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Just Don't Fall: The passions and pitfalls of making Portland a nexus for new circus

“Push up. Push up from your shoulders. You’re sagging.” I can tell I’m sagging. I’m upside-down, balanced on my hands above a concrete floor, my feet pointed at the ceiling like the cone of a rocket ship. And since I flipped into this handstand, my face has been slowly lowering. Push as I might, I can’t halt the descent. My shoulders are spent, won’t budge anymore, and as they fail I can feel my weight…

Gift Local: A Guide to Portland's Best Art, Music and Books

Intro By: Francis Flisiuk Now that the holiday seasons in full swing, it's time (if you haven't already) to fulfill that societal expectation to keep the consumer cogs greased and spend some money. If you're going to feed the machine, buy your gifts locally. Support the creatives around you. At least then, your earnings will stay in community coffers and out of the greedy hands of soulless- millionaire - corporate types. That's the idea right?…

Tender Mercies: the Comfort of Hospice Care

The word hospice comes from the Latin, hospes. It translates to both guest and host. In medieval times it referred to a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers after a long journey. The goal of hospice care remains the same today: to provide rest and comfort, while gathering the courage to face the remaining days of the journey together, both guest and host. The Signs The priest who came to the house…

Maine's Place In A Warming World: What Climate Change Brings, And What We Can Do About It.

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." — Abraham Lincoln, 1862. Last month, Dario and Sabine Schwoerer docked in Portland with their five children to visit the Gulf of Maine Research Institute…

What Now? As anti-Trump protests continue in Portland and across the country, liberals demand radical reform

Last week a crowd of mostly young, teary-eyed folk from various religious backgrounds gathered in Monument Square for a candlelight vigil, spreading messages of love, hope and peace in the wake of what they deem a horrific event: the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.   Their initial message was clear: love trumps hate, and they'd shout it from the streets three separate times last week.   Sharon O’Neil,…

Outsiders rule: Trump's victory stuns across U.S., challengers prevail in Portland

Outsiders enjoyed a rousing general election, both in Portland and across the country. Donald Trump staged a major upset, based on results at 2 a.m. Wednesday, when he was within 16 electoral votes of winning the White House while enjoying leads in a handful of remaining states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania. Locally, District 3 City Council incumbent Ed Suslovic lost to challenger Brian Batson (3,561-3,219, 52.52 percent to 47.48 percent). Another outsider to City Hall (but not to…

Restaurant risk takers: Advice from the daring in Maine's dining scene

“Winters are always kind of scary for everybody. … But it’s fun to have a lot of people out there pushing the envelope.” — Eric Michaud, owner of Novare Res Bier Cafe and Liquid Riot   In the fast-paced, high-level food service industry of Portland, restaurants can chew up and spit out their owners. Imagine the pressure of starting an eatery in Maine, where, earlier this year, nine restaurants, chefs and brewmasters were among the…

What made the O’Reilly’s want to open O’Reilly’s Cure?

When I meet someone considering opening a restaurant, the first question I ask is: “Why would you do this to yourself?” I don’t know a restaurant owner who can truly cut that ball and chain. Murphy’s Law seems to apply more often than not, and not everyone has the stomach for it. Patrick and Sue O’Reilly have taken on ownership of a new restaurant/bar in Scarborough. Ask the locals and they will tell you how…

Election 2016: Which Way Will Maine Swing?

Ask local historian Herb Adams about this year's remarkable (and seemingly never-ending presidential election campaign), and he supplies some perspective. "Maine is one of only two states that can split their Electoral Votes on election day.  In all the other 48, winner takes all," Adams explained. "This year it will take 270 Electoral Votes to choose the President, and for its four votes,  Maine is under the microscope. Electoral Votes, and their invisible home, the Electoral…

On The Cover

Maxwell Arthur Erwin is a 25 year old, Portland based illustrator that uses a dip pen, a brush and speedball ink to draw scenes, faces and designs that reflect the high contrast of old black and white movies. Stemming from his appreciation of classic horror and campy humor, Erwin's subject matter tends to deal with the intersection of the humorous and macabre. He is currently enrolled in the illustration department at the Maine College of Art. You…
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