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Friday, October 30, 2020
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  • Last week I started a column which quickly degenerated into an essay detailing my recent accident where gravity and I had a little test of wills. Gravity won, of course, and falling off a deck, I put a nasty gash in the top of my noggin....
  • INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY IS OCTOBER 22ND! I DON’T SUPPOSE I HAVE TO USE AN EXCLAMATION POINT BEHIND THAT SENTENCE OR ANY SENTENCE WRITTEN IN ALL-CAPS AS ALL-CAPS ALREADY SCREAM ...
  • For a long time, I have wished for magical elves to appear at my home or construction project and tackle some of those gnarly carpentry jobs I have put on hold. Okay, plumbing, heating, drywall and even roofing would be nice but I’ve ...
  • Just Saying ...: Sourdough Mike, Opera and The Bobs
    Since the statute of limitations on socially improper behavior has expired, I suppose it is time to confess my heinous musical indiscretions. I hereby publicly apologize to “Sourdough Mike” McDonald who bestowed coveted ... 
  • More than once in these columns I’ve noted that we are still waiting for the jetpacks we were promised by almost all futurists in the 1950s. I’ve been polite and patient but now with travel restricted, I want to know, where is my ...
  • Some time ago, the only scrutiny of any writing I may have authored came from an English teacher with a red pen. It was limited to class assignments. I’m pretty sure I personally cost the school system a lot of red ink, which I am ...
  • I took my pants off the other day and after a good long look I realized, to my horror, that I’ve got chicken legs, you know: old-man legs. It was never like this. My legs were the pride of my rugged physique: muscular ...
  • I used to be a photographer. No, really. I had my own commercial studio and big corporate clients who would send over products to photograph and young models from modeling agencies to hold the products while the art director ...
  • Ah, the Endless Summer. The concept originated with a 1966 surfing documentary of the same name. Two surfers followed summer around the globe going from one hemisphere to the other while living a life of finding fun. Even for those ...
  • Since all of our small-town summer parades have been canceled due to the fun-sucking pandemic, I was delightfully surprised to see a truck, shimmering with parade-worthy flashing lights, slowly make its way past my house with a sign ...

  • People have asked me what my thoughts are on the Black Lives Matter movement. Living in Maine, the whitest of states, doesn’t tend to make me an authority on the plight of any minority. But I have lived in other places. I have traveled ...

  • 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 ...
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