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Seedlings and Somali refugees: An unlikely, but sustainable partnership

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Little bitty seedlings are bringing two communities — separated by 100 miles — together to help alleviate hunger and increase access to local food in Maine. During the coming months, students in the sustainable agriculture program at Unity College will grow seedlings for Cultivating Community, a Portland-based nonprofit that helps teach farming sustainable living to […]

Co-sleeping gone wrong (but not in the way you’re thinking)

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I dreamed of having a family bed. I envisioned the three of us cuddled together, slowly rising with the early sun. With eyes, still heavy with sleep, my daughter would reach up to my face and sign for her “milkies.” I’d nurse her, staring lovingly at her sweet […]

Homestead shows you should be watching right now

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Inspired by my recent realization that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is actually a show about homesteading, here are a few more homestead-y shows worth your time. Mountain Men: This History Channel show follows the lives of seven men living off the grid and “back to the land” in mountain ranges throughout the US. The wanna-be […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lyme disease is scary, prevent ticks naturally this year

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About two years ago while drifting off to sleep, I felt a sensation I never want to feel again. Just writing this makes me squirm. Something small was crawling up my leg. Since I wasn’t tromping through the woods, the feeling was completely out of place. It was a black-legged tick. Dangerous, though tiny. The […]

How to spot a homesick Mainer in California

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It was 12:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. I’d been traveling for more than 12 hours, flying cross-country from Bangor to San Francisco with a very active toddler. All by myself. I’d had a terrible time trying to pick up my rental car. The aunt I’d hoped to stay with was away for the weekend, and […]