A View from the Hill: Need a distraction? Look to the sky

In this column, I’m not even going to mention, you know, it. We’ll see how that goes. My column is called “A View from the...

Another Viewpoint: Pandemic takes heavy toll on Portland restaurant, service workers

It’s Saturday night in Portland, just days before Gov. Janet Mills will sign an emergency order forcing the closure of all dine-in restaurants and...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Throwing in the towel

I quit. You win. Oops, sorry, haters. I didn’t mean to get your hopes up. I’m not ending this column. I plan to continue using...

Our Viewpoint: Keep your distance, but don’t be distant

Last Thursday, March 12, life changed in the state of Maine, at least for a while. We learned the coronavirus was here. Soon, Portland city...

Miserable & Magical: The jig is up

There are certain things in my life I’ll always be confident about: my retention of every state capital, my ability to tell Mary-Kate and Ashley...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Viral delusion

There’s no vaccine for stupidity, but it doesn’t matter. If such a serum existed, the idiots who need it most would refuse to take...

Politics & Other Mistakes: Reefer (red-tape) madness

Getting a license to sell marijuana in Maine is easy. In much the same sense that negotiating peace in the Middle East is easy. Here’s all...

A View from the Hill: An old dog learns new tricks

This column was a little late getting to the editor. Sorry. It was due on Friday. On Friday morning I was juggling a few...

Miserable & Magical: It’s never too late for a moon landing

When I was 22, I was struck by an overwhelming truth, or what I believed to be the truth: I was old. At 21...

The Bridge Between: Coming to America

My mother’s reaction the day we heard the news we would be resettled in Portland made me wish I had a camera to record...