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    Ida is a newly minted "Certified Maine Life Guide" who wants to help you live a better, happier life. In Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair's Guide to Livin' the Good Life, you'll find sections such as: What Did I Do Wrong to Deserve this Turkey Gobbler Neck; How Many Points in Cabbage Soup?; I Can't Die Today Because if Anyone Saw the State of my House I'd Just Die; Feng Shui-ing the Double Wide; Slaying Energy Vampires; Spousal Deafness. This book is 100% Ida, who, as her husband Charlie, often says, "just loves giving advice to people, whether they ask for it or not!"

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About Ida

  • Ida LeClair lives in Mahoosuc Mills, a small town in western Maine, with her husband, Charlie and their little dog, Scamp. When Ida's not busy telling you about the funnier side of life, she works as a cashier down to the A & P, and moonlights doing books for Smitty's Hardware and the Mahoosuc Mills Mainely Maine store. Though her hobbies include Zumba, crafts, and country line dancing, perhaps her favorite are the adventures she has with her friends, Celeste, Rita, Betty, Dot, and Shirley (a.k.a. the Women Who Run With the Moose).

About Susan

  • Writer and performer Susan Poulin is the author of ten plays, five of which feature her alter-ego, Ida LeClair. Selected by Portland Magazine as one of the "Ten Most Intriguing People in Maine," Susan Poulin has been creating and touring her original theatrical productions since 1992. Her work has been supported by the NH State Council on the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Maine Humanities Council. Susan is also a popular keynote speaker, and has brought her humor and insight to presentations for a wide variety of organizations. Born in Jackman, ME, Susan now lives in Eliot with her husband and collaborator, Gordon Carlisle, and their dog, Charlie (who oddly bears a striking resemblance to Ida's dog, Scamp).