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  • How to get along with difficult relatives (and other crazy-making people): 5 steps you can take right now

    One of the most common reasons why people get psychotherapy or coaching is to reduce stress caused by irrational, inflexible people. Ironically, it’s mostly the reasonable, adaptable adults who seek counsel (because the adults who really need help but won’t get it are driving them nuts). Difficult people generally lack the self-awareness and courage necessary… Read on

  • Just show up: Get your post-Thanksgiving workout in Tommy’s Park with the November Project Pop-up. 6:30 a.m.Friday!

    The November Project is a fitness movement that was founded in Boston "as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months." It's now spread to other cities, and it's coming to Portland for one day only: This Friday at 6:30 a.m. Read on

  • Give thanks for funk with Model Airplane at Port City Music Hall tonight

    Plus Rap Night celebrates their one year anniversary at The Asylum, Native Isles perform a free show at Frontier in Brunswick, Guns n’ Roses take on Def Leppard at this week’s Clash of the Titans at Empire and way more awesome pre-Turkey Day parties to check out this Wednesday! Read on

  • Portland has two “Nutcrackers” for holiday crowds to choose from – and they’re very different

    One show. Two ballet companies. Two very different takes. Read on

  • Turkey D-Day: The Thanksgiving rush is on

    Thanksgiving pundits would have us believe that roasting a turkey and preparing the feast is a task so monumental that it approaches piercing the seventh veil. The truth is: Be organized, calm and it will all work. Read on

  • A revolutionary plan for the day after Thanksgiving

    It's the anti-black-Friday to do list! Read on

  • Thanksgiving? Thank Sarah Josepha Hale. And Abe.

    On Thursday, thank yous will be generously passed around the Thanksgiving table like so many bowls of made-from-scratch stuffing. But in the haze of gratefulness, we ought to give a shout-out to Sarah Josepha Hale. And Abe Lincoln. And a bunch of other people. Read on

  • Tree lightings, ski sale & Christmas at Victoria Mansion: 11 things to do in Maine this weekend

    Thanksgiving is the focus this week, at least until we wake up Friday morning in a mashed potato blur and wondering, okay, now what? This weekend is full-on Christmas, from Victoria Mansion and The Nutcracker to candy cane making and tree lightings. Read on

  • Snacktime: Restaurant closings, ‘Tonics & Tutus,’ cheeseburger nights, more

    In this week's food and drink news we say so long to Oscars and Old Vines, welcome a sandwich truck, and tell you about events involving ballet dancers and Moxie. Read on

  • Serving up hamburgers, hot dogs & fries since 1960: Harmon’s Lunch in Falmouth

    The only major choice is whether to have a double or a single hamburger - or a cheeseburger. For those of us who often suffer from menu anxiety, this is a nice change. Read on

  • Clever and cheap gift ideas for the last-minute Thanksgiving guest

    You've snagged a last-minute invite to Thanksgiving dinner — now, what to bring? Skip the wine and flowers for something that shows your creative side. Read on

  • One Hundred Years Past: See the holiday splendor during Christmas at Victoria Mansion

    The historic home is a knock-out any time of year, but when local designers take over during the holidays, the mansions transforms into a vintage Christmas wonderland. Read on

  • For Thanksgiving dinner without the fuss, make a reservation at one of these 25 Maine restaurants

    Don't feel like doing all that cooking, cleaning up and catering to everyone's different dietary requirements on Thanksgiving? Maine restaurants are here to save your turkey day. Read on

  • ‘The Theory of Everything’ is a bit polished, but highlights extraordinary acting

    Eddie Redmayne does something extraordinary in "The Theory of Everything." Playing the astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with a crippling disease at 21 that gradually made him lose control of his muscles, Redmayne makes you forget you're watching an actor put himself through punishing contortions. Read on

  • Thanksgiving puppy pacifiers – toy stuffing recipes for your holiday dog

    These tasty dog-friendly toy stuffing recipes, only take 5 minutes to make and are perfect for freezing. Our Wild Bluenana Pup-fait, Just Ducky Turkey Pie and Pumpkin-Nutter Pup Pie will be the perfect puppy chill pills to serve up during the festive holiday madness. Read on

  • The ultimate pumpkin pie: a Mainer’s old family recipe

    Here is the traditional Thanksgiving pumpkin pie from a Maine farming family's recipe that turned out to be a prize winner! Read on

  • A tapestry of Americana, nu-folk, roots & bluegrass: Crooked Still together again in Rockland

    Plus, Mark Curdo's "Markathon" for the Center for Grieving Children. Read on

  • Chicks with birds: 9 ridiculous stock photos of women posing with live turkeys

    Sure, these photos were staged, perhaps as part of some strange vintage Thanksgiving fantasy, but they’re still a wonder to look at. Read on

  • Dominate Black Friday, Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday: Shop smart & shop local in southern Maine

    Around southern Maine, plenty of stores will open their doors early for Black Friday - some even Thanksgiving evening. That includes many local and independent businesses who are hoping to turn Black Friday a little plaid this year. Read on

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