Let me be clear: I do not believe in paranormal phenomena. Ghosts, spirits, apparitions, spooks; call them what you will, I think it’s hooey. But on Halloween afternoon, I saw something I cannot explain.
I’m a mountain-climbing, river-swimming, dirt-road Mainer at heart, but I’ve been spending a lot time on the comparatively civilized coast lately — more in the last three years than in all the previous four decades I’ve lived in Maine. This is a logical, and delightful, consequence of having joined forces with a saltwater man […]
This week, I sold my house in Orono, where I lived from 1997 through 2012. It had been on the market since April. It was a relief to sign the papers at the closing and drive away, knowing it is in good hands for the future. The handoff was made the sweeter by the fact that […]
Columbus Day weekend was unseasonably warm and sunny — a great sendup for the annual Open Door session for Maine residents at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. I drove down to the eastern tip of Deer Isle on Friday evening and stayed through Monday noon. Haystack is an internationally respected studio arts center […]
I’m a few years out from being eligible for Medicare — I turned 61 in August. Because I’ve done a lot of reporting about health care and health policy, I know a little more than some people about the program, which pays essential health care costs for about 55 million Americans, including those 65 and […]
The unvarnished truth is this: I have essentially no interest in team sports. I was a lukewarm spectator-parent at my sons’ track meets, swim meets, soccer games and baseball games. I can barely sit through the Superbowl or the final game of the World Series, even when it’s a team I should care about, because I […]
“Only a generation as self absorbed as the boomers could manage to name themselves “next” as they get ready to die.” This comment came in the form of a surly tweet recently in response the announcement of a new section in the Bangor Daily News. The section is called “Next” and it focuses on issues of […]