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Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • The New Year holiday is a great time to focus on goals. But why stop at looking at what we plan to accomplish in the next 12 months and why limit ourselves to only personal goals? If not us, who is looking at the big picture? ...
  • Are you surprised that January is already upon us? Or are you completely taken aback that in a few days it's going to be 2015 when just last week it was 1998? There was a time when I looked at the clock amazed that it was only 2:30 and ...
  • 'Tis the season to rave against those mini-incandescent Christmas lights again. It's been three years since I wrote about the wretched time-thieves, when I vowed to rid myself of this old-school technology, never again to try fixing ...
  • December is here again and threatening to drown us in holiday-season overload. But anytime I hear the word December, it's hard not to remember that the month's name is derived from the Latin word decem, meaning "ten" ...
  • I have a recurring nightmare where I walk into a bar and find out that they have only two bottles of Jagermeister in stock. No, no, not that nightmare; I am working at a jobsite just leaving for lunch when my one assistant rushes in ...
  • I'm very sorry about the depressing title but it's time someone discussed the intense loneliness experienced during times of acute abdominal distress. It's a topic I have studied all my life, and in conducting extensive Internet research I have ...
  • People who don't get excited by tools often wonder what the big deal is regarding hammers, wrenches and power saws. There is no mystery. People want tools for the same reason Napoleon Bonaparte wanted Italy: great women ...
  • Day 1, 5 p.m.: We're fairly tough here in semi-rural Maine where I live. A major storm is raging, the power has been out for at least 27 minutes and my wife and I are not complaining. We have already settled into a blackout ...
  • How many times have you had that gut-wrenching feeling where you suddenly think, "Oh No! All of my naked selfies have been lost in the cloud"? Now relax. For those not in tune with the concept, we will define some of the ...
  • After a quick study, I found that two-thirds of my friends love to eat mushrooms and both of them are fascinated with the idea of finding a perfect, edible and tasty cache of mushrooms in the wild for the dinner table. The concept is ...
  • The problem with learning about adhesives, their specific uses and the techniques of their application is that if practicing what you've learned doesn't kill you, it ultimately leads to hoarding. The murderous tendencies of glue are ...
  • In a troubling development this summer, I started to see men my age and older wearing some kind of garment that can't be called "shorts" but certainly don't qualify as trousers. They can only be described as extremely-high-water ...
  • Earlier we discussed house shopping for the benefit of our grown-up children who have, as my own daughter has, moved out of the house and settled into a job and apartment of their own (glory be to the Almighty). I am very proud of ...
  • I have been lost in the woods only once. This is a rare privilege in today's world, as nobody gets lost in the woods anymore. All right, truth be told, I have been lost many times, but those other occasions didn't count because the situation ...
  • Do you like speaking and listening to English? I know I do. Beware, however; trouble is afoot. Because of the seriousness of my warning here, allow me to quote the annoying robot from that horrible but memorable 1960s TV series called ...
  • Since I live near the coast, there is always a boat show to attend. My wife and I go from boat to boat admiring the floating accommodations. We pick up sales flyers, chat with salesmen about amenities, and then we look deep in our ...
  • It took about three minutes. I saw the International Space Station fly by directly over my house just the other night. I mean I think it was the space station because I was told that it was going to fly over my house and I believed it....
  • Are you a tenant wondering what the proper way might be to behave during your tenancy in your apartment, home or condo? Let me assure you that you are on the right track, because that question apparently never even crosses ...
  • OK. Now that we're all safely connected with our harness and safety kit, let's get to work putting on that new roof. Whoa, what about the old roof? Where did that come from? Assuming you're using regular old asphalt shingles ...
  • Summer is in full swing and you've collected the grandson or daughter at the airport so they can spend some time with you baking pie and helping out around the house. Fat chance. The kid brought a suitcase packed with ...
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