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    Monday Mar 23, 2015 | 10:14 am

    We’re Living In A Post-Racial World?

    Back in the 80’s, the English music group the Police had a hit song “We Are Spirits in the Material World.” Not one of my favorite songs, but looking back at the lyrics, they did indeed capture what it was looking from the outside in of that material decade. Madonna (another one of my non-faves) was the “material girl,” and Tom Wolfe wrote about the golden crumbs bond traders made […]

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    Wednesday Mar 11, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Doing Good By Dining Well

    It’s Restaurant Week in Maine. Actually, Restaurant Week this year is twice as long, March 1-14th, because apparently Maine Restaurant Week “is so epic it’s two weeks this year.” Dozens of restaurants across the state are participating from Kennebunk to Auburn to Orono, and as part of the festivities they are offering special three-course menus for set prices starting at $15. So with all these options, how to choose? Of […]

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    Thursday Mar 05, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    Sex And The Silicon Valley “Girl” Goes To Trial!!!

    It’s a dirty little secret among lawyers and judges that legal disputes hardly ever go to jury trial anymore. As best I can determine, last year there probably were fewer than 20 jury trials in Maine federal court. I can’t count how many seminars I have attended in which this disturbing trend has been discussed. As Judge Hornby, an eminent judge on the district court wrote in an article eight […]

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    Thursday Feb 26, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    Hollywood Takes On Equal Pay …And It Isn’t Pretty

    Full disclosure: I did not watch the Oscars. There were a variety of reasons I missed it: We don’t have cable and our TV antenna seems to only work on clear, sunny days; the Oscars don’t really get going until past my bedtime; I somehow failed to see any of the movies nominated this year for Best Picture; etc … But as always, I enjoyed the post-mortem the next day. […]

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    Friday Feb 20, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    The Weather Outside Is Frightful—But My Boss Says If I Don’t Show Up For Work…

    I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that this has been a winter unlike any other in recent memory. Eastport has been hit with 99 inches of snow in 20 days—numbers of biblical proportions. Closer to home here in Portland, snowfall stands at 80 inches, or far above normal for this time of year. From my office windows, I can see Casco Bay frozen over—the […]

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    Thursday Feb 12, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    A New Century, But the Same Old Question: How to Balance Work and Family

    The “modern woman” is “not altogether satisfied with love, marriage, and a purely domestic career….She wants work of her own. She wants some means of self-expression, perhaps, some way of satisfying her personal ambitions. But she wants a husband, home and children, too. How to reconcile these two desires in real life, that is the question.” Update the language, and this quote could have come from one of any number […]

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    Thursday Feb 05, 2015 | 5:13 pm

    Fore! Portland Off Course On Minimum Wage Vote

    During the summer, I often arrive before 6AM at Val Halla, the town links in Cumberland where I live, before I head off to work. I’m not much of a golfer (some folks won’t disclose their age; I won’t disclose my handicap except to say that it is higher than the age of my son, who was born in 1991), but if I keep the ball in play I can […]

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    Thursday Jan 29, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Let It Snow! A Day Off Can Be a Boost For Worker Productivity.

    As a kid, there were few sounds that were sweeter to me than those two wonderful words: Snow day! Now that I’m a grown-up, the pure joy of an unexpected snow day has been mixed with some of the more mundane concerns – will we lose power, do we need to rush to the store for milk, are the kids going to go completely stir-crazy…. But I have to admit […]

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    Thursday Jan 22, 2015 | 4:22 pm

    Middle Class Economics: Obama Offers Workers a Helping Hand; Opponents Say Plan DOA

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama continued his recent efforts to help restore an endangered species in America. No, not the spotted owl; the working middle class. It’s no secret that blue collar workers have taken it on the chin since the dawn of the new millennium—indeed over the last 4 decades. According to a report last year from the Economic Policy Institute, executive pay […]

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