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My Late Start: Going Back to College to Get an Art Degree

My Late Start: Going Back to College to Get an Art Degree

My moment of enlightenment came during a painting class I took several years ago through the Continuing Studies program at Maine College of Art (MECA). It was called Painting for the True Blue Beginner and was taught by artist Patsea Cobb.

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine

Where You Can Pick Apples in Maine
WILL AN APPLE A DAY KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY?

Some people consider apples a superfood, so one a day just might help you stay healthy. There are thousands of varieties to choose from, many of them right here in Maine. I’ve put together a list of some Maine orchards that let you pick your own apples — a great way to spend a late summer/early fall afternoon. Read more ... 

 

A Small Maine Cancer Prayer and Support Group Becomes a Ministry - More at: http://dianeatwood.com

A Small Maine Cancer Prayer and Support Group Becomes a Ministry - More at: http:/dianeatwood.com

It all began in Gorham, Maine
Den Morton, from Gorham, Maine, knows all about cancer. “I still remember the phone call from my surgeon,” he shares. “It was election night in 2004, and he called to let me know the tumor on my neck contained atypical cells and it appeared I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He went on to explain what would take place over the next weeks but all I could remember was the date of my next appointment and that I had cancer.” Read more ...

Movies: "The Spectacular Now"

Movies: "The Spectacular Now"

 

It’s back to school time, and just to remind us older folks what that was like, there have been a spate of recent, serious movies about high school age kids.  You know, first loves, sex, real or imagined, partying and -- occasionally -- studying for class.

 

So far, this is the best of the lot.

 

Sore Throat Remedies

Sore Throat Remedies

I woke up the other morning with a slight sore throat. Determined not to let it get any worse, I asked my Catching Health Facebook friends if they could recommend any home remedies. Several obliged and I decided not to keep their suggestions all to myself! Read more ...

How to Handle Family Conflicts When Caring for an Elderly Relative

How to Handle Family Conflicts When Caring for an Elderly Relative

John was blessed with a large family. He would be the first to tell you so. Now that he is elderly — a widower well into his 80s — and has dementia, all of his children are committed to seeing that he gets the best care possible. Even though most live out of state, and the primary responsibility for managing caregiving falls to the ones who live nearby, for the most part, there have been few family conflicts.

Every once in a while though, a family member becomes upset about something and if the situation isn’t handled well it could quickly escalate.

Movies: "Closed Circuit"

Movies: "Closed Circuit"

 

As we all know by now, London is loaded with closed circuit TV cameras and this sleek political thriller makes full use of them, starting right from the get-go, as we see multiple screen shots of a crowded farmers’ market just before a bomb goes off.  

 

It doesn’t take the law long to arrest a Turkish-born suspect, Erdogan (Davis Moschitto), the only known survivor of the bombing, and place his wife and son in hiding.  But because of the security issues involved in the case, there will be two separate trials, one open and one closed to the public and press.