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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


Going green
You may have seen Sludgey, a/k/a the Last Barrel of Oil, distributing handbills around Portland on First Friday.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 16, 2011


Reaching a new frontier

Book of the times
Shetterly's new memoir, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home is the story of hardships — financial, familial, emotional — not usually the stuff that inspires switching places.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 09, 2011

Legal questions remain after Obama disses DOMA

Dismantling discrimation
Gay-marriage advocates got good news last month, when the Obama administration admitted that it was incapable of defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 02, 2011


Sarah Braunstein's uncomfortable, beautiful hyperreality

(Bitter)sweet emotion
There's an unsettling honesty that spills from Portland author Sarah Braunstein's first novel, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children .
By: DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 23, 2011

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