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Exit Interview: Nick Schroeder, former Managing Editor of DigPortland

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I offered my take on the fall of DigPortland at the start of this week, and Seth Koening wrote this article about the drama. I was interested, though, in what DigPortland Managing Editor Nick Schroeder had to say about all of it. For the paper, Schroeder ran a feature entitled Exit Interview, where he interviewed […]

“Back Off Flatlander” and other great Maine-themed patches

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Kris Johnsen, an artist I have featured every year for my annual holiday gift guide (we have framed and hung several of his pieces in our home), has organized a new endeavor called Portland Patch Project. Each month will feature a different sewn patch designed by a local artist. Patches will be manufactured and feature […]

Interview: Pious Ali, “Public Servant at Large,” on activism, immigration, and empowering young people

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Pious Ali tells people he is a “public servant at large.” Over the past decade, he has worked at PROP, organized a youth interfaith alliance, and won a seat on the Portland School Board.  Ali came to Portland from New York in 2002. Looking for work outside of restaurants, he got a job with PROP, […]

Kitty Critic is a series in which Portland musicians perform for their fan’s cats

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According to its website, “Kitty Critic is an internet series in which musicians from Portland, Maine perform in their fan’s homes for their fan’s cats.” Maine appears in all caps so no one is confused into thinking we have anything with filthy Portland, Oregon. It goes on to explain that “the series is designed to bring […]

“Transgender Funnyman” Ian Harvie on Amazon’s Golden Globe winner “Transparent”

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Note [January 12, 2015]: Since publishing this interview last week, Transparent won a Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy. Star Jeffrey Tambor also won a Golden Globe for his performance in the show. For those unfamiliar with the award, it’s like a mashup of the Oscars and the Emmys, only the awards show portion is […]

15 Instagram photos that show how Mainers celebrated the arrival of 2015

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On the eve of the year 2000—the New Year’s Eve everyone thought would usher in one catastrophe or another—I spent the night with a bunch of friends from Westbrook High School. We synched Wizard of Oz with Dark Side of the Moon and awaited the impending doom of Y2K, which never came. It feels like […]

17 Instagram photos that show how Mainers celebrated the holidays

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As I have been known to do around special events and holidays, I flipped through Maine-related hashtags (#maine, #mainelife, #207 and #portlandmaine just to name a few) on Instagram to see how my fellow Mainers celebrated the past week and a half of holiday festivities. SIDE NOTE: In doing so, I learned that there is […]

Maine, Thankfully: Donna Galluzzo, Executive Director of Salt Institute

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For this installment of Maine, Thankfully, I talked with Donna Galluzo, Executive Director of Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Salt is a non-profit school in Portland, Maine that offers semester-long intensive programs in documentary writing, radio, photography and new media.   I have long been an appreciator of Salt. I have had many friends who […]