Latest Rockland, Maine, weather

search sponsored by
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Click on the headline above to access the archive for Tom Sadowski's "Just Saying . . ." column.
  • In my youth, I would get a box of Cracker Jack and tear it open looking for the free toy or prize that was included inside every box. What excitement! I seem to remember getting some pretty cool things, like a spinning top, a magnifying ...
  • In my junior year of high school I had a history teacher who went by the name of Mr. Klinefelter. I’m almost certain he had a first name but it was not the way of our school system to divulge teachers’ first names lest, for example, students ...
  • Sometimes I forget that it’s largely up to me whether I have a good day or not. This I learned from my buddy Jake, who could be by my side all day and have a completely different experience. What I saw as a setback he might see as either ...
  • Do you avoid the self-checkout “service” lanes in your large grocery, department or home supply stores? I know I do. It’s not even a service, as some stores make it out to be. As I see it, it’s more of a lack of service or even a ...
  • As if you need to be reminded, it’s still summer, which is a much better time to work on replacing your old house windows than, say, for example, winter. Looking around at the old houses in Maine, it’s apparent that almost all would ...
  • Oh sure, maybe you get excited but I am not especially ecstatic when I realize it’s time to shop for new work shoes. Curiously, my wife bubbles any time the possibility of shoe shopping comes up. She doesn’t seem to have any ...
  • A person can easily bump along through life never realizing that the land around them has a history. It shouldn’t surprise us but it often does, that the land we live on was fought over, oftentimes more than once. We’re not talking about ...
  • It’s the season for summer fairs and festivals and I’ve been to a lot of them. Each one has its unique qualities but, on the other hand, if you stop looking for the differences they all start to feel the same. In my youth, summer fairs seemed ...
  • The big news announced this month is that scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the avocado. You know, that’s the green, creamy, pear-shaped fruit (botanically a berry by definition) with the alligator skin and the big ...
  • Last week, I offered a primer with tips for the first-time, part-time summer job worker. We covered how to shut off your phone, your clothing and the fact that, against all logic, you will probably be expected to wear shoes. Yes, it’s been ...
  • Hey kids, it’s late but there’s still time to snag a summer job for extra cash that, try as you might, you just can’t wring out of your parents. Working this summer will not only make you a few bucks but it may even give you that rush of ...
  • In the process of installing a toilet in a remodeled bathroom, I could not find a wax ring in my extensive inventory of plumbing parts that I’ve unintentionally accumulated over the years. This took me by surprise as I now have ...
  • Amongst the fun foods in the food pyramid is one of my favorites: watermelon. What’s that? No, there is no major food group in the layers of the food pyramid called “fun foods.” You have to trek over to the south side of the pyramid ...
  • Have you been mulling over the significance of 36,500 lately? I know I have. And even though my friends have been … okay, even though my friend has been giving me that look of suspicion, I continue to ponder the implications of that ...
  • People who occasionally paint their homes are running around stocking up on supplies and six-packs of beer because they feel that painting season is upon us. Actually, painting as a chore or occupation has no season. You can paint ...
  • They’re coming to get us. After years of being swatted, smoked, squished, poisoned and harvested by the ton on windshields and in outdoor lighting fixtures, the bugs are coming to get us. And who can blame them? It’s not like ...
  • No, I’m not in Peru. It’s much worse than that: my daughter is in Peru. At least as far as my wife and I can tell, she is in Peru. It’s hard to know what your adult children are up to. It was hard to keep up with what they were doing before ...
  • Are you fluent in English? I like to think that I am but sometimes I have my doubts. That leaves me at a great disadvantage, because my Polish is limited to nursery rhymes and drinking songs and my best phrase in Spanish is lo siento pero ...
  • It shouldn’t be a surprise: Father’s Day comes every year at this time so you may as well get used to it. There should be no panic except that there always is with everyone running around wondering what to do for Father’s Day....
  • Everyone, please stay calm. People tend to forget it’s coming but hang on to your hats and loosen your belts because the first Friday of June is, at last, National Doughnut Day. Besides apple pie and dieting, what could be more American ...
Looking for something older? Try our archive search