When I opened the paper on October 18, Chance Brown’s Hi and Lois comic strip strike me well. I did a bit of fact checking:
Correction 1: Gas hasn’t had a price of $3.99 per gallon in the United States since July of 2008. The average price per gallon of gas in the United [...]
“I swear I am never going to get a flu shot again,” said the young bagger at the grocery store tonight. “My arm is going to fall off, it hurts so much.”
“Sorry it hurts,” I said. “Thanks for getting a shot, though. A lot more people die of flu every year than have ever [...]
The United States is a nation that massively incarcerates its inhabitants, far beyond the scale of every other nation on Earth.
On October 22, the United States is a nation that protests this fact. Yellow dots on the map below indicate places where there will be demonstrations on the National Day of Protest Against Mass [...]
As J. Clifford noted earlier today, the school board in the tiny community of Strong, Maine put a teacher on a 21-day leave because that teacher had…
… recently taken a plane flight to Dallas, Texas for an educational conference.
Yes, that’s all. Because the teacher had taken a plane flight to Dallas for [...]
Every now and then, when the world’s a bit much to take, some people take to church. Some people meditate. Some people chant. I play cards. There’s something about the rhythm of a game of solitaire that wonderfully clears the mind of whatever came before it. When I put down those cards, I’m ready to [...]
Even out of full context, this sign by the side of the road in rural inland Maine is historically striking to me. In full context, the shift it represents is even more striking:
A few months ago, my wife was diagnosed with a deadly cancer that will kill her sooner or (a bit) later and is causing a lot of pain along the way. I’m not only married; I have school-aged children, too. While I keep one eye on my wife I keep another on my children. They’ve [...]
1930 — The parasitic fungus Ophiostoma appears in Cleveland, Ohio and begins attacking American elm trees.
1950s to 1980s — 40 million elm trees die across the United States.
1970s — Start of government-university-community cooperative efforts to identify and propagate resistant elm trees.
1999 — Maine State Legislature creates Elm Tree Restoration Fund. 12 ME [...]
With 139 Americans dying of Ebola in just one day, can our nation possibly sustain this death toll in the future?
… oh, wait. No, no, never mind. Those are the daily deaths in the United States from influenza and pneumonia, not Ebola.
Oops. My bad. I mixed up the rows when I was taking [...]
“What Global Warming?” This is the question that conservative media pundits continue to ask. By asking the question rhetorically, conservatives invite you to think of the cool days of autumn and to forget the more general global trends. While the pundits play political games, the reality of global warming is all around us.
By now [...]
Seen at a local farmer’s market this weekend.
Take one. Try one.