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No lab test needed to tell columnist risk for heart disease

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 11, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
Last week, I wrote about the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool that the National Cancer Institute has placed online at cancer.gov/bcrisktool. As it happens, I was able to give Dr. Kimberly Lieber a copy of that Family Ties column since we had a date for surgery that day. I was …
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Risk test for breast cancer asks about ‘first-degree relatives’

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on May 04, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
What’s a first-degree relative, anyway? A woman doesn’t have to commit the answer to memory in order to use the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool that the National Cancer Institute has placed online at cancer.gov/bcrisktool. For purposes of the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, first-degree relatives include your mother, your …
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Grandma’s stories — turning gossip into genealogical fact

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 27, 2014, at 6:55 a.m.
Joe Anderson has chosen a wonderful topic for his keynote speech to the Southern Maine Genealogy Conference on Saturday, May 31, at Keeley’s Banquet Center, 178 Warren Ave. in Portland. The title is “Documenting Grandma’s Stories: Turning Gossip into Genealogical Fact.” Anderson, who is editor of the Maine Genealogist, the …
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Meditating On Pleasure

on April 20, 2014, at 9:13 p.m.
I have been meditating on the idea of pleasure as of late. As a mother it often feels as if pleasure escapes me because I erroneously believed that in order to experience its sweet bliss that I must first have the time to plan it and then the time to …
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Don’t let your ‘cloud’ take the place of real pictures

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 20, 2014, at 5:42 a.m.
Since my children are in their 30s, it’s been awhile since I had in my possession those packets of school portraits that allow parents to divvy up the 5-by-7s and wallet photos to send to family and friends. So I was quite excited to receive in the mail a manila …
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Cemetery group offers summer meetings, gravestone workshop

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on April 13, 2014, at 9:08 a.m.
It only takes a bit of sunshine and a warm breeze to lure us to head out to cemeteries, hoping to find an informative gravestone or grouping of markers that will allow us to make sense of the names and dates we’ve been busily compiling over the winter. Whenever you …
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Misleading marriage intentions for Gouldsboro woman

on April 06, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
We know that marriage intentions of years gone by are not proof that a couple were married, and yet, too often, we don’t follow through with plans to actually dig up that proof. Glenn D. Nasman, a mechanical engineer who has written several articles for The Maine Genealogist, the quarterly …
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Sauciers to hold reunion on Aug. 10 in Wallagrass

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 30, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
The Saucier Family was not Acadian, in that immigrant ancestor Louis Saucier settled in Quebec about 1666 rather than taking up residence with the Acadians in what is now Nova Scotia. Louis was born in 1625 or so, it seems, in St. Eustache, Paris, France, to Charles Saucier and Charlotte …
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The Six Scariest Words A Child Can Say

on March 25, 2014, at 5:55 a.m.
CRASH! I stood up from the couch, tilted my head just enough to hear into the depths of kid*palooza and then held my breath when I heard my son holler I can do it by myself! I can do it by myself. There was a sweet time when those were …
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Google makes me sick

on March 24, 2014, at 5:43 a.m.
I looked in the mirror and saw that the whites of my eyes looked yellow. Yellow. Like a jaundiced baby kind of yellow. Funny, I thought, they were not yellow yesterday. Did my liver fail in the last 12 hours? Huh…I should Google that. The overwhelming response from Google was …
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Military history, past and present, shows it’s a small world

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 23, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
Injured by rifle grenade in Belgium on Feb. 13, 1916, Maj. Warren Herbert Belyea, second in command of the 26th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, returned to battle on March 9, 1916. Eleven days later, he was “mortally wounded by a high-explosive shell at Watsonville” in the Battle of Kimmel Hill …
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Sunday Brunch: Fast and Fancy

on March 23, 2014, at 7:31 a.m.
  Every week I muster up some strength to put out a spread for my small brood of men. It is never terribly time consuming or expensive and is always made while simultaneously corralling children and answering the phone. Motherhood never takes a break, after all. Because I want to …
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Sleeping In

on March 22, 2014, at 7:48 a.m.
I miss sleeping in. I threaten to do it at least twice a week. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, I tell everyone, I will not get up before 9:00 am for anything. Unless there is a fire or someone is bleeding. Every weekend morning the children pounce on our bed …
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100 Things To Do In Maine With Kids

on March 21, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
     Take a selfie with Paul Bunyan      Eat a lobster      Crab fishing      Skip rocks      Bon fire      Visit the DeLorme Map Store to see the giant rotating globe in Yarmouth      Potato sack race      Swim in the ocean      Charter a sailboat (some are inexpensive!) …
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Wooing The Neighbor Girl

on March 20, 2014, at 7:50 a.m.
To my unprepared dismay, my little super hero announced that he must build a go-kart so that he can drive away to the neighbor’s house and save his girlfriend, because that is what super hero’s are supposed to do. What four year-old has a girlfriend?! According to the rather lengthy yarn …
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10 Reasons Why You Don’t Want To Be My Friend

on March 19, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
Life ruins friendships. There is no flowery way to put that. Sometimes getting a fancy new job means losing some friends. Sometimes moving away will be an effective way to kill off your entourage. For my social life, the slow inevitable death of my friendships came after I had children. …
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Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip are 3rd cousins through Victoria

By Roxanne Moore Saucier on March 09, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
Reading through the approved “souvenir programme” of The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from June 2, 1953, with its “Genealogical Table Showing the Descent of the Crown,” reminded me that both the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, are descended from Queen Victoria. In fact, the couple are …
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Short And Sweet: Myself Talks Back

on March 06, 2014, at 8:37 p.m.
I talk to myself a lot these days. Sometimes myself talks back. Usually the jibber jabber goes something like this: Oh, good grief…who left the flipping wet towels all over the bathroom floor? Whatever, I’ll just toss them in the next load. Oh, I should grab the new jug of …
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Everything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

on March 04, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
My husband put the kids to bed. Let me type that sentence again, because frankly, it is mystifying to me. My husband put the kids to bed. And he did it with absolutely no fuss or fluster from the kids. In addition to this parenting feat of brilliance, he also …
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Some Muffin Top Bravado

on March 03, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
You know what? I freaking love my muffin top. And I don’t mean that in some passive-aggressive defeatist way because dieting doesn’t work for me. The truth is, I have never cared much about my weight because my weight has simply never been much of an issue. I had kids. …
 
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