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  • Published
    January 2, 2010

    Is sadness a disease?

    Sadness is one of the small number of human emotions that have been recognized in all societies and in all time periods. Some of the earliest known epics, such as "The Iliad" and "Gilgamesh," feature protagonists’ intense sadness after the loss of close comrades. Likewise, anthropological work across a great range of societies clearly describes emotions of sadness that develop in response to frustration in love, ...

  • Published
    January 1, 2010

    Editorial cartoon

    This editorial cartoon appeared in the Dec. 30 Herald Gazette.

  • Published
    January 1, 2010

    The work of the collective soul

    On the first day of winter all the cars arrived in the parking lot at work led by the glare from their headlights. Engines, idling for warmth, leaked plumes of exhaust that spun themselves out into the cold wind while we waited for the sun to rise and the day to begin. My solitary overhead light was the only one in the rows of rumbling vehicles as I sat with my notebook on my knees, to write, to read, to reflect. ...

  • Published
    January 1, 2010

    Full steam ahead

    The year 2010 is beginning with a flourish of significant developments and would-be developments along the Midcoast, all of them worthy of full attention. While 2009 was our year of fiscal contraction, so too will be 2010, though that collective “all is going down the drain” sentiment is slowly being replaced by “OK, what's emerging?” Yes, the state of Maine still must cut $438 million more, resulting in even ...

  • Published
    December 31, 2009

    Nobody dies

    Some things in life are essential — beer, the MLB Network, caller ID -- and some things aren't — tofu, Jay Leno, the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. In tough times, we all have to make sacrifices, and it makes sense to start with nonessentials. So this recession will have to get a whole lot worse before I celebrate happy hour with a glass of water and the Soap Opera Channel while fending ...

  • Published
    December 31, 2009

    Herald Gazette letters

    St. George School fundraiser The students and staff of the St. George School wish to thank all of those who supported our fundraising efforts for grades three, four and five. The incredible generosity and giving spirit of our community made it possible for us to raise over $1,000 that will be used for special programs and field trips.Please support our local businesses who were generous enough to makedonations: ...

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