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
    CATCHING HEALTH
    As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, including in Maine and the rest of the United States, the information we receive can sometimes be misleading and/or confusing. That's why it's important to get it from a trusted source. One of mine is Dr. Dora Anne Mills. Read More
    CATCHING HEALTH
    The threat of COVID-19 has turned our world(s) upside down. People isolated at home, some working, some out of a job, some not well, many feeling overwhelmed and uncertain. Pete Smith's story is that the business he and his partner Gudrun worked so hard to build is now closed. But as you'll see, Pete's an optimist. Read More
    SENIORS NOT ACTING THEIR AGE
    Franconia Ridge in northwestern New Hampshire is one of the two most spectacular ridge hikes in New England; Knife Edge on Mount Katahdin being the other. Franconia has a couple of significant advantages; two 5,000 foot peaks instead of one and hikers can drive to the trailhead in… Read More
    CATCHING HEALTH
    Wayne Newell is a Passamaquoddy Indian Man who was born and raised on the Pleasant Point Indian Reservation in Maine. After getting a master's degree at Harvard he and his family made their home on the nearby Indian Township Reservation, where he taught until his retirement in 2012. Although struggling with health issues, Wayne's mind and spirit are going strong. I hope you enjoy and will learn from our conversation. I did. Read More
    GEORGE'S OUTDOOR NEWS
    Joseph Souza of Portland is an award-winning novelist and one of my favorites, but I’ve got to say I think his new novel, The Perfect Daughter, is his best yet. Souza was an intelligence analyst for the drug enforcement agency in Washington DC, which probably gave… Read More