Art (Un)Seen: What we don’t see in Maine

Having written about art in Maine for 40 years, I have seen enough Homer, Hartley, Marin, and Wyeth to last a lifetime. What I...

Leftovers: ‘Big House’ or tiny condo, Halloween is worth the effort

A teacher friend once told me Halloween is the children’s second favorite holiday of the year, preceded by Christmas and followed by Valentine’s Day....

Been caught Pink-ing: Nostalgic, introspective hip-hop for the homebound

There is something to talent by association, even if it’s been turned on its head a bit by paid features on mediocre hip-hop tracks....

On Screen: Family trumps politics in ‘Softie’

At this late point in the most stupefying U.S. election run-up possibly ever, let’s pause for a different election story. Meet Boniface Mwangi, a...

Leftovers: Lessons in car-buying, Part 2: Switching gears

Last week’s column was a swan song to my bougie 2004 Lexus RX330. It was also a road trip down memory lane celebrating multiple...

Head for the hills

Me? I’m fine. Totally fine. Really. Things are just so dang dandy over here – really just perfect – and I’m in no way...

Leftovers: Lessons in car-buying, Part 1: ‘Mom, we are not Lexus people’

We all know them. We may even be them.  No, I’m not playing games with gender identity references. I'm talking about the people who buy...

Letter from Aroostook: Canvases on chain link 

A single railroad track runs through Presque Isle from the southwest to the northeast, crossing Main Street in the middle of town. The east...

Into the Wild: Which local birds fight the hardest?

Most birders tell birds apart by their plumage or their songs, but some have a different angle. Ed Jenkins knows how hard each bird bites. Jenkins...

Art Seen: ‘The Curmudgeon and the Jerk’

'Mythmakers: The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington" at the Portland Museum of Art (through Nov. 29) had an in-house nickname as PMA...