Finding your style

on Aug. 30, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
Style is a very slow thing in coming, and it requires its own space to evolve.

First Bites: Big J’s Chicken Shack

on Aug. 29, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
Every summer, it seems like there is always one restaurant that I’m anticipating the most. For months, I’ve heard talk about a fried chicken shack coming to Thompson’s Point. Well, it’s finally open and worth the wait. Here’s what to expect from Big J’s Chicken Shack!
Allison Reid and Bob Johnson embrace outside their soon-to-open toast bar.

Toast bar opens in South Portland this fall

By Kathleen Pierce on Aug. 29, 2016, at 11:41 a.m.
“Opening a toast bar has been my dream for 12 years.”

The passing parade

on Aug. 29, 2016, at 7:43 a.m.
The Marginal Way is a metaphor for life: a cavalcade, a passing parade, in which our own appearance is terribly brief. Best to use it well.

Connecticut musician composes a song to honor returning veteran Pvt. Jewett Williams

on Aug. 28, 2016, at 9:11 p.m.
Connecticut’s first official state troubadour has honored in song the wartime saga of Pvt. Jewett Williams and of his transcontinental and century-spanning journey from Oregon to Maine. Named the first official troubadour of the Nutmeg State in 1991, Callinan is a co-owner of the Norwich-based Crackerbarrel Entertainments in Norwich, Conn. …

Life behind a nametag: Do you wear your name on your shirt?

on Aug. 28, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
In decades of being gainfully employed I have never* had to wear a badge with my name on it. I never really thought much about them. The bag girl at the local supermarket has one, flight attendants wear them, my daughter had polo shirts with her name when she drove …

Introducing, Peter Peter Portland Eater

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 1:33 p.m.
My name is Peter Peter Portland Eater and I do exactly that, eating in and around Portland.

Painting along the Marginal Way

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 7:08 a.m.
The men and women who gave land into the public trust during the last century were great visionaries. They recognized that the coast would eventually be built up and that we would need access to it.

The art of political domination

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 8:37 a.m.
Were I forced to live in a palace, I’d abdicate. The weight of these ancient stones is not romantic to me; it’s oppressive. But then again, so is modern air travel.

The right one at the right time: the beauty of bookish fate

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 4:06 p.m.
Certain books come to you only when they are meant to, when you are ready to receive whichever message they carry within their pages. However these books appear, they show up at a time when you need them most. That’s one of the most magical things about books. It’s as …
Loaded campfire pizza

The joy of campfire cooking

By Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Aug. 23, 2016, at 3:11 p.m.
There’s still time to squeeze in one last hurrah before fall unfolds. May we suggest a campfire cookout?
The ingredients for a slow cooker bibimbap are easy to come by: chili sauce, vegetables, kimchee and an egg.

How a slow cooker can be a college kid’s go-to appliance

By Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune on Aug. 23, 2016, at 2:06 p.m.
Slow cookers can be amazingly versatile whether you use it in your room (check the dorm rules first) or in a communal kitchen.

These people are my people

on Aug. 23, 2016, at 4:08 a.m.
It was quite possible that the whole story was a tale told by an unwed mother to assuage her son in an age when bastardy was a real social curse.

Burial of returned Civil War vet Jewett Williams will shift from Togus to Hodgdon

on Aug. 22, 2016, at 5:46 p.m.
  Apparently abandoned by his immediate family after his death in 1922, Maine Civil War veteran Jewett Williams has been commandeered by distant relatives prior to his burial in 2016 … … and the volunteers responsible for respectfully transporting his cremains from Oregon to Maine are unhappy about the bombshell …

Chicken and Corn Quesadillas

on Aug. 22, 2016, at 5:16 p.m.
There are probably only about half a million things to do with chicken and I’m going to add yet one more to the list. This recipe is another from the Tex-Mex collection that Josephine Belknap sent me a couple years ago. The original recipe called for crab, but Josephine crossed …

White Sands of Iona

on Aug. 22, 2016, at 3:56 a.m.
Each of us plotted, in our own way, a plan to return to Iona. For me, that means a trip with my painting kit.

Gone fishin’

on Aug. 21, 2016, at 8:56 a.m.
Moving on… great memories, many happy moments. But… time to move on.

Four mouthwatering ways to blow your diet in Maine

on Aug. 20, 2016, at 6:39 a.m.
      Moonbat City Baking Co., BelfastStory continues below advertisement. If you’re going to blow your diet, this is the place to go.  Try drizzling honey over layer over flakey layer of the sumptuous croissants.  But get there early, as they often sell out.     Flexit Cafe and …

West Bay Rotary Club to hold annual Chowder Challenge

By Jenifer Harris on Aug. 19, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Camden Town Landing, Public Landing, Camden, Maine For more information: 236-7997 or 975-1177; CAMDEN, Maine — West Bay Rotary Club will hold its annual Chowder Challenge 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Camden Town Landing during the 2016 Camden …

Suddenly Spying is an imaginative and very entertaining novel

on Aug. 19, 2016, at 8:28 a.m.
Gin Mackey  has a tremendous imagination and she puts it all to work in her novel, Suddenly Spying. The subtitle, A Mapcap Caper, doesn’t begin to describe it. The plot is imaginative, that’s for sure, with Nora Gallagher joining her sister as a secret agent and spy, sent to Barlanadana …