J.P. Devine is a Waterville writer.

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  • Not a midnight blue, but a "Blessed Mother Blue," as Sister Rosanna would say, sweeping into the halls of legislatures and executive offices, including a growing number of women, writes J.P. Devine.
  • With no cable or internet available in remote Canada, the results of the election have yet to reach J.P. Devine, who is checking out yurts with hot plates should the vote go the wrong way.
  • Nature's seasonal darkness is descending, made even darker and scarier by the coming midterm elections, but we can turn on the lights of truth, J.P. Devine writes.
  • It didn't get any easier as the transmigration of now five souls has been halted by a diabolical instrument of death designed to rid a domicile of mice, writes J.P. Devine.
  • Having inside knowledge of what it takes to be an emotional 9-year-old, J.P. Devine muses over the "more" that 45 may be wanting.
  • A great idea for six women in the twilight of their lives is stuff of movie wonder, J.P. Devine writes.
  • It's always good to put your best foot forward when meeting a person from your girlfriend's hometown, especially when you're on a bus in costume, writes J.P. Devine.
  • It's time for the bevy of patriarchal ancients in Washington who have chosen to follow their leader to move over and make way for the women who seek their seats, writes J.P. Devine.
  • The questions posed to the Supreme Court nominee covered the salient points, but not the important personal questions, such as whether he has a dog, and whether he wears boxers or briefs, J.P. Devine writes.
  • An injury incurred while washing and rinsing a wine glass leads to revelations about the state of medical practice — and who's doing the practicing, writes J.P. Devine.
  • The governor's decision to add his name to a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that would allow workers to be fired based on their gender identity or sexual orientation is an outrage, writes J. P. Devine.
  • When the news of the week included yet another scandal involving priests, this time in Pennsylvania, it had repercussions in Waterville, in his own home, writes J.P. Devine.
  • Being emotionally 9 years old when you're the president can get you — and the whole world — in trouble, but wanting a big, 'Ben Hur'-type parade then becomes understandable, writes J.P. Devine.
  • Once the province of sailors, pirates and professional wrestlers, body art adds a layer of expression to modern women demanding control of their bodies and appearance, writes J.P. Devine.
  • While sharing a cherry vanilla phosphate using paper straws was once romantic, plastic straws have become anathema since one was found jammed up the nose of a sea turtle, writes J.P. Devine.
  • The closing of the Necco candy factory in Revere, Massachusetts, which had sweetened the lives of Americans through good times and bad for 171 years, provides cause for lament, writes J.P. Devine.
  • To put 34 years as residents of Waterville in perspective, J.P. Devine writes about how he and She came back East in 1984.
  • The story of a migrant child's days in detention reminds us that a child separated from his or her mother never forgets, writes J.P. Devine.
  • When you may be down and out or just drifting on the high seas, it's good to run into someone who is from the same place as you, writes J.P. Devine.
  • The film brings to life Marguerite Duras' diaries of life under the German occupation in Paris with a penetrating look into the souls of the waiting, J.P. Devine writes.

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