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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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  • 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 ...
  • Even with the world in social and political convulsions, I seem compelled to write about hammers. There is something that draws me to the most basic device that allows a person to unleash a force outside the realm of what ...
  • This all started when Adobe, the software company that makes Photoshop, created an opportunity to pay tribute to first responders by asking customers like me to submit artwork celebrating these people. Since my niece ...
  • Long a fan of understanding how the universe works, I’ve been thinking about what systems of thought people use to explain those existential questions we encounter in life. I started this column to compare how we use science and ...
  • Maine is holding its primary and special referendum election on Tuesday, July 14. When I arrive to vote in my small town, they question my residency for extra excitement since I’ve only lived here for 29 years and none of my family is buried ...
  • Apparently, this is a good time to bring up the subject of pants. A lot of people are now working from home and conducting meetings via the internet. My information, although anecdotal, meaning good enough for the White House ...
  • One of the overlooked beauties of fireworks is that you can shoot them at your neighbor’s house and still maintain proper social distancing. It’s a great way to let your neighbor know you are thinking about them while at the same ...
  • Surely you remember kindness: it was popular back when we were taught that if you couldn’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all. No? Drawing a blank? Okay, kindness is the quality of being generous, helpful, and ...
  • In the last three months, I haven’t spent any cash, much less used any coins. Groceries, gas and online purchases have been card transactions and household bills were paid by check. After finding coins competing for space with ...
  • Do you remember sitting down in front of the TV just a few decades ago, for a dose of the nightly news? The formal and somber reports covered all the most important things going on in the world.… Okay, you might not remember but ...
  • 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 ...
  • You’ve got to admit that it’s very exciting to be alive in this particular time in history. I know I am. It’s becoming obvious that we are witnessing the dawning of a new age and it won’t exactly be the Age of Aquarius....
  • Do you hear the sound of that big diesel dump truck coming up the road? That can only mean one thing: it’s the start of biking season! In Maine, it’s summer when you see out-of-state plates, it’s going to snow when you see ...
  • It looks like we may be stuck at home for most of the summer. Summertime cabin-fever casualties will approach pandemic proportions if we don’t have something productive, rewarding and calming to do. With this in mind, my household ...
  • A handful of people have confided in me that they feel guilty with all this social distancing, isolation and sheltering in place. Even though I do not like to play the role of confessor and, indeed, never made it through seminary school ...
  • It’s nice to know that one section of the economy is doing well amid the economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a shame, however, that the sector doing so well is the one where fraudsters and swindlers ...
  • “May you live in interesting times” is a phrase of debatable origin but is generally viewed as a curse, like one you might hurl at your brother-in-law after he fleeced you in a friendly poker game. I’ve often wondered how fascinating the times ...
  • You’ve all heard of viruses by now: no, I’m not talking about those few lines of code that can infect your computer and cause it great harm. Nowadays I’m not overly concerned with computer viruses, although they do offer a strangely parallel ...
  • In these times of uncertainty, everyone knows that toilet paper is one of the first items in high demand but people can’t quite grasp the logic or explain why. As soon as storms threaten or when other perils have us heading home ...
  • Alright readers: we have this new virus trying to take up residency among us without even the courtesy of offering to chip in on rent. As accommodating and kind as most of us are, we just have to say no. We already have enough threats ...
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