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Friday, November 24, 2017

The weekly columnists in The Free Press are a great source of news and opinion - both local and global. Click on one below to start your journey.

  • In Virginia earlier this month, a “Trump bump” of about 4 percentage points favored the Democrats. Virginia went to Hillary by 5.3 percentage points in 2016; Ralph Northam, buoyed by a better turnout, expanded it to 9 points to win . . .
  • When I was young and if memory serves me right, which is easily questionable as memory has been demonstrated to do everything but serve us right, all my family got together for every Thanksgiving. Without much effort we echoed the . . .
  • There are three phases of a Thanksgiving turkey: the holiday meal, the leftovers, and the soup. How you interact with the turkey in all of its incarnations is largely a matter of tradition. The meal can be tinkered with, but many hold out . . .
  • This is the time when families get together to celebrate, give thanks, and spend special time together. For many, this holiday brings excitement and joy; however, others may find any holiday bringing their families together to . . .
  • November 11, 1919, otherwise known as “Armistice Day,” was supposed to mark the end of the “war to end all wars.” For a brief time, there was widespread recognition across Europe and the Americas that the . . .
  • Our daughter the Registered Maine Guide teaches outdoor fun to little kids, much in defiance of the notion that children should be protected from every scratch and scrape and are better off safely cramming for their exams. In addition to . . .
  • Facing Addiction: Melody
    “It would be jail or death” is what I’ve heard from many local recovering drug addicts about their decision to get clean. Well, it was jail for Melody, who talked with me at the Knox County Jail while awaiting transfer to a state prison to serve . . .
  • I wrote my first column for The Free Press exactly 16 years ago, a few weeks after 9/11, in response to a request from Alice McFadden, the publisher — then and now — for some insights into the Arab World, where I had spent the majority . . .
  • Good-by summer, good-by balmy afternoons, good-by damp towels drying on the porch and sheets bleached sweet and clean hanging on the laundry line. I know — the end of summer, when the northern hemisphere begins its . . .
  • Around church-going time on Sunday, I saw the first Jack in the Pulpit alongside a damp woods road. I lifted up the purple-and-green-striped canopy of the pulpit to see what Preacher Jack had to say, holy or otherwise. . . .
  • The Way Rice Should Be: Lamb Rendang
    Throughout history human beings have figured out ways to prepare and preserve food based on the climate and their living conditions. In the 16th century, long before refrigeration, the Minangkabau people of . . .
  • 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 . . .
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