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The Universal Notebook

  • The Universal Notebook: The eternal vigilance of beach-going

    Back in the 1960s, Higgins Beach in Scarborough attracted teenagers from all over greater Portland. Scarboro Beach, then known as Jordan's Beach because old Mrs. Jordan sat on the access road in her beach wagon collecting parking fees, was the family beach, but Higgins was the hot ...

  • The Universal Notebook: Confessions of a helicopter parent

    You should have seen my daughter Tess when I mentioned to her not long ago that when Robert Peary, destined to become the great Arctic explorer, graduated from Portland High School and went to Bowdoin College, his mother rented an apartment for them to share in Brunswick. Tess looke...

  • The Universal Notebook: Falling $%# over a teakettle

    Something told me that I was going to come to regret spending an entire day of what's left of my life looking for a yellow teakettle, but I just couldn't help myself. It doesn't happen very often anymore, but when I was a kid I used to get these fixations on things I just had to have and I coul... 2

  • The Universal Notebook: The Class of '67 at 60: Games, dancing optional

    Back in 1967, I was way too cool to bother with anything as Mickey Mouse as a high school yearbook or class ring. I'm sure I must have gone to the senior prom, but I honestly don't remember it. So why is it that 42 years later I'm spending a lot of my free time trying to track down my old Westb...