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
I’m Not Child Friendly
I am not child friendly or child proof. I used to be but as time has marched on I find I avoid children like the plague. Oddly enough children seem to be drawn to me.
My Favorite Sweethearts- My Parents
My father wrote to my mother almost every day he was in the Army. She saved every letter he wrote and, as we approach Valentines Day, I'm taking a journey back to the 1950's to look inside the hearts and minds of my parents before kids and life changed them into the people I knew them to b…
My Favorite Sweethearts- My Parents
My parents are my favorite Valentine's Day Sweethearts. They married young and were together until they passed away. My mother never remarried after my father died at the early age of 58. As a child I saw these letters tucked away, only to come out on special occasions. As a single woman, the i…
Online Shopping Fails
I have bought everything from amazon from books to clothes to household needs, art supplies and musical instruments, as well as fitness equipment with great success. Its taken me a while to realize that not all online shopping sites are created equal though. I've had the WISH app on my phone a…
Pets Of The Week
Three white rats are featured this week as the Pet(s) of the week at the Kennebec Valley humane society.
Pet Of The Week
Meet brother and sister, Ewok and Midnight. Ewok is a neutered male and Midnight is a spayed female. Both cats are sweet and mellow, but can be a bit shy
Old Orchard Beach In The Winter
I took a jaunt to the beach on this chilly morning and took in the beauty that could have been from a sci-fi movie.
AAA Tips For Winter Driving and Vehicle Maintenance
With the cold temps here in Maine, here's a refresher video from AAA Exchange website.
Top 10 As Seen On TV Gifts
Favorite As Seen On TV Gifts over the years. What was your favorite?
The Secret Lies in Jesus’ Butt
Apparently an 18th century chaplain in Spain had a sense of humor. When a statue of Jesus was removed from a northern Spain cathedral for restoration the workers discovered that there was a secret message in Jesus' posterior.
Top 10 Reasons I Am At Fault For My Daughter NOT Passing Her Driver’s Test
Yesterday was my birthday and I thought I would treat myself to a few hours at the BMV. Isn't that everyone's dream? If you notice in the picture they forgot the banners and noise makers. The kid had her driver's test. She's had her learner's permit for a year. I'll en…
Save The Olde Mill Fundraiser Saturday December 2nd
This Saturday December 2nd from 12pm to 8pm there will be a fundraising event at the mill at 934 Main St in Vasselboro. It includes raffles, vendors and local food from The Red Barn and desserts from the China Dine-ah as well as a paint night.
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 th…
#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.
Onyx Is The Pet Of The Week
Onyx Is up for adoption at the KVHS. Sweet bunny!
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...