Blogs and Columns

Emmet Meara

Harvard linguist not averse to flaunting word skills

By Emmet Meara on Jan. 16, 2017, at 11:47 a.m.
There is no such word as irregardless. The word is regardless, dummy.
Wayne E. Reilly

Boozileers make last minute effort to pull the plug on Bangor’s liquor trade

By Wayne E. Reilly on Jan. 15, 2017, at 11:22 a.m.
Bangor’s famed liquor empire faced an uncertain future a century ago as the nation marched toward prohibition.

A little more time, please.

on Jan. 14, 2017, at 1:59 p.m.

Portland company creates Tom Brady bag

on Jan. 13, 2017, at 2:58 p.m.
Artist Bill Duncan a neighbor of the Jepsons on Madawaska Lake, experiments with a new painting technique on a beach in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Couple preserves culture, history of northern Maine on video

By Kathryn Olmstead on Jan. 12, 2017, at 2:09 p.m.

This Portland coffee shop’s lattes come with unicorns and bears

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 2:40 p.m.
Latte art has been part of the coffee circuit for years. But most baristas don’t freestyle like this on a daily basis.
Sarah Smiley

If 1950s women were trapped, so are we

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 10, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
In 50 years, people will look at media from today and laugh at the impossible parenting standards that were placed on us.

A restaurant that opened with fanfare is closing after only 15 months

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
What went wrong?

College education didn’t prepare homeowner for clogged drain

By Emmet Meara on Jan. 09, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
I wasted five years of my young life at Northeastern University. They never taught me anything about pipes and drains.
The snow is really piling up on Rusty Metal Farm. Could 2017 be another record-breaking year?

How to survive a Maine winter? With plenty of friends

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 05, 2017, at 1:22 p.m.
“Welcome to winter 2017 on Rusty Metal Farm, where it’s shaping up to be a banner season and the only reason I am not filing a change-of-address form to The Bahamas is — as so often the case — thanks to my neighbors and friends.”
Sarah Smiley

What I learned from my first colonoscopy

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 03, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
Here are some things I learned from my first colonoscopy.

After 18 years, the Public Market House’s cheese shop is closing

on Jan. 03, 2017, at 2 p.m.
The owner of K. Horton Specialty Foods in the Public Market House announced on New Year’s Day she is closing shop.
"I am a total addict. There is no 12-step program for me. I am on my own as the veil of addiction settles over my life. I know others who are addicted, just not as bad. I cannot stop. I cannot help myself. It isn’t alcohol. It isn’t drugs. It isn’t even Ben & Jerry’s vanilla bean ice cream. It’s solitaire. Now you don’t even need a deck of cards to play, just a smartphone."

I’m hopelessly addicted to a card game

By Emmet Meara on Jan. 02, 2017, at 11:37 a.m.
“I am a total addict. There is no 12-step program for me. I am on my own as the veil of addiction settles over my life.”
Wayne Reilly

Maine peonage law jailed logging camp deserters a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on Jan. 01, 2017, at 9:44 a.m.
“The Maine law has proven to be very obnoxious. … [H]undreds of men have been convicted and forced to serve a sentence in jail for no offence other than being in debt.”

A peek at Portland’s first restaurant opening of 2017

on Dec. 30, 2016, at 2:09 p.m.
Portlanders hungry for authentic Chinese cuisine, inflected with chili peppers, cinnamon and anise, have been knocking on Sichuan Kitchen’s door for months.
Russell Currier competes during the men's individual biathlon of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

Maine biathlete enjoys competition on big stage in Europe

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 29, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
Russell Currier, Aroostook County’s own world-class biathlete, is maintaining a presence on the 2016-2017 World Cup circuit in Europe.

$60K coffee cup sculpture, pride of a Portland cafe, damaged badly

on Dec. 29, 2016, at 2:29 p.m.
“To deface a piece of artwork is really hurtful. It’s not replaceable. You really hurt a group of us.”

A modern general store opens in Portland

on Dec. 28, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
“We are interested in supporting a community that supports us.”
Sarah Smiley

One resolution I’m not making in 2017

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 27, 2016, at 6:29 p.m.
On our drive home from Virginia last year, I announced to everyone in the car, “I’m not eating desserts for a year.”

this is teeotally fine

on Dec. 27, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.