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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


Butler giving Rams big lift down the stretch

Katie Butler admitted that it took a while to settle into her new role. The Bangor High School senior center had always been surrounded by talented, experienced players like older sister Mary and Cordelia Stewart inside and guards Sarah Bragg and Emily Gilmore. Thrust into a more prominent role this …

Larry Mahoney

Fast Breaks
4:30 pm Friday, February 17, 2017


Work Less, Live More

The American Dream tells us that if we work hard enough we can have it all. Companies tell us that if we buy their products that our lives will be easier and therefore better.  We, as a society buy a lot and “need” a lot so we must work longer …

Kara Addington

Resourcefully Yours
3:49 pm Friday, February 17, 2017


Aroostook Outdoor News: 2.17.17 edition

In this edition: 1) Free #IceFishing this weekend in #AroostookCounty and the entire #StateOfMaine. 2) #Winter wellness days in #MarsHillME, #FortKentME, and #HoultonME. 3) A #classic #NordicSkiRace in #LimestoneME. Plus lots more! #offugo… #AroostookThing of the week: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Free Fishing Weekend! It’s time to …

Mark Shea

3:35 pm Friday, February 17, 2017


Snowstorms are much more fun when you don’t drive in them

I call that an epic snowstorm. In Bangor, the snow began at six o’clock Sunday evening and ended around the same time Monday. Two feet of snow fell during those 24 hours. We never lost power or heat. Two different cable channels were running marathons of the original Star Trek …

Hank Garfield

Slower Traffic
3:33 pm Friday, February 17, 2017


The old Asylum nightclub is now called Aura and it’s huge

The graffiti mural wall off Free Street was destroyed to make way for the improved stage, but owners have hired the same artist to create a new one.

Kathleen Pierce

Urban Eye
3:16 pm Friday, February 17, 2017


Moose standing on a car is also having trouble with his commute

Here is a strong contender for Moose of the Year, and it’s only February.

Samuel Shepherd

12:54 pm Friday, February 17, 2017


A skilled blogger knows to read other blogs

You will never be a skilled blogger if you’re not also reading other blogs.

Sarah Cottrell

12:44 pm Friday, February 17, 2017


Baby boomer pet parents unleash their purse strings

Think about this: There are more than 75 million baby boomers in the U.S., and we control about 70% of the country’s disposable income. We also make up a significant portion of pet parents: Nearly 80 million U.S. households own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association; of …

Roxanne Jones

Boomer Haiku
12:13 pm Friday, February 17, 2017