Hold On To Your Humanity

About a decade ago, I made a conscious decision to try and be more kind. The choice came on the heels of a particularly nasty argument I’d had with a friend from college, one where my words were so thoughtlessly cruel even I had a hard time being around myself in the following days. In the misery of my self-imposed exile, I decided that I couldn’t continue as I had been, and promised myself I’d…

The Running Season Continues...

Army Captain Christopher Scott Cash died on June 24, 2004, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle came under attack in Baqubah, Iraq by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. The Old Orchard Beach native left behind a wife and two sons that day. With the help of Veterans Count Maine, the philanthropic arm of Easter Seals Military and Veterans Services, they eventually translated their grievous loss into something their running-enthusiast father and husband would have loved.  …

Is Our Universe an Electron In a Bigger One?

Remember when the junior high science teacher said that a lot of water got back to the ice caps and lakes and rivers when transpiration took place? Remember when it was easy to tell someone that those clouds up there are cumulonimbus, so we better head home? How about this one: How many of us have thought about subatomic particles and the enticing notion that entire universes are contained in every electron, neutron and proton…

The Dock Dogs Are Back!

So you like your dog. You’re keen on him. If it came down to it, he could go all Chuck Norris on somebody that was bothering your family. And athletically? The canine is prime and on time. Runs like Bolt. Maybe faster. And don’t worry, nobody is alone in their parental belief that their child (read: dog) really is destined to be some kind of wunderkind. It’s a common syndrome.   Well, you can deny…

The Safest Places To Get Stoned In Portland (For Now)

As we approach the first summer of legalized recreational cannabis use in Portland, the struggle to find "safe" places to get stoned just isn't the important business it used to be. Public use still isn't legal though, so there's still a need for a little pre-planning before heading out. With that in mind, below are some of the better places Portland has to offer.  Just to clarify, this isn’t a list of Portland’s best scenic…

Kingdom of gettin’ it wrong

Would Mary Mayhew make a good governor? Hell, no. Republican Mayhew, who recently resigned after six years as commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services so she could announce her gubernatorial ambitions, has an interesting resume. She’s been an active Democrat, directing a 1990 congressional campaign, working for Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and serving as a congressional aide. She’s also lobbied for the Maine Hospital Association, which strongly supports Medicaid expansion, the…

The Start of Summer Sailing

If you’ve ever sailed, you know the sense of freedom the open water brings. Hand on the rudder, or in larger vessels the wheel, keeping the boat true by sight or by compass, the scent of the ocean, the sound of splashing of water on your hull and the billow and snap of your sails as you bring the boom around, a seaman’s faith in the wind in your heart, you are truly a captain,…

For recreational smokers, gift exchanges are an option

So if recreational marijuana is legal to own and consume, but illegal to buy, how do I get ahold of some? I sought to answer this question the day after Old Port Fest — or rather, the moment my stash went dry. Could I acquire some online and not get in trouble?   My Internet searches didn't last long before I found an ad on Craigslist that read Peanut Chews With Delivery – $250 with Free…

When the "What Ifs" Are Frightening

Remember the last time you took your kids on vacation, out of state or out of the country? If your awareness of their proximity and your surroundings got jacked up to the level of a black ops reconnaissance expert, you’re not alone. We trust everyone got back safely — but what if they didn’t? Allow us to introduce novelist Maile Meloy. If you read for pleasure, you may already be aware of her 2009 collection,…

Maybe Donald's Allergic?

Our illustrious President does not have a dog. They say he’s the first in about 130 years not to own one. Why is that something he catches flak over? Because the family dog is a part of the American Dream, as quintessential as the family home or the family car. Americans have an affinity for canines because we understand that these loyal animals give an incredible amount of emotional currency to us, in return for…
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