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  • Published
    May 27, 2015

    Starflowers on the edge of summer

    These delicate-looking flowers, with six or seven white petals in shapely points, make you uneasy about the idea that genetics is guided by accidents.

  • Published
    May 22, 2015

    An expatriate from the church

    J.P. Devine goes to church when he has to, but he is 'living outside of his native country.'

  • Published
    May 20, 2015

    Make a sound? This falling tree won’t shut up

    When a tree falls in a small central Maine town, like Belgrade Lakes, it continues to make a sound for as long as it lies in the yard, Maureen Milliken writes.

  • Published
    May 15, 2015

    Skowhegan nicknames that make us smile

    The fuss over the "Indians" nickname at Skowhegan schools is a serious argument, but is it really too soon to interject some humor? J.P. Devine writes.

  • Published
    May 13, 2015

    The gone robins are here

    Dana Wilde reflects on how robins are thriving at different times of the year, even if you haven't noticed them.

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  • Published
    May 8, 2015

    The many names of ‘Mother’

    There was only one Mom, but others willingly stood in her place in times of need, J.P. Devine writes.

  • Published
    May 6, 2015

    Animal stories are really people stories

    When the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel write about rampaging pigs, cats up trees and the four dead deer, it's more about the nature of humans, Maureen Milliken writes.

  • Published
    April 30, 2015

    Addition of fifth basketball class addresses population flux

    Biggest change in 50 years to high school sports aims to alleviate burden of smaller schools on Class C and D.

  • Published
    April 26, 2015

    Weaning Maine off cars

    Bill Basford of Fairfield says the state would be in better economic shape if people walked or bicycled more and drove less, Amy Calder writes.

  • Published
    April 24, 2015

    Faint-hearted wanderlust

    Travel is for others, there's enough to see and do right close to home, says J.P. Devine.