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Thursday, June 4, 2020

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.

  • May 12: Tanja, a 606-foot bulk carrier, arrived in Searsport from Vila do Conde, Brazil, and delivered kaolin clay slurry, a glossy paper coating. It sailed May 13 for Trois-Rivières, Quebec. May 13: Denali, a New York–based tug ...
  • Any time is a good time to introduce a young child to gardening, but this season there are more reasons than ever. No school, no summer camp, and curtailed outdoor events have left parents with lots of kid hours to fill, even ...
  • We all think about being the parent we truly want to be. Perhaps that seems more challenging during this pandemic. Supporting the range of emotions, both our children’s and ours, can be overwhelming, even at the best of times....
  • Having spent seven seasons on the front lines of forest fire control in the western states during what is now regarded as my youth, I used to be an “essential” worker, an indispensable member of society. Over the decades ...
  • I’m glad I do not own a camp, cottage, cabin by the lake, summer place, lodge, second home, private island or Cliffside Aerie — that last one likely some quaint little nook of a retreat, a modest hideaway with only a staff of maybe ...
  • Our world is a very different place than it was just a few months ago. For many, our whole lives have been upended: work, socializing, and home — everything has changed. Maybe you are working from home or are under- ...
  • Becca: Nate, we have got to talk about emotional health. The fact that many of us have lost many of our usual coping techniques. Friendships for many are disintegrating, changing, with no in-person contact, and Zoom calls ...
  • Michael G. Roskin: Post-Coronavirus
    This pandemic — expect one every few years — is accelerating America’s transformation. Trends that had been under way for years now pop up. Some changes will pass, but many will remain. The post-coronavirus world will likely be ...
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  • Patrisha McLean: Alison’s Story
    It was my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. Steve came in, very unapproachable. In my mind I was like, “I’m sitting here smiling after what you did to me last night. Pull it together for her.” He peeled off in his truck and then whipped back ...
  • HiLo Art: Report from the Gulf Coast — The Beat in St. Pete
    HiLo Art braved the viral airports and went to St. Petersburg, Florida, for a week. The calm small waves at the wide Gulf’s edge, the nightly crowd drawn to the setting sun, the broad-leafed greenery, the heron at the door, a cool steady ...
  • Arts in Profile: Kenny Cole
    The name of Kenny Cole’s new solo exhibition, the inaugural show at the newly formed Nichols Block Gallery in Bangor, is “Executive.” It is “another Trump show kind of thing …” he said, because he is running out of names....
  • Of all the things that Mainers have to be proud of — be it our lobster, our pine trees, our vast expanses of woodlands, or our inscrutable miles of rocky coast — there is one thing that we should all be celebrating about our state that ...
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