I remember it all very well looking back, It was the summer I turned eighteen. We lived in a one room, rundown shack on the outskirts of New Orleans We didn't have money for food or rent to say the least we were hard pressed then Mama spent every last penny we had to buy me a dancing dress. No that’s not right… Who is Brenda Brown? I was told not to be too existential…in other words “Keep it short and sweet.” A Maine native, I was born in Skowhegan. My parents owned a small dairy farm on Brown Rd in Madison. What are the chances? Apparently, the next owners of the farm decided it was bad luck and changed the name of the road. My father sold the farm in the early 70’s and became a truck driver. I would take several trips across the country with my father in his semi. It’s from him that inherited my gypsy soul and love of the open road. My parents also passed on to me their love of music. Growing up, my house was filled with music and singing whether it was my mother singing as she kept house, my father playing his guitar and singing or my sister and I singing into hairbrushes. Were there radio stations that played anything other than country? If there were I never knew until the 80’s. That, combined with my grandmother’s extensive vinyl collection that included Elvis, Loretta Lynn, Hank Snow, Dolly Parton, Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline are the foundation for my love of country music. I spent my formative years in Poland Spring and graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn. Somewhere between then and now I married, had four children, worked in radio, owned a few businesses, broke into the freight industry as a freight broker, divorced, traveled with the kid and came back to settle in Maine. Today finds me with only one teenager left in the nest and a lot of free time on my hands. You can usually find me on a trail with my mismatched pair of dogs or behind the wheel getting my wanderlust fix on the open road. Like a bad penny, you just never know where I’ll turn up. Right now, I’m making my home at B98.5 and I couldn’t be happier. For picture of my latest meals, silly dog photos and crazy adventures find me on Instagram at brenda.brown6923
Comedy Night for Kiley
Kiley is a six year girl from the greater Portland area who is battling Leukemia. Surgeries, chemotherapy and heparin doses daily have taken their toll but Kiley continues to smile and fight. The Hooligan Riders are hosting a comedy night for Kiley tonight December 1st at The Gold Room on Warren Ave in Portland
#GivingTuesday…its a thing
On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday. November 28, 2017 is the day when businesses, organizations and individuals give their time, money or services to nonprofits nationwide.
Coats For Kids Campaign
Coats For Kids Campaign is underway here in Central Maine. With the colder temps comes the need for warm coats, hats and mittens. Your outgrown outerwear can be the difference in a child's winter. PrattAbbot Cleaners receives the donated items, cleans them and the Salvation Army distributes them.
Pet of the Week-Hodor!
Hodor is a sweet boy! Look for videos of Hodor later this week or stop by the Kennebec Valley Humane Society and meet him yourself. Hodor Age: 1 1/2 years old Breed: Mastiff mix Gender: Neutered male Restrictions: In need of obedience training- can be jumpy and very mouthy ...
Onyx Is The Pet Of The Week
Onyx Is up for adoption at the KVHS. Sweet bunny!
Redheads Day Nov 5th
Sunday November 5th is Redhead Day around the world. How will you celebrate?
When Your Little Girl Says It’s Cold In Illinois
My oldest is a grad student at the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL. Apparently this is not only a Big 10 school, it's also a cultural hub for Opera singers. Kimberly is a New England girl through and through living in the heartland now...
This Little Piggy
I have an older brother and I want a pet pig. These two things should have little to do with each other but as brothers tend to do, he's torturing me with the fact that he just bought a litter of young pigs for his farm that I didn't even know he had.
Amazon Prime Pantry- I May Never Go grocery Shopping Again
This past winter, after schlepping a gigantic bag of dog food from shelf to cart to register to car to home, I decided I was going to have my dog food delivered to my house through Amazon. We then added the large 24 count toilet paper to the order and never since have I had to go buy these nor have I run out. So with phone in hand on Sunday morning, I began perusing Amazon for laundry soaps, fabric softeners, toilet cleaner, paper towels and such.
Pet Of The Week- Kennebec Valley Humane Society
a very sweet girl who has been at the shelter for quite some time now.
Veterans Count Meet and Greet for Bangor October 18
Veterans Count Meet and Greet Wednesday October 18th 5-7pm at Sea Dog Brewing in Bangor. How can you give back?
Millennial’s Don’t Want Driver’s Licenses
I've been hearing so many people talk about how their children in their late teens into late twenties don't have their licenses and have no interest. This, to me, seems unfathomable. Do they simply remain at home or worse, completely dependent upon their parents? Do they rely on public transportation and if so clearly they don't live in rural areas.
Pet Of The Week-Kirby
Sweet, attentive boy who wanted to play.
Not Your Average Medium
This Thursday morning Eddita Felt will be in the Beehive doing a gallery reading for Randy, Sarah, Andy and myself and a surprise four-legged friend.
Pet Of The Week-KVHS
I met Ruby on Tuesday at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. She is a curious and friendly sweet girl who allowed me to pick her up and snuggle her but clearly prefers to be in your lap of her own accord. She loves to be petted and was very patient with me as I tried to love her as much as possible...
Kennebec Valley Humane Society Pet of the Week
Dixie is the Pet of the Week at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society