Leftovers: ‘Mira a Dios’

When the girls were younger and The Betty (my mother), was alive it was a given that Mother’s Day was the holiest day of...

2 great hikes, 2 different sides of Maine

Are you in the mood for mountain peaks with expansive vistas that gaze into forever? Maine has those. Do you fancy gently rolling paths...

Leftovers: Poor customer service doesn’t exist in a vacuum

Second of two parts. Last week I shared the true tale of horrible customer service I experienced from a nurse during the second of two...

Bluegrass, and otherwise: Joe K. Walsh finds the ‘Abstract Truth’ with Gordy, Garrison, Hargreaves

When Portland is really humming – like firing-on-all-cylinders Portland – you can find sublime musicians playing in the corners of just about every venue in the...

On Stage: Make a date with ‘Bad Dates’ at Portland Stage

We can now start to anticipate the end of pandemic isolation and the return of parties with old friends, encounters with new friends, and...

Leftovers: Anything-but-routine customer service

First of two parts. Customer service stories, like other popular cocktail party topics – Marcia’s new boyfriend, bad grammar, and the current guest host of...

Ride on: Gain bicycle confidence this spring

There's a reason we never forget how to ride a bike.  No matter how many years pass or what other clutter our memories gather, our...

Into the Wild: Songs of spring

It’s late April in Maine, which means it’s high time for avian romance. More than 100 bird species are flying into the state every...

Leftovers: What’s in a name? Ask Big Dog, Little Dog, Bunny, or Tongs

It’s time to revisit a misunderstood restaurant nickname. More than one reader reamed me out for referring to dishwashers as “dish dogs,” interpreting the...

On Screen: A luminous, spiritual journey through the Pacific Northwest

Water flows and circles through the experimental documentary "malni – towards the ocean, towards the shore." Filmmaker Sky Hopinka immerses us in long, reverent...