Into the Wild: Read this before asking ‘Where have the birds gone?’

My colleague and friend Doug Hitchcox is Maine Audubon’s staff naturalist, and answering questions about birds and nature is a huge part of his...

Leftovers: Restaurant is no place for a picnic

Restaurant people are rarely surprised by the inappropriate behavior of entitled or uninformed customers. Tales of poor tippers, unsolicited advances, and the hellacious actions...

On Stage: Fall into the ‘Ring of Fire’

The title of the show onstage now at Portland Stage Company, “Ring of Fire: The Johnny Cash Musical Show,” says it all: This is...

Ice ice baby: Climb inside a pile of boulders at Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area

Sometimes a pile of rocks is just a pile of rocks. But sometimes, if those rocks are big enough and they’re heaped together just...

Game On: The human side of sports

Let's start with a personal story. Pat McDonald needed a stringer for Friday night football coverage at the now-shuttered Journal Tribune in Biddeford. My dad...
Natalie Ladd

Leftovers: Seeking mojo for the long haul

I got sick in the early spring of 2020 before the coronavirus really hit Portland. The whole thing was vague and confusing because I...

Men of Constance’s sorrow: Mouth Washington will not improve your mood with ‘Remiss’

Maybe you’ve seen “Dead to Me?” In the award-winning half-hour dark-comedy series, Christina Applegate plays a suburban real estate agent, with two boys in...

On Stage: Exhilarating escapes to 16th-century Spain and 20th-century space

'I am a bride of my work,” insists the great 16th-century artist Sofonisba Anguissola (the excellent Amber McNew), more than once, each time making the...
Natalie Ladd

Leftovers: Lone Star state of distress

As the old campfire song goes, “Second verse same as the first.” In other words people, here we go again.  The map of the United...

Art Seen: ‘Kindred,’ ‘Here and There’ at Cove Street Arts

Cove Street Arts in Portland is as close to a museum as a commercial art gallery gets in Maine. With 8,000 square feet of...