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J.P. Devine
  • Published
    December 18, 2011

    J.P. DEVINE: Angels and egg nog

    They always start when I'm decorating the tree. I've got the ornament box out. I've poured myself some fat-free low-cal organic egg nog, and I turn the flat screen on for some Christmas music, and there it is, the first of them, the weepy-every-year-at-this-time-traditional Christmas movies. It's 4 in the afternoon, and it's as dark as 9 at night, as I try to ignore them. That's impossible.

  • Published
    December 11, 2011

    J.P. DEVINE: The wait to retire shortens

    There it is right on the front page of the Los Angeles Times: “Many Americans will have to work until they’re 80.”

  • Published
    November 27, 2011

    J.P. DEVINE, ON THE EDGE: That’s amore!

    Let's talk about pizza. But first, let's see a show of hands. Who wants to be the first in Maine to call President Barack Obama and Congress and tell them that the tomato is not a vegetable, it's a fruit?

  • Published
    November 20, 2011

    ON THE EDGE: Wash, rinse, repeat

    I was a grown man before I discovered that I had obsessive compulsive disorder. (Watch everyone cross the street now when they see me coming.)

  • Published
    November 13, 2011

    J.P. DEVINE: Broken totems? Pass them on

    On the table before me, I have four broken rosary beads, six funeral crucifixes, two Blessed Mothers, one with a broken head and one without an arm, and Jesus without an eye. Don't ask. It's a long story. The point is, what to do with all of this stuff? I'm not even a practicing Catholic anymore. Another long story.

  • Published
    November 6, 2011

    ON THE EDGE: A mustache for a good cause

    Herman Cain will never be elected President of the United States. It's not his 9-9-9 pitch or his politics, it's his mustache. Has anyone really noticed that thin crawl of hair on his upper lip? It raises the question: Who, in 2011 would elect a man to the highest office who has a mustache when no one since William Howard Taft has had one? Is it really a no-no?

  • Published
    October 30, 2011

    ON THE EDGE: Women touched by the fog

    She was a tall girl, a champion swimmer, beautiful in a subtle Black Irish way.

  • Published
    October 23, 2011

    J.P. DEVINE: An eye for detail

    She was coming right at me. She was required to wait. She did not. She ran her red light and came directly at me.

  • Published
    October 23, 2011

    Katherine and J.P. Devine

    BELGRADE LAKES -- Katherine and J.P. Devine celebrated the 50th anniversary of their wedding, Oct. 2nd, with their good friends, Joe and Renee Jabar and family on Great Pond in Belgrade Lakes, and at their favorite restaurant in Boston.

  • Published
    October 16, 2011

    Political potatoes: Food for thought

    My father liked sauerkraut on his. Uncle Pete preferred horseradish. My brother Jug ate the whole thing, skin and all, as I do.

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