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  • Slap happy

    Surely you remember the snappy exchange between Sam Spade and Wilmer Cook in “The Maltese Falcon.” Wilmer, as you may recall, has pulled not one but two guns on the hard-boiled detective. But Sam just keeps on bustin’ his chops. Wilmer: “Keep on riding me and they’re gonna be picking iron out of your liver.”

  • Gone to the dogs

    Gone to the dogs

    We intended to go sweater shopping for you this week. It is, after all, officially fall. But with seemingly endless sunny 70-plus-degree days plus our never-ending hot flashes, we couldn’t bear to look at sweaters. We suggest putting on a T-shirt and going outside to play with your dog or a neighbor dog. To that

  • Dew drop in

    Dew drop in

    It was not Benjamin Franklin but Daniel Defoe who first made that crack about “death and taxes” being the sole certainties. No biggie … it doesn’t really matter which one said it because they’re both wrong. For in some parts of the world, such as Downeast Maine during the month of August, there are four

  • A treat for the taste buds

    A treat for the taste buds

    When bright orange daylily blossoms start to open along country roads in summer it’s a beautiful and welcome sight. It always seems to me like a midpoint between the hurry-up planting of crops in spring, and the harvest-rich enjoyment of summer and fall, along with the planting of cool-weather crops. The time of those roadside