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Thursday, June 4, 2020
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  • 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 ...
  • How am I able to perform complex computer or workshop jobs and then act like a bonehead when performing everyday, routine tasks? I’m not the oldest wine in the cellar but I am old enough to know that I should get the car keys out ...
  • Alright, people, we have to talk about modern-day etiquette. First, let me take my sunglasses off so that you can see my eyes when we talk. Yes, it’s a little creepy but you’ll be able to see where my attention is focused and, if you ...
  • Recently I have been conjuring up ways the airline industry can generate new streams of revenue with no cost and without any increase in services offered to customers. Originally I wrestled with the morality of this kind of thinking ...
  • When my wife is out during the day she always grills me about what I had for lunch. I have found that only certain answers are acceptable. She feels responsible for my well-being and checking on my food intake is something ...
  • February in Maine. If you live here, you understand what that means: you can either adjust your thinking and adapt to the dead of winter or, if you can manage it, pack up and get out of Dodge. Last year after endlessly feeding the ...
  • Did you hear screaming a few weeks ago coming from my place? That was the moment my wife and I turned on our newly designed, installed and expensive well water purification equipment ... no, at this point it’s more like ...
  • During a conversation with a guy I thought I knew, we started talking apples, which used to be a seasonal topic but is now fair game year-round. I like apples. He agreed. He said he liked Red Delicious apples — you know, that ...
  • Sometimes I think I should have buckled down in my youth and become a musician. I base this on the amazing thrill it was playing bass guitar in a teen band for a packed gymnasium where everyone was dancing. To see everyone ...
  • The time had come to get the well running at an old house my wife and I have been restoring. It didn’t look promising as the pumpkin-colored water took a long time to clear up to what looked like tea — and fairly strong tea at that....
  • I just finished splitting and stacking three cords of firewood. What’s that? Yes, I know I’m late getting it in and that it won’t dry enough to burn well this season. Thank you for reminding me. I’m late because a bottleneck seems to ...
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