Starting today, I'm not in the 95%

Starting today, I'm not in the 95%

Today is a milestone.   The Maine Page Turner turned ONE!

Last year I attended a speaking engagement by Mike Volpe, a specialist in new media and social network marketing.  Of everything he said, this sentence was the one that really stuck with me:

"Ninety-five percent of blogs peter out within a year."

I have been determined to beat that statistic.  And I have you, my dear readers, to thank for these 365 days of success - and beyond.

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Thousands take strides against breast cancer

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The American Cancer Society hosted its 20th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk -- hoping to raise $200,000 in Portland. About 2,000 people took part in the 3 mile walk from Congress street to the Eastern Promenade and back. Participants say the goal is to save lives.

Fat Lady Hasn't Sung Yet - New MySpace and Stumbleupon

Fat Lady Hasn't Sung Yet - New MySpace and Stumbleupon

Ahhh social media where the conversation is mostly about Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn… not this week.

Two social media giants from the past are coming out in a big way this week with new designs and features and they are hoping to get their piece of the pie back – MySpace and Stumbleupon.0

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Bluestocking Film Series at St. Lawrence Arts

Bluestocking Film Series at St. Lawrence Arts

Portland’s only women’s film event – the Bluestocking Film Series - returns to the St. Lawrence Arts Center on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. to screen short films by women directors from Maine, New York, Los Angeles, and Germany (by way of the London Film School). The BFS held its inaugural event a year ago in October 2011 and their spring event included exceptional films from Australia and the US. Founder-organizer Kate Kaminski says, “The biannual Bluestocking is a unique event, not only because of its criteria for entry, but also because few of these women-directed films would otherwise be seen in Maine without this showcase. And all but one of the films are Maine premieres.”

“The films screening on October 28 offer something for everyone,” Kaminski says. Lisa Hammer’s The Sisters Plotz is a 45-minute satiric musical featuring among others Eve Plumb – yes, that Eve Plumb (of The Brady Bunch).

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Annual Harvest Fair

A Harvest Fair will be held on Saturday, November 10th fom 8:00am until 2:00pm at the North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Avenue, Portland, Maine.  Crafts, jewelry, books, gifts, silent auction, candies, raffles, baked goods, pickles & jams, children's room, Christmas items, white elephant room and much, much more!

Breakfast will be served from 8:00am until 10:00am.

Lunch will be served from 11:00am until 1:00pm.  Lobster stew, lobster rolls, etc. 

Forum on bias-based profiling helps lead to better understanding

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For the past three years, members of the community, civil rights groups and law enforcement officials have been working together to find ways to combat the problem of racial and bias-based profiling in Maine.

"Bias-based profiling is the illegal practice of discriminating against somebody based solely on their race, ethnicity, nationality or religion," explained Rachel Talbot Ross, director of the Maine NAACP. 

"It does happen, and we need to stop it,"she added.  "Everyone has the right to not be stopped, searched or questioned solely based on their race, ethnicity, gender, religion or nationality."

She says it has been difficult to gather statistics on how frequently bias-based profiling occurs, but she says there is anecdotal information that it is happening here in Maine.

Movies: "Argo"

Movies: "Argo"

Thrillers like “Argo” were once described as “torn from today’s headlines,” and with the recent attacks on US legations in the Arab world, it might well have been.  Only this story never made headlines when it took place in 1980:  it was kept secret by the CIA until almost two decades later.

 

Director Ben Affleck does so much right in this movie.