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To be reminded

December 19, 2015 Advent has never been that meaningful for me. I came to the liturgical tradition late in life and was perplexed at the mainline church’s approach to the four weeks leading up to Christmas. more »»


December 19, 2015 As I am writing this, I am watching a clock. T minus 14 hours before Cara is on a plane and headed home for a 3 week Christmas break. more »»

That’s the way the cookie crumbles

December 19, 2015 It was another rough day at work. more »»


December 19, 2015 Too big for itself? It seems that the GOP candidates for president are constantly looking for reasons to critique the federal government as too large. more »»

A great time for burbot fishing

December 17, 2015 Most years we are lucky to get a few days when the weather is right to fish for burbot. This year, there have been few days when conditions have not been right. more »»

25 years to the day

December 16, 2015 It’s been 25 years. I was a junior in high school, 25 years ago — December 16, 1990. It was a Sunday. We were having meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn for dinner. I was drinking orange Sunkist. more »»

Christmas customs in Small Town, USA

December 5, 2015 Christmas customs in small town U.S.A. have not really changed all that much in the last thirty years or so. The customs that we hold near and dear are much the same. more »»

Diabetes Talk With Debbie

December 5, 2015 I hope each of you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful for each of you. more »»

Travel tips

December 5, 2015 A friend is a seasoned traveler. He worked for a major corporation as a “procurement officer.” That always sounded kind of dirty to me, so let’s just call him a “purchasing manage. more »»

Now it’s Christmas!

December 5, 2015 It’s Thanksgiving in the office. We’re watching some football. But honestly, the table of food at home wasn’t even cleared before my mind snapped to one thing: Christmas. more »»

Intro to fly fishing class offered

November 19, 2015 If you have ever wondered if you might like fly fishing, if you have tried fly fishing and would like to learn to do it the right way, or if you wonder what fly fishing is all about, then you may be... more »»

Get it done, Harrisburg

November 18, 2015 Over the last few months, I, and each of my colleagues, have written stories about the lack of a state budget. more »»

The Duck of Justice

November 14, 2015 Yes, there really is a web-footed waterfowl named the Duck of Justice. He resides in Bangor, Maine. Notice I didn’t say he lives in Bangor, because he hasn’t been alive in a while. He’s stuffed. more »»

Holidays mean different things to different people

November 14, 2015 Years ago someone had the bright idea to change as many of the holidays as practical to occur on a Monday thus creating numerous long weekends. more »»

I don’t hope so

November 14, 2015 A comment on an NPR show caught my ear the other day. A reporter was interviewing an emergency management person about an impending storm in her area. more »»


November 14, 2015 Smokey unZIPped When some people find interesting facts, they share using social media. When the Afterthoughts runs into something like that, it uses good, old-fashioned newsprint. more »»

‘You got a column’

November 14, 2015 You know, I’m really starting to think that our good ol’ managing editor likes our misfortune. No, really. more »»

End of October thoughts

October 31, 2015 Last Sunday we woke up to snow. It was in the forecast so it was not a complete surprise. Up on my hill there was about an inch of snow. more »»

Tonight’s the night

October 31, 2015 I miss the old-fashioned Halloweens, when it was all about little kids and how much they could portray their costumed character . . . all while accumulating a ginormous stash of goodies. more »»


October 31, 2015 It’s Tuesday, I’m sitting at my desk waiting for a phone call and there’s one thing on my mind: Halloween. I love it. I love everything about it. more »»



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