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Comics page scrambled

Why the scrambled comics page? For years I have read the funnies in a certain order, which helps me start the day without really thinking. Also, the horoscope (which I don’t read), is where Dear Abby (which I do) should be. And the crossword is no longer comfortably next to …

Appreciation of beauty lies in the presentation

On an excruciatingly quiet Thanksgiving Day morning, when everyone for miles around appeared to have run off to grandma’s place and not much was left stirring here in the outback …

A life without a hard drive is no life at all

You never miss you water ’til your well runs dry, according to Lightnin’ Hopkins. Well, you don’t miss the Internet until your hard drive dies. For the second time in about five years, my hard drive (whatever that is) has died in my computer. When I bought the second one, …
MOWING THE ASTROTURF (blog)

Disgusted And Not Amused

You see, I’ve been quiet over the last couple of days. Maine has turned into Florida when it comes to counting ballots. Dumb. Dumber. Dumbest. I can understand the logic behind telling each and every town caucus “Hey, we’ve got to wrap this up by a certain date. Schedule your …
JUST 40 AND PREGNANT (blog)

Ooops…I Did It Again.

I know lots of women are putting off childbearing until their late thirties or early forties. They have a career and a life and then a baby. But that’s not me. I started childbearing at nineteen and kept it up for 20 years and, eight children later, I felt just …

Free daily newspaper planned for Portland

PORTLAND – Of the thousands of words that appear in a newspaper, Ed Pickett knows which one will appeal most to readers: “free.” Pickett announced Wednesday his plans to launch the Portland Morning Sun, which will be published Monday-Friday and available free in the Greater Portland area. The Morning Sun …
JUST 40 AND PREGNANT (blog)

Ooops…I Did It Again.

I know lots of women are putting off childbearing until their late thirties or early forties. They have a career and a life and then a baby. But that’s not me. I started childbearing at nineteen and kept it up for 20 years and, eight children later, I felt just about done. …

Using and abusing the language

The horoscope in the morning newspaper was reassuring to me and my fellow travelers who are consigned to bumble our way through life guided by our astrological patron, Taurus the Bull, stalwart beast of the Zodiac. “If you’re fumbling around for what you want to say and how you want …

What’s your sign? Maybe it’s not

MIAMI — When astronomers in 2006 declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, the world gasped — and then obeyed. School textbooks were re-written, and scientific discovery ruled the day. Then this week, a Minnesota astronomy professor took on something even more sacred — our horoscopes. The astrological calendar …

Note to our readers

Welcome to the Bangor Daily News, weekend edition! We restored our name, added what we believe is informative and entertaining new content, and reorganized the newspaper to make it more navigable for you, the reader. At the top of this page is our name: Bangor Daily News. Suspended over it …

Being lucky in love is all in the timing

Over the years I’ve come to realize I have awful luck and timing, particularly with men. I’m like a disaster movie set for release a week after an earthquake or a volcano eruption – I always seem to be in the right place at the wrong time, or something like …

Young journalists revive Bangor High paper

BANGOR – Reporters on the Bangor High School student newspaper were up against the clock Saturday, putting their wordsmith skills to good use as they composed headlines for the sports section. Tossing ideas back and forth, they finally settled on some clever phrases that met with everyone’s satisfaction. “This is …
William Dairyko of Bangor and other congregants lift up their hands to the Lord during Destiny Worship Center's Sunday service held in Next Generation Theatre in Brewer November 22,2009. Since starting the congregation in March 2009, Pastor Brian Hurst has seen the congregation steadily grow. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN CLARKE RUSS

Music, fellowship attract new members to multicultural worship center

BREWER, Maine — “Turn to your neighbor, give him a high five and tell him to hang on,” the Rev. Brian Hurst told his congregation at Destiny Worship Center on a recent Sunday. Hands black …
RECOVERY ROCKS (blog)

Mother’s Little Helper

Mother’s Little Helper I can spot a fake smile at a hundred yards. The eyes are what give it away. He’s a great kid – got himself into some routine teenage trouble and got caught. He’s been seeing me for a few months now. We started off slow, got to …

Poetry and premonition (part three)

We were at the Commander’s headquarters in Khoja Bahauddin, close to the Taliban front lines but even closer to the Oxus River. The Oxus is beautiful there: so quiet, solemn, calm. We used to sit on the bank and watch it flow. The storyteller is Masood Khalili: son of a …