Category Archives: Portland

The Maine GOP is a successful, albeit soulless, machine

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“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.” — Mark Twain You know, sometimes you produce a short documentary about an gubernatorial candidate that—unbeknownst to you—contains a song lyric that alludes to another elected official giving head. Then the GOP […]

On chaperoning two grown women I met at a trade show to a weed dispensary in Denver

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The trip to the dispensary was initiated by Maggie, a “product representative” in her mid-40s, who came over to our booth and tested the waters by jokingly asking a leading-question about pot. “Where’s the weed,” she asked, pawing her way through our bowl of free candy. “You should give that away instead,” she laughed. “It […]

“Internal data” points to brightening of Maine’s future

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I don’t usually focus on polling, because focusing on polling is boring and makes politics more of a horse race than it should be. That said, despite Public Policy Polling showing the candidate to be polling at his lowest numbers yet, an email from the Cutler camp suggests “internal data shows that voters are moving […]

Giving up the drink or: why I had to give up on booze

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I have written about my relationship with addiction in the past, but that was about pills and not the drink. I really—really—love booze. Having perhaps loved it too much for about a decade or so, we are going to be taking a break. Similar to relationships I have had in the past, where the love—unbeknownst […]

Let’s figure it out together at citydrift/Portland

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You will find me behind a table full of books at citydrift/Portland (September 19 – 21). Before I explain, a bit about the event: Over a 72-hour period, Portland will experience three days of drifts and simultaneous creation and installation of drift documentation or ephemera, including panel discussions at the citydrift/Portland hubs. citydrift/Portland will conclude […]

Realism is failing us in Iraq, Pakistan, and the rest of the world

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Like everybody else in America, I have been disgusted and horrified by the violent acts of the so-called Islamic State. I am repulsed on a human level as these people appear to have emerged from a horror movie. Upon the release of that last beheading video, the executioner said, “I’m back, Obama,” before cutting off […]

Katalyst’s limited edition Maine Fall Hoodie to benefit suicide prevention efforts

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I don’t do a lot of professional posing—my modeling days have come and gone—but when Kyle Poissonnier asked my wife and me to be featured wearing his latest line of hoodies, there was a twist that made me enthusiastic to participate. Katalyst‘s new line of limited edition hoodies are intended to spread awareness about suicide—September […]