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Quit hating and get loving already

Save for hating on Columbus Day (which, I totally get), I don’t know a holiday that brings more bile into the collective throats of our nation than Valentine’s Day. Just do a quick Google search for “worst holidays” if you don’t believe me. As it turns out, people really don’t like societal pressure to buy sparkly greeting cards or fuzzy bears with heart shaped noses for their sweethearts. Even more so, people really really don’t…

How to regain your faith in humanity after a turbulent 2016

Regardless of what side you were on, I think we can all agree that this election season has been emotionally punishing. Extreme polarization tends to get nasty, and whether or not it can be justified in some ways, over a year long marathon of throat-ripping political hostility is enough to leave everyone feeling a little dead inside. Perhaps now that we’ve had a chance to rest a bit, eat too much pie, and search for…

The road to the Luminato Lifestyle is paved with regret

Over the last couple of weeks, the very unfortunate “A day in the life of a Luminato resident” blog post, from the new Luminato Condo development going up on Congress Street, has been mocked and maligned on every possible social media platform in town. Hell, the Bangor Daily News even got in on the action with a razor sharp parody.   And, who can blame them?   “Sip a hot mug of handcrafted micro-roasted coffee…

In defense of Pokémon Go: A response to the haters

I call it “Furby’s Law:” For every white-hot trend that overtakes the nation, there is an equal but opposite trend to openly hate on and publicly deride the followers of said trend. Now, I think it's pretty normal for people to get irritated at the oversaturation of any one topic or activity, but never have I seen a fad be met with such vitriol as Pokémon Go since it crash landed in our fair state…

Your MLM is ruining our friendship

It’s time for a little Dr. Phil-style straight talk here. I love you, but this Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) thing you’re doing right now is ruining our friendship. There are about a million statistics that I could quote that show how 90 percent of the people who try network marketing (ALL of them- from Jamberry to Nerium and back around) actually end up losing money in the deal; but you’ll just quote another statistic right back…

A girl, a train and 170 Boy Scouts

As a person who still doesn’t have a driver’s license at 38, I’ve become pretty comfortable all available modes of public transportation in this town. They all have their pros and cons, ups and downs. Planes are fast but pricey, and buses are cheap, but sometimes a guy with a cardboard sign sits next to you and asks you out on a date. Somewhere perfectly nestled in the middle of all of these options rests…

I am a terrible business woman, and five other things you probably don't know about the IKEA Bus

For the last six years, I have willingly taken a busload of strangers to IKEA in Stoughton, Mass. for a day of retail debauchery. Whether you’ve ridden the fabled IKEA Bus before or not, here are five things about it that you probably still don’t know.   It was born from spite I wish I could say that I woke up one morning, struck by divine inspiration to rent a bus and sell tickets to…

Why Clinton matters for America’s future

Heading into Sunday’s Maine Caucuses, voters face the most abusive presidential campaign rhetoric in recent times. The latest big chill came last week when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called frontrunner businessman Donald Trump a “con artist.” Trump is among two other candidates who have won primaries that reflect a divided America: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. For many, the three are great popcorn entertainment, using unfiltered, tell-it-like-it is, straight talk that…

The Register: Tax tips for late filers

Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, but the temperature is rising, the snow is melting, and there’s nothing but Cadbury Creme Eggs and marshmallow Peeps lining store shelves state-wide. And, of course, the H&R Block commercials are running non-stop. It used to be that the highly enthusiastic but questionably sober guy in the Uncle Sam outfit waving down cars in front of the Liberty Tax office on Forest was the real harbinger that tax season was…

Six things retail workers wish they could tell you

With its generally low requirements for experience and education, you’d be hard pressed to find an adult who hasn’t had at least one retail job on their resume. Yet, despite what should be a nearly universal empathy for what generally tends to be a low-paying and high-abuse job, customers are routinely the bane of the retail existence. Unfortunately, when it comes to customer interaction, anything but service with a smile is deeply frowned upon by…
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