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Life-size stormtrooper balloon was creepy and endearing

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 17, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Unfortunately, Jason is no longer with us.
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If 1950s women were trapped, so are we

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 10, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
In 50 years, people will look at media from today and laugh at the impossible parenting standards that were placed on us.
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What I learned from my first colonoscopy

By Sarah Smiley on Jan. 03, 2017, at 5:15 p.m.
Here are some things I learned from my first colonoscopy.
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One resolution I’m not making in 2017

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 27, 2016, at 6:29 p.m.
On our drive home from Virginia last year, I announced to everyone in the car, “I’m not eating desserts for a year.”
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What I couldn’t tell them myself

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 20, 2016, at 3:44 p.m.
I had always intended to lie to my children about Santa Claus forever.
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Free health care isn’t really free

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 13, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
My dad, Dustin and millions of others like them … did not stumble into “free” health care by chance. It was bought with years of service, sacrifice and separation.
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Maine Veterans' Services raises the flag outside the new regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland in this January 2015 file photo.

The flag has always been yours and mine

By Sarah Smiley on Dec. 06, 2016, at 5:34 p.m.
“All of you who feel it has left you or that it was ‘taken’ by the ‘other side,’ bring it back. Wear it. Fly it. Post it. But there is no need to ‘take it.’ It was always yours to begin with.”
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Yes, family road trips can be fun

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 29, 2016, at 4:39 p.m.
On road trips, I have 12 hours of listening to my boys’ thoughts, understanding their humor and making memories together.
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When your little boys grow up

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 22, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: In that moment, when my two oldest sons, Ford and Owen, began speaking with different voices and shaving before school, I sensed a seismic shift in our world that my husband had not yet tapped into.
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The residual anger, frustration after the election

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 15, 2016, at 4:29 p.m.
The residual effects are apparent on social media where families are taking sides and friends are no more. All of which makes you wonder how awkward Thanksgiving might be next week.
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As the National Anthem was played, Maine's World War II veterans and other members of the military and public safety community joined thousands of spectators as they saluted the U.S. Flag during the Brewer-Bangor Veterans Day Parade in 2010.

Veterans Day: The one constant after Election Day

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 08, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
Sarah Smiley: Not only did military issues play a depressingly small role in this year’s election, they play an even smaller role in most people’s lives, including our politicians’ lives.
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What’s better than a 9-to-5 school day?

By Sarah Smiley on Nov. 01, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
Readers who disagreed with me did so … because they truly believe a 9-to-5 school day would be good for kids. That surprised me.
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A 9-to-5 schoolday is not the answer

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 25, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
Eight hours of school? Can your 10-year-old self even imagine the awfulness?
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About that trip to Quebec

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 19, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
“There are so many stories of Dustin cheerfully believing he has a ‘better way’ to get to our destination, only to end up taking us on a ‘scenic route’ that, in his words, ‘we would have missed otherwise,'” Sarah Smiley writes.
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Learning French isn’t as easy as it sounds

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 11, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
It might surprise you that although I’ve been a military dependent for 39 years, the only foreign country I’ve visited is Canada.
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How long will you wait to turn on the heat?

By Sarah Smiley on Oct. 04, 2016, at 3:19 p.m.
This extreme sport, if you will, involves waiting until the last possible moment to turn on the furnace and avoiding one more month of heating costs.
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Feelings of not belonging in Maine are real

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 27, 2016, at 1:12 p.m.
Sarah Smiley: Feelings of being “different” when you are new to Maine are not fiction. Neither is the immense sense of pride people have in this state — for good reason. But these divisions stymie growth and turn away people who will love Maine as much as we do.
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The Smiley boys talk favorite columns, previewing mom’s stories in this Q-and-A

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 20, 2016, at 10 a.m.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions Sarah Smiley receives regarding the boys, with her answers — and theirs!
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Our experiences are not our children’s

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 13, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
His experience of what we lived through together is textbook. His memory of our months alone together are just stories he’s been told.
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Why I can’t send my husband to get things

By Sarah Smiley on Sept. 06, 2016, at 5:12 p.m.
I learned my lesson about lists after the muffin incident, but this weekend’s lemonade mix-up canceled all of Dustin’s go-getting tasks.