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5 foods I never eat to lose weight

What are the 5 foods you must never at to lose weight? I checked one list and the 5 foods weren’t actually foods, they were ingredients in foods. One of them was high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Being a curious person I did some research on why I should never …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
5:56 am Monday, February 20, 2017


The famous Mainer who was the last man to die of Civil War wounds

The bullet mangled his guts beyond repair — but it took 50 agonizing years before he finally succumbed to his injuries.

Troy R. Bennett

BDN Portland
5:30 am Monday, February 20, 2017


Legislators: Keep us safe

Maine State legislators have an enormous job. We rely on them to make good decisions on our behalf. We rely on them to help keep us safe. That’s why it’s important that they make decisions based on evidence and research. Evidence-based and evidence-informed policymaking means that our decision-makers are using …

Alison Webb

They’ll be hunting deer on March 2 at the legislature

Let’s call this Deer Day. The legislature’s IFW Committee has scheduled hearings on 8 deer bills for 1 pm, March 2, in Room 206 in the Cross Building next to the Capitol. The Committee has already killed one deer bill which would have allowed senior hunters to shoot does anytime …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Monday, February 20, 2017


LePage should get a waiver for easier Mainecare access to bariatric surgery

Since the LePage administration is so concerned about obesity, I’m surprised such a waiver isn’t high on the list of priorities — especially considering adult obesity in Maine is a much bigger problem than childhood obesity.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
2:29 am Monday, February 20, 2017


First Maine Driver to Win at Daytona International Speedway and He Is From the County

Episode 199 February 19, 2017 Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault Is First Maine Driver to Win at Daytona International Speedway Aroostook County is constantly being bombarded with negative news it seems. Drugs, high unemployment, poverty and bad news sometimes can seem like normal. This weekend made some of that bad news …

Tom Hale

Up North Motorsports
12:02 am Monday, February 20, 2017


This bald eagle in a Maine river will make you resent that it is still winter

If you didn’t miss summer, you do now. This video was posted on R/Maine recently, despite being posted in summer 2014. It shows an eagle meandering through the Kennebec River in Richmond. The person who captured the video believed that the eagle had hurt itself, but I think it was just enjoying …

Samuel Shepherd

2:36 pm Sunday, February 19, 2017


Bananas and ugly belly fat

Bananas are believed by some to cause ugly belly fat. The opposite is true. Bananas should be part of your belly fat fighting arsenal. Here is why. Bananas fight depression and bad moods. Emotional eating is a leading cause of obesity. Depression is an emotion that many people try to …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
6:53 am Sunday, February 19, 2017


Emilitsa – Greek food best described in superlatives

Valentine’s Day had love in the air and my wife and I were prepared with reservations at Emilitsa on Congress St. As Portland’s only traditional Greek restaurant – there are a few Mediterranean joints – they quietly go about their business without too much fanfare, having been a relatively longstanding …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
6:50 am Sunday, February 19, 2017


Planning your garden? Why not go organic?

If you’re like the rest of us during these cold winter months, you are probably thinking about your spring and summer gardens, and you might even be thinking of doing something different this year. If you haven’t tried growing your veggies organically, this might be the year to do that. …

Bill Baker

Speaking Organically
2:47 pm Saturday, February 18, 2017


How do you know what stuff your kids want?

One thing I hear frequently from my customers is they don’t want to part with furniture, appliances, kitchen items, etcetera, they are not using, in case their kids, friends, or someone they know might want it someday. I was one of those kids once myself. Post college, my mother helped …

Bettina Blanchard

Life Simplified
1:20 pm Saturday, February 18, 2017


Our favorite weatherman Frankie McDonald receives award from YouTube

We can’t get enough of his passionate reporting that makes us ask a little more from our TV weathermen. It turns out we’re not the only ones who love Frankie.

Samuel Shepherd

12:50 pm Saturday, February 18, 2017


Surprise! J.J. Abrams announces new Stephen King series on Hulu, “Castle Rock”

Stephen King fans were likely taken by surprise on Friday, when super-producer J.J. Abrams’ company Bad Robot dropped a teaser trailer for a new Hulu limited series called “Castle Rock.” While very little is known about the series, the trailer points to many of King’s most iconic characters and locations, …

Emily Burnham

Culture Shock
11:20 am Saturday, February 18, 2017


School Vacation – A week of chasing stories, ghosts, and a land not forgotten

For the next seven days, my wife and I are going to travel through the countryside of Ireland and try to recharge the batteries. For my students who might be reading this, yes, that’s considered a euphemism for the infirmities of passing well into the fifth decade of life.

David Arenstam

My Secret Maine
9:16 am Saturday, February 18, 2017


Hunkering down with gratitude and smelts

I don’t mean to be tedious, but our serial snowstorms last weekend found me feeling, once again, so grateful. Unlike many rural Mainers, Douglas and I live in a warm, weather-tight house within just a few miles of critical conveniences like a grocery store, a gas station and an ambulance …

Meg Haskell

Living it Forward
8:54 am Saturday, February 18, 2017


Your Ticker Talking, “Too Much Salt!”

I asked my husband to pick up some tomato sauce the other day and what he came home with made my heart skip a beat.  I looked at the label and couldn’t believe what I saw – enough dietary sodium to get my heart pounding!  My mouth is drying up like a …

Barbara Groth

Healthier You
8:00 am Saturday, February 18, 2017


George Washington’s warning recalled as we mark his birthday

On Monday, we will celebrate Washington’s Birthday. Not Presidents’ Day.  Washington’s Birthday is the official U.S. and Maine government designation of the day.  To remember other presidents, some outright failures, the day honoring Washington has become a commercial holiday. But we should remember this country’s good fortune to have been …

Gordon L. Weil

Notes from a Corner of the Country
7:01 am Saturday, February 18, 2017


10 Sure-fire ways to cope with cabin fever

It is inevitable that people who live in snowy climates develop cabin fever. This post provides some great coping strategies.

Molly Stevens

Shallow Reflections™
6:00 am Saturday, February 18, 2017


Winter weekends weight loss strategy that works

There are plenty of disadvantages created by winter and few advantages. We’re very familiar with the disadvantages, short cold days, long dark nights, increased hedonic hunger signals and that’s during the week when we have the structure of kids in school and work. On the weekends the structure is gone, …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
5:34 am Saturday, February 18, 2017


Don’t tell Mom…

As part of our “Mom” caregiver community, this method of sharing responsibilities allows for others to help out. My youngest niece, who is a Senior in high school 7 hours away, called Mom to see how she was after the procedure and the blizzard.

Kelly Cotiaux

Lunch with Mom
3:14 am Saturday, February 18, 2017


It’s Friday. Here’s a happy story.

The guy who hates the Environmental Protection Agency maybe more than anyone is now running it; a happy story; and a political scorecard says the City Council isn’t as progressive as you might think.

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:45 pm Friday, February 17, 2017


Free medical marijuana certification for veterans in Winthrop on the 25th

I’m more than happy to use my blog to let any veterans who might be interested know that there’s a medical marijuana event in Winthrop on the 25th that’s geared toward them.

Patricia Callahan

Mainely Thoughts
5:45 pm Friday, February 17, 2017