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  • Published
    October 22, 2021

    Ode to a toothache

    Street Talk: The pain of a bad tooth is immense. Extraordinary. When it comes for real — this screaming banshee of agony — you, the sufferer, will have moments where you are rendered clinically insane.

  • Published
    October 5, 2021

    When it comes to cops and the media, times have changed

    Street Talk: It's become tense and guarded on both ends, and you can't blame the police for this — the media hasn't been altogether kind to cops in recent years.

  • Published
    September 28, 2021

    Little Miss Ray runs away from home

    Street Talk: When the exchange of words was no longer enough, a plan was hatched. She would sneak out of her family home, travel up to Lewiston and at last, they would be in each other's arms. 

  • Published
    September 21, 2021

    Big news stories that weren’t

    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. 

  • Published
    August 31, 2021

    Street Talk: Now, doggonit, stop that cussing

    Confessions of a habitual swearer who also happens to be interested in personal growth.

  • Published
    August 17, 2021

    Old Orchard Beach then and now

    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.  

  • Published
    August 9, 2021

    Street Talk: Stop looking at my beard

    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.

  • Published
    August 3, 2021

    Street Talk: How to assemble a posse and retrieve a stolen bike

    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.

  • Published
    July 28, 2021

    Street Talk: When newspapers were king

    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. 

  • Published
    July 13, 2021

    Street Talk: Arguing with a fool

    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.