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Tuesday, August 11, 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.

  • Hearing was never an issue in my youth. Sure, we’d go swimming and then have problems with one ear but that would clear up overnight if not within the hour. Of course, the occasional firecracker volley in the bedroom would ring in the ...
  • July 29: Tanja, a 606-foot bulk carrier, arrived in Searsport from Vila do Conde, Brazil, via Portland, and delivered kaolin clay slurry, a glossy paper coating. It sailed July 30 for Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia....
  • Q: I have a 10-year-old daughter who reacts to many typical daily situations with negativity (“cup half empty”). I’ve been trying to help her change her attitude by telling her to look at the positives, just flipping her view around, and ...
  • An American Mona Lisa: “Maga’s Daughter” by Andrew Wyeth
    In late spring of this dismal, isolating year of pandemic and racial discord Betsy James Wyeth passed peacefully. She was 98, spent nearly every summer of her life in Maine and had been married to her husband, artist ...
  • Home & Garden: Summertime Blues
    Gardening is like an affair between two passionate but disparate beings: In the beginning you, the gardener, pour your love into the garden and sometimes it’s returned tenfold. Other times, not so much. Feeling rejected, you ask ...
  • from Offshore: There Is No Crystal Ball
    As tropical storm Isaias began its milk run from port to port up the Eastern Seaboard, all us disaster preparedness geeks and hurricane nerds started watching the websites and the radar and the rats-nest of track maps, looking ...
  • Michael G. Roskin: Schweik Lives
    A biting novel from the early 1920s suggests how federal officials may be handling Trump’s rants and reversals. Czech author Jaroslav Hasek wrote “The Good Soldier Schweik” based on his absurd experiences in the ...
  • If you are a regular reader of this column, you are probably familiar by now with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It is common, affecting 10 to 15 percent of the population worldwide. Up to 20 percent of Americans are living with ...
  • Notes from Away: Glory
    I felt it suddenly hard to breathe, and I had to look away from the screen, with tears in my eyes. The young man I was watching had just looked at the sky, where a seagull flew against the blue and the clouds, and I already knew he ...
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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 ...
  • 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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