Category Archives: Families

Cycling continues to be the cheapest form of health insurance

SACO – Maybe it’s clear from the picture, but just in case there’s any doubt, this group of hardy fools is about as happy as a group of friends might be. Yes, the temperature was hovering around freezing when we left the parking lot in Saco, but after a winter filled with ice and snow, there […]

Ireland – To many from Maine, a place that feels like home.

On nearly our last full day in Ireland, we decided to try to visit three treasures. In the morning, we drove to the Cliffs of Moher and braved the sudden and seemingly endless winds that blew ashore from the North Atlantic.
The weren’t more than 50 cars in the parking lot, a very small number for one of the most popular tourist attractions in this part of Ireland, and because of the weather, we decided to try to park closer to the visitor center.

Ireland – a land filled with connections to Maine

Welcome to the land of perpetual green fields, misty conditions, and driving on the ‘other’ side of the road. Like many people, my wife and I traveled with two close friends from Boston to Dublin (via Heathrow) to spend a week away from the stress and confusion that often fills our daily lives. For the next six days, as we wander through the countryside, we’ll try to find a connection every day to snowy and cold shores we just left. Here’s day one.

The top 5 reasons to take a walk in the snow

If you listened to the weather reports, this part of the state is supposed to see a new blanket of snow by the end of the day. Some of the forecasts say we’ll see a mixture of rain and snow, others say mostly rain, and there are a brave few who say we’ll see mostly snow.

In any case, it seemed like a good excuse to go for a walk with the dog. If you are at all like me, just being outside will start to make you think. So here are my top five reasons why you should join me and take a step outside today.

Biddeford businessman shares insight about Asperger’s syndrome

BIDDEFORD — For the past year, Derek Volk, president of Volk Packaging Corp., has spent nights, weekends and even days away from his manufacturing business to focus on what has become one of the most important parts of his life: discussing the book he wrote about his 24-year-old son Dylan and his experiences raising a […]

It’s not too early to think about spring!

SACO – Don’t tell anybody, but the amount of daylight we get to see in southern Maine is increasing, and as the days get longer, I can’t help but think about the warmer days to come. One sure sign of spring for those who live in the Biddeford/Saco area will occur this year on March […]

The 10 Best Pieces of Advice for a Happy and Healthy New Year

I am not a life coach, fitness guru, or even an academic all-star. I’m just a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, student, writer, cyclist, runner, and sometimes a grumpy older man who’s lived more than half a century. Given that it’s almost the beginning of a new year, I thought I ‘d write about a few […]

The most exciting time of the year!

SACO – Five days. It all starts again next week and I’m excited about the prospects for the new school year. Now, the hallways are quiet, the custodial staff is busy finishing last-minute projects and my colleagues are working to make sure their teaching spaces are ready for students. Yes, it happens every year, but […]

Another day to remember

SACO, Maine – James Foley, the journalist from Rye, New Hampshire was 40 years old when his ISIS captors executed him in August. At the time, ISIS claimed the killing was in retribution for the air strikes conducted by the United State military and coalition forces against their positions in Northern Iraq. After Foley was […]