Portland Deserves Better Sex

Hi there, Portland. My name is Kaylee and I’d like to help you have better sex. Before we jump into making that happen over the coming months, you might be wondering who I am and why I’m qualified help you accomplish that goal. Totally fair. Let’s discuss. I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Which, in spite of being a decidedly un-sexy place, is the starting point in my sex educator origin story. That’s because, sex-ed…

All-Out War in Deering Oaks

You know that clerk at the convenience store or the donut shop that you’re pretty sure might be a vampire? They may wear an ankh, or you might hear them talking with one of their regulars about swords and magic spells? Don’t worry, they’re more likely to be a fantasy role-player than a satanist who’s going to put arsenic in your coffee. Their natural habitat is at a seat around a dungeon-master’s table, rolling dice…

Lead Your Little Horses to Water

Did you know that the original storyline of the ballet Swan Lake included a disastrous ending for the dashing Prince Siegfried and his lovely Odette? Hint: That’s one secret you can share with your kids when you make one more attempt to interest them in the most beautiful form of dance. Go on and let them in on the secret: They’ve read about World War II, right? After that nightmare was over, the Bolshoi Ballet…

Is Your Dog Ready for Spring?

The season is upon us, and for breeds of dogs that grow winter coats, spring is extra shedding time. This is because certain hormones in dogs’ blood will stimulate or delay hair growth, depending on the length of the day. So naturally, as the days grow longer, your black clothes get more unpresentable. What can you do to reduce the number of fur balls accumulating in your home? Here are a few ideas:   When…

Give the credit where it’s due

Here’s a rule they don’t teach in economics classes:   It’s not just about lower taxes. It’s really about paying less in taxes than the competition.   Allow me to use myself as an example. Years ago, I developed a successful scheme to reduce my tax bill: I decided to make my living as freelance political columnist, thereby severely limiting my earnings. But even though my annual bills from the tax collectors in Augusta and…

Off the top rope! To the turnbuckle!

It could be argued that articles about American professional wrestling belong under the ‘Theater’ heading, not Sports. After all, these days analysts of the competition openly refer to how well or poorly scripted the matches and rivalries are, not the competition itself.   But any televised contest that gets kids (and some adults) jumping around and pretending to be spandex-clad heroes and villains in an improvised living-room ring, getting their heart rates up, certainly counts.…

Growing Pains: How to support your cannabis plants

In my last article, I discussed a few ways to train your cannabis plants to increase size and improve yield. Since you’ve started growing wider, bigger plants it’s now time to start supporting those plants as they grow taller, especially during the flowering stage. As your plant starts to bud, the branches won’t be able to support its weight all on its own and the plant will be spending a lot of its energy trying…

A Hot Dog and a Dialogue

The corner of Middle and Exchange streets is the epicenter of downtown Portland life. On one corner is Starbucks. Across the street, Tommy’s Park. There are high-end retailers like the Portland Salt Cellar and Stonewall Kitchen, Bard Coffee, and multiple banks and investment firms. You can see someone skateboarding in Post Office Park while overhearing a conversation between lawyers about a civil case in district court just up the street. But the anchor to this…

Was Your School Librarian a Real Character?

People that love books are a special breed. They can disappear into the pages of some volume for so long that you’re afraid they’ll never come back. But when they do, they always have something interesting to say.   The ones who are so in love with the magic of reading that they make a career out of sharing it with children, well, they’re even more special. And we as Portlanders are lucky. Our library…

A Shout-out to Cats and Kittens

Did you know that Maine has one of the highest rates of cat ownership in the country? We’re in the top three with Vermont and Massachusetts. That means more purrs, leg-rubbing and hazy sunshine naps. But it also means more cats that are homeless or in need. And that, in turn, means financial need on the part of organizations like the HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) Adoption Center & Shelter for Cats (302 Range Rd,…
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