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Homestead

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

This last Christmas I gave myself a beautiful gift: the gift of confidence, strength and acceptance. Where did I buy this gift, you wonder? I bought myself a work-out DVD set, called  ‘All in 18.’ I read about it in a magazine, Women’s Health, and there were a few exercises …

Edith Schriever

Double Dutch plus Three
11:11 am Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sports

How to lose weight and save money

Weight loss is an expensive proposition. You have to buy expensive food that nobody else in the household can eat. Dieting can make your food bill more than double. Then there is the expense of a gym membership or buying expensive home gym equipment. “Too expensive” is often a reason why somebody …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
8:21 am Sunday, March 26, 2017

Homestead

Gardening au naturel?

I never thought about gardening au naturel – in the buff, in the nude – why would you want to?  I guess the soil might feel good on bare feet, but if it does, then why not just take off your shoes? We had a friend who gardened in the …

Bill Baker

Speaking Organically
6:50 am Sunday, March 26, 2017

Downeast

Why does everyone, all-of-a-sudden, have a service dog?

A Maine woman was booted from an airline this week allegedly because the airline suspected that she might be not really have a legitimate service animal.  In this case, the passenger happened to be blind and had a seeing eye dog. This  story hit home with me.  No, I’m not …

Maria Lamb

Wicked Awesome Maine!
5:26 am Sunday, March 26, 2017

Downeast

Why does everyone, all-of-a-sudden, have a service dog?

A Maine woman was booted from an airline this week allegedly because the airline suspected that she might be not really have a legitimate service animal.  In this case, the passenger happened to be blind and had a seeing eye dog. This  story hit home with me.  No, I’m not …

Maria Lamb

Wicked Awesome Maine!
5:26 am Sunday, March 26, 2017

Living

Family Tree Maker change!

According to Diane Haddad of the Family Tree Magazine staff, Software MacKiev, who bought Family Tree Maker early in 2016, will be releasing the 2017 version on March 31st. In previous versions TreeSync was used to sync your trees on Ancestry.com; now they’re using something different, called FamilySync. If you …

Emily Schroeder

Emily's Genealogy Blog
6:14 pm Saturday, March 25, 2017

Outdoors

For Women’s History Month, stories of women of Acadia National Park

If you know a little of the history of Acadia National Park, you know who the “father of Acadia” is. But less well-known are the women who were also critical in the early days, by donating land and money or otherwise helping to shape the park. In celebration of Women’s …

Dolores Kong & Dan Ring

Acadia on My Mind
3:32 pm Saturday, March 25, 2017

Homestead

Two things that have changed my life this winter

It might be an understatement to say I’m not like other people.  Just the other day, a relative remarked to me during a Facebook chat that I “really do have a lot of interesting idiosyncrasies.” So it will come as no surprise to anyone when I tell you there are …

Kathy Bernier

The Practical Prepsteader
12:36 pm Saturday, March 25, 2017

Living

Golden Gate Bridge…in Bangor?

We all have days when we think we’re not going to make it where we need to go. I know I have! And, I’m sure you’ve had times at the airport when you weren’t sure you were going to make it to your next flight. You know those days…you land …

Allison Markey

Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited
10:19 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Politics

The Designated Driver is a better Idea than the Designated Hitter

I am a Red Sox fan. I’ve been lucky to live long enough to see them win three World Series, a feat that eluded Ted Williams, my father’s hero, and Carl Yastrzemski, mine. At the center of those three championship teams was David Ortiz, widely regarded as the best designated …

Hank Garfield

Slower Traffic
8:39 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Opinion

GOP right wing – moderate split makes ACA reform impossible; bring on the Dems

The Affordable Care Act and its reform are causing confusion.  Here’s what we know. It covers more people than did the free market system and changes some of the terms of insurance policies, but it does not abolish the market. Conservatives dislike it because they believe it substitutes government for …

Gordon L. Weil

Notes from a Corner of the Country
6:45 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Portland

Mexican eatery happy hour good but dinner better

St. Patrick’s Day made Mexican the obvious choice for a dinner, so I met my wife and a couple friends at Taco Escobarr, a full service eatery and drinkery specializing in all things south of the border. Located on Congress St. in the heart of what I’ll call the Congress …

Peter Blanchette

Peter Peter Portland Eater at BDN
6:40 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Health

Tips on eating when you’re undergoing cancer treatment

Poor nutrition can impact a cancer patient’s treatment and their body’s ability to heal. The Cancer Community Center helps people overcome obstacles to eating.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Health

Tips on eating when you’re undergoing cancer treatment

Poor nutrition can impact a cancer patient’s treatment and their body’s ability to heal. The Cancer Community Center helps people overcome obstacles to eating.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
6:00 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Todd gets well-deserved recognition from Wildlife Society

Charlie Todd is a great wildlife biologist, so it was wonderful to learn recently that he received the highest honor from the Maine Wildlife Society, an organization of fisheries and wildlife professionals. I’m very familiar with Charlie’s work on restoring bald eagles in Maine, and I’m very appreciative of that …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Downeast

Where is the best place to list my vacation rental now?

Where should I list my vacation rental by owner? Disclaimer:  By the time this is published, I’m sure there will be even more changes with the vacation rental listing companies.  It seems every day one company or another tweaks their website or changes their terms and conditions.  Many owners are …

Maria Lamb

Wicked Awesome Maine!
4:56 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Downeast

Where is the best place to list my vacation rental now?

Where should I list my vacation rental by owner? Disclaimer:  By the time this is published, I’m sure there will be even more changes with the vacation rental listing companies.  It seems every day one company or another tweaks their website or changes their terms and conditions.  Many owners are …

Maria Lamb

Wicked Awesome Maine!
4:56 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Outdoors

Becoming a Functionally Moving Body. It is not a jump squat, it is a squat jump.

Life would be easier if we called things what they are. We tell people to ‘call a spade a spade’ but most of us continue to call it a shovel. We call it ‘stop and go,’ but the activity requires us to go before we can stop. Before we go, …

Genie Jennings

Becoming...
3:32 am Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sports

Joe Harasymiak on Pro Day

University of Maine football coach Joe Harasymiak joined Downtown to discuss the team’s Pro Day with Rich Kimball and Bruce Pratt. Harasymiak also talked about the CAA All-Academic Team, which included nineteen Black Bears, and let us in on the change in the opening game schedule, that will now see …

Rich Kimball

Downtown with Rich Kimball
6:59 pm Friday, March 24, 2017

Outdoors

April Fool’s Day and the end of the year!

During the Middle Ages New Year’s Day was celebrated on March 25 in most European cities and towns as it way near the Vernal Equinox.  Often the celebration lasted a week, and the last day was a day of pranks and jokes which today we observe as April Fool’s Day. …

Shawn Laatsch

Eye on Maine Skies!
6:55 pm Friday, March 24, 2017

Portland

The latest Long Creek controversy

Tonight, House leaders called off a vote on the health care plan; the head of Long Creek was placed on leave; and strange white stuff appears to be falling from the sky.

Dan MacLeod

BDN Portland
6:45 pm Friday, March 24, 2017

Opinion

America’s other Football, Nationalism, and the Dilemma of Importing Human Capital

The recent Bangor Daily News article “Slower visa approval could worsen Maine’s doctor shortage” made me think about the dilemma of importing foreign talent to solve a local problem, something very similar to what happened when the U.S. Soccer Federation hired the German footballer Jurgen Klinsmann to steer U.S. soccer …

Stefano Tijerina

The Glocal
3:05 pm Friday, March 24, 2017