A Dirty Rotten Past?

Let’s say you wanted to liven up your next party by featuring a Donald Trump impersonator. Your budget doesn’t allow for hiring the likes of Alec Baldwin. Johnny Depp would drink all your booze and punch out your guests. Donald Jr. might do, but he probably has a scheduling conflict due to an appointment with some Russians.   Despair not. There’s a locally grown alternative who works cheap and can nail the Trump agenda.  …

Do Maine Dems Understand the Stakes?

I’m writing this column from the oppressive heat of Washington, D.C., so I hope you’ll excuse me if this comes off a little cranky. I was born here, at the private, non-profit Columbia Hospital for Women in 1985. Originally founded in 1866 as a charitable hospital for the desperate, pregnant wives of missing Civil War soldiers, the hospital closed permanently in 2002. You can now buy a two-bedroom for 1.5 million bucks in the wing where…

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…

How It's Made: Shattering Myths About Shatter

It cannot be overstated how important the industry of recreational cannabis will be for the state of Maine. As the industry evolves and becomes more advanced, and as customers demand different products and experiences, the state will start to see new, inventive ways to get stoned.   The most popular way to do so appears to be dabbing, which is hotter now than a red titanium nail.  Simply put, dabbing describes the process of lighting…

Last Chance Railroad

Portlanders who live paycheck to paycheck, and have friends and relatives who have to move to Westbrook or farther because their in-town living situation has changed and nothing is open to the poor in Portland, those residents might have a sour view of the gentrification and development our city is currently undergoing. On the other hand, people who have a little extra on hand might be happy that the place is getting better-looking. However you…

The Dog Days Are Here

Parks and Rec. No, not everybody’s favorite binge watch, as much as we love Poehler and Offerman, but Wells Parks and Recreation, right down the road. There is a park with a pavilion on their property at 412 Branch Road in Wells (Rte 9A), and they are holding “The Dog Days of Summer” there on Friday, July 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. As you’ve already guessed, the dogs in question are not figurative; it…

Triumphs and tragedies

It’s important to have goals in life. Mine are: Sleep late. Drink beer. Repeat. My success in fulfilling these lofty ambitions is somewhat mitigated by the fact that I’m an irresponsible slug. Presumably, the Maine Legislature doesn’t fall in the same category. Surely, our representatives and senators are people of strong character, constantly striving to meet the high standards the public expects of its leaders. Except maybe president. And governor. Unlike some chief executives, legislators…

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…

Wacky Cannabis News From Afar

This week, we’re taking a break from highlighting Maine-centric stories in the marijuana world, and expanding to see how our favorite plant is making headlines in other parts of the planet.   Are Those Epic Red Bud Shots Photoshopped? Have you seen those photographs online of bright red cannabis flowers? They can’t be real right? Well actually, some of them are. Like most plants that change colors during certain months in their grow cycle, cannabis…

Nine Pizzas Around the Sun

Most readers will remember when the International Astronomical Union got together in 2006, consulted whatever oracles of science they hold dear, and told the rest of us that the planet Pluto had officially been demoted to ‘dwarf planet’ status. Depending on your age and interests at the time, the news item was anything from a major upheaval in your knowledge set, to a quirky two-minute phase in that season’s dinner conversation.   But if you…
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