LIFE DOWNEAST
    Classmates and teachers we have known are like chapters in a big book of life we carry. On some of the pages are interactions or relationships we might have had with any of them: a hug, a smile, a stern look, laughter, tears, winning ways,… Read More
    NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY
    Earlier this week, the Senate opened a session with a foul blast of partisanship. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell discussed the day’s schedule and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded. Next came a short break when no senator may speak. Sen. Susan Collins asked for agreement of all… Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    King’s Bipartisan Push to Address National Parks Backlog and Fund LWCF Gains Momentum Senator King, the Ranking Member on the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, is a lead sponsor of the Restore Our Parks Act and a steadfast supporter of the LWCF googletag.cmd.push(function () { //… Read More
    CATCHING HEALTH
    We all have our own perspectives on the effects of COVID-19 on our lives. I am grateful to have this blog where I can share information and people's stories, including my own sometimes. This short story comes from Sister Miriam Therese Callnan. Read More
    FRANCO-AMERICAN NEWS AND CULTURE
    There was a time when there was no border. U.S.- CANADA- I’ve heard from two Franco-Americans who are personally impacted by the temporary closing of the US border with Canada, because of the caronavirus. One is an American citizen who is a native of Grand Isle,… Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    Big Fight in the North Woods: CMP’s Proposed Powerline by Jeff Reardon googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot var slot_sizes = [[300,250]]; var new_slot_sizes = []; var has_banner = false; for (var i = 0; i < slot_sizes.length; i++) { if (isMobileDevice()) { if (slot_sizes[i][0] googletag.cmd.push(function… Read More
    CATCHING HEALTH
    As we all try to grapple with being isolated, some people are doing better than others. It's a difficult time and one that Val Walker never anticipated when she wrote her book (out today) 400 Friends and No One to Call. We spoke on the phone recently and she shared how she came to write the book, as well as some wisdom about dealing with our current situation. Read More
    PINE TREE POLITICS
    I don’t typically write follow up columns to things I wrote, but in this case I’m going to have to make an exception. A couple weeks ago, the column I wrote in these very pages declared in rather concrete terms that I was not worried… Read More
    GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST
    Isolation: The “desert island cartoon gag. Read More
    DAVID FARMER
    It’s time we retire the idea of “essential” and “non-essential” workers. If the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated anything, it’s that all the cogs in our economic machine are essential. Pull too many bits and pieces out, and the whole thing risks grinding to… Read More
    MAINE AT WAR
    The first death that Louisa May Alcott witnessed as a Civil War nurse likely involved a Maine soldier — and the other witness was a Mainer by way of Ireland. We remember Alcott as an extraordinary writer and poet, and the recent movie Little Women recalled… Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    I’ve enjoyed all of Paul Doiron’s novels, and I found his new novel, One Last Lie, to be particularly engaging. I was especially pleased to obtain the book while we were stuck at home due to the corona virus. Paul’s novel provided great entertainment for several days. Read More