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TMI, Mom!

Let me preface this post with identifying myself as a certified OWL teacher. What’s OWL, you might ask? OWL is the acronym for Our Whole Lives, the Unitarian Universalist version of sex ed. That’s really a gross over-simplification; what makes OWL unique is its focus on intimacy, respect, and introspection, …

Jessica Falconer

Confessions
8:47 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Outdoors

Biking the Eastern Trail in Scarborough

Cycling is one of my favorite activities and my primary source of aerobic exercise.   The older I get the more I enjoy it.  A runner for almost forty years, I was compelled to quit after a knee replacement.  The knee guy said that if I kept running, I’d soon be …

Ron Chase

Seniors Not Acting Their Age
6:10 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Politics

LePage said 7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy. It was maybe 30.

Calling himself “a history buff,” Gov. Paul LePage revised Civil War history as we know it in a Tuesday radio interview when discussing the racially charged violence in Virginia and saying “7,600 Mainers fought for the Confederacy.” There is just a kernel of truth: Maine State Archivist David Cheever said that approximately 30 people are confirmed …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
6:00 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Business

Guide to your rights as a worker

In the US, a number of agencies work in conjunction to protect workers while on the job. These protections range from requirements to reasonably accommodate employees with disabilities to requiring health and safety measures at work. Each agency creates rules that support Congressionally passed laws. States also have a part …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
5:47 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Portland

Men are shopping more. And they’re being stupid about it.

Men are doing more grocery shopping today than in decades past. And guys? We’re being really stupid about it. A survey by Men’s Health magazine reportedly found that 84 percent of male respondents consider themselves the primary grocery shoppers for their households, a 19 percent jump compared to just 20 …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
4:15 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Homestead

Those rumors that baby powder cause cancer are true

A Los Angeles jury just awarded a woman $417 million in damages after she suffered from ovarian cancer as result of using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder on her perineum for decades.

Sarah Cottrell

Housewife Plus
4:09 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Health

Words of wisdom on caring for someone with Alzheimer’s

In this Catching Health podcast, I talk with world-renowned dementia and Alzheimer’s expert Teepa Snow. She shares practical skills and strategies

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
12:47 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Business

How Big Tech Companies Are Evolving

Tech companies in recent times have witnessed an increase in ideological and evolutionary development. Mostly, this has been inspired by the consumer’s need to solve problems using better versions of technological solutions. Tech companies are evolving not just by paying attention to their customer base but by studying the competition, …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
12:37 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Politics

Maine Republicans: Strike ‘insurance’ from Medicaid expansion question

Several Maine Republicans said Tuesday that the Medicaid expansion question on the November ballot shouldn’t contain the word “insurance.”

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
12:34 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Outdoors

1-minute hike: Esker Trail in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Difficulty: Easy. The narrow, 0.5-mile trail travels along the top of an esker on sandy soil that makes walking easy. Expect gradual slopes. How to get there: From a bend in Route 11 at the center of Stacyville (a town that is just north of Millinocket and Medway), turn left …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
12:30 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Seniors

How to build your healthcare team

I have been told countless times that I have a great medical team managing all of the different aspects of my autoimmune battle. “Absolutely!” I say. However, it hasn’t always been the case. For decades, various symptoms were surfacing; but each symptom was being treated without looking deeper into possible reasons …

Dawn DeBois

The Battle Within
12:23 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Politics

We, as ‘prisoners of hope,’ must fight hate mongering

Seeing unabashed Nazis was surely an awful sight to so many Americans, particularly those who lived during Hitler’s reign.

Amy Fried

Pollways
9:23 am Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Food

What to Do with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Stale Bread: Make Panzanella

At last, we have ripe tomatoes, really ripe ones, red through and through and sweet. I get to pick them out of the hoop house here in the garden, and maybe you have ripe ones in your garden, too. Surely the best tomatoes of summer must be available in farmers’ …

Sandy Oliver

Taste Buds
9:18 am Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Politics

Republicans send reinforcements for LePage’s campaign against Medicaid expansion

Good morning from Augusta, where a group of Republicans is expected to express concern about the wording of Maine’s 2017 Medicaid expansion referendum on Tuesday, showing that it’s not going to go unanswered in the public domain. Former Maine Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett, Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, and other …

Michael Shepherd

State & Capitol
9:00 am Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Food

Tomato Kvetch-up

Here’s a great recipe for tomato pasta sauce, but of course in the summer of 2017 who has tomatoes? Maybe, unlike my wife and I, you do.

Ned White

Journeys Over a Hot Stove
8:34 am Tuesday, August 22, 2017

More law changes – baiting and feeding deer, altering fish, and more

Each day this week, I’ll post columns about all the new laws and law changes that govern hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities. Here is column number one.  Moose Permits Selection procedure.   Permittees are selected by a public chance drawing, except that a permit must be issued to …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Sports

Jackson 5: All about the eclipse

By Aaron Jackson Although sports is my passion as I’ve gone through life I’ve always found it best to find other ventures that interest me as well. One of those has always been space. What’s out there and how does it affect us will always be a topic I’d be …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:04 am Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Business

Tips for selling your items online

If you don’t have the time or money to have your own garage sale, selling your items online is a great option to consider. From eBay to Craigslist and LetGo, there are plenty of online platforms to sell your junk with a mere click of a button. Choose What You …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
1:09 am Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Outdoors

Trolling….Not Just For Internet Creeps

Trolling in Maine has been a tradition for many years and I am quite frankly obsessed with this method of fishing.  For one it allows you to see more of a lake or pond and also in my experience this technique catches more fish.  This success is due to the …

Jon Peterson

Fishing Poles And Adventures
5:56 pm Monday, August 21, 2017

Living

Ever Heard of Steve Morse?

Steve Morse has compiled one of the most useful genealogy sites I’ve ever seen, with tons of helpful pages! The homepage is clean and straightforward, and the user can find what they’re looking for quickly. On the left-hand side is a list of categories, including Ellis Island and Castle Garden, …

Emily Schroeder

Emily's Genealogy Blog
5:37 pm Monday, August 21, 2017

Portland

A near perfect place to view the solar eclipse

BAR HARBOR – A little more than two minutes. That’s what the scientists and reporters said would be the length of time we would be able to see the eclipse at its peak. Somewhere around 2:40 in the afternoon and for just a few minutes. The question for many in Maine was where to spend those two minutes.

David Arenstam

My Secret Maine
4:28 pm Monday, August 21, 2017

Outdoors

Eagles among the pool noodles: Proof that it’s still summer

Despite reports to the contrary from some of my friends, summer is NOT over. In fact, we’ve got another month left in the season (and I haven’t even taken my week of summer vacation yet). If you’re seeking more evidence, look no further: My friend Billy Lander snapped these photos …

John Holyoke

Out There
3:48 pm Monday, August 21, 2017

Portland

You can probably understand what chickadees are saying. Kind of.

You, too, can speak chickadee. Or chickadese. Or whatever you call the language chickadees speak. We should be clear, here. You can’t communicate using specific terms with a chickadee. You couldn’t say, “Hey, chickadee, can you please go to the local market and pick me up a six-pack of soda,” …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
3:33 pm Monday, August 21, 2017

Business

9 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Property

Updating your home is a great way to invest in your future. For now, you will be able to enjoy your home more and when you decide to sell, your investment will pay off. The first thing you should consider when you are ready to invest in updating your home …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
2:12 pm Monday, August 21, 2017