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Why The Cane?


The Tennis Ball Trees

Meet Christopher Lockwood

Christopher Lockwood’s writing is his artistic outlet.  For years his writing was primarily in conjunction with his professional career as Executive Director of the Maine Municipal Association (1979 – 2015).  In 2013, he published The Tennis Ball Trees, a whimsical children’s book about his chocolate Labrador Retriever’s love of tennis balls.  Upon his retirement in 2015, Lockwood decided to pursue his writing on a part-time basis.  His next book, Why the Cane?, was completed in early 2019.  The book is a memoir relating his personal story of regaining a level of activity he thought would not be possible after a devastating accident. “This thoughtful recollection about an accident should help readers facing similar challenges.” —-Kirkus Reviews

 Lockwood is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington. He served three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  He has four adult children and eleven grandchildren.  Lockwood divides his time between his long-time home in Hallowell, Maine and his new residence as of 2021 in Sunapee, New Hampshire.  His books are available in both hard and soft cover through Maine Authors Publishing, 12 High Street, Thomaston, Maine.


“Chris Lockwood has written a compelling and insightful account of his horrific accident and the inevitable physical and emotional ups and downs of a lengthy recovery. As a friend of Chris’s and Governor of Maine at the time, I recall many of the scenes he describes in his book, but only those who have endured rehabilitation from serious injuries or illnesses can identify with the mental toll such a recovery can have on both the patient and a spouse and family. All who are experiencing similar challenges will find hope and perspective in reading Why the Cane? as they follow Chris’s courageous journey to what he describes as regaining ‘a level of activity he thought would not be possible after a traumatic accident.”

—The Honorable John R. “Jock” McKernan Jr.
Governor, State of Maine, 1987 – 1995

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