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More than anything, I wanted someone to say I was good enough

I don’t remember the first time and I don’t remember the last. What I remember is desperation, loneliness and shame. My name is Natalie Feulner. I am a wife, a mother, a journalist and an adventurer. I also have bulimia. Have, not had. That’s the thing about eating disorders, they’re never really gone. Recovery is forever. […]

Will the Mainer survive? Cushing woman featured on Nat. Geo’s ‘The Raft’


Do you have what it takes to survive on a raft for a week in the middle of the ocean? What about with a complete stranger? Danielle Delano, a Cushing native, thinks she has what it takes and this Sunday, the world will watch as she tries. National Geographic Channel’s new series “The Raft” follows […]

Fun-loving British ukulele group to perform in Orono

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Thirty years. That’s a long “plucking time.” But there’s more to come. The eight member Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has clocked almost 16 million minutes of playing since forming in 1985. And in a couple of weeks the group heads to the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono to play more as part […]

Breastfeeding mother told to “be more discreet” plans nurse-in

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Nurse-in. (noun) An event that brings together breastfeeding mothers, particularly after one or more have been asked to not breastfeed in public.  A group of Maine mothers is planning a “nurse-in” today at a Lewiston restaurant after what one mother says was a “humiliating” experience. Stephanie Parise started a Facebook event and had more than […]

Classic and practical biscotti recipe, an Italian family favorite


I had two requests of my family when I went home to visit earlier this month. One, to see where my grandmother was buried. Two, to take down her biscotti recipe before heading back to Maine. In doing so, I learned about a family tradition my relatives had never shared. Talking to the dead. My […]

Searching for last minute egg hunts? Look no further.

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This is the first year our daughter can participate in a traditional egg hunt. I’ve been looking forward to this Easter for the better part of a year – I even bought her Easter dress a few weeks after she was born, in December … 2013 … Easter dresses just look cuter on babies who […]

Dark inspiration behind Disney’s ‘Frozen’ to be staged in Maine

Merchandise from Disney's movie "Frozen" for sale at a Toys R Us in Los Angeles. Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Calling all parents of “Frozen” fans! Are you tired of hearing “Let it Go” yet again or being song-asked if you “Wanna Build A Snowman?” Consider introducing your kids to the original story that served as inspiration for the now cult classic — Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” being performed at the Portland Stage […]