Articles by Karen Foley

 
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I got a lot of problems with you people!

on Dec. 23, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
“Welcome, newcomers. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!” Frank Castanza, Seinfeld While I usually try to keep my online presence, and my life in general, very positive, I think the …
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There’s no place like home, especially when home is in Maine!

on Dec. 07, 2014, at 11:15 a.m.
This morning I opened my email and was going through the usual process of deleting anything that looked unfamiliar or suspicious when one caught my eye. I cautiously clicked on the unfamiliar name and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was simply an email from a fellow blogger, …
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Like a sink full of Thanksgiving dishes, anything worth doing in life makes a huge mess!

on Nov. 23, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
Thanksgiving dinner makes such a huge mess, doesn’t it? The thought of that mess in my kitchen is sometimes enough for me to just wish it would be over with already! But to wish it away, would be to miss the best parts, which we all know have nothing to …
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Every veteran is someone’s husband or wife, daughter or son.

on Nov. 10, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
This encore piece originally appeared in the November 2012 edition of this blog.  This Tuesday is Veteran’s Day and many of us have the day off from work because of it. Like many of you, for years this day passed with little notice from me except for the time off …
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Boom! There it is – winter!

on Nov. 02, 2014, at 6:11 p.m.
Some years winter comes in slowly. You get a few chilly days and you can feel it in the air. You have a rain storm and for a few minutes you notice it has turned to flakes and then back again. But oh no, not this year, this year New …
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“Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.”

on Oct. 10, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
That’s a Benjamin Franklin quote and it’s a handy one to keep in mind in both politics and in life in general. My friend and fellow blogger Jim LaPierre and I were discussing our writing this week and he expressed frustration that the world is not pounding at our doors …
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A Tale of Two Faircloths: A refreshingly positive political story!

on Oct. 06, 2014, at 7:36 a.m.
Bangor and Penobscot County residents may be wondering why two of the folks running for office this election season have the same last name. Amy Faircloth and Sean Faircloth are great friends. They also happen to be ex-spouses, and the proud co-parents of two grown sons, and each is very …
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Making ourselves vulnerable is so hard, and so worth it!

on Sept. 28, 2014, at 3:38 p.m.
I am in awe lately of Alex Steed’s blog. His columns about his struggle with alcohol, and with himself, are so honest and raw I can’t read them without tearing up. As a blogger who also writes about very personal issues, I know the sheer courage it took to put …
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We are all afraid!

on Sept. 13, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.
Do you ever wake up afraid in the morning, I mean really afraid? You don’t have to answer that, because I know that sometimes we all do. I did today. I’m not sure why, but I have a few guesses. It’s been a hard week over here. I’ve had some …
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Dear Summer 2014

on Aug. 31, 2014, at 5:29 p.m.
Wow, you have been a pain in the ass! Seriously, what was wrong with you?  Clearly you were not meant to be a summer of leisure, of long drives and grand vacations. Almost every attempt at enjoying you was met with resistance or road blocks. You, apparently, were meant to …
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Things I’ve learned, or been reminded of, this summer!

on Aug. 14, 2014, at 2:46 p.m.
I’ve learned that for both my physical and my mental health the two most important things I need to do every single are day are take a long walk, and get a full night’s sleep! I’ve been reminded that nothing tastes better on the planet than a warm tomato fresh …
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.
It is almost unbearable. It is unbearable and yet we have no choice but to bare it. I woke this morning, like almost all of my dearest friends and neighbors, and thought “it simply cannot be, all of that could not have been real.” But it was, and it is, …
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Conservatives continue to vote for candidates who are robbing us all blind!

on Aug. 02, 2014, at 1:49 p.m.
You know what really frustrates me? What is really frustrating me this week is watching my conservative friends back candidates who are simultaneously screwing them over! (Yes, I have a few Conservative friends)! Maybe it’s time we all take a step back and look at the big picture here, common …
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Oh my goodness, you are how old?

on July 26, 2014, at 12:48 p.m.
Lots of people in my life are having banner birthdays this year! You know the ones that bring you from one decade to another and although you are only a year older yet again, you somehow feel like you’ve made a much bigger leap in time. Friends and family all …
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In a Perfect World . . .

on July 12, 2014, at 9:51 p.m.
“I’m fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara I could save the world.” Author Unknown If only I were in charge. A dear friend and I have discussed this often, our need to try to fix everything. Is it a character flaw or just a loving desire …
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With one signature, our forefathers changed the world. What difference have you made?

on July 03, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
The world we live in is a beautiful, miraculous place. It can also be a vile and hateful place as well, given both the day and our perceptions. The battle between good and evil, my interests and yours, their power and our power, is a battle that began on the …
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Dear Eliot Cutler: Please do the right thing.

on June 21, 2014, at 7:45 p.m.
I like you, I really do. I even voted for you in the last election. I share your frustration with the two-party system. Unfortunately, it is the only system we have to work with at the moment. Now I’m not a political blogger. I leave all the heavy hitting facts and …
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Are colleges and universities failing our veterans?

on June 19, 2014, at 2:37 p.m.
Colleges and universities have long been known as places of tolerance and understanding. They have been the first battlegrounds in many of the fights for equality in this country. Colleges are places were movements for civil rights, women’s rights and LGBT rights flourished and grew and helped change our culture. …
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When there are no words, silence and cookies will do!

on June 12, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
When there are no words, silence is okay. And cookies always help, preferably chocolate chip! I’ve had several friends lately going through really, really rough times. I mean like WTF is going on in the Universe rough. Often, when we want to comfort and help a friend going through something …
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How an extrovert copes with an empty nest!

on June 09, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
I was an only child. This might sound like heaven to folks who have visions of only children being waited on hand and foot by doting parents. Let me assure you that never happened. If fact, my mother, when asked why she didn’t have more children, will always unashamedly admit …
 
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