Arts & Culture

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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Movies: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Movies: "Dallas Buyers Club"

 

In his earlier film career, Matthew McConaughey seemed lazy and laid-back, letting his well-toned body do most of the acting for him.   But with this year’s “Mud” and now “Dallas Buyers Club,” he is putting all he’s got into his craft, even dropping almost 40 pounds to play the whippet-thin AIDS patient Ron Woodroof.

 

It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

It's a King Tide Party and You're Invited

In my 2D Design class, we've learned about more than creating good design. We also learned something about nature's designs and the impact we humans can have when we try to intervene.

Our professor, Jan Piribeck, is involved in the Envisioning Change project, which aims to visualize sea level change in Portland and the Casco Bay region over about a 200- year period — from 1900 to 2100. Read more ...

Movies: "12 Years A Slave"

Movies: "12 Years A Slave"

 

“The past is never dead,” wrote William Faulkner.  “It’s not even past.”  That old Southerner’s observation certainly holds true for this movie, in which we are called upon to witness the ugly truth of America’s original sin, and are left wondering how much of it still lives on in some hearts and minds.

 

Life Model: There's Something About Mary Stanford

Life Model: There's Something About Mary Stanford

Mary Stanford got the birthday surprise of her life last spring when she opened the door to what she thought was a sale. She loves to go junking and so, that's the ruse her friends Emily Barker and Lynn Hart had cooked up to get her there. Read more ...