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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:55 AM
The opportunity came up to attend the recent festivities and inauguration of Janet Mills, the first female governor of the State of Maine, where my wife and I live, so we jumped at the chance. You have to jump at these chances . . .
  • Recently regaining consciousness, I found the holidays over, gift wrap in my teeth and my pants a size too small. The holiday season must have been a success but from all indications like the credit card bill, my wife and I did not . . .
  • The old year is closing out the books and the new year is about to jump on our faces like the otherworldly creature in the original 1979 Ridley Scott movie “Alien.” This being the case, readers often expect the year in review or predictions for the coming year — maybe both. Well, let’s see what we’ve got...
  • Some people may consider my wandering mind irreverent but since it’s Christmastime I was wondering if Jesus had his own carpentry business or if he worked for a larger company as part of a framing crew or maybe as general laborer . . .
  • The question always comes up this time of year and invariably catches me unprepared when, for example, someone walks up to me at the bail bondsman’s office or after a group therapy session and asks . . .
  • If you’re an adult living away from your parents, consider the “gift of taking” this holiday season. It’s not hard: you back a large vehicle into your parents’ driveway, fill it with all the stuff you’ve been storing in their house and then take it away. . . .
  • A cloak of invisibility is a very expensive but excellent holiday gift for almost anyone — if you can find one to buy. As soon as they are put out they typically just disappear off store shelves. It’s a very handy thing to have about the house. . . .
  • Thanksgiving is here and it’s not anything like it was when I was very young. No, we didn’t dine with the Pilgrims and Indians; that was a few years before my time. But when family and friends were invited for the holiday meal, no thought was ever . . .
  • Life is complicated. It turns out that the ways of delicate beauty are inexplicably linked to store returns. Allow me to describe how this is so, or maybe not. People have very different philosophies about returning items they purchased to the. . .
  • Trouble is afoot. On the eve this column was due I sat myself down in front of my computer, called up my word processing program and, after four minutes of typing, the computer shut itself off, mid-sentence, no apology. . . .
  • Now that scary Halloween is over, we have a day even more frightening looming large: Tuesday, November 6th. This is the day of the all-important midterm elections but that should not overshadow the fact that the day is not all doom . . .
  • Yes, “approacheth” is a real word. According to the brainy linguists at the dictionary factory it’s the “third-person singular simple present indicative form of ‘approach’” — but you probably already knew that. Well, I didn’t and I can hardly imagine . . .
  • While walking my woods path in late summer, I was surprised to see a small hummingbird hovering over a wildflower patch. There are hummingbirds in the area but they don’t visit very often. It was so small that I thought it must be the . . .
  • My wife asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. I immediately suppressed the first thing that came to mind, which happened to be themed “pagan holiday.” Instead, I told her I wanted to bicycle 200 miles to Boston. First she said no . . .
  • It’s probably time to seriously question This Old Man. The question is simply if This Old Man should be given a lifelong appointment to spend time with our children. So who exactly is “This Old Man”? You’ve heard of him: he’s the man who . . .
  • People ask me how I manage to get a column in every week. The cheeky answer is that I use e-mail. But truth be told, it is simply discipline reinforced with the real motivational force: panic. If a deadline is missed, the authorities will sweep . . .
  • Watching movies set in old England, it’s obvious the aristocracy lived the idyllic life. When they wanted something done, they had one of the servants get on it. It was a perfect arrangement except for the fatal flaw that the serving class . . .
  • I figure my memory is as good as it is today because of backyard baseball. In the very early ’60s my sister Barbara hit a high pop-up in our backyard. I moved under it for an easy catch and miscalculated the trajectory. The hardball grazed . . .
  • As I mentioned last week, the summer heat should remind us to get our firewood in order or, more to the point, to get our order in for firewood. Soon we will begin using our back decks as refrigerators, which is a bad time to be looking at a pile . . .
  • Blistering summer heat where I live in midcoast Maine starts around 85 degrees. Anything above that and you can expect some longtime Maine residents and their dogs to simply fall over dead. But it’s exactly this summer heat that serves as . . .
  • I have come to notice that my across-the-street neighbor, Mike Richardson, is an expert on feng shui. He talks about it all the time. He’s an expert because he knows how to pronounce it and he recognizes when it’s at play, a key ability . . .
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