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Saturday, November 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.

  • “Cascade” suggests that one event causes and enlarges the next; each splash produces a bigger splash. For decades, claims of serial sexual aggression by powerful males were ignored or minimized. But women no long bury their anger . . .
  • Thanksgiving will be upon us in short order and after a great deal of hand wringing, I’ve decided to go public with some very sensitive information with the hope that doing so will prevent the abduction of my across-the-street neighbor . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • We just celebrated Halloween, a singular holiday of unalloyed fun: costumes, candy, spooky thrills — what could be better than that? Well, how about Thanksgiving, with its great food, family and/or friends getting together, and sports . . .
  • 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 . . .
  • 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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