LIFE DOWNEAST
    As we grow older, a glance at the clock in many instances surprises us. Where did the time go? I guess time is as time does. Excuse the “Gump-ism,” but often I think we live in a world of “isms” and acronyms, because we are forever competing with… Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    Every Christmas, you’re going to want to read All Is Calm, a wonderful collection of Christmas stories starting in the 1800s. Shannon Butler did a great job finding and publishing these Christmas stories. Shannon must have done a lot of research to find these great stories… Read More
    SENIORS NOT ACTING THEIR AGE
    The end of 2019 was not good for Nordic skiing in Maine. Snowstorms were invariably followed by warm weather, rain, or mixed precipitation. Suffering from ski envy, a group of Maine seniors resolved to search for an alternative. Fortunately, a skiing paradise is located just a few… Read More
    GEORGE DANBY | EDITORIAL CARTOONIST
    The recent recording appears to contradict statements by President Trump and support the narrative that has been offered by Parnas during broadcast interviews in recent days. Sources familiar with the recording said the recording was made during an intimate April 30, 2018, dinner at the Trump International Hotel in… Read More
    JEFF SOLARI'S SPORTS CHOWDAH
    “If I woke Up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.” I love that line from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. And boy does it apply right now, just hours removed from the UMaine men’s hockey team winning not… Read More
    NOTES FROM A CORNER OF THE COUNTRY
    At least five of the Democratic presidential candidates, including Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, worry a Democratic president would face a hostile Supreme Court and want to add more justices to the Court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has used his GOP caucus to block judicial… Read More
    FROM BELOW AND TO THE LEFT
    AP Photo/Mary Schwalm Once upon a time, David Brooks, the New York Times editorial writer, was a relatively mainstream Republican. A cultural conservative, who believed in “family values” and “fiscal conservatism,” he proudly carried the mantle of a calm American traditionalism, ever skeptical of… Read More
    FRANCO-AMERICAN NEWS AND CULTURE
    TOPSHAM and LEWISTON– A pleasant and surprise encounter with Franco-American artist Mercedes Gastonguay occurred when I happened to attend the Topsham Public Library’s “Joy of Art 2020”, exhibit on January 18, at the opening reception. She submitted two scenic entries to the art exhibit: “High Tide at Monhegan… Read More