I could no longer let those five rolls of film sit in that box. So twelve years later, I took the film out and began the process which resulted in the creation of this chronicle -- One Small Community: One Expansive Flagship. As noted in the introduction to my book, I spent September 22 and 23, 2001 -- recording, with my camera, the overwhelming sense of patriotic passion and caring that our community offered through its display of our United States flag. I have no doubt that every community in our nation carried out this similar passion. My community happened to be: Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Cape Porpoise, and Arundel -- all of which made up my Maine's sense of place.
"One Expansive Flagship reminds us if the horrific sacrifice made by those unsuspecting New Yorkers in 2001. The display of flags around town symbolizes our coming together, wrapping hearts and minds around the tragedy. The beginning of the healing process began with these flags.
The photographic exercise those two days was prompted by my seeing a couple publicly and uncontrollably crying. Their tears brought my own tears to the surface, and my cathartic response worked its way through the clicking of a camera. Over 125 photos later, I put my camera down and wondered what I would do with the processed photos. Twelve years later, I wanted to give back to my community -- that historic moment of a people's collective love of country. Although the photos show a Maine community's response, the theme is universal. It is my hope that people across geographic boundaries will appreciate the strength and resolve that this book portrays.