Greenhouse weeds

Prevention is the best way to manage them

Weeds can be especially troublesome in greenhouses. They starve plants of nutrients, water and light. They also protect insects, mites, rodents and other pests.  More...

Cauliflower mashed potatoes ... simple

Let’s say you’ve resolved to eat healthier in the new year, but find yourself tripped up over and over again by your unconquerable yen for food that’s rich and delicious. More...

Cooking on Deadline: Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles are a classic Chinese dish originating in the Sichuan province. More...

Snow days here in Maine are indeed a gift

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

People new to Maine and winter in general confirmed this week what I already knew: my previous column — about roof rakes, endless snow and pajamas before 5 p.m. — was ominous. More...

GAUCHO GRILL:

Argentine cuisine glows big time with wood-fire cooking

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Flames glow, smoke billows and the aroma of slowly burning logs blends with the flavors of lightly charred calamari with broccoli and aioli cooked inside a handmade wood-fired oven. More...

If you’re new to Maine, learn these things

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Summer 2018 will mark 10 years since our family arrived in Maine, making this winter our 10th. Throughout this past decade, I’ve convinced a number of people — some of them family, some of them friends — to move to Maine. More...

Do you know your soil by name?

“Soil don’t get no respect,” Rodney Dangerfield might have said (but didn’t). Perhaps you know your state bird or flower, but do you know your state soil?  More...

Protests in Iran Require Care and Nuance

GUEST COLUMN

In the final days of 2017, protests erupted and quickly spread to cities across the country of Iran. More...

Political Cartoon

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Calling Out Congress

MAKING SENSE

Didn’t we turn over a new leaf in 2018? Didn’t everyone in Washington resolve to work together on America’s important problems and get things done? Oh, sorry. More...

Even Mainers Have Their Limits – Don’t They?

GUEST COLUMN

I have a confession. I miss seeing the UPS delivery guys wearing shorts. It’s not because they have great legs, though it’s a bit frustrating that they all have better legs than me. More...

Memory building:

Try these two easy do-it-yourself projects

For elderly people struggling with memory loss, one of the toughest things can be forgetting the details of their own lives. More...

Board games get messy with squirting toilets, soggy dogs

NEW YORK Katie Cogliano has learned to keep the Toilet Trouble game her kids love on top of her fridge, out of their sight. Her 6-year-old and 8-year-old love to play with the pottyshaped toy — but for Cogliano, it can be a pain. More...

‘The Last Jedi’ ... I’m just glad to be invited

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Did I like the new Star Wars movie “The Last Jedi”?  To answer, first I need to tell you this:  More...

Olive, a worthy holiday tree

Looking ahead to next year, how about an olive tree for a holiday tree? I’m not suggesting olive to replace spruces, firs and other conifers that are our traditional holiday trees. More...

THE WOMAN CAVE

No strife or no food allowed ... but decaf tea is fine

NEW YORK When people find out that I’m an empty nester with a “woman cave” in my New York City apartment, they seem to have a lot of questions. More...

Casserole for holiday season

COOKING ON DEADLINE:

For the holidays, there are people who absolutely love a classic green bean casserole made with condensed soup, canned beans and packaged fried onions.  I get the nostalgia. More...

‘Winning the game,’ but always on the ready

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

It was snowing the day I went to St. Joe’s Emergency Department in Bangor to talk to the staff about working the night shift. Given the weather, most places might have asked me to reschedule. Not the emergency room. More...

Swarm chasers return wayward honeybees to hives

When half or more of your honeybees have deserted the hive and are lingering nearby, who ya gonna call? Swarm chasers can provide quick help to fellow beekeepers, keeping them from getting stung literally and financially.  More...

New frontier for craft U.S. whiskey may be underfoot

SEATTLE Matt Hofmann walks along a small brown pond, the earth of its bank springing underfoot like a muddy mattress. More...