Leftovers: Putting on airs at the airport

As a rule, the public does not look forward to eating at the airport. Travelers are a captive audience limited by the location of a...

Fitness for the fun of it

When you were 8 years old, I’m guessing you didn’t begrudgingly wake up to a pre-dawn alarm so you could burn some serious calories...

On Stage: Is it love, or is it chemicals?

That special person just walked in the room: Your heart races, your chest and face flush, and you feel an overpowering sensation of warmth,...

A record of love, love, love

There are any number of reasons for thinking noted Harvard evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker is wrong-headed, but music lovers are welcome to seize on...

Leftovers: Bottoms up before wheels up

Big-city airports take hospitality industry voyeurism to a whole new level: The morning churn of vacationers slamming screwdrivers before running to their gate, the...

Art Seen: Time for art

This is my first contribution to the resurgent Portland Phoenix, but I have been writing about the art of Maine for more than 40 years,...

Ring that Bell

It’s not exactly Lady Gaga teaming with Tony Bennett, but the brand-new Bell Systems does feature a pretty interesting multi-generational pairing. Out front on the lead...

Letter from Aroostook: How The County does the holidays

Of all the places I have lived, Aroostook does the holiday season the best. Beginning in late October, every weekend and almost every day has...

Leftovers: You don’t have to be Christian to love Christmas Eve

In my world, Christmas Eve has long been known as “What’s a Jew to Do?” night.  Unless my daughters and I were invited to crash...

Into the Wild: Where to find a wild phoenix

I’ll write about a lot of animals in this column about Maine wildlife, but I won’t write much about the phoenix. Because, you know,...