All posts by RJ Heller

RJ Heller

About RJ Heller

Having arrived here from Pennsylvania over a year ago, there has been plenty to learn and even more to observe. This place is different, but I mean that in a good way. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I am a college graduate with a teaching degree, a business founder and seller, and a father of two children with my wife Stephanie; life has been full and somewhat adventurous, but finding Maine remains a high watermark in my life.

A passionate Downeast rallying cry for a local prison, Why not?

Prisons are not glamorous. The general public’s attitude towards them is almost always negative and rarely do they receive public support. But an interesting thing is taking place here Downeast with one particular facility. A rallying cry from a community in support of a prison is gaining traction and is reminiscent of a community benefit […]

Simplicity of a Downeast Christmas, where focus is clearly on the day

The holidays are fast approaching, and this year the days have come even more quickly than in the past. Families will begin preparations for gatherings and gift giving, and traditions will be celebrated from household to household. Festive decorations will come out of musty basements and attics and be displayed for all to see in […]

Adding a little Downeast Zip to the Morning Coffee

One by one the fishermen arrive. With no sound, perhaps a nod, they quietly take their seats. A cup of coffee arrives shortly after, silently and without any prompting. Then another fisherman enters, quickly followed by two more. Nods in greeting are exchanged with no words spoken, as this is clearly the non-verbal portion of […]

Liking the nuances and beauty of small town government, the Downeast way

There are two things people generally have a hard time talking about, religion and politics. For some reason these two subjects often create controversy, heated discussions and a high risk of bad feelings among friends, acquaintances, and even family members. Government, too, can cause some trepidation to one wanting to talk about it or possibly […]