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...

Leftovers: Let good intentions snowball

Last week's massive snowfall brought out the best and worst in some of my condominium neighbors. With parking spaces, sidewalks, walkways, and steps considered...

Leftovers: The more light the better

New people moved into my condo complex a few weeks ago. Under normal circumstances, I would have baked a little something and walked down...

Popsicko, redux: Spencer Albee’s new Swiftly turning album

There are pandemic albums and there are albums created during the pandemic. Spencer Albee’s new “Popsicko, Vol. 2” is the latter. Emotionally informed by...

On Screen: ‘Gather’ provides powerful food for thought

In the opening scene of "Gather," an older woman and a young girl walk into a sun-drenched Arizona field of pale golden grain plants....