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Rockland Maine’s Old Granite Inn

September 28th, 2022

Every year in an Outside Magazine readers’ poll,Guest Posting Rockland, Maine ranks among the top 100 best small towns to live in. This is the town where the then controversial 1957 Lana Turner soap opera flick, Peyton Place, was filmed — back when the most dangerous thing in a small town was . . . gossip! The producers wanted to give small, hometown America a risqué shock that today is a comical celluloid version of homespun Americana, a mild comparison to what is on the Internet today.

Maine joins only one other state in the lower 48, the only state to do so. It is the only state with a single syllable. Life in Maine is a simple life, not many complexities. Rockland has not changed much since the ’50s. I guess that is why the PP producers chose it for their mighty cult genre.

I was sitting in a local café one fine summer day, gazing upon the black and white photos on the wall of a bygone era of the historic Main Street. There used to be an electric trolley line down the main drag, and the gossip is they are bringing it back. I can see Peyton Place in the frozen-in-time snapshots. Rockland is still a great place to live. Main Street is now on the National Register of Historic Places, with most of the old brick buildings housing ice cream shops, bookstores, cafés and bars, museums and art galleries. Rockland is a wonderful place to visit in the summer — just for all those farm fresh flavors of ice cream!

But beneath the surface, the community has a lot going for it. MBNA moved into town and is the main employer, the largest privately owned credit card issuer is the U.S., with their corporate restored stark white Greek Revivalist-style headquarters near the water, giving it a campus-like feel. It is fun to walk around Rockland, to view the old mansions and buildings; duck into a canoe and dory building shop to see dense, white Maine cedar turned into a recreational work of art.

Feng Shui – Apartment Entrance and Mapping Your Life

April 20th, 2022

Feng Shui can also benefit those of us who live in apartments, the first step being to focus on your Feng Shui apartment entrance. Mapping the bagua onto your floor plan will play a vital role for us here. Since there are a variety of apartments available out there, the practice of Feng Shui may slightly differ from place to place depending on the type of apartment that you have.

It’s important to keep in mind though, that even if there is a vast variety in apartment style, the basics of Feng Shui will still apply to any given space or location.

If you are living in an apartment building, you have to keep in mind two very important things. The first thing is the building entrance and the second thing is the Feng Shui apartment entrance. Map your bagua tool with the north side aligned to the wall with the main apartment entrance. This will prepare you for applying any given Feng Shui cures and enhancements you may want to use to energize and activate your life areas. Your entrance will need to be free from clutter and be generally inviting, inside and outside your door. Less clutter will allow more energy to flow into your apartment. In Feng Shui, the position of the entrance to any room or space is very important, it can either block energy or allow it to flow in.

When looking for the best location for an apartment, you have to avoid those which are in a raised structure. How would you know if a given apartment building is sitting on a raised structure? This is easy to determine because these buildings usually have a parking lot at the ground floor, making it seem like the apartment building is raised from the ground. Because of the fact that these structures are not grounded, it can be a possible venue for bad and stagnant energy.

Most apartment buildings have pools located in the penthouse or the top level of the building. This is not a good Feng Shui sign because it signifies that everything else is below water. Feng Shui strives to keep the balance between all five elements as well as the Yin and Yang, so making one element dominant above the other is a big no-no.

If you have an option to live in an apartment located in the lower floors rather than the upper floors, keep in mind that the lower the apartment is or the closer it is to the ground, the better. The chi will travel a long way before it can reach an apartment in the upper floors, but to help, you can keep your lights open or hang a plant outside your place to assist the chi to flow in.

Another popular kind of apartment style is a studio apartment, which is not conducive to Feng Shui. Although, when using the bagua map aligned with your Feng Shui apartment entrance, mapping out the nine life areas will be pretty straight forward. Meaning, it’ll be a lot more obvious where you should actually place any cures. Ideally, different areas should be divided and the boundaries should be properly set. A studio apartment means that all the areas are molded into one main living area. If this is the case, then you can use dividers or curtains in making boundaries of the different areas in your apartment. It is most important to divide the bedroom from everything else.

If you are out apartment hunting, you have to keep in mind that the ideal apartment is a location where there are no garbage disposals or dumpsters located nearby. Apartments which are too close to the stairs or elevator are also not recommended as well as apartments which are located at the end of a long hallway.

Remember, you can use the Bagua to help as your Feng Shui apartment entrance map. Simply lining it up like a floor plan in your apartment, starting at it’s entrance (align this wall to north on the map) to know which directions the different life areas will relate to in your environment, and start feng shu-ing!