DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for a woman I met at the Common Ground Fair in Unity a few years back. She sold herbs, essential oils and teas. I think she was from the Skowhegan area and she had a long braid. I’d like to locate her so I can purchase some more of her products, but I don’t know how to find her or if she is still in business. It’s been a while since I last saw her. — Dot, no town

ANSWER: I know exactly who you’re talking about. Gail Faith Edwards at Blessed Maine Herb Farm in Athens, Maine is still very much in business and I know she’ll be pleased that you have sought her out. She is a wonderful resource and a very helpful, thoughtful person who is always willing to share her knowledge.

Gail can be reached at [email protected] or at [email protected]. You can also reach her through her Blessed Maine Herb Farm Facebook page or website (

As an added bonus in answer to your question, and for anyone else who is curious, Gail is one of 10 Maine women featured in Lauren Shaw’s beautiful documentary film, “’Maine Women: Living on the Land” ( This is a lovely, well-told story of exceptional women carving a livelihood from this place we Mainers call home. I highly recommend watching because it’s very inspirational and informative.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have a 1940s typewriter that’s very heavy. It’s free to anyone who would like to give it a new home. Please contact me at 783-3213. — Claire, Auburn

ANSWER: This sounds like a treasure for a collector. Let us know what happens!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I sent a letter in a while back about selling some items, but I haven’t seen my request in Sun Spots yet. — No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: Remember, Sun Spots will publish information about items you are looking for or want to give away, but I do not accept requests for items for sale. You need to arrange that with our good people who handle classified ads. It’s very inexpensive to place an ad and they will make it very easy for you, too.

When I get a letter regarding an item for sale, I always let you know the correct department to send it to right away. To reach Classifieds, call the Sun Journal’s main phone number at 784-5411.

Here is some more on “The World According to Ms. Sun Spots”: As a rule, I only match readers up with others confidentially (not through the column) under very special circumstances so please don’t ask me to do that (as in, “I need to reach out to this other reader, but don’t want it in the paper.”)

Also, I cannot honor requests for me to answer your questions confidentially. When you write to Sun Spots, expect your letters to be published. If I have to make a decision to not publish a letter because it isn’t appropriate for Sun Spots, I sometimes consult with Sun Journal editors before making a final decision. Thank you for your understanding.

This column is for you, our readers. It is for your questions and comments. There are only two rules: You must write to the column and sign your name. We won’t use it if you ask us not to. Please include your phone number. Letters will not be returned or answered by mail, and telephone calls will not be accepted. Your letters will appear as quickly as space allows. Address them to Sun Spots, P.O. Box 4400, Lewiston, ME 04243-4400. Inquiries can also be emailed to [email protected].


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