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A letter of expectations to my future daughter-in-law

on July 25, 2014, at 9:34 p.m.
A letter to my future DIL Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule Today Loud Child sat in my lap and told me stories about all of his favorite things. He played with my hair. He sang me a song. He gave me hugs and he kissed my forehead. This was …
Renee Ordway

Police, parents can’t be skeptical when children report attempted abductions

By Renee Ordway on July 25, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
Apparently white and blue vans have fallen out of favor. It seemed as though most made-up attempted child abductions that occurred during the 1990s involved a suspicious white or blue van. As a reporter sitting in a newsroom listening to a police scanner all day, urgent reports of attempted abductions …
Solitary Sandpiper

Summer’s over: The birds are heading south

By Bob Duchesne on July 25, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
Shorebirds are among the first to conclude their breeding seasons and skedaddle from the northern latitudes. Along the mudflats of the coast, short-billed dowitchers have been leading the charge, and the southbound number of semipalmated sandpipers has begun to build. The size of their flocks will peak in mid-August, then …

Point of view

on July 25, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
“Objects are like people. Each one – be it brand new or weathered with the paint peeling off – has it’s own story. Being able, on the other side of the camera, to capture that individual story is just thrilling.”~ Devi Randolph It never ceases to amaze me, an image …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor mixes it up this fall

on July 24, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
Who will be crowned lobster chef of the year? Crustacean king? Top claw? We will have to wait till fall when food-and-wine chow-down Harvest on the Harbor opens for its seventh season in Portland Oct. 22 and 25. Tickets went on sale Thursday for the gustatory gangplank of Maine cuisine, …
Julia Bayly

Selfie photos not always the safest, or smartest thing to do

By Julia Bayly on July 24, 2014, at 11:24 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — If Polonius were around today dispensing advice to a modern day Laertes, he may very well have told him, “To thine own selfie, be true.” Needless to say, Shakespeare penned the tragedy of Hamlet centuries before we had computers, iPhones, tablets and any manner of digital …

I want to bring my new crush into our home, my partner says no.

on July 24, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Oh, Cheeky Cheeksters…what did you think I was up to?  Naughty things?  The only naughtiness in our house is me eating ice cream at 11:00 at night even though I’m lactose intolerant and knowing that Mark will be the one to pay the price all night. This is what I’m …

“Hell, no, you can’t make me go”

on July 23, 2014, at 10:42 a.m.
Maine soldiers dissatisfied with any aspect of military life — much less getting shot at — often voted with their feet by abandoning flag and comrades to find safety far from Civil War battlefields. Desertion plagued armies North and South throughout the war. The reasons why men vanished from their …

Return to paradise

on July 23, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
I had already visited Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens this year to view the tulips, but now I wanted to share that experience with my husband. He has a new found appreciation for flowers, so off we went! The lily pond was in full bloom, reflection from the trees made for …

Housewife Plus does happy hour

on July 22, 2014, at 4:35 p.m.
Housewife Plus does happy hour Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule Did you know that the fun at Housewife Plus is not limited to the Bangor Daily News? Check out the new page, Happy Hour to see a growing list of publications from the cheeky Sarah Cottrell (me!) at fantastic …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Gifford’s ice cream is a hit on Capitol Hill

on July 22, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.
Is ice cream made in Maine rich enough to sweeten the nasty gridlock on Capitol Hill? Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is giving it a spin. On Monday the Skowhegan frozen dessert maker was touted by state officials in Washington D.C. to herald the company’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. “The …
URBAN EYE (blog)

Jeff Tweedy rocks L.L. Bean

on July 21, 2014, at 10:37 a.m.
He has rocked arenas from coast to coast. This weekend musician Jeff Tweedy lives up to his name by taking over the L.L. Bean Campus in Freeport Saturday night for a free show. Whether the frontman for Wilco appears in an Oxford blazer or Scotch plaid flannel is immaterial. This …

Don’t sell your family members on Facebook.

on July 20, 2014, at 8:21 p.m.
I’ve seen several dogs for sale on my Facebook buy and sell pages this week and another one just this morning. A beautiful black lab, a puggle, a lab-beagle mix..and it kills me. I get that in some cases, having to give up a beloved pet is unavoidable, due to …
Emily Yoffe

Wife’s deathbed betrayal leaves husband devastated

By Emily Yoffe, Slate magazine on July 20, 2014, at 1:45 p.m.
Dear Prudence, My wife of 43 years died an excruciating death from lung cancer in April. We were childless, which I thought was a sorrow to both of us but I was wrong. We are simple people who never consulted a doctor or fertility clinic about the problem. Two days …
Sarah Smiley

My 14-year-old son’s lessons on being an adult

By Sarah Smiley on July 20, 2014, at 10:07 a.m.
Now that my oldest son, Ford, is almost 14 years old, he spends a lot of time thinking about what it means to be an adult. I don’t remember thinking the same way when I was 14, but I’m sure my husband, Dustin, did. This is likely a lesson in …
Roxanne Moore Saucier

Cemetery listings for Skowhegan now available online

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on July 20, 2014, at 9:01 a.m.
Do you have ancestors who may be buried in the Skowhegan area? Then you may be pleased to learn that listings for Skowhegan’s cemeteries are now available online at Click on “Government,” then click on “Town Clerk-Treasurer” when the drop-down menu appears. When that drop-down menu appears, click on …
Wayne E. Reilly

‘Race wars’ afflicted Hancock Street a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on July 20, 2014, at 5:57 a.m.
“Immigrant Question of Great Concern to the City,” said a headline in the Bangor Daily Commercial on April 16, 1914. Long used to the thousands of loggers who passed through the city each year on their way to the woods, the Queen City had a new concern. Hundreds of the …

My husband bet me that I can’t do this

on July 19, 2014, at 10:01 p.m.
My husband bet me that I can’t do this Click To Tweet Powered By CoSchedule It all started a few days before July. I was telling my husband that I thought it was funny (and maybe a wee bit not so funny) that most of the lady bloggers I follow …

Sudden move to Portland shows KahBang’s biggest problem is bad management

By Renee Ordway on July 18, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
Well, KAHBANG! Or shall we now call it KAHPORT? Yes, it’s true. The organizers of Bangor’s KahBang music festival are taking their show on the road — Interstate 95 to be exact — and heading south to Portland, and oh, what a buzz they’ve created. Why the sudden venue change …

A rough cut gem

on July 18, 2014, at 7:12 a.m.
Day Trip: Monhegan If Rockland/Camden area is the ‘Jewel of the Maine Coast’ then Monhegan is a rough cut gem of blue/green tourmaline. Along with 100 plus other passengers, we awaited the call to board the Elizabeth Ann out of Port Clyde. It was a picture perfect day, 80 degrees …
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