Outside the Box for Mom

Upon hearing the phrase "Mother's Day," many women who are raising or have raised children will scoff and say, “Everyday should be Mother’s Day,” the implication being that moms are the hardest working people on earth (and the veterans of the most pain). It is an assertion against which it is hard to argue. So to make this year special, here’s a spin on the usual breakfast in bed, card and flowers, comprising three events…

The Virulence of Racism, Even When Non-Whites Abound

A few weeks ago, a dear friend (who, like me, happens to be a Chicago transplant to Maine)  asked if I wanted to go to Boston to watch the Red Sox play the Chicago Cubs at Fenway Park. To be clear, I am not a sports person. However, coming from Chicago, I do feel a certain affinity for the Cubs, who only recently rejoined the winner’s circle with that World Series win after a nearly…

A Mobile Meal for Mutts

One could say that the presence of regularly appearing food trucks in a city is an indication of its having arrived on the national scene in terms of culinary offerings. Our town, even setting aside Portland’s darling status as a foodie city for its traditional restaurants, has certainly met that mark. From Mami to El Corazon, even Love Kupcakes with their truck, if you’re walking near downtown, you can probably find something to eat without…

Fading Out

WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS COLUMN WHILE DRIVING, OPERATING HEAVY MACHINERY, STANDING ON A CLIFF OR SLURPING HOT SOUP. DUE TO THE THREAT OF BOREDOM-INDUCED CATATONIA, YOU MAY BE AT RISK OF SERIOUS INJURY, DEATH OR EVEN PUBLIC HUMILIATION. I AM NOT KIDDING. Well, I might be kidding a little. But it’s nearly impossible to explain the technicalities of the state budget process in an entertaining fashion. Even an experienced journalist such as myself requires…

Sparing a Moment for Alicia's Day

It was Friday afternoon when I met Alicia on Commercial Street, near LeRoux Kitchen. I had seen her many times before on my walking route through the Old Port to Elm Street MetroBus stop. I would occasionally give her money, when I had some cash, but I never really talked with her. Not because I didn’t want to. I think it was more that I was frustrated. Frustrated by a social service system that forces…

Home Grown Show Brings Common Ground

As both the recreational and medical cannabis industries in Maine attract more and more attention from successful businesses from Colorado and other legalized states looking to expand their brands here, networking and marketing become more and more vital for local businesses and entrepreneurs. Lucky for us, Home Grown Maine, the longest-running cannabis industry convention in New England, is held right in our backyard (well, Augusta). The 6th annual event will be held at its now familiar…

Now that You're Warmed Up ...

Many of our local runners have broken in this season’s shoes, worked out the kinks in their joints, and participated in their first timed race or two of the year. A few even took the winter to have nagging injuries repaired, and are now finding their strength again. But all, it seems, have been infected by the life, the green energy, that is once more coursing throughout the world outdoors. Earth is once again starting…

BFFs Make It All Okay

If you grew up in the U.S., chances are that you have fond memories of Sesame Street, the characters you loved, the things the show taught you. And Sesame Street is where word-magician Mo Willem got his start, as a writer and an animator. Now, years later, his characters Elephant Gerald and Piggie have leapt off the pages of Willem’s books and onto the stage at Merrill Auditorium, in the rollicking children’s musical, Elephant &…

Wassamki: The Westminster of Maine

‘Rumor’ the German Shepherd took home Best In Show a couple of months ago, and deservedly so. If you’re like us, Westminster inspired dreams within you as a dog lover, of jogging around that show ring with your intelligent, loyal animal at your side, remaining serene under the spotlight, and finally standing next to your best friend, as the judge, with his or her arcane canine knowledge, pokes and prods. Will your purebred rise above…

Whiskey-bent and Hell-bound

The most important issue in Maine’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign is: Can Paul LePage pardon a dog? Also, who is this Susan Collins person, and why has she never bothered to introduce herself to LePage? But back to the pooch. Gov. LePage claims he can pardon dogs the courts have ordered euthanized after they’ve been found to be dangerous. Next year’s potential gubernatorial prospects are deeply divided on this issue. When asked, conservatives rolled their eyes,…
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