Letter from Aroostook: Ice shacks and bragging rights

Aroostook is the county furthest north in Maine, and the first question people ask about it is what is there to do in the...

Take the high road

Snowshoeing up a mountain is decidedly harder than snowshoeing down. But if you wish to be rewarded with sublime high-elevation views and an it’s-all-downhill-from-here...

Art Seen: The consolations of browsing

The cultural quotient of our community has diminished markedly since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic as museums have closed, performing arts venues have...

Leftovers: ‘Tailgating,’ oysters, and entitlement

This is not a news flash, but some of Portland’s best servers have had it.  Hanging on by one insufficient tip at a time, lowball...

Leftovers: When tipping becomes the tipping point

Hands down, tipping remains the most popular, controversial, and debated subject I’ve ever written about. The way a person treats a server or bartender...

The 10 best songs Mainers released in 2020

Yeah, year-end lists are sorta dumb, especially given the pure volume of releases in today’s fractured music marketplace. Probably the best one released recently...

Art Seen: The saga of Sarah Sze’s ‘Shattered Sphere’

Given the four years that have passed since New York art star Sarah Sze was selected to create a work of public art for...

Portland artist Titi de Baccarat: Kneeling in the face of the American myth

The myth of America is disintegrating. Systemic racism, authoritarian politics, extreme wealth disparities, and wholesale corruption of American institutions strike at our shared humanity...

Lessons for life: Wisdom gleaned while adventuring in Maine

There’s no shortage of adventure in Maine – afternoon jaunts into the woods or on the water, via bicycle or ski, in helmet or in...

Into the Wild: Offshore wind could power Maine, and then some

Maine’s motto is "Dirigo" – I lead – but when’s the last time we truly led the nation? We’ve got a pretty good streak at...