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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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  • I wonder if President Trump sees the irony (not that irony is something one associates with our un-popularly-elected president) in his behavior: when he’s not denouncing everything he disagrees with as “fake news,’’ he spends a disproportionate . . .
  • A cashiered Athenian general, Thucydides, famously explained the cause of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.): “War became inevitable with the growth of Athenian power and the fear this caused in Sparta.” This explains many wars. . . .
  • I am aware that there are people who do not care for cheesecake. That’s okay. You are excused because we will be discussing the pleasures of cheesecake and there is no need for the non-appreciative to suffer . . .
  • At 4:40 p.m. on March 14th, four hours into the snowstorm, the power went out. Thankfully, we’d already had a little “power bump” a couple of hours earlier, just a quick blink, which served as a reminder for me to draw off a few . . .
  • Q: I know you’ve written a lot about kids’ behavior, and I’m trying really hard to follow your good advice. I guess I need some reminders, because my three kids are not behaving. Even my two little ones don’t do what I tell them to . . .
  • Garden? What garden? In March there’s not a lot of ground that isn’t snow-covered, icy or soggy, but the onset of official spring and the lengthening days mean that there are promising warm days when an antsy gardener can tromp . . .
  • My younger sister has red hair and fair skin. Born 18 months after me, she passed through a period as a toddler referred to with awed reverence in my family as a “difficult” time. Long months ticked by during which my sister balked at the . . .
  • The Way Rice Should Be: Dak Bokkeum Tang (Spicy Braised Chicken)
    In many ways, Korea’s climate is similar to Maine, with its long, cold winters and shorter growing seasons for fruits and vegetables. As a result, to get through the winter, we eat a fair amount of hearty root vegetables such as potatoes . . .
  • “What is truth?” It’s a question that we’ve all pondered. It is a question that has been pondered since human beings evolved the requisite physical brain infrastructure to foster the intellectual capacity to ponder such things. It is a question . . .
  • We Americans are not a servile people. We did not, this last November, anoint a new master, some deus ex machina to descend into our midst to rule us, or bless us, to determine our passive fate by scribbling it on the back of a . . .
  • Faces of Our Homeless: Cindy & Rob
    “They call it a double-wide but walk around and there is nothing double-wide about it. It’s a beautiful house,” Rob says, as he and Cindy lead a visitor through the mud, past the yellow construction tape, and up the temporary . . .
  • I doubt my canoeing companion would have so readily shared a prime fiddlehead location if it hadn’t taken three days to get there. In a swamp where the skunk cabbage was in full leaf and . . .
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