Category Archives: Nonfiction

2016 – Another year filled with good reading material.

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The books I have chosen for this post might not appear on the NY Times bestseller list, or come from an author who has sold millions of copies, but for me, they are significant and important. They’ve made me think, dream, and hope. The stories shown here have stayed with me for some time. In more than a few instances, I have shared these stories with my students, friends, and family. And in other cases, I kept them for myself the way you sometimes hoard the last chocolate-chip cookie in the jar. (Don’t you do that?)

The top 5 reasons to take a walk in the snow

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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

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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 […]

Ballroom Dancing Comes to a Maine Classroom

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SACO – High school students, especially boys, may be reticent about sharing their interests and passions. More than anything, they often want to remain as a part of the crowd of students that sometimes silently fill the hallways and classrooms of their school.  When Vojtech (“Vojta”) Machtyka decided to leave his home in the Czech […]

12 Great Reads From 2015

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SACO – Many of my colleagues write stories that contain lists about everything from the best beer in the state, to the top 10 places to buy a donut in and around Portland. Come to think of it, I probably read that last article more than once. Anyway, this year has been remarkable for me […]

‘Hoops for Hayley’ propels TA team

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SACO – Most coaches go out of their way to keep players from thinking about anything other than the game or match at hand. But for Eric Marston, coach of the Thornton Academy girls’ basketball team, this year is anything but ordinary: after seven league games, with the team wearing their hearts on their uniform […]

Another day to remember

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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 […]