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Movies: "American Hustle"

Movies: "American Hustle"

With its clever script, terrific cast and 1970s vibe, here’s a movie to put a spring in your step and a song in your heart (maybe by America or Steely Dan), even if it is all about corruption.

“Some of this really happened,” we are told at the start of the movie, which is loosely based on the Abscam scandal of 1978, even though the characters portrayed here are fictitious.  With his elaborate comb-over and bulging paunch, it’s hard to recognize Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, a small-time New York con artist, who makes his living with a chain of dry cleaners and by selling fake or stolen art work and making empty loan payments to desperate losers at five-thou a pop.

A List of Foods That Are Hidden Sources of Salt. You May Be Surprised.

A List of Foods That Are Hidden Sources of Salt. You May Be Surprised.

Salt, which is 40% sodium and 60% chloride, is an essential nutrient that we need to survive. The problem is, too much sodium may lead to high blood pressure, strokes and kidney disease.  Read more ...

Urine Color. What Yours May Be Trying to Tell You

Urine Color. What Yours May Be Trying to Tell You

Ever take a look at the color of your urine? Most people aren't interested, but urine color can be an important clue. Normally, it's yellow — pale yellow to deep amber. Read more ...

Tips on Keeping Your Children Safe During the Holidays

Tips on Keeping Your Children Safe During the Holidays

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, especially for kids. To help ensure our kids have fun and stay safe this holiday, here are a few tips to remember. Read more ...

Alzheimer's Volunteers Make a Big Difference. Maine Chapter, Alzheimer's Association Says Thank You

Alzheimer's Volunteers Make a Big Difference. Maine Chapter, Alzheimer's Association Says Thank You

On Saturday I attended a volunteer recognition reception hosted by the Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter. It was an enlightening afternoon.

As you may know, my mother has Alzheimer's disease. Even though our family is fortunate to have each other and the help of professional caregivers, I often feel overwhelmed — with worry, sadness, responsibilities ...

I'm on the judging committee!

I'm on the judging committee!

I've been invited to be part of the 2014 Maine Readers' Choice Award Selection Committee!

Here's the skinny:

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult  fiction published in the United States the previous year.  The aim of this award is to increase awareness and reading of literary fiction.  The Maine Readers’ Choice Award honors books that exhibit exceptional writing and a compelling story that encourages reading and conversation among individuals and in Maine’s communities.

131 books are under consideration for the 2014 Award.  Want to know which ones?  Wonder no more!

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Health Events in Maine December 7 to December 14

Health Events in Maine December 7 to December 14
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7

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