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  • Published
    January 15, 2010

    How to train your cat

    I was sitting on the couch recently, trying to find something worthwhile on cable, when the cat came trotting into the room carrying a fresh "kill" in its mouth. The kill was a roll of toilet paper. Apparently, to a cat, a roll of toilet paper can be easily mistaken for a mouse or bird. I don't see the resemblance myself. So here's this pure black cat with a roll of toilet paper and there are shreds of the ...

  • Published
    January 10, 2010

    To make known the unknown

    I read these three lines recently: What we know we know. What we know we don't know. What we don't know we don't know. That last one is my favorite. We don't even know what we don't know! Is it any wonder then that we are so baffled when trying to answer the questions why am I here and what is my purpose? They're good questions and having considered them I believe that our purpose, the human purpose, is to make ...

  • Published
    January 10, 2010

    A new year, a new interest: mushrooms

    Thanks to two Maine mycologists (experts in fungi) who each published a book in 2009, 2010 will be the year of the mushrooms for me. Those books are "Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada" by David L. Spahr (North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, Calif.) and "Mushrooms for Health--Medicinal Secrets of Northeastern Fungi" by Greg A. Marley (Down East, Rockport, Maine). Spahr's book covers ...

  • Published
    January 10, 2010

    Cold! You call this cold?

    Years ago there was a popular radio program called “Can You Top This?” Three or four comedians would sit around telling stories, and I guess there was some contest to see who got the most laughs. Some stories were just funny, and some were more about who could tell the biggest lie. It hearkened back to the old general store where folks would sit around the pot-bellied stove on a winter’s evening and swap stories, ...

  • Published
    January 9, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to Hazel Peabody, a special lady and excellent cook. Sweet 'n' Sour Pork 2 cups diced lean pork 1 chicken bouillon cube 1 cup boiling water 1/3 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons vinegar 2 teaspoons soy sauce 2 cups green pepper strips 1 can pineapple chunks (drain into a bowl) 2 teaspoons cornstarch Brown pork in hot fat. ...

  • Published
    January 9, 2010

    Home in the dark, snow, rain and wind

    The Maine State Legislature is contemplating putting a warning on cell phones that they might cause brain cancer. This would be a first. I'm not sure what to make of the fact that the only other state that is considering the same thing is California. There are some issues in which it would be nice to see Maine paired with California -- weather, for instance -- but cancer warnings on cell phones is not one of ...

  • Published
    January 9, 2010

    Education matters

    The news at the end of the first week of 2010 in the Midcoast is dominated by education costs, as Maine School Administrative District 40 debates closing smaller village schools, Regional School Unit 13 hears rebukes from students and parents about consolidating Georges Valley High School and Rockland District High School, and the Five Town Community School District board casts a critical eye on the costs of ...

  • Published
    January 8, 2010

    Black cat

    Get (thinking about) gardening Now that the sun is heading back this way (supposedly, though we haven't seen it through a week of snow showers), thoughts turn toward gardening. What better time to think green than in the depths of winter white. Somewhere beneath the veil of gray and white lie slumbering bulbs and seeds. Soon enough, some trees, such as poplar and birch, will even consider budding. Over at the ...

  • Published
    January 8, 2010

    Editorial cartoon

    This editorial cartoon appeared in the Jan. 6 Herald Gazette.

  • Published
    January 8, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Thanks from Freedom Riders On Nov. 21, Freedom Riders held its second successful Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser sponsored by Applebee's Restaurant. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Applebee's for the generous hospitality, and also to the community for its faithful support of our organization. This year Freedom Riders celebrated its 25th year of providing equine assisted therapies and activities to ...

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