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Monday, August 21, 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.

  • Something good, almost redemptive, is starting to emerge from President Trump’s profound failure of leadership. Namely, we are starting to see the outlines of a pro-American, anti-Trump coalition encompassing Republicans and Democrats . . .
  • As progress is being made, with the first indications of conscience emerging, our parental expectations can sometimes cloud what’s really happening. There is still more to this part of the developmental journey and it serves us well . . .
  • Just Saying . . . Don’t Look Now! The Total Solar Eclipse Is Coming.
    As you already know, a total solar eclipse is coming August 21, 2017 — but not to your neighborhood if you live in Maine, as I do. Our turn to have a backyard total eclipse happened on July 20, 1963, when the moon cast its shadow . . .
  • There’s a little bit of irony in the fact that at the ASEAN meeting (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) which kicked off earlier this week in Manila, coincidentally on the 72nd anniversary of the US dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima . . .
  • Facing Addiction: Jenn
    Date of Sobriety: December 26, 2016 — I know looking at me from the outside I’m not your typical addict. That’s the scary thing about this disease. You never know who’s struggling.
  • This has been a deadly summer for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. By the first week of August, ten dead right whales had been found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence or washed up on the west coast of Newfoundland. . . .
  • Not really murder, no. This isn’t a detective story, although it probably should be. No, just an ordinary summer weekend in Maine — you know, the stuff they write children’s books about. Or they might, someday, when the public tires . . .
  • 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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