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Sunday, May 9, 2021

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.

  • April 22: Coho, a tug with barge, arrived in Searsport from Providence, R.I., and delivered 34,000 barrels of asphalt. It sailed later that day for Saint John, N.B. April 25: New England, a 600-foot Irving Oil tanker, arrived in Searsport from ...
  • The Sketchbook. A builder’s journal: #22 Code Caulk
    A friend invited me to move to California a few years ago. It was a tempting offer. I declined for two reasons; strong community connections here, and burdensome trade licensure there. Perhaps it came down to unease on my part ...
  • I was caught, rather delightfully, by a reader of this column in the middle of that sunny afternoon last week. She found me in the back of the U-Haul outside the Tractor Supply store, which was — let me think now (counts on fingers) ...
  • Digital technology is changing too fast. I can’t keep up with it. The only solution is to be young and learn from your cool, digitally savvy peers, who pick it up almost by osmosis. Right. Sign me up to become young again. I first encountered ...
  • Notes from Lime City: ‘Hang in there, kiddo, you are valid and worthwhile!!’
    On Trans Day of Visibility this year, Natalie Oldham, a musician and artist who lives on Islesboro, sparked my interest with a joyous Facebook post. She wrote, in part: “It’s #transdayofvisibility! I am a #transwoman and use she/her ... 
  • Patrisha McLean: Time to Do Something Different?
    I walk into the district court in Rockland, place keys and cellphone in the plastic bowl, step through the metal detector, and answer “No” to being exposed to COVID. Then the burly officer lifts up a white “gun” and puts it to my head....
  • Even though spring seems to be progressing nicely — daffodils and tulips blooming, dandelions popping up, robins yanking worms from the grass — the flip-flopping temperatures stressed our dwindling wood supply to the point where ...
  • The Sketchbook. A builder’s journal: #21 A Different View
    On a recent cold and wet morning, I was walking to the post office. I came across a robin exhibiting what seemed to me un-robin-like behavior. It was on a paved parking lot next to a fairly busy road and didn’t move as I walked by....
  • Q: I’ve had some upsetting situations lately, I guess during COVID mostly with people working at home and using social media and emails more. I feel like a few of my friends haven’t been very sensitive at times, by saying things ...
  • I sat down to write about non-fungible tokens, the new investment fad sweeping the very small world out there that understands NFTs. It is also consuming a large swath of people, mostly digital artists, who are willing to put ...
  • Notes from Away: Traces
    The snow is almost gone. Small fields of grey and white still cling to slopes that run away from the sun, especially in the shadows cast north of the house. Outside those shadows, on the warming lawn, there are some frozen boot ...
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  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Over- growth, or SIBO, is a condition in which normal bacteria colonize the small intestine — where they do not belong — causing uncomfortable, sometimes painful gastrointestinal symptoms, the most ...
  • As we enter the eighth month of this pandemic, fears that cool weather would accompany a surge in the pandemic have proven well-placed. Cases of COVID-19 have increased significantly in our coastal Maine communities and ...
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