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My new hero is the golf pro who six-putted at the Masters

By Emmet Meara on April 11, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.
Everyone should have a hero.
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Sailing on the schooner Bowdoin made me feel like the pope

By Emmet Meara on April 04, 2016, at 10:12 a.m.
You don’t get to play pope very often.
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I just discovered a river in my backyard which I must paddle

By Emmet Meara on March 28, 2016, at 12:04 p.m.
This weekend, I discovered the mighty Medomak River, which has been in my backyard for 30-odd years. I don’t know why, but I only remembered that the Medomak River flowed from Route 1 in Waldoboro to the Hannaford store a few hundred feet away.
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Bombing of statue in Ireland 50 years ago was no joking matter

By Emmet Meara on March 21, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
While you were lost in your green shirt, Guinness, Jameson and boiled dinner in recent days, you didn’t even notice. It was the 50th anniversary of the IRA bombing which removed the head of Admiral Horatio Nelson in Dublin’s fair city. It didn’t mean much to you, but it was the world to me … and Lt. Col. Denis Edward Horgan.
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Red Sox game on the radio reminds me of my favorite players

By Emmet Meara on March 14, 2016, at 11:50 a.m.
The radio came on with the familiar sounds of Joe Castiglione broadcasting a baseball game, the first one I’ve heard all year. I cannot explain it, but it made me feel good.
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Cappy's Chowder House in downtown Camden has closed after 38 years.

Life in Camden won’t be the same without Cappy’s restaurant

By Emmet Meara on March 07, 2016, at 9:47 a.m.
Camden’s Cappy’s Chowder House, a cornerstone of the “prettiest town in Maine” has closed. They might as well sail the famed schooner fleet to Belfast.
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Friends in Florida are making my life miserable

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 29, 2016, at 11:40 a.m.
The Florida tables have turned. For a variety of reasons, my trip this year was called off. My “friends” who made the trip south have turned on me. I am a victim.
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Noir novels just keep dragging me back in

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 22, 2016, at 10:04 a.m.
I thought I had shaken Noir Novel Syndrome several years ago after it had ruined my credit card standing and filled my living room with several hundred noir paperbacks.
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They can pry the ketchup, mayo from my cold, dead hands

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 15, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
How long do you want to live, anyway?
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia poses for a group portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C, in 2010.

Scalia defends religious views in Maine address

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 13, 2016, at 6:06 p.m.
The Supreme Court justice spoke in Portland in 1999.
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The older I get, the better my bed feels

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 08, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
I was never much of a go-getter even in in my younger, summery days. Now that I have passed age 75 and the temperature sinks, I value every minute spent in my queen-size bed.
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Mysterious intruder means it’s time to start locking my front door

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 01, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
A cab was parked in the Cobb Manor driveway with the lights on, engine running. The police officer said that the cabbie had driven a young man in a green coat to my house. Green Coat got out of the cab and came into my house for money. He never came back out. The cabbie called the police and never left the driveway, he said.
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Laughing with (and at) friends is one of life’s great pleasures

By Emmet Meara on Jan. 25, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
The weirdest occurrences bring back those memories of the midcoast press corps and their associates. We didn’t win any Pulitzers or any other awards during our few decades on the coast, but my God, didn’t we laugh.
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What kind of person pulls a lottery prank?

By Emmet Meara on Jan. 18, 2016, at 11:15 a.m.
Emmet Meara: I don’t know if you heard, but a very bad son lottery-pranked his beloved mother by counterfeiting her real Powerball ticket.
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Here’s what I’d do if I won the big lottery

By Emmet Meara on Jan. 11, 2016, at 1:05 p.m.
Emmet Meara: Imagine the possibilities. $1.4 billion.
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Here’s why photographs are more important than writing

By Emmet Meara on Jan. 04, 2016, at 1:03 p.m.
I hate good photographers. I despise great photographers and I know too many of them. Background: I was always the family photographer, simply because I had the good sense to walk up to the subject instead of standing a fathom or two away. I had my little Nikkorex and took …
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Forget the Times Square ball, let’s watch the giant nail drop

By Emmet Meara on Dec. 28, 2015, at 11:39 a.m.
I don’t know about you, but I am taking my tall PBRs to East Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania. Forget Times Square.
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Never mind Christmas, here’s my birthday gift list

By Emmet Meara on Dec. 21, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
All right. This is serious. It’s time to buy me some awesome (hate that word) presents. Today is my birthday. Friday is Christmas. Take out that credit card. It’s not maxed out yet. This is my 75th birthday (I KNOW!) so there may not be many more. I’m not as …
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Studying the history of Christmas may ruin your holiday

By Emmet Meara on Dec. 14, 2015, at 11:23 a.m.
Emmet Meara: Hey, don’t blame me. Blame the Scrooges at History.com.
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Big Red is back home again

By Emmet Meara on Dec. 07, 2015, at 1:28 p.m.
Can you go home again after 200,000 miles? Can you actually love a truck? Big Red looks awful good sitting in the Cobb Manor driveway.