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 […]

5 ways AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ is actually about homesteading

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Zombies, blood, guts and survival. Not exactly what comes to mind when you hear the word “homestead.” But … Take a deeper look. The number one zombie show on television these days is actually more “homestead-y” than you may think. #1 Teams regularly head out and look for food, medicine, supplies and weapons. (That’s foraging!)  […]

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’

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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 […]