A Dog's Favorite Season

Like us humans, dogs love summertime. If anything, there are at least a lot more interesting things to smell, the walks are longer, and more new friends can be met because they’re coming out of wintertime hiding too. Sometimes, your human doesn’t even see that other human they obviously need to meet, and it’s easier to pull them over there when there’s no snow and ice on the ground. And the dog parks!   If…

How To Be An Ethical Smoker

The ethical arguments for legalizing marijuana are abundant and compelling—from reducing mass incarceration to funding treatments for addicts. But now that it’s legal in Maine, and state after state seems poised to follow suit, there’s a new, more complex question to consider: how can you be an ethical smoker? It’s hard to admit, but weed can be harmful when taking environmental impacts and supply chains into account, making its prominence in hippie culture a tricky…

Let the games begin

The field for the 2018 U.S. Senate race in Maine is set. Independent incumbent, Angus King will take on Republican state Sen. Eric Brakey and a Democrat whose name will be no more memorable after the election than it is right now. GOP Gov. Paul LePage had said on several occasions that he might challenge King, but in early May, his top political adviser announced LePage would take a pass. His official reason was that…

First time at a cannabis dispensary? Ask these important questions

Even though Maine has one of the longest-running medical marijuana programs in the country, many new patients still don’t know how to navigate the waters of safe access once they become certified.  Below is a basic guide to questions you should be asking whether approaching a caregiver or dispensary.     First off, it’s a good idea to call a potential caregiver or dispensary ahead of time to see if they can answer your questions. Depending…

A Running Family's Memorial Day

Think back to that series of roots you had to remember, or get tripped up, on that one part of your old high school’s cross-country running trail. The silent whoosh of the trees and tall grass slipping by as you run. Wet socks, from the dew on the grass. Ducking a stray sapling branch as you speed by, or leaning into it to save a fraction of a second on the turn. It’s the best…

It's Time to Up Your Masturbation Game

Imagine you’ve been hooking up with someone for a while. They’re not really the touchy-feely type — with this person, it’s all about the sex. They come over, make a beeline for your crotch, and as soon as you've had an orgasm, they're gone. No cuddling. Not even a “same time next week?” They're just out the door. I'm willing to bet that even in spite of getting to come, a lot of folks out…

Are There Really Monsters in Our World? An Interview with children's book author Gregory Hofmann

Are your kids old enough to be fascinated by fantastical creatures, but still young enough to want to look at pictures while you read to them? We may have found the perfect solution, in local author Gregory Hofmann’s new children’s picture book, Larger than Life, which he also illustrated. Excited about his kids’ lit debut (he’s already a novelist and poet), he took the time to reveal some insights to us:   GG: What were…

Dog Food Wisdom from Above

Many thanks to local veterinarian Nadia F. Conti, DVM, who wrote in to point out that I had unknowingly helped to perpetuate at least one misconception about canine dental care. We think it is worth it to print her letter in its entirety, and we are very happy to have been corrected by someone who knows. Dr. Conti writes:   Love your column — any article that supports the wellbeing of our pets is great.…

Send in the clowns

Nothing says civility like a heavily armed National Guard unit. If you’re concerned that social conventions in the United States might be breaking down, fear no more. Paul LePage, Maine’s Republican governor and reptilian invasive species, announced during a recent radio interview that he’s considered employing the military to deal with “an internal domestic problem.” I had one of those. But a couple boxes of d-Con took care of it. To be fair to the…

Two Low-Impact Nature Hikes

Among athletes, the casual hiker is less hardcore than, say, the running devotee or the victory-driven baseball player. For the hikers, their sport is less about strengthening the muscles or increasing the heart rate than it is about getting out into natural surroundings and enjoying the sounds, sights and smells that only come with being outside the city or suburbs. Birdsong, breeze through the treetops, the scent of earth and pine. A strengthening of the…
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