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Alex Steed
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Professional Blogger, Partner at Knack Factory
Professional Blogger, Partner at Knack Factory

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But maybe Freedom’s just another word for being pressured into making a public display of allegiance to idols and to all the magic and glory for which they stand. Nope, that’s Catholicism. Americans, particularly the ham-fisted jingoists, hold “freedom” and “liberty” up high as the ultimate value, virtue and aspiration. “If you’d like to” is a real, honest to goodness honoring of the choice that freedom implies. The pledge isn’t what makes the notion of this country worth celebrating or fighting for, it’s the choice we have to engage with it. SanGiovanni gets that. What is the excuse of those that don’t?

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"The last thing he said to me was 'It’s never too late to show your love.' We had gotten really close. I had worked for him and that eventually turned into a friendship and then I sort of became a family member, I guess. I have been with him most of this week. I finally said, 'I love you' and he said, 'You finally said it. You’re growing up.'”

— Kate Beever

This is one of the most touching conversations I have been a part of to date.

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Frankly, I consider being able to survive for decades as a writer and storyteller is a major victory in itself. Knowing that my work has made a difference or had an impact makes it that much sweeter.

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"In real life we operate from such fear that if we reveal our true selves, we’ll be unlovable. I remember my mom saying a long time ago, 'No matter what, I am going to keep this family together.' It was long before I ever came out. It was actually the sentence that allowed me to come out to my family twice."
— Ian Harvie

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"Like most who still remember being young enough to party all night and have trouble coming to terms with those days having slipped through my fingers, I brought the New Year in by watching Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion through my tears three times in a row. Fortunately for Maine, others chose different routes. Here, using the lens of Maine Instragram feeds and related tags, is a look at how the rest of the state brought in and celebrated the arrival of 2015."

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WARNING: If you think that butts displayed in a totally non-sexual fashion are offensive, go no further. Because there are butts displayed in a totally non-sexual fashion within. It’s just butts, people. This is the 21st Century. Get over your butt hangups already. There is a LOT of cuteness too! Dogs! Babies! Dogs and babies! Don’t miss the cuteness just because you’re weird around butts.

Butts.

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We [Knack Factory] made this commercial for Bull Moose. Thumbs up.

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Offerings of quality content, reportage and fresh perspectives—not legal action—will win the day and while the Phoenix has a fresh opportunity to flourish by offering the former (it has an amazing new editorial staff), it appears to be overplaying its hand by relying on the latter. It is sort of embarrassing to watch.

Note: I am a freelance columnist for DigPortland, yes, though responsibilities at the paper go no further than turning in a column every week. I have not discussed these legal issues with the editorial or managing staff there. I am much more of a consumer of Portland media than I am as a contributor and it is in that capacity that I comment on this mess.

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Complaining is a natural and understandable response to much of what is posted online (and what exists in the world generally), but if you like a blog post, column, article, or series, let the publisher know. Praise and support are oft-overlooked tools for creating demand for good content and it often goes a longer way than hastily crafted backlash. Decry the bad, of course, but help to expand the market for the good too.

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"I feel like I’ve got one of the coolest jobs in Portland, where I get to hang out with all of these amazing, creative people in Portland... [Our programming] reflects back to the community what is actually going on in the community, not some sanitized, corporate approved idea of what is going on in the community or what somebody in a boardroom wants to be going on in a community. It’s what is actually happening."

— Lisa Bunker of WMPG FM
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