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Lacking magic

Richard Russo's latest slice of life is too thin
There's a lot to be said for literary realism, which tackles head-on the quotidian realities that postmodernism and surrealism often cloak in gimmicks or avoid altogether. Maine author (and Portland Phoenix reader fave) Richard Russo is nothing if not a realist; his previous novels portray believable characters navigating familiar, relatable scenarios.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 29, 2009

Local Sprouts dig in

Venue watch + more
For two years, the Local Sprouts Cooperative has been creating a name for itself as a sustainable and healthy catering and meal cooperative in Portland. Hanifa Washington, a worker-owner and chef, likens it to "Superman in slo-mo," saying that the organization has experienced a "steady advance" since its inception in 2007.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 29, 2009

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Cyberchondriacs

Online health info can make you crazy
Last year, a co-worker (who shall remain nameless to save her from additional embarrassment) discovered a bug bite on her leg. It was slightly different than a typical mosquito bite; it was more bruise-like, and a bit painful to the touch. Not having any insect-bite specialists on hand, my colleague turned to the Internet for help identifying the source of her ailment.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 22, 2009

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Filling a legal void

Arts and the law
One thing many artists don't have a lot of is legal expertise. Another is money. And in most cases, you need one to get the other. That's where the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts comes in.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 15, 2009

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Loan Groan

A new federal program aims to help overburdened student borrowers
Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after check.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2009

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On tour

New material? Don't forget the old
 Right about now, Aimee Mann is freaking out.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2009



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The Loan Groan

Never a borrower or a lender be dept.  
Each month, with miserable certitude, the snail-mailboxes of middle-class twenty- and thirtysomethings are stuffed with student-loan bills, from both federal and private lenders. The balance seems to remain stagnant, even as we mail in check after check.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2009

Going Green: July 10, 2009

Smart solar
Maine will never be a leader in wind-energy development, says Richard Silkman, co-founder and -manager of a firm that could revolutionize the way we address energy issues in this state and throughout the region. "We missed our chance," he stated flatly during a presentation at the Maine Audubon Society in June.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 08, 2009

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Crime stats

Beatings, robberies sweep downtown Portland
Over the past two weeks, Portlanders have felt less safe in the Forest City. Especially in the downtown area between the East and West Ends, there have been reports of assaults and robberies, some of them armed — and that's not counting the incidents that went officially unreported but were discussed at length on Facebook and within social circles.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 01, 2009

Human rights watch

Acknowledging, and punishing, torture
Last week, on the heels of anti-torture panels and protests in Portland, Washington DC, and elsewhere, the Justice Department told the nation that it would have to wait a few more days before information about American torture policies and practices is made public.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 24, 2009

Supreme court

Maine senators playing major role in Sotomayor confirmation
Next month, Congress will begin confirmation hearings to decide the fate of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, the 55-year-old Bronx native whom President Barack Obama nominated last month to fill retiring Justice David Souter's spot on the nine-member bench.  
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2009



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Warring with words

Maine team heading to national slam
Five local poets are heading to West Palm Beach, Florida, to represent Maine in the 2009 National Poetry Slam during the first week of August. The event has taken place in a different city every year since 1990; in 1995, Maine took fourth place, and last year the team split the field and placed 36 out of 80.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2009

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Next level of fun

Gamers and the people who put up with them get nostalgic at Funspot
Gamers and the people who put up with them get nostalgic at Funspot
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2009

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An old dog teaches his tricks

A Maine marijuana icon hopes to reinvigorate his cause
"You can call me a pothead," slow-talking Harry Brown tells me, roughly 15 minutes into my visit to his 80-acre farm in Starks, Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2009

Going Green: June 12, 2009

Sleeping naked
Back when I started this column in May 2007, I sought inspiration from several blogs. Among my daily reading material was Colin Beavan's  NoImpactMan.typepad.com  (a New York dad's attempts to remove himself from the grid),  Treehugger.com  (a catch-all for eco-news and tips), and  TheCrunchyChicken.com  (a mom and wife's tales of cooking and living green). They all offered great insights, ideas, and analysis.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 10, 2009

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Owning her identity

Portland zinester's tales become a book
After twice seeing the one-woman stage adaptation of The Passion of the Hausfrau at Portland Stage Company, and perusing several issues of the Hausfrau mutha-zine , I was curious to see how Nicole Chaison's tales of motherhood would translate to book form.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 03, 2009



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A kick-start for conservation

But Maine's new energy plan may not go far enough
To make the most of huge chunks of incoming federal economic-stimulus cash (and to get their hands on more of it in the first place), the Maine Legislature has to ramp up its energy-efficiency planning — on the double.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 20, 2009

Maine Greens readying for 2010

 To the left, to the left
The Maine Green Independent Party, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2009, announced its seven-member steering committee after its annual convention in Augusta early this month.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2009

Ode to fiddleheads

Going green
Do you have pteridomania?
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2009

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The rain in Maine

Gay Marriage Ratified — and Jilted
If you're planning a trip to Vacationland this summer, be sure to bring your galoshes — the "gay storm" that's been satirized all over the Internet rolled into Maine last week.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 13, 2009

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Uncovering the imagination

Finding human truths in Found items
More than meaningless scraps of paper, discarded objects, or misplaced keepsakes, Found items are stories in themselves.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 06, 2009


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