In the name of progress…

“They paved paradise And put up a parking lot” -- Joni Mitchell We drove north up 295, cutting a swath through the great state of Maine as we made our way to Orono. It had been many years since I last made this trek, and on this particular bright and sunny February day, I was …

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With all my heart and soul

For Ginger, my love... When we are not together when life gets in the way when reality comes between us I think of you and slip away I don’t know where my life would be without you in my heart I don’t like to think about that I don’t even want to start No matter …

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On Valentine’s Day

I would like to speak for a moment to anyone out there who is currently in a relationship. Man or woman, straight or gay.  If you have somebody in your life who you love, listen up. It seems to me that the art of romance is quickly going the way of the do-do. In this …

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On Guns and Sensibility…

I have been mulling this issue over for months now. Every time I have tried to sit down to write anything, there it has been – hanging over me like a dark cloud. Whenever a subject came to me that I wanted write about, there it was – leaning over my shoulder like some dark …

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On families, death, and liberation…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I have a good excuse. On April 26th this year my mother died suddenly. This news found me in a very different place however than most sons who hear they have lost a parent. My relationship with my mother (like so many of us I am …

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Do two Wrongs make a Right?

It’s been a few weeks since I first wrote about the Trayvon Martin case – a blog post by the way, that generated more comments and discussion than any other I had previously written. In the time since I first wrote A Rush To Judgment,  George Zimmerman has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree …

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I believe…

I've been giving some thought lately to what I believe. What is it that makes me, well me. While certainly I would never consider boring you with a complete list of everything that I believe, this is a few that came to mind today... I believe that laziness is a good thing. If it were …

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A Rush to Judgment

It was a dark February night in Florida. In a suburban gated community in Sanford, a black 17-year-old male named Trayvon Martin had donned his hoodie sweatshirt and walked to a local convenience store. He was then on his way back to the home of his father’s fiancé with his now famous Skittles and Iced …

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Gaining perspective…

Today I am posting something a little different. I have always loved the passage below. It was written by one of my heroes, Carl Sagan. From time to time I like to re-read it because I think it provides some valuable perspective for us all. Please give it a read... “The Earth is a very …

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“Special Rights” or Equal Rights?

Three years ago here in my great state of Maine, the Legislature voted to legalize Same-Sex Marriage. Shortly thereafter however, the Conservative Right began pouring millions of out-of-state dollars into a media smear campaign that resulted ultimately in the law being put to a people's vote and narrowly overturned by a 53% to 47% margin. …

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