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Jenn Brooks of Maine and John Sonnenberg of New York celebrate atop Katahdin after finishing the entire Appalachian Trail together in 2001. The two met near the southern end of the 2,200-mile trail, fell in love, and finished the trail together. John moved to Maine to be with Jenn after finishing the trail, and they married in 2005.

A walk to remember: Maine woman finds love on the Appalachian Trail

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Feb. 13, 2015, at 7:22 a.m.
At 20 years old, Jenn Brooks of Orono was in a time of transition, unsure whether to continue college or dive into the working world. So when her friend and co-worker Dave at Cadillac Mountain Sports asked her to hike the Appalachian Trail with him, she said, “Sure, sounds like …
Carol (left) and Michael Murphy of Glenburn renew their wedding vows at Bangor Baptist Church in Bangor in this 2011 BDN file photo.

Valentine’s Day weekend events, from chocolate treats to funky beats

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 12, 2015, at 3:38 p.m.
Bangor — Friday night, celebrate the day early with a romantic night of both opera and Broadway show tunes, with the “Bizet to Broadway” concert, featuring lyric tenor Richard Troxell and mezzo-soprano Kirsten Chavez, set for 7 p.m. at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Tickets are $22 at the …
MAINE LOVE STORIES
John Holyoke and his wife, Karen, exchange vows on the Bangor Waterfront.

Computer dating love: A case of momentarily mistaken identity

By John Holyoke on Feb. 12, 2015, at 5:28 a.m.
My wife is a newspaper reader. Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. Most of the time that’s a great thing because I write for a newspaper. But there was one time, at the very beginning of our courtship, when her appreciation of the craft didn’t …
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Julie Baker Leaden, Holden resident.

Mainers share their most awkward dates

By Natalie Feulner on Feb. 11, 2015, at 7:42 a.m.
I clearly remember the morning before my most awkward date, almost as clearly as I remember the sinking feeling of not knowing what to say or do as it happened. My apartment smelled faintly of lavender lotion, warm air filtered in through our second story windows, and my roommate and …
Steve and Marta Robbins, seen on their wedding day in August 1971.

From Bangkok to Brewer: Maine couple recount their international love story

By Emily Burnham on Feb. 09, 2015, at 5:32 a.m.
In December 1970 in Bangkok, Thailand, Steve Robbins, a Brewer native and a 24-year-old noncommissioned officer in the Army during the Vietnam War, had many jobs assigned to him. One was running entertainment for both the NCO Club and the Officers’ Club, both located in a hotel in the city. …
The engagement ring that Adam Robinson presented his girlfriend, Jennie Cates, Thursday night during the Hunter Hayes concert at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

Orono man proposes during Hunter Hayes concert

By Dawn Gagnon on May 02, 2014, at 7:24 p.m.
BANGOR | Adam Robinson of Orono briefly upstaged a country music star Thursday night when he proposed to his girlfriend in front of thousands of people. Robinson, 30, popped the question during the Hunter Hayes concert at the Cross Insurance Center, much to the delight of Hayes — who …
John Betar, 102, and his wife Ann, 98, are seen at their home in Fairfield, Conn., on Wednesday. The couple who eloped in 1932 and will be celebrating their 81st wedding anniversary on Nov. 25, recently received the longest-marriage award from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

Who said it wouldn’t last? Connecticut couple to mark 81st anniversary

By Richard Weizel, Reuters on Nov. 20, 2013, at 8:21 p.m.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. — John and Ann Betar eloped on Nov. 25, 1932, fleeing their close-knit Syrian neighborhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and driving as fast as they could to Harrison, New York, to avoid Ann’s father’s plans to marry her off to a man 20 years older. Now, as their 81st …
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Emily Yoffe

He nursed me to health. Now he’s stalking me. Help!

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on Sept. 28, 2013, at 7:43 p.m.
I tried to be gentle, but since I broke it off he has left hundreds of messages on my phone.
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Emily Yoffe

If your husband is crazy, get your pregnant self to a divorce lawyer

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on Sept. 21, 2013, at 6:20 p.m.
You say you put a lot of work into this marriage. But that’s like saying you put a lot of work into building a house at the site of an annual mudslide.
CAROLYN HAX

Am I being a good grandma or a big jerk?

By Carolyn Hax, The Washington Post on Sept. 15, 2013, at 6:33 a.m.
Hi, Carolyn! Over the years, I’ve read numerous complaints about grandparents who showed favoritism to some grandkids based on gender, adoption or step situations. Each time, I’ve been outraged that adults could be so unfair to innocent children. But I’m finding the situation isn’t so easily resolved when you’re in …
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Emily Yoffe

My wife doesn’t want sex, so I cheated on her with a man. What now?

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on Sept. 14, 2013, at 1:21 p.m.
No one before had ever said was sexy, and I keep hearing those words in my head.
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Do I need to care for my druggie sister’s infant?

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on Sept. 07, 2013, at 5:49 p.m.
I have no doubt that the government will eventually have to remove the baby from her custody because she’s simply not capable of caring for someone else.
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Can I talk about my husband’s affair if it leads to violence?

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on Aug. 31, 2013, at 7:10 p.m.
I feel like he’s defending his affair partner by telling me not to expose the affair.

Loneliness is deadlier than obesity

By Jessica Olien, Slate on Aug. 24, 2013, at 8:49 p.m.
Social isolation kills more people than obesity does — and it’s just as stigmatized.
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My father smokes. Doesn’t he deserve to die?

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on Aug. 24, 2013, at 6:14 p.m.
I’m fed up and having a hard time mustering sympathy for his self-inflicted disease.
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If I give my host sex, do I still need to bring a gift?

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on Aug. 17, 2013, at 5:10 p.m.
A friend informed me that intercourse was not a substitution for flowers, dinners or wine.

A boyfriend’s idiotic hypothetical question

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on Aug. 10, 2013, at 8:32 p.m.
The puppy or Shakespeare? Is there a dumber question?
Jennifer Tress begins a presentation at George Mason University with a photograph of her 13-year-old self. She has written a book titled "You're Not Pretty Enough: You Can’t Make Up Real Life."

‘You’re not pretty enough’: Dealing with ugly self-doubt

By Emily Wax, The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2013, at 6:11 a.m.
She will tell you how years after divorce her ex’s painful words led her to become what she calls “an accidental body-image activist.”
A summer azure butterfly perches on yellow hawkweed growing alongside the Down East Sunrise Trail near Card's Crossing in Franklin.

Exploring with the grandkids teaches interesting lessons about Maine

By Brian Swartz, Of the Weekly Staff on Aug. 07, 2013, at 11:32 a.m.
Of butterfly fingers, cold root beer, and a bird on a boardwalk is made a perfect day with the grandchildren. This summer I’ve seen Maine through young eyes. Mine, nearing 60, miss so much amidst nature, as I discovered during recent outings with youngsters blessed to be on vacation in …
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The hills are alive: Son’s busty girlfriend eager to show all

By Emily Yoffe, Slate on Aug. 03, 2013, at 4:40 p.m.
I’ll be asking her before we leave if she’s got bras in her suitcase, and I am ready to leave her behind if she doesn’t.
 
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