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Mark LaFlamme is a Sun Journal news reporter and columnist and the author of several works of fiction. He sleeps until noon each day and regrets nothing. Mark has several exciting hobbies, all of which are none of your business. Seriously, you don’t want to know. This page is a collection of his Street Talk and Talk of the Town columns.

Street Talk
  • September 22
    Street Talk: Don't get me wrong, angry letter writer. When things like fires turn out to be not much at all, I'm happy about it. If no buildings burned for the rest of my life, I'd be as thrilled as anyone. 
  • September 1
    Confessions of a habitual swearer who also happens to be interested in personal growth.
  • August 18
    Street Talk: Old Orchard Beach is a sandy Xanadu where the glorious ocean meets $4 flip-flops, lip-scalding pier fries and some chubby kid vomiting all over the Matterhorn.  
  • August 10
    The longer my beard grew, the more it seemed to antagonize people and I couldn't go anywhere without enduring one snide remark or another.
  • August 4
    Jess Paquette, a local busker, had her bike and ukulele stolen. After a few posts on Facebook, the community rallied to find the missing stuff—and succeeded, mostly.
  • Reading news through a digital medium is long on efficiency but short on charm. There's a certain just-the-facts discipline about it that discourages dawdling when dawdling was always the kind of fun of reading a newspaper. 
  • July 14
    I'm pretty sure that if I kept track, I'd find that I talk to myself way, WAY more than I talk to others.
  • July 1
    Street Talk: Behold the A-pillar blind spot, the cause of so much woe and/or hilarity.
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