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,…

Moving From Talk to Results

While on Facebook recently, I read with a heavy heart a status update from a fellow woman of color in Maine that announced she and her family had decided that as much as they loved the state, they couldn’t make this place home. They felt that the racism was too deeply entrenched and it was too great a risk to their wellbeing to remain. On the surface, this woman’s plight (and her family’s response) might…

You Need the Right Gripe to Make the Right Whine

Here’s this week’s episode of The Port City Chronicle, the continuing serial novel of Gretchen, a 46-year-old criminal defense lawyer, and her family and friends, seeking love and happiness in Portland the hard way:   “Those guys are such naysayers,” Grace said. “I want to say to them don’t worry, something is going to go right.”   She’d just come home from another protest and had run into Ethan and Tim in the living room,…

Get the lead out!

“Get the Lead Out" no longer means just "Get a Move On." It is also an important directive to maintain and preserve good health, for both human and animal, not to mention the environment in general. That’s why you won’t find lead in canned goods, something that would have been news to Sir John Franklin, a mid-19th-century British explorer whose ship was lost in the Arctic and whose crew died of poisoning brought on by…

In looking for a site to honor MLK, what’s old is what’s renewal

In what was thought to be a fait accompli, the Portland City Council Transportation Committee backed off from a proposal to change the name of Franklin Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard.   The episode represents something of a political nosebleed for City Manager Jon Jennings who brought the proposal to the Council committee. The motives are not entirely clear, but some have speculated that it was done to boost Councilor Jill Duson’s (who sits…

Vanishing Land

Nobody likes moderates, anymore.   Once upon a time, middle-of-the-roaders were considered thoughtful and measured in their actions. They weighed a proposal’s advantages and consequences and attempted to craft a course that produced as much as possible of the former and as little of the latter. They preferred pragmatism over ideology and were open to fresh perspectives even if they came from the opposition. They got things done, although not quite enough for those on…

The road to legalization in Maine

Following the November election and the passing of Question 1, recreational use of marijuana was legal. What that means and how it really affects Mainers are two different things, as I experienced in Oregon for the past 11 months. After reviewing Chapter 417 Marijuana Legalization Act, I noticed many similarities in the approach taken in Oregon. What isn't spelled out, and is crucial for people who are looking to enter the legal marijuana business in…
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