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Feelings of not belonging in Maine are real

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 27, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: Feelings of being “different” when you are new to Maine are not fiction. Neither is the immense sense of pride people have in this state — for good reason. But these divisions stymie growth and turn away people who will love Maine as much as we do.
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The Smiley boys talk favorite columns, previewing mom’s stories in this Q-and-A

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions Sarah Smiley receives regarding the boys, with her answers — and theirs!
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Our experiences are not our children’s

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 13, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
His experience of what we lived through together is textbook. His memory of our months alone together are just stories he’s been told.
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Why I can’t send my husband to get things

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 06, 2016, at 5:12 p.m.
I learned my lesson about lists after the muffin incident, but this weekend’s lemonade mix-up canceled all of Dustin’s go-getting tasks.
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What happened when I gave up dessert

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 30, 2016, at 2:01 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: This year I learned I love desserts.
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To my son, peanut butter is green

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 23, 2016, at 1:20 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: What else does my son think is green? I wondered. Turns out, quite a bit.
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That time we thought we had lice

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 16, 2016, at 2:39 p.m.
The next morning, I woke up to a text from someone else who had been with us that fateful day: “I have lice. Starting the treatment now.”
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People walk around the Bangor State Fair at Bass Park in Bangor, July 30, 2016.

Finally lucky at the state fair

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 09, 2016, at 4:57 p.m.
Each year we try it again, and each year we learn more hard lessons. Except for the year when we finally got lucky.
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Lies people tell you at the lake

By Sarah Smiley on Aug. 02, 2016, at 3:25 p.m.
Summertime means that it is lake time, and when you go to the lake, there are a host of lies people tell you.
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The small relics we hold on to

By Sarah Smiley on July 26, 2016, at 6:38 p.m.
It’s funny how through each stage of our life, hundreds of moments and memories are filtered down to a few select items.
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Even the youngest has to grow up

By Sarah Smiley on July 19, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
There is another problem for last-borns that no one seems to talk about: For all the flimsy scrapbooks and memories, your room becomes the dumping ground for everyone else’s childhood stuff.
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How not to push people away

By Sarah Smiley on July 12, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: At first I scanned the 4 behaviors in bold type — Selfishness, Conceitedness, Self-Righteousness and Chronic Complaining — and my first thought was, “Sounds like every toddler I’ve ever known.”
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That time my husband put on a too-small bathing suit

By Sarah Smiley on July 05, 2016, at 4:21 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: I made a mistake. Despite nearly 16 years as a mother to all boys, boys whom I know absorb my comments and actions, I had a moment of weakness and forgot. I opened my mouth, and bad, hurtful words came out.
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How a little school brought up a family

By Sarah Smiley on June 28, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
Soon, it was just Owen who went to the school to pick up my youngest. He waited in the cafeteria with the other teenage siblings and stood stoically with his back against the wall when his little brother ran to him, his backpack bouncing up and down behind him.
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Selective Service for women gets even closer

By Sarah Smiley on June 21, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: In the history of the world, it often has been women who influenced massive change. Now that it is their life, financial aid and “choice” at stake, perhaps they will finally change Selective Service, too.
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Parenting isn’t easy

By Sarah Smiley on June 14, 2016, at 3:21 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: I thought this fear-mongering stuff had jumped the shark way back when toy catalogs were advertising new, safer inflatable sleds for wintertime “fun.” But, no, we had to go all the way to jailing mothers and calling for their heads before everyone could take a deep breath and realize we can’t eliminate all risks.
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As summer nears, a reminder to drive slowly

By Sarah Smiley on June 07, 2016, at 2:49 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: When we sit inside, our fast-paced culture has won and childhood has lost. Maybe people should just be safe drivers instead.
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Q&A with Navy widow Theresa Jones, 3 years after the death of her husband

By Sarah Smiley on May 31, 2016, at 11:26 a.m.
In 2013, my Navy-wife friend Theresa became a widow. I caught up with Theresa over Memorial Day weekend. Here are her thoughts on life nearly three years after Landon’s death.
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Why it’s time to abandon the phrase ‘all-volunteer military’

By Sarah Smiley on May 24, 2016, at 2:21 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: The military has been uncharacteristically progressive with its phrasing and recruiting tactics, and now it has purchased a generation of “volunteer” recruits who want what they were promised.
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Celebrating military wives

By Sarah Smiley on May 17, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: As society searches for strong female role models, there are few more logical picks. From the time I was a baby, even when I didn’t know it, military wives have always been mine.