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Ray Routhier

Portland Press Herald staff writer Ray Routhier will try anything. Once. During 20 years at the Press Herald he’s been equally attracted to stories that are unusually quirky and seemingly mundane. He’s taken rides on garbage trucks, sought out the mother of two rock stars, dug clams, raked blueberries, and spent time with the family of bedridden man who finds strength in music. Nothing too dangerous mind you, just adventurous enough to find the stories of real Mainers doing real cool things.

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Posted: January 2, 2018

6 ways to get refreshed in southern Maine

Written by: Ray Routhier

‘Tis the season to stop worrying, stop eating so much and slow down a little.

Now that the holidays are over, consider what your body and mind went through. The food, the drink, the stress. For some, it was those last five rum-spiked eggnogs; others couldn’t say no to the fudge, cookies and cakes offered at every turn. Some spent sleepless nights scouring the internet for the perfect gift, the elusive self-sharpening toe clipper or some such necessity.

But now it’s January, and we all have time to reflect on the damage the holidays wrought and do something to correct it. It’s time to cleanse one’s mind and body, and fortunately Greater Portland happens to be a cleansing and rejuvenating haven, from numerous yoga studios to juice bars on every corner to places where you can soak your aching feet.

Here are some ideas for ways to rejuvenate and recharge for the new year, so by next December you’ll be ready for all the stress and partying.






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