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You'd Better Run

Most Portland runners, walkers, and joggers are familiar with the soft crunch, crunch, crunch their athletic shoes make on the fine gravel of the Back Cove Trail as they take in some exercise, salty air, and the cityscape view we all love. Some of those athletes, in previous years, have competed in one of Portland’s best 10Ks, the Trail to Ale, which courses around the Back Cove, in part. A few do it for the…

A Birding Beginning?

One of our readers, Leska F., moved to the West End in 2014, into a Victorian that had seen better days and had a family of brown finches living in the eaves, a few feet away from where she sat with her coffee each morning. She had never had an interest in birds, but began to notice the finches’ behaviors, from flying into the eaves-nest with bits of fluff and twigs for building, to the…

Get On Board: Tall Ships Training Teaches Teamwork

A sailboat is like a human body in motion. Think of a runner's lungs, musculature, skeleton, and other organs functioning together in tandem, in one body, to move forward. Like a part of the body performing a specific function for the whole, sailors on a boat can be thought of as organs in a locomoting system. Take away a single sailor, the vessel does not function at top capacity. On the other hand, with all team…

What Joanie Really Loves

The list isn’t long of Maine athletes who have achieved world-class status. Our darling, since she set the women’s world record in 1983 in the Boston Marathon, has been Joan Benoit Samuelson. Back in those days, as Joan Benoit, she graced Maine magazine covers and newspaper headlines on a regular basis, as we watched and hoped for her.   Meanwhile, back home in Maine today, what ‘Joanie’ is doing is also worthy of recognition and…

Burnin' and Learnin'

Did you know that the big bronze woman with the sword in Monument Square is called Our Lady of Victories, also Soldiers and Sailors Monument? Or that the sculptor, a man born in Webster in the 19th century named Franklin Simmons, also has a statue of Ulysses S. Grant in the United States Capitol Rotunda? How would you like to learn tidbits like these about the Square and other areas in and around the Old…

A Mile of Smiles

Everyone knows what social media is. But have you heard of social fitness? It’s a thing. The original definition of the term, referring to the effectiveness and ease with which a person is able to use social skills, is gradually being usurped by a new meaning, combining the ‘social’ part of social media (meeting people, staying in touch with friends and family, and networking) with actual physical fitness. Think flash mob with an emphasis on…

One Festival Your Body Should Attend

There are some things you can do in life that turn out to be transformative. For many Mainers, the practice of yoga is one of them. As daunting as the discipline can seem for newcomers, chances are that it has already deeply touched the life of someone you know, who will tell you that the transition between knowing next to nothing and the time when you look back and say, “What was I waiting for,”…

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.  …

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,…

Big Bike Week Next Door

Let it never be said that the Phoenix neglects our readers who are bikers. Some of our own contributors know the joy of twisting that throttle, picking up your feet and flying off on top of that rumbling four-stroke. And, after a number of false starts, it looks like this weekend is going to bring the first few days of primo riding weather. So if you’re a fan of the freedom and exhilaration that few…
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