Three Early-Season Road Races

Fire up your FitBit; the foot racing season is in full swing. Stretch out, warm up, and check out these three upcoming area races:   A new event, the Presidential Seaside Duathlon, takes place in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport on Saturday, April 29 starting at 8:30 a.m. The full race consists of an 18-mile bike ride sandwiched between two 5K runs, a USAT sanctioned duathlon with a $1,000 purse. Alternatively, you can stick with just the…

New Mothers, This One's for You

Back in the day, when a woman found out she was pregnant and decided she was going to raise her child, her sources of information were basically limited to her own mother’s and grandmother’s collective advice, and reading Dr. Spock. Those are still two very good ideas, but in the past several decades, science has advanced, industry has done its best to keep up, and now there is a whole world of resources available to…

Doggie Dental Care: What To Do

Everybody knows that feeling of disappointment that sets in when the dentist says, “Yup, you’ve got a cavity. We’ll schedule you for a filling.” You think, “Damn, I could have prevented that if I had flossed more.” Then you realize how much that new filling is going to cost, and by the time you’re back in your car, you’re already mentally cutting date night out of your budget for the next couple of weeks, wondering…

Finding Hope With A Seat at the Table

At the end of March, I applied to attend a dinner event promoted by the Treehouse Institute. As part of a three-month long series known as A Seat at the Table, a concept invented and implemented by Portland's Chanel Lewis, the dinner represented an opportunity to engage in difficult dialogues with fellow Portland residents concerning a variety of issues. The series featured several meet-ups open to the public, occurring in casual spaces with an emphasis on discussing complex…

The Semiotics of Spring

About the nicest thing one can say about winters in Maine is that you don’t need to travel too far south to find warmer weather. Spring, though, is somewhat more fickle. There can be glorious warm weather from late April to late June, or there could be cold black rain running just short of Independence Day. The fact is that we five seasons in Maine: spring (such that it is), summer, fall, early winter, and…

I don’t recall

Here’s a great idea for those of you interested in making things worse: Let’s allow voters to recall any elected official in Maine that they don’t like, including the governor. Democratic state Sen. Justin Chenette of Saco has introduced a bill to do exactly that. Never mind that it’s probably unconstitutional (more on that later). The big problem is it’s a recipe for political chaos. If you think the state is currently divided — Democrats…

Anglers, are you ready to attempt the next level of the sport?

Remember when an adult role model helped you put your first worm on a hook? Not long after that, you’d head down to the bog or the stream with a pal and drop lines in, catching trash fish and throwing them back, talking about sailfish and marlin. Still later, with an official rod and reel, there was that first strike from a fish you just knew would be good enough for fish and chips that…

Celebrate Earth Day!

Disclaimer: A certain writer, yours truly, is in his forties. So long ago, when April 22 came around, you would go to the feed store, get a sapling, and plant it somewhere around your house. It was Earth Day. Americans were worried about the devastation of the South American rainforest, among other things. But environmentalism was still a relatively new phenomenon, starting to be taught in schools, so it was the kids who bugged their…

Dogs on the Catwalk?

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. For every person on earth, there is a unique idea of what is pleasing to the eye, and to the heart. In America, the producers of mass media have been telling us for a long time that there’s a consensus, an ideal that we should all match our preferences to, or have to worry about how strange and different we are. That is changing.…

It's Quick and (Mostly) Painless — Go Get Tested

Howdy, friend. When’s the last time you got tested for STIs?   April is Sexually Transmitted Infection Awareness Month. Although it’s probably a little harder to get into a celebratory spirit about STI screening than it is about Black History Month in February or Women’s History Month in March, there’s no time like the present for having important conversations with yourself, your healthcare provider, and your partner(s) about checking in on the state of your…
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