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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The weekly columnists in The Free Press are a great source of news and opinion - both local and global. Click on one below to start your journey.

  • Starting your own garden seedlings is practical on many fronts: getting the exact variety you want, knowing how well the young plants were raised and cared for, having so many plants you can swap with friends or give to a neighbor ...
  • It is possible that, on whatever day you read this, the air is calm. Let us count our blessings. As I write, it is Saturday morning, the 9th of February. The cat, according to Paul, “doesn’t like going outside when her ears get blown flat.” ...
  • Do you loathe getting seated in a restaurant at a wobbly table? I know I do. Sometimes it doesn’t help to ask for another table; not after you look around and find that most of the tables have ISD’s (improvised shimming devices) ...
  • Falling in love is transformational. Everything seems more alive — colors are more intense; people are kinder, happier; life is easier; problems evaporate. Valentine’s Day provides a chance to revisit that idyllic time of first love ...
  • As Democrats recover from the euphoric wake of the “Blue Wave” and finally seize the reins of government across the country and especially in Maine, it is vitally important that they not lose sight of the context in which their victory . . .
  • About two years ago, a flash of bright yellow amid the green trees of the former French Concession alerted me to a previously unknown species of bicycle. Not just unknown, but unowned — at least by its riders
  • In one day, I enter the world of a woman in the Czech Republic whose break-up with Goebbels purportedly led to the Holocaust; waiters/entertainers at a theme restaurant in Chongqing whose boss tells them he will make them rich . . .
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