Lifestyle

  • Garden barriers to keep the wind at bay

    Garden barriers to keep the wind at bay

      After an April marked by snowy mornings and chill winds, spring planting requires an extra shot of courage. Even if you’ve hardened off cold-sensitive transplants such as tomatoes and cucumbers, setting flats outside on sunny days, it will be an act of faith to finally put them in the ground. Will the weather “have

  • Herbalist offers teas to sooth the soul

    DEER ISLE — What the world needs now is love, sweet love, to quote Burt Bacharach. Love and a cup of hibiscus or linden flower infusion or perhaps a cooling glass of cucumber and lemon balm water. The drinks are the suggestions of Deer Isle herbalist Brighid Doherty, who founded the Solidago School of Herbalism

  • Gretchen Jost’s cookies sweet sensation

    Gretchen Jost’s cookies sweet sensation

      Who doesn’t love a fresh chocolate chip cookie hot from the oven? America’s favorite hand-held confection is credited to Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass. In 1938, Ruth made cookies with chunks of a Hershey candy bar, featuring them in her restaurant as the “Toll House Cookie.” The

  • May Is for all Maine moms

    May Is for all Maine moms

    Editor’s note: Brooklin author/photographer Richard J. Leighton creates the popular “In the Right Place” posts online about life and nature in Maine. He shares a post the second Thursday of each month in The Ellsworth American. By Richard Leighton May is famous in this country for Mother’s Day. In the larger world, May also is

  • On the Road Review: GMC Sierra 2500 Denali Duramax

    On the Road Review: GMC Sierra 2500 Denali Duramax

    General Motors’ GMC Truck Division has created its own sub-brand within the entire lineup. Using the Denali title on a version of each GMC offering has increased not only sales, but net margin across the board — making GMC the most profitable part of GM. Also helping GMC’s status within the organization is the continued