Join in! Is anyone else feeling pangs of anxiety as we enter yet another difficult winter season? I don’t know about you, but I need a distraction — something positive and fun to focus on and help stave off those feelings of isolation, gloom and doom. I need a light at the end of this tunnel.

That’s why I’m leading a community poetry and illustration project for Harpswellians this winter and I hope that you’ll consider participating. I want to be more connected to the people around me and, come spring, I want to be able to showcase and celebrate that connection.

Harpswell Illuminates is a project for amateur poets and illustrators of all ages. Registrants will choose to either pen a poem or illustrate someone else’s. The first couple of meetings will be virtual, but the hope is that the project will culminate with an in-person event for the participants and their loved ones (to be determined due to COVID-19). Each participant will also receive a printed copy of the project’s collection of poems and illustrations.

Check out this site for more information and to register: I’m so glad to have something to look forward to this winter.

Greta Warren, Mountain Road