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Alex Steed
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Lives in Cornish, ME
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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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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.
Happy Birthday, Jerika! Jem turns 30 this year. The animated series, a joint collaboration by Hasbro, Marvel Productions and Sunbow Productions, aired its first episode on October 6th, 1985. Jem an...
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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."
On the eve of the year 2000—the New Year's Eve everyone thought would usher in one catastrophe or another—I spent the night with a bunch of friends from Westbrook High School. We synched Wizard of ...
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We [Knack Factory] made this commercial for Bull Moose. Thumbs up.
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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.
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 publ...
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"I’ve always believed in the least amongst us. That is what drove my parents and that’s what drives me. I want to make sure that we all can eat, no questions asked. I think it is human nature to share food with people. In some ways I just ask people to [help by being] human. Grow your own food, share it, and see where that takes you."

— Craig Hickman

Considering his efforts to help reduce hunger within his community, I felt Craig was perfect to profile on Thanksgiving Day. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
For this installment of the Maine, Thankfully series, I talked with Craig Hickman. Hickman is a writer, poet, community activist, farmer and Maine State Legislator. Out of Annabessacook Farm, Hickm...
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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.
Frank Glazer, Maine pianist and Bates artist-in-residence, died Tuesday morning. His 100th birthday would have been next month. Music writer and journalist Sam Pfeifle aptly summed up Glazer and hi...
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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
I talked with Ian Harvie, a self-described "transgender funnyman" with Maine roots, about the hit Amazon-produced show Transparent. On Transparent, which is about a family following their discovery...
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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.
As I have been known to do around special events and holidays, I flipped through Maine-related hashtags (#maine, #mainelife, #207 and #portlandmaine just to name a few) on Instagram to see how my f...
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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.
As my Bangor Daily News colleague Seth Koenig reported on Monday: Less than a month after Portland officially became a two-alternative-weekly city, those two alternative weeklies are engaged in a l...
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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
For this installment of Maine, Thankfully, I talked with Lisa Bunker, who has been Program Director at WMPG for 12 years. For those unfamiliar with this institution, the college and community radio...
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My conversation with Kelly and Gaelle stirred this in me a bit, but in a society that places an illusionary premium on gentrification to the point where we lie to ourselves as a means of believing it to be a sign of enlightenment, the role of the truth teller, the story teller, the raconteur, the artist, the queer, and the bohemian is as valuable—if not more valuable—than it ever has been. It is a prophetic role. Samuel James is one of those prophets.

For this, the third installment of my Maine, Thankfully series, we talked about music, story-telling, race, Ferguson and more.
Samuel James is an artist and all around raconteur based in Portland, Maine. He is a seasoned and celebrated blues musician—touring around has taken him all over the planet. His writing about race ...
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  • Bangor Daily News
    Politics & Portland Blogger, 2012 - present
  • Knack Factory
    Community and Digital Communications Specialist, 2011 - present
  • Opportunity Maine
    Director of Community Engagement, 3 - 2012
  • Change.org
    Co-Director of Community Outreach, Blogger
  • NetSquared
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  • Millennials Changing America (30 city research tour, 2008, 9)
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  • Just Naive Enough (5 continent research tour, 2005)
    Outreach Coordinator, Researcher
  • Vermont Democratic Party
  • Hais & Winograd (Authors, Millennial Makeover)
  • The Case Foundation (Grantors)
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Cornish, ME
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Cornish, ME - Boston, MA - New York, NY - Burlington, VT
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