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Sunday, May 9, 2021
  • Notes from Lime City: ‘Hang in there, kiddo, you are valid and worthwhile!!’
    On Trans Day of Visibility this year, Natalie Oldham, a musician and artist who lives on Islesboro, sparked my interest with a joyous Facebook post. She wrote, in part: “It’s #transdayofvisibility! I am a #transwoman and use she/her ... 
  • So far this year, U.S. police have killed 319 people; by the time you read this, our “public safety servants” will have killed even more citizens whom they are sworn to serve and protect. U.S. cops are trending at killing about 1,000 people every single year . . .
  • Notes from Lime City: ‘How Extremely Varied and Individual Birth Is’
    Hope Jackson grew up on Green’s Island, Vinalhaven’s little neighbor, and became a certified professional midwife (CPM) in 2012. She has taken part in over 200 births, mostly in Maine, and also in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Senegal ...

  • At home, my family taught me that racism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry were wrong, and that I should intervene when I saw bullying, harassment and mockery around me. But the culture I was surrounded with when ...
  • Notes from Lime City: Speaking for the Creatures that Have No Voice
    Rockland artist and activist Susan Beebe caught my eye by protesting at the site of a proposed housing development when the Rockland Planning Board toured the land on March 9. The proposal calls for eight efficiency rental houses ...
  • Becca: Nate, I know exactly where you were last night from 5:30 to 9:45 p.m. — stuck in an industrial-white vortex! This was an extraordinary Rockland City Council meeting; the Zoom exceeded its 100-person limit before the meeting ...
  • Notes from Lime City: Fracking (with Summit Natural Gas) While the World Burns
    Did you just get a slick flyer in the mail from Summit Natural Gas claiming that “simplicity, convenience, efficiency and cleaner burning” will accompany the new pipelines it wants to lay throughout the midcoast this year? Sounds wonderful ...

  • Becca: For Pandemic Christmas my mom gave me a YA Biography of L.M. Montgomery, the author of “Anne of Green Gables.” I was like, “Thanks, Mama, but I’m pretty sure her life was horrible.” Just what I need to be ...
  • Nate: Becca, I feel that as political observers, even though we nominally write about (or at least from) Rockland, we have to at least mention the extraordinary January 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol that was incited by ...
  • For a winter no longer winter, for Christmases of fake snow and open water. For the new droughts of Maine summers. For the masks. Stitched by fingers tender with needles in China, Bangladesh, Thailand, hours bent squinting ...
  • Rockland-based grassroots group One Less Worry distributes free menstrual pads, tampons, soap, and other hygiene products to 22 area locations. During the pandemic, OLW quickly became a major player in the local toilet paper ...
  • Nate: Becca, I’ve been reading “A Promised Land,” the recently published first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoir. I’m only through the first 170 pages, but one thing that strikes me about it is that Obama sincerely desired and ...
  • Notes from Lime City: Pandemic Check-In
    Hi, community. How are you? How have the last few months been? Is any of this real? Sometimes I feel like we’re trapped in a time warp, like time hasn’t moved since March. And now it’s all getting so much worse. A few days ...
  • Becca: How I’m feeling this morning: Though I had been checking the news obsessively, fingers crossed, I did not smile when the votes for Biden overtook Trump’s in Georgia. Instead, I noticed my jaw became tight; I needed to remain ...
  • Notes from Lime City: See You on the Other Side
    Nate: This column will be published a week before the November 3 election. That election feels to me like a fulcrum of history in a way unique in my lifetime. I have lived through other events of world-historical importance (the collapse of ...
  • Notes from Lime City: Lime City Shocker! Mike Mullins Tries to Steal This Column!
    I’ve just had such a strange experience. Last week I had contacted Mike Mullins, the Republican candidate for state representative for Rockland and Owls Head, and asked if I could interview him for “Notes from Lime City” ...
  • Becca: Dear Nate, how did you end up here, of all places on earth? And what do you love about Rockland? Nate: Ooh, I love telling people what I love about Rockland. I grew up in New Hampshire and was casually familiar with the ... 
  • Nate: Alas, the basic income experiment we wrote about in our last column together failed to survive even a first Rockland City Council vote! So it goes. I kind of knew it was a long shot. But part of the point of introducing long shots is so that ...
  • I wipe away tears at something as simple-seeming as a bagel shop in Brooklyn. An everything bagel — toasted, olive cream cheese, napkins, brown paper bag — is gifted to me through a square carved in plexiglass. There was no ...
  • Nate: KRT Appraisal, which the City of Rockland hired to perform a real estate revaluation in 2019, recently released its proposed valuations of Rockland’s residential properties. The average change in valuation is an increase ...
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