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Wanna get away?

Maine retreats offer a chance to recharge and reconnect — with yourself, your partner, or the spiritual world
Believe it or not, there are some people who seek to "get" something out of their vacations beyond a sunburn and a souvenir mug.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 15, 2011


Review: Wretches and Jabberers

Documentary searches for the heart of autism
Imagine having as much inside you — thoughts, feelings, desires, needs — as you really do, but being unable to express them.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 08, 2011

Killing ethanol

Going green
Estimates vary, but it's safe to say that restaurants, institutions (such as colleges or hospitals), and municipalities waste tons of food every year; last September, a group of students at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor noticed that such waste was happening all around them.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 17, 2011

Letting our imaginations run wild

Patent pending
There was a priceless article in last week's Portland Press Herald about the "Platter Ensemble," a new "invention" — a slotted plate that fits over a deep-dish platter in order to catch the juices that sometimes squirt out of a freshly cracked lobster.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 18, 2011

Sipping from the bottom up

Going green
This growing season, get rid of that watering can.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 12, 2011

The League ReEmerges

Annual Events
What better way to explain an electoral system (or anything, really) than by using cupcakes?
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 12, 2011


Author sees poetry and prose through the trees

Planting Seeds
The plan was simple, if nerdy: New York novelist and English teacher Richard Horan would visit the historic sites and childhood homes of famous authors (along with some notable historical and cultural figures).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 10, 2011


Free our food

Small farmers demand independence from agrobusiness industry rules
"From farm to table" isn't just a meaningless foodie slogan anymore. It's the rallying cry for the smallest of small-scale farming operations in Maine, which are fighting against what they consider to be burdensome state and federal regulations.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 04, 2011


Will anything change now that Osama is dead?

Give peace a chance
The death of Osama bin Laden and the impending 10-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks have many people contemplating the gains and futility of nearly a decade of American engagement overseas.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 04, 2011


A woman takes charge and learns the art of the best defense

Going on offense
When the first attacker grabbed my wrist; I hammer-fisted his forearm and issued a sweep-kick to his groin.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 27, 2011

Getting men involved in anti-violence campaigns

Team players
Male locker rooms are not known as the most female-friendly, aggression-free zones, nor are healthy, safe relationships the first thing we associate with college athletic culture.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 27, 2011

Iron & Wine at the State Theatre, April 18

Music seen
Iron & Wine evoke summer in my mind.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 20, 2011


Review: The Elephant In the Living Room

Documentary investigates the suburban animal kingdom
There are more tigers in Texas than in India, according to Michael Webber's award-wining documentary, The Elephant In the Living Room , which plays next weekend at Movies at the Museum at the Portland Museum of Art.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 13, 2011

Earth Day observances

Going green
Last week, the Maine House voted to ban bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastics — much to the regret of beard-wanting ladies all over Maine.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 13, 2011

Facebook group becomes an organizing force

Maine's majority
When Governor Paul LePage returned to the Blaine House after his Jamaican vacation on Monday, he got a special welcome-home gift: an oversized card, signed by 1300 of his constituents (plus some balloons and Jamaican Me Crazy coffee!).
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 14, 2011

Is same-sex marriage the 2012 comeback kid?

Crystal ball
A few years ago, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders — a Boston-based legal advocacy organization — launched a "6 x 12" campaign to secure marriage rights for gay couples across New England by 2012.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 14, 2011


Back to the land

Digging up cathartic childhood memories
There is an idyllic pull to the homesteading lifestyle, especially when such a back-to-the-land experiment is undertaken on the coast of Maine, where rocky shores abut dense woods and merely breathing the air imparts rural spirit and pluck.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 06, 2011


A new school encourages domestic study 'abroad'

In the field
Starting with a New England expedition this summer, three local young women are launching an independent school that will eventually have its home base in Maine, while finding roots all over the country.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 11, 2011

Theater workshop brings Long Creek kids out of their shells

Inside looking out
So said the five boys who performed in front of about 50 relatives, teachers, law-enforcement officers, and community members at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland last week.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 30, 2011


As gas prices go up, a public transit bill gains speed

Conservative commute
Every day, thousands of workers in who live in the Lewiston-Auburn region — where real estate is more affordable — get in their cars and drive to Portland — where there are more jobs.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 23, 2011


Progressive nightmare

With their values under attack, many Mainers view this legislative session as the stuff of bad dreams
The sky is actually falling for Maine progressives, whose core values are under attack in Augusta.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 16, 2011

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