Blogs and Columns
By Sarah Smiley on May 18, 2013, at 3:34 p.m.
When I first saw the resurrected news of Abercrombie and Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries’ 2006 comments about “cool kids” and why they are the only ones who should wear his brand, I thought it was an article from The Onion. The Onion is a satirical site with mostly fake news, ...
By Renee Ordway on May 17, 2013, at 2:58 p.m.
Attempts at any legislation that would make it tougher for criminals or the seriously mentally ill to purchase guns, or any law that would limit the sale of certain assault rifles or magazine clips, would surely land government agents on the doorstep of every law-abiding gun owner in the country ...
From the community
By haynesgalleries on May 17, 2013, at 2:47 p.m.
THOMASTON, Maine — Haynes Galleries presents Linden Frederick’s scenes of small-town America. Frederick’s works are tinged with nostalgia, but at the same time, there’s a touch of apprehension — something just out of view that makes his work that much more riveting. The show is on view from June 28 ...
By Julia Bayly on May 16, 2013, at 2:29 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Music “hath charms to sooth the savage breast,” according to William Congreve in his 1697 poem, “The Mourning Bride.” Music can, and does so much more as a very powerful motivator for the human spirit. Played at just the right time, a particular song or tune ...
I'M GONNA KILL HIM
By Erin Donovan on May 15, 2013, at 4:17 p.m.
I’ve found over the years that couples have a repertoire of stories they delight in sharing at cocktail parties. First there are the tales they tell in tandem, each finishing the other’s sentence and expressing false chagrin, like it’s the first time they’ve recounted this story since the incident occurred ...
TO WIT (blog)
on May 15, 2013, at 10:10 a.m.
Bad food By fat emmet Some people exist solely to ruin my life, I swear. To defend myself, I should learn to be more selective, in my friendships and especially in my voracious reading. I read from morning to night, falling asleep reading some E-book about another violent bank robbery. ...
By Ardeana Hamlin on May 14, 2013, at 2:08 p.m.
Twenty years ago, the Deacons’ Wives Ministry got its start in Ja-net Cronkite’s home in Etna. The idea was to put faith in action. “We noticed that our senior women can’t do as much as they once could, and they don’t get noticed as much as they once did. So ...
By on May 13, 2013, at 12:57 p.m.
Q: Is there a malaise that overtakes kids in the third grade? Our eight-year-old daughter masters school material easily but she would rather read than do anything else, which makes her work look like it was done by a first-grader. Yet she is delightful and she charms all the adults ...
on May 13, 2013, at 9:26 a.m.
At Maine Digital Press we produce programs about niche Maine topics. We deliver these programs as Podcasts. Check them out: Freezingprocess, The Split Screen, and Melting Point.
By Wayne E. Reilly on May 12, 2013, at 2:43 p.m.
“JAP SOLDIERS SWARM IN WOODS OF MAINE? Yellow Peril Threatens New England and New York … — Startling Disclosures by Disgruntled Agent of the Mikado” This astonishing headline appeared in the Bangor Daily News on May 15, 1913, a century ago this week. Were Japanese military forces planning an invasion ...
By Sarah Smiley on May 12, 2013, at 11:31 a.m.
Last week, from his windowless cubicle at the Pentagon, Dustin forwarded me an essay our friend Frank, whom we know from flight-school days, wrote for the U.S. Navy War College website. “I spend my days sequestered in a dismal pooka only to churn out mindless reports of barely readable administrivia,” ...
By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 12, 2013, at 11:01 a.m.
In 24 years of reporting and editing for the Bangor Daily News, my favorite story to write was certainly the interview I did with my dad, Gayland A. Moore Jr., for the 50th anniversary of the 1944 Battle of Leyte in World War II. He died in 2002, but his ...
By Carolyn Hax on May 12, 2013, at 8:37 a.m.
About a year and a half into counseling, I stumbled across another note, this time to a 21-year-old who worked with my son.
By Emily Yoffe, Slate on May 11, 2013, at 11:17 a.m.
Dear Prudie, My girlfriend is a beautiful, funny and intelligent young woman and I’m very lucky to have her in my life. We met in college, we know each other’s families, and are each other’s best friends. I’ve been with her for almost two years and I would like to ...
By Renee Ordway on May 10, 2013, at 4 p.m.
I went to a psychic “party” this week. Before you set about judging me, please note that it was my first time and I went home with a pound of fiddleheads. It is probably safe to say that only in Maine and only in May could you do that. The ...
on May 10, 2013, at 9:33 a.m.
The Bangor YMCA is not just a fitness club, it is a community that values youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Changing Lives…..That’s Our Y!
By Kathryn Olmstead on May 09, 2013, at 2:24 p.m.
Let’s see if I can explain this. The first Friday of every month is art walk night in Presque Isle. But as the event grows in scope and popularity it has become more and more challenging to take in all that is offered. May 3 was particularly complicated for me. ...
By Erin Donovan on May 08, 2013, at 10:42 a.m.
Voicemail greeting prior to marriage You’ve reached Erin. I’m not able to talk. Leave me a message and I’ll get back to you. Why exactly was I unable to talk? Why was I indisposed to sit around on the couch, simultaneously studying my manicure and discussing my DVR queue with ...
By Ardeana Hamlin on May 07, 2013, at 1 p.m.
With the leisure time of summer almost at hand, it’s always a good idea to think about what books you might want to get to idle away the time on the porch swing or to carry along to the camp on the lake. Here are a few titles that offer ...
By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 05, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.
Happy Mother’s Day this coming weekend. And Happy Mother’s Mother’s Day. And Happy Mother’s Mother’s Mother’s Day… As a genealogist, I certainly do mean that, and what a great opportunity to give more thought to our foremothers. Let’s just start by thinking of the female lines of the mothers who ...