Articles by Emmet Meara

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‘Louie, Louie’ wasn’t a great song, but it never failed to get a party started

By Emmet Meara on May 04, 2015, at 12:47 p.m.
It was the worst of songs. It was the best of songs. It was “Louie, Louie” and we danced to that damn song more than anything but maybe “Midnight Hour” and “Wooly Bully.” For reasons unknown, my apartments and houses always were designated party central. As the appointed host, my …

You’ve got to get up early to buy Maine’s best sourdough bagel

By Emmet Meara on April 27, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
I blame it all on John Yanowicz, the bread maven. John and his chief helper Linda bake wonderful bread at their Connecticut farm. This started as a retirement activity which grew out of hand when their neighbors started begging for loaves of rye. John and Linda have great personalities, sure, …

Magazines are taking over my house

By Emmet Meara on April 20, 2015, at 5:46 p.m.
They are everywhere. Sports Illustrated is on the couch. Men’s Journal is on the bed. Vanity Fair is under the bed. The damned New Yorkers are all over the house — even in the car, somehow. I cannot figure out how to get all my magazines while I flee the …
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Camden recently lost an unforgettable character

By Emmet Meara on April 13, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
Reader’s Digest used to have a feature called “My Most Unforgettable Character.” C’mon, we all used to read it. I would have nominated Brad Drawbridge for my entry. Brad, who once ran Megunticook Corner Market with his fabulous wife, Susan, passed away April 4. When I bought my first house …
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Buying land in Florida turned out to be the dumbest thing I ever did

By Emmet Meara on April 06, 2015, at 12:37 p.m.
Paul Gibbons, my personal and highly paid attorney, was against it from the start. He stood on Camden Street and said, “Emmet. Let me get this straight. You are going to buy land, sight unseen, in Florida?” Poor Paul had not been in the Sunshine State to witness the blazing, …
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There’s nothing wrong with men wearing shorts, Fran Lebowitz

By Emmet Meara on March 30, 2015, at 12:15 p.m.
I must admit, I always thought they were the same person. I always admired Annie Leibovitz, the great and talented photographer, who took my job at Rolling Stone. Then there is Fran Lebowitz, who apparently is a social critic of some note, according to some people. Not me. I always …
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Departed friend provides heavenly guidance in Florida

By Emmet Meara on March 23, 2015, at 12:45 p.m.
Walter Griffin was everywhere last week. Walter, my great and very good friend, died last November at 68. He was so cool that he called from the hospital to say goodbye. He seemed comfortable that his life was about to end, more comfortable than anyone I ever knew. We worked …
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Visiting Ireland with my mother was a life-changing trip

By Emmet Meara on March 16, 2015, at 2:15 p.m.
I hate to admit it now, but I was always a little embarrassed by all this “Tura Lura” and “Danny Boy” Irish stuff that was the basis of a million horrid talent shows of my Boston youth. I will admit I enjoyed the wonderful noise of the step dancing. When …
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Potential side effects make taking today’s remedies an adventure

By Emmet Meara on March 09, 2015, at 5:23 p.m.
I have reached the point where I take a fistful of pills each day. Well, at least I am supposed to take them, on doctor’s orders. Most days I don’t because I cannot remember for the life of me what they are all for. But I believe them to be …
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The color of a dress doesn’t matter if you’re colorblind

By Emmet Meara on March 02, 2015, at 4:38 p.m.
I don’t give a tinker’s damn what anyone else says. That dress was gold and white. You might have been lost in a snow drift in Meddybemps last week, but the entire nation, nay, the world, was fighting over that dress on the Internet. If you haven’t seen it, it …
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Greetings from Florida after the trip from hell

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 23, 2015, at 12:50 p.m.
We all watch those travel shows on television, then search the Internet for travel hints and deals before we set off on our trips, don’t we? Well, I have a travel tip for you. Don’t ever set off anywhere on Friday the 13th. I know, you think that is an …
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Blown tire in Virginia thwarts my attempt to escape winter

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 16, 2015, at 11:26 a.m.
There was no snow in Harrisonburg, Virginia, until I got there this week. Served them right. I fled the blizzard of 2015 on Friday the 13th like I was Butch Cassidy with a posse on my trail. Vermont Jon had miraculously raised enough money to get my vintage Honda out …
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Car repairs ate my tax return, meaning no trip to Florida this winter

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 09, 2015, at 4:31 p.m.
Since the year 1993, I have fled the Maine winter for a visit to Florida for beer, baseball and beaches, not necessarily in that order. For many years I had season tickets to the Red Sox stadium at Fort Myers. Traditionally, this extravagance has been funded by my annual federal …

This winter is aging me rapidly

By Emmet Meara on Feb. 02, 2015, at 12:26 p.m.
I give up. I now consider myself old, if not elderly. It is mostly because of all this damn snow. Living at Cobb Manor these days is like living in one of those old snow balls that you would shake to make it snow. You don’t have to shake anything …
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The first Super Bowl, when nobody was worried about how much air was in the football

By Emmet Meara on Jan. 26, 2015, at 5:04 p.m.
No way. There is no way that the very first Super Bowl was held 49 years ago. That would make me very old and decrepit. On that Sunday when the Green Bay Packers met the Kansas City Chiefs for football supremacy, I was reluctantly rooting for the Chiefs. You see, …
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Golden oldie movies perfect for a rainy afternoon

By Emmet Meara on June 29, 2012, at 1:49 p.m.
I feel sorry for those people (no names, please) who see no value in old movies, very old movies. On these dark, endlessly rainy afternoons, I search mightily for a golden oldie, perhaps a war movie, perhaps a cowboy movie. Last week, I hit paydirt with “Santa Fe Trail” starring …
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A love affair with Bonnie Raitt

By Emmet Meara on June 08, 2012, at 12:16 p.m.
All right. I love her. I have loved her for 40 years. Maybe more. We don’t meet very often, every couple of years. That only makes the heart grow fonder. We meet in places such as Boston, Fort Myers, Hampton Beach, Concord and Portland. It is always loud and noisy, …
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Distilling wisdom from literature — the easy way

By Emmet Meara on May 25, 2012, at 3:49 p.m.
You take your knowledge, like your pleasure, where you can find it, according to a Cobb Manor tenet. While cruising the Web this week, I came across, a website which distills wisdom from various classical literature. I don’t know about you, but I simply don’t have the time to …
Recently, crime-writing doyenne Martha Grimes, 81, received the Mystery Writers of America'’s highest award, the Grand Master, joining legendary honorees such as Agatha Christie, John le Carre and Elmore Leonard. Shown in an Arlington, Va., restaurant, Grimes is a Pittsburgh girl who spent summers in western Maryland and now lives in Bethesda, Md. Her newest book is "Fadeaway Girl."

Who is Martha Grimes?

By Emmet Meara on May 11, 2012, at 11:25 a.m.
It was a mystery. How did Martha Grimes, 81, win the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America when I had never heard of her? If you gave me the choice of the Pulitzer Prize or the Nobel Peace Prize, I would prefer the Edgar Award, given out …
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Rockland’s food on the map for greatness

By Emmet Meara on May 04, 2012, at 6:08 p.m.
I can remember when a “gourmet meal” in Rockland consisted of a burger and (fabulous) fries at G.I. Mom’s, a lunch wagon parked beside the Oasis Bar. Now, the city wins a foodie award every other week. This week, it is The Daily Meal website that has placed Rockland among …
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