SOUTH PORTLAND — Effective communication is essential for progress, particularly when dealing with controversial issues. Heated rhetoric, personal attacks, and misinformation often distract from the true issues at hand, rather than providing clarity and advancing understanding. America has been fighting “issue wars” for years –drugs, poverty, terrorism, and… Read More
    THE FROZEN CHOSEN
    Hello from North Haven! Despite early March’s best efforts, spring seems to be in progress! The mud is deepening, the robins are flocking, and pussywillows glisten by the side of the road. Another sure sign of spring! With spring comes spring… Read More
    SUMMER IN MAINE: KIDS, CAMPS, COMMUNITY
    When camp personnel gathered in New Hampshire earlier this month for the annual American Camp Association-New England conference they were offered dozens of workshops for improving camp operations. Among the presenters was Sarah Gordon Littlefield, director of Vermont’s Aloha Camp, a residential camp for girls aged 12-17.  Littlefield… Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    New Zealand has suffered an environmental disaster that’s severely impacted everything from water supplies to fish. Throughout a recent edition of New Zealand’s Fish & Game magazine, this sad story was told. Unregulated expansion of dairy and other farms, along with lots of development, has harmed… Read More
    OFF THE RIM
    Now that the middle school and high school basketball season is officially over many boys and girls are either playing AAU, travel basketball or getting ready for a spring sport. However, it is also the time when players should really try to find time to work… Read More
    PINE TREE POLITICS
    The show isn't about politics, and the Trump and Hillary Clinton jokes give way to the everyday problems that real people struggle with in the real world. Read More
    RESEARCH SHOWS
    Flynn Ross, University of Southern Maine. Originally posted in Bangor Daily News March 28, 2018. The promise of proficiency-based learning is that all students will meet expectations set forth in standards and achieve proficiency. This is a noble goal that no society in the history… Read More
    RECOVERY ROCKS
    Folks share things with me as their therapist that they are too embarrassed to ask about or discuss with anyone else in their world. It’s an honor to be confided in and it’s fun when I get to practice what counselors call “normalizing.” Deep down, misfits… Read More
    MAINE AT WAR
    A few months after the Dec. 31, 1862-Jan. 2, 1863 Battle of Murfreesboro (or Stones River) in central Tennessee, survivors of the Union brigade led by Col. William Hazen erected this monument alongside the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad tracks (now CSX owned) in Murfreesboro. This… Read More
    MAINE AT WAR
    A few months after the Dec. 31, 1862-Jan. 2, 1863 Battle of Murfreesboro (or Stones River) in central Tennessee, survivors of the Union brigade led by Col. William Hazen erected this monument alongside the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad tracks (now CSX owned) in Murfreesboro. This… Read More
    MAINE MORSELS
    The drive to a recent gals’ winter weekend getaway was so filled with adventure we needed nothing more, but Mt. Chase Lodge was up to the challenge. Mt. Chase Lodge provided snow along with superb food, winter activities, and hospitality. (Keefe photo) At Shin… Read More
    SENIORS NOT ACTING THEIR AGE
    A confession, I’m a recovering peak bagger. Defined as an attempt to reach the summit of a list of mountains, peak bagging is a great sport…if you can handle it responsibly. In New England, there are several popular mountain lists. Probably the most coveted goals are four thousand… Read More