Just retired. Too young for Medicare. Needs health insurance. What to do?

Just retired. Too young for Medicare. Needs health insurance. What to do?

My friend Terrilynn Barden Dubreuil recently retired as Chair of the Fine Arts Department at McAuley High School. It was a full-time job with benefits, including health insurance. She's not old enough for Medicare and was in the market for a policy that will fill the gap until she reaches the magic age. Read more ...

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The Ocean Inspires Maine Dermatologist to Create Skin Care Products

The Ocean Inspires Maine Dermatologist to Create Skin Care Products

For many years, I have carried an image of Dr. Michael Taylor in my head. He was leaving the exam room in his office and poked his head back in just before he closed the door. "Don't forget to protect your skin," he said. "Wear sunscreen."  Read more ...

Washburn-Norlands Living History Center Receives $15,000 Grant to Restore Historic Windows

Washburn-Norlands Living History Center Receives $15,000 Grant to Restore Historic Windows

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore recently received a $15,000 grant from the Belvedere Fund Historic Preservation Grants Program of the Maine Community Foundation in cooperation with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. “This grant will help to restore up to twelve historic windows in the 1867 Washburn family mansion.  The windows are located in the ell portion of the estate which houses the original kitchen and a caretaker’s apartment”, said Sheri Leahan, Norlands’ director.  The project consists of repairing sashes, re-glazing, replacing historic glass, refurbishing hardware such as locks, weights and pulleys, and painting. “We’re not only thrilled that these historic windows will be saved for many more years, but that also they will be made more energy efficient with new weather-stripping,” commented Jane Frost, President of Washburn-Norlands Foundation’s Board of Trustees. 

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

Where You Can Pick Blueberries in Maine

If you're looking for a farm that will let you pick your own blueberries, you're in luck because there are several in Maine. Most places are opening mid to late July, but some not until the first of August. If a farm has a website or Facebook page, I included a link. It's really important to check ahead to make sure a farm is open for picking. If you want to add someone/something ( e.g., if organic) or notice an error please let me know — you can send a comment at the end of the post. Read more ...

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Choose Love, Not Fear: Joe Semmes' Top Ten List for Seriously Ill Cancer Patients

Choose Love, Not Fear:  Joe Semmes' Top Ten List for Seriously Ill Cancer Patients

In 1996, Dr. B. Joseph Semmes, who goes by the name Joe, learned that he had a type of cancer of the pancreas called pNET or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Not only is it rare — seen in approximately one percent of pancreatic cancers and three in one million of all cancers diagnosed — it's also less aggressive than other pancreatic cancers and can often be cured. Read more ...

Hunger and Obesity: What’s The Connection?

 Hunger and Obesity: What’s The Connection?

Part two of a series on hunger in Maine.

In America there is an assumption that with girth comes wealth and that people who are food insecure or malnourished are also automatically thin. Let’s remember that food insecurity means lacking reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Read more ...

Jane Johnson's Recipe for Maple Walnut Rhubarb Crisp

Jane Johnson's Recipe for Maple Walnut Rhubarb Crisp

The other day I posted a recipe for strawberry rhubarb pie that called for honey in place of sugar. I got an email from Jane Johnson, who lives in Forest City Township on the shores of East Grand Lake and the headwaters of the St. Croix River — "remote by choice," she told me. I happened to mention in the recipe that honey wasn't vegan and Jane suggested substituting maple syrup. Read more ...