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The holiday crunch is upon us...

... Somehow I’ve managed to cram about 3 months’ worth of activities into the past two weeks. Projects at home, projects at work, teaching myself to do things on YouTube that teenage me would have called boring! Then I started feeling like I wasn’t getting anything done. Whhhhaaa???? Why am I confessing this to you? Well I thought that our article about breaking out of a pandemic slump from NPR could be helpful. It’s ok to give yourself a break and acknowledge that we are still in the middle of some stressful pandemic times. Phew!

Also we have an interesting look at what a virtual therapist looks like, in a related note.

Will the season be bright? Not if the power grid fails -- our friends at NHPR explain more. Also read what our own Fred Bever has to say here

You could ring in a great story by Susan Sharon looking at a remembrance of telephone switchboard operators who gathered to chat about the old days, tips on how to weatherize your home from Maine Calling, and an interview with one of the first Somali Mayor’s in America (right here in South Portland!)

 

Have a great one!

Mark

Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: South Portland's new mayor Deqa Dhalac recalls her journey from Somalia to local Maine politics

South Portland has a new mayor, and perhaps the door opening for Maine's newer immigrants. Deqa Dhalac, was chosen by the South Portland Council Monday for the post of Mayor. She may be the first Somali American mayor in the country. 

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Maine Public: At a recent reunion in Maine, former operators recall the pre-smartphone era working telephone switchboards

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BBC Future: Could the new weapon against climate change be lawsuits?

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NPR: How to break out of pandemic slump

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The World: Disney’s ‘Encanto’ depicts Colombia as a magical place full of possibilities — a welcome change for local audiences

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PBS Canvas: Meet Rosalind Franklin, a sidelined figure in the history of DNA science

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BBC Reel: The rise of the digital therapist

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PBS NewsHour: For decades, Black farmers have been excluded from federal farm programs. They still struggle to get support

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NHPR: What could put New England's electricity grid at risk this winter?

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Maine Calling: How to weatherize your home 

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All Creatures Great and Small on Masterpiece returns to Maine Public Television in a grand way next month with a Season One New Year’s weekend marathon and the premiere of the all-new Season Two.‚Äč We decided that this is an exceptional opportunity to shine a light on Maine’s creatures – great, small, and otherwise. Send us a photo of a special creature that is important to you! We’ll select a photo a day to feature on mainepublic.org and on our social media platforms throughout January. AND with the help of our sponsors, including the teams at AARP Maine and Cherished Possessions, $2 will be donated to select Maine animal shelters across the state for every photo submitted (up to 500 photos)! Send pictures of your creatures to us at [email protected].  

 

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