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My writing evokes the soul of complex issues, be they social, environmental, technological or creative. I seek, always, to answer the fundamental question: Why should we care?
We care because we can recognize parts of ourselves even in the unfamiliar. And because we seek to bridge the distances between things we don’t understand.
It is in the telling of stories – familiar or newly unfolded – that our humanity expands.
I've been writing for many years in a variety of settings— nonprofits, newspapers, magazines, colleges, advertising agencies, trade associations. I've been a staff writer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Bowdoin College, Hanley-Wood, Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, and Kennebec Journal and have been a regular contributor to Country Home magazine and Maine Public Radio.
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ROUGHER ROUGHS, TIDAL HAZARDS, AND GIN AND TONICS Three of Maine’s year-round island communities host golf courses—each has a story to tell. The sixth hole of the Great Chebeague Golf Club’s course, a 110-yard par 3, is ranked the easiest of its nine holes. That is, unless you fail to admire its sweeping views of[…]
There’s no easy way to explain what happened to mathematician Mary Lou Zeeman — though it all began simply enough. Nine years ago, Bowdoin’s new professor was chatting with a gynecologist who mentioned his questions about in vitrofertilization (IVF) treatment protocols, which included administration of a cycle of birth control pills to suppress ovarian function, followed by daily injections[…]
World Conservation Society Senior Conservation Zoologist Tim McClanahan has been persistent and often unconventional in his efforts to understand and protect coral reef ecology in Kenya and throughout the Western Indian Ocean. (Photos by Emily Darling) Sometimes scientific data can be used to tell both sides of a story. Sometimes it’s the very thing that[…]
Chris Miller was shirtless, flat on his back at the midway at the Fryeburg Fair. Pretzeled under the platform of the Quake Dance, fitting spinning tubs into their shafts, he looked up. Sarah Inman was unloading 20-pound bags of onions for her sausage stand. She stopped a moment and lifted her face into a light[…]
It’s not unusual for a Bowdoin student to take a class with a professor of renown. The College’s faculty includes a mix of nationally and internationally recognized scientists, scholars, artists and writers. But students get an improbably practical take on the subject of leadership when they enroll in Angus King’s interdisciplinary Leaders and Leadership course.[…]
What do you do when a living legend such as Edward Albee crosses your path? If you are director and theater professor Davis Robinson, you hold your umbrella over his head, and in the time it takes to walk across Bowdoin’s rainy campus, quietly ask America’s greatest living playwright about the earliest influences on his work and[…]
If he had come a week earlier, or a week later, the water would have been roiling with fish. Still, Bowdoin biologist John Lichter can’t contain his excitement. “Look at the osprey,” he says, pointing at a pair of fish hawks swooping over the pond with a shrieking cry. “Looking for breakfast, I guess.” Their[…]
I have been saying goodbye to my father for many years. It’s odd, really, because he has been one of the most dependably present forces in my life. Unlike many of my friends, I grew up in a family that stayed together – for better or for worse – through the convention-bound ’50s, through the[…]
Photos by James Marshall and Joanna Eldredge Morrissey. People tend to think of artists in one of two ways: either they confuse them with their art, or they find them curiously unlike it. Sculptor John Bisbee is both. His personality explodes with thorny contradictions like the large, mind-boggling installations he creates from 12-inch steel spikes,[…]
Amanda Miller clutches the edge of her chair and squeezes her eyes shut. She is hoisted high above the crowd. Delicate and white in her first formal dress, she rises and dips, like a butterfly. Beneath her, 50 people dance in a snaking chain, clapping to the off-key strains of Hava Nagila. “Amanda! Amanda!” they[…]
Every workday, Miles Rightmire gets up, drinks some French roast and says his prayers. He packs his lunch, works out at the gym. Then he goes to the office and tells people if they will live or die. A counselor with the Maine Bureau of Health, it is his job to give people the[…]
As architects and homeowners increasingly consider how their dwellings can bounce back after a natural or man-made disruption, propane offers an intriguing energy option for an unpredictable future. By Selby Frame Staff Writer As more communities grapple with devastating natural disasters and brace against real and anticipated threats of human origin — such as terrorism[…]