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Walking "The Useful Walk"

Walking "The Useful Walk"

I just passed my 2nd Anniversary of writing The Page Turner.  You know how I remember now?  I volunteered at the local library used book sale again!

Movies: "The Fifth Estate"

Movies: "The Fifth Estate"

The trouble with this newfangled computer age is it just doesn’t make for very compelling cinema.  Hey, if you want to see a bunch of people tapping away at their keyboards, just look up from your cubicle or stop by your local library.

To be fair, “The Fifth Estate,” the dramatization of the Wikileaks publication of thousands of secret documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tries to spice up the cyberstuff, starting with a truly clever opening montage following the evolution of media from hieroglyphics through moveable type and the telegraph, all the way to the vanishing world of print and the rise of the worldwide web.  All in a couple of minutes.

 

Seven Healthy Things to Do in Maine October 18 to October 26

Seven Healthy Things to Do in Maine October 18 to October 26
FROM THE CATCHING HEALTH CALENDARFRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH1. DONATE BLOOD TODAY -- YOU HAVE UNTIL 2 PM!

BLOOD DRIVE

Red Cross Donation Center
524 Forest Avenue
Portland

7 am to 2 pm

Disappoint a Vampire. Give Blood. It’s a fact, not fiction that one donation can save up to 3 humans!

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Exercise Your Brain Like You Exercise Your Body and Other Advice on How to Stay Mentally Sharp

Exercise Your Brain Like You Exercise Your Body and Other Advice on How to Stay Mentally Sharp

We lift weights, jog, swim, participate in marathons and triathlons — all kinds of ways to exercise our bodies and keep them strong and healthy. But what do we do to keep our brains physically fit? The daily crossword puzzle? It's not enough. Read more ...

The middle ground of "Green"

The middle ground of "Green"

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I try to live lightly on the earth, minimizing my carbon footprint, and by extension that of my family.

 

Yes, I know, I'm kind of a zealot.  

 

When You Have Alzheimer's, Getting Your Hair Washed Can Take on a Whole New Meaning

When You Have Alzheimer's, Getting Your Hair Washed Can Take on a Whole New Meaning

As far back as I can remember, my mother always curled her hair. Way back, it was pin curls. Who remembers pin curls? Then she switched to rollers. Before she went anywhere, she had to "put her hair up." 

About 10 years ago, she decided she was tired of the hassle and proclaimed that she was no longer going to curl her hair. From then on, we'd have to get used to her with straight hair. We did, and she enjoyed all the extra time she suddenly had. Read more ...

Movies: "Short Term 12"

Movies: "Short Term 12"

Snuggled into the cineplex opposite such monster hits as “Gravity” and “Captain Phillips” is this small slice of reality, written and directed by 30-year old filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“I Am Not a Hipster”).

See it if you can.

Cretton took a job at a center for troubled teenagers while in film school in California, and stayed on for two years.  That experience led to a short film that won big at Sundance in 2009, and is now a feature-length movie starring Brie Larson (Kate in “The United States of Tara”) and featuring a host of young actors from current or former TV series and movies.