As Trump Calls for Violence, We Must Actively and Loudly Say No

On Friday, July 27, President Donald Trump gave a speech to law enforcement in Long Island, New York, during which — for all intents and purposes — he essentially advocated violence against criminal suspects. “When you see these towns, and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon," Trump said. "You just see them thrown in. Rough. I said, 'Please don't be too nice.' Like when you guys put somebody in the car,…

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…

Bud and Breakfast: Maine's First Cannabis Inn Opens Amidst Slight Controversy

Cornish Maine is now home to a new cannabis venture that’s attracted both tourists and controversy.   The Laughing Grass Inn held their soft open party last week and generated a lot of buzz. Why? Well, the 200-year-old, 16 room house doesn’t just invite visitors to indulge in the region's bucolic pleasures: it offers a chance to wake-n-bake too.   As part of the all-inclusive package, guests at the historic, country-themed inn are served up…

When the Grass is Always Greener at Point B than Point A

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: “Let’s go to Katahdin Woods and Waters for our vacation this summer,” I said. “And let’s not just run in and out, let’s go for a week or two.” I was thinking about the fact that Katahdin, our newest national monument,…

Who Told The First Lie?

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” -George Orwell   Who told the first lie? No one can ever know who, when, or why, but we can be sure the first lie involved language — words originally intended to reveal and explain to misled and conceal instead. Over time it has developed into a fine art, and is now endemic, so much so that most people recognize the word euphemism.…

LePage Won't Do It

Paul LePage is jerking you around.   I know, that’s not news. Maine’s Republican governor and vitriol-spewing mutant zucchini spends an inordinate amount of time jerking people around. Just because it’s your turn shouldn’t make you feel special.   Actually, LePage isn’t even singling you out for this particular jerking. You’re just collateral damage. The real jerks in this case are independent U.S. Sen. Angus King and GOP state Sen. Eric Brakey, his party’s only…

Have You Ever Heard a Who?

“I would not eat them in a box. I would not eat them with a fox.” This and many other rhymes are instantly recognized by adults and children worldwide as the words of Theodor Geisel, the incomparable Dr. Seuss. His playful lines and phantasmagoric art style brought many of us into the world of reading for the first time. “Let me read this time, Dad!” Today, many writers or painters would tell you that their…

Ancient Highs: Cannabis' Long, Weird History

The history of humans and cannabis is a long, tumultuous love affair that you probably haven’t dedicated much thought to.   Nowadays, ingesting marijuana is discussed endearingly in countless forms of media. We sing songs about it, watch TV shows around it, blog about growing it, and gloat about cooking with it. The love for cannabis extends far past college campuses and music festivals — how many homes do we visit that have some sort…

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…

Something To Ease Your Worry

People make mistakes. New mothers are afraid that they’ll ‘ruin’ their babies with their lack of experience in parenting. Divorced men may neglect the upkeep of their houses until they’ve got the one and only peeling, sagging home on their street. Students will procrastinate just a little too long and get a D in chemistry, besmirching an otherwise respectable academic record. And all of us have our own ideas about what and how to train…
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