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What we don’t tell new moms

By Sarah Smiley on March 08, 2016, at 4:25 p.m.
How do you tell her that being a mother is like having your heart on the outside of your body?
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First ride-along is a dangerous rite of passage

By Sarah Smiley on March 01, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
I voluntarily got into a “2-ton killing machine,” according to the driving instructor, and let my child take me for a drive.
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Have our children learned meanness from us?

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 23, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
Have we really become a society in which death is the only agreeable outcome for someone who shares a different opinion than ours?
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Doris Thompson in Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1945.

God is love: Lessons from Doris

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 16, 2016, at 9:53 a.m.
Sarah Smiley: It never mattered what the world threw at me. I knew that in my grandmother’s eyes, I was smart and beautiful, not in the physical sense, but on the inside.
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As debate over women and the draft heats up, here’s your primer

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 09, 2016, at 11 a.m.
Sarah Smiley: If women want equality, it’s time they be held to the same standard.
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The life-changing magic of online grocery shopping

By Sarah Smiley on Feb. 02, 2016, at 3:41 p.m.
Our local Hannaford just debuted online shopping and curbside pickup. I might never go inside a grocery store again.
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More things about kids the instruction book didn’t teach me

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 26, 2016, at 2:13 p.m.
I refer to my firstborn child, Ford, as the “human weed whacker.” As he maneuvers through life’s missteps and hard lessons, each one rising up to smack him in the face, he is simultaneously blazing a convenient, well-trodden path for his siblings behind him. It’s the duty of the oldest …
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That time I ordered the wrong pizza

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 19, 2016, at 4:22 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: I’ve made food mistakes like this before. … I’ve buttered the wrong side of the waffle. I’ve made chicken nuggets soggy. So I knew what awaited me in the kitchen: absolute anarchy.
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Are kids too busy for homework?

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 12, 2016, at 3:14 p.m.
Some people think that kids, those little human beings with no jobs, bills or other human beings dependent upon them, are too busy for homework.
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Why we still love snow

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 05, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: In a sense, I fell in love with Maine that first winter because even as we were snowed in and our roof was leaking, I felt alive and small at the same time.
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Meeting the Amish on their turf

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 29, 2015, at 12:17 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: It was so serene. The word that kept coming to mind was “pure.”
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How the Bangor Citizen’s Police Academy educates, inspires

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 22, 2015, at 3:23 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: A few weeks ago, I went to jail. Then, a few weeks after that, I graduated from the police academy. Well, sort of.
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Star Wars Episode 7 heralds new phase for my sons

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 15, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.
Dustin introduced the boys to “Star Wars,” and so began more than a decade of Ford humming the theme song nonstop and making lightsaber noises any time he passed through a room.
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The draft for women just became more likely

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 05, 2015, at 12:24 p.m.
Since the draft’s inception, women have not been required to register. All of that changed overnight with the Pentagon’s decision, which of course created an immediate, new legal problem: now women have access to all the same positions that men do, but under current Selective Service laws, they do not face the same requirements or burdens.
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On being grateful for the ordinary

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 01, 2015, at 5 p.m.
Our family’s road trip to Virginia began the way these things normally do: We planned to be on the road by 7 a.m., but we were actually packed and in the car by 3 p.m.
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In defense of not-so-smooth husbands

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 24, 2015, at 3:13 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: How could I not feel lucky and thankful for him?
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What do you do when a loose tooth lingers? Just say ‘the end’

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 17, 2015, at 11:54 a.m.
Sarah Smiley: “I’m writing about your tooth and need an ending,” I said. “Let’s pull it out.” Lindell looked at my computer screen and said “just write ‘the end.’” The end.
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Veterans who may seem ordinary have extraordinary stories to tell

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 10, 2015, at 11:15 a.m.
“Our country is filled with veterans like my dad who may seem ordinary, but they have extraordinary stories to tell.”
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Dropping your teen off at school while wearing flip-flops with socks

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 03, 2015, at 2:51 p.m.
Imagine, if you will, a mother driving her teenage son to school. The mother is wearing Velcro rollers in her hair and has breakfast in her teeth.
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A local version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’? Count me in

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 27, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.
Blame it on bad reception. We were driving home from Washington, D.C., last year when someone from the Phillips-Strickland House in Bangor called to ask me a question: “Would you consider … [static] … sometime in 2015 … [static] … for a good cause … [static] … it should be …