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Wednesday, October 18, 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.

  • Some fear we have entered a downward spiral. A century ago, in 1914, Walter Lippmann — then all of 25 — feared so too when he published his progressive “Drift and Mastery” to immense acclaim. It delineated an America in . . .
  • Regrets are like heavy blocks we carry on our shoulders. They weigh us down, they slow our pace. We can’t turn back the clock, nor can we always let go of the anguish stirring in our hearts and minds. We can lament over past mistakes . . .
  • It’s crazy warm for October, with no frost in sight. This record warmth brings tropical storms and hurricanes, muted fall foliage colors, and some questions as to what the gardens will do in this extended season. Will we still be . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • The other night I dreamt about trucks. The word went around last week that Puerto Rico was in need of truck drivers. Reputable reporters stood on waterfronts and pointed at undeliverable shipping containers filled with relief supplies. . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • Braydin is homeless. But thanks to the Knox County Homeless Coalition, he has a roof over his head, food on the table, and lots of carefree fun while his mother works diligently with the family’s caseworker to get in, and stay in, a place of their own.
  • If you’ve been to the top of Mount Battie anytime in the last week, you might have noticed something resembling a monstrous hybrid between a skyscraper, an aircraft carrier and an oil platform erupting out Penobscot Bay . . .
  • 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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