for reading the column. Yeah, getting our hands on that Chickadee was a stroke of luck; Booth Chick made a finite number of them in the ’60s, and it’s not like they’re making them anymore. They’re definitely limited editions. (I learned to sail at the KBIA, too, back in the early ’70s.) I’m 99% sure they cleaned out the remaining Chickadees at the KBIA a couple years ago. And those were in rough shape. Old wooden boats do not age well if not treated regularly. You might have to scour the Internet to find one. Good luck!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *