Blogs and Columns


Portland’s Tandem Coffee Roasters expands into Bunker Brewing

on Sept. 29, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
To date, the view from the outhouse on Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina ranks No. 1.

No matter where you are, domestic and international calls from nature must be answered

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 29, 2016, at 9:41 a.m.
Julia Bayly: It’s a big world out there, and I have loads of future travel plans that will doubtless involve outhouses of varying styles and locations. Frankly, I can’t wait to get the call.

Dawn of the Sketch (NSFW)

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 7:36 p.m.

It’s official, greater Portland is now a food hub

on Sept. 28, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
Sarah Smiley

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.
A grizzly bear enjoys a salmon he caught on Skilak Lake in Alaska.

It’s tiring surfing web, watching all these go-getters in Alaska

By Emmet Meara on Sept. 26, 2016, at 1:31 p.m.
There is even less explanation for my addiction to all things Alaska. I never surf past one of my Alaska shows. I hate the winter. I hate hard work. I would never kill and skin an animal. But that’s all my Alaska friends do.
The first sidewalk gas pump in Bangor appeared in front of L.P. Swett's automobile dealership at 106 Harlow St. Swett offered to sell gasoline at 20 cents a gallon to every customer who bought one of his Reo or Hudson autos between April 24 and Oct. 24, 1916.

Joy riders and just plain terrible ‘autoists’ fueled mayhem on Queen City streets

By Wayne E. Reilly on Sept. 25, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
To many people, automobiles were a nuisance, belching clouds of smoke, noisier even than horse-drawn wagons and dangerous. And a species of drivers simply called “road hogs” were causing a great deal of irritation among polite folks.
Dixie Shaw (center), director of hunger and relief services for Catholic Charities Maine, poses recently for a photo with James McCall (left) of Jackman and Deante Talbert of Chicago, two of nine AmeriCorps workers from seven states deployed to Aroostook County to help the Farm for ME program harvest crops, in Caribou.

Help needed for Farm for ME harvest as volunteer team being pulled

By Kathryn Olmstead on Sept. 22, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
“I will lose them at the most vital time.”

Portland restaurant makes Condé Nast Traveler’s world’s best list

on Sept. 21, 2016, at 10:02 a.m.
Sarah Smiley

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!
Jean Chalmers

Feisty Jean Chalmers left her mark on Rockland

By Emmet Meara on Sept. 19, 2016, at 1:21 p.m.
“I had so much fun working for gay rights, civil rights and abortion rights. The Republicans were always mad at me,” Chalmers said.

Anthony Bourdain has advice for Portland restaurateurs

on Sept. 15, 2016, at 5:15 p.m.
“Make sure that the locals love you.”
Mallards are notorious for being aggressive Lotharios, so it makes sense they would want to pretty up as soon as they can fly again.

Ugly ducks are starting to get their fine-feathered plumage back

By Bob Duchesne, Special to the BDN on Sept. 15, 2016, at 11:45 a.m.
Mallards have started to get their green heads back. I welcome the return. A summertime mallard is a pitiful creature.

Spiders want to kill you.

on Sept. 14, 2016, at 7:17 p.m.
Sarah Smiley

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.
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) reacts after a play in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Sports Authority Field, Aug. 27, 2016.

I’m an obsessive shopper when it comes to knives and flashlights, but I’m no Von Miller

By Emmet Meara on Sept. 12, 2016, at 11:58 a.m.
Von has more than 100 pairs of glasses and 800 (that’s right) pairs of sneakers. I will no longer feel any guilt for my next knife, flashlight or lantern purchase.
Wayne E. Reilly

20 wealthy men supported Bangor soldiers’ families during Mexican expedition of 1916

By Wayne E. Reilly on Sept. 11, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
City officials were still trying to decide how to support the soldiers’ wives and children who had depended on their husband’s wages.
Northern Maine Community College President Tim Crowley welcomes 2015 and 2016 scholars to the campus for the 2016 scholar weekend earlier this year.

Aroostook Aspirations provides strong support to growing number of students

By Kathryn Olmstead on Sept. 08, 2016, at 5:48 p.m.
If you are a Gauvin Scholar, you can call the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative — a support system for a growing number of Aroostook County students.

Another Portland gallery is closing

on Sept. 07, 2016, at 6:02 p.m.
Sarah Smiley

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.