Susan Poulin helps you find your inner moose

When I saw the subtitle of Susan Poulin’s book, Finding Your Inner Moose, published by Islandport Press, I wasn’t sure I needed to read it. The subtitle said “Ida Clair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life.” And at age 71, I believe I’ve already lived the good life.

Well, when I started reading the book, I loved it. Susan uses the name Ida for the book’s main character. And Ida is a character. She gives lots of advice about how to live a good and healthy life, often comparing us to moose, which she thinks live much better lives than we do. And she’s right!

There is lots of humor in Ida’s advice, and I laughed all the way through the book. Her daughter also offers advice on how to stay physically strong, and her husband offers his thoughts on Ida’s suggestions. Many of her husband’s comments are very funny.

Ida is a “Certified Maine Life Guide” so I guess I should take her advice seriously. Ida covers it all, from relationships to physical fitness to housecleaning to stress to work, shopping, fun, and lots more. All with a great sense of humor. And I did love everything about her village of Mahoosuc Mills, Maine.

So, now I am living Ida’s good life!


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.