Leftovers: Let good intentions snowball

Last week's massive snowfall brought out the best and worst in some of my condominium neighbors. With parking spaces, sidewalks, walkways, and steps considered...

Leftovers: The more light the better

New people moved into my condo complex a few weeks ago. Under normal circumstances, I would have baked a little something and walked down...

Popsicko, redux: Spencer Albee’s new Swiftly turning album

There are pandemic albums and there are albums created during the pandemic. Spencer Albee’s new “Popsicko, Vol. 2” is the latter. Emotionally informed by...

On Screen: ‘Gather’ provides powerful food for thought

In the opening scene of "Gather," an older woman and a young girl walk into a sun-drenched Arizona field of pale golden grain plants....

Into the great wide ocean: Mainers take to the Atlantic for cold-water swims all...

There were no beachgoers reclining on blankets or wading into the water at Cliff House Beach in Cape Elizabeth when Guenola Lefeuvre arrived, setting...

Art Seen: Maine Jewish Museum pops with energy, color on Washington Ave.

Back in the 1960s, just about the only place to see serious contemporary art in Portland was at the Temple Beth El art shows,...

Leftovers: Have latkes, will travel

Last week, I asked for feedback about this column and the Portland Phoenix in general. Somehow, that request got wrapped up in talk of...

Three reckonings: Anni Clark, Lisa/Liza, and Britta Pejic weigh in on the pandemic

It was easy, over the smallest-ever Thanksgiving table, to think that nothing like this has ever happened before. The cacophony of news – pandemic,...

Leftovers: The roar of the crowd, the smell of the latkes

Just when I’m sure no one is paying attention to what I put out there, reader emails with inquiries, insinuations, and a good bit...

Into the Wild: Maine’s state dinosaur? The black-capped chickadee

I’m not going to say that the giant asteroid that killed the dinosaurs wasn’t bad. It was bad. Just a real unpleasant Wednesday (or...