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Oppressive heat, in Maine of all places, led to a swampy, sleepless night for J.P. Devine as his thoughts lurched from Hoffa to O'Toole.
Cautiously passing the time on a summer day, J.P. Devine observes others who are oblivious of the horrors of HORN.
Many characters come in and out of J.P.'s stories, and some of them are potent reminders of a past that remembers.
In these harsh days of the pandemic and other calamities, it's a tough job being an "intellectual who uses humor, or wit, in writing or public speaking," J.P. Devine says.
Family will soon be visiting the Devine household, bringing with them an eye for a presentable movie set, J.P. Devine says.
The fires of the past burn brightly as J.P. Devine reflects on the Supreme Court's landmark decision before the Fourth of July.
J.P. Devine says goodbye to New York City's last phone booth.
J.P. Devine imagines the most interesting people you could meet and question in the afterlife.
A long romance with bagels slipped away only to be rekindled again, J.P. Devine says.
From an old fountain to upgrades at a city park, Waterville may be doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, J.P. Devine says.
Thinking about what it means to "pass," J.P. Devine mulls how to mark the occasion of crossing over to the other side.
Rising temperatures lift J.P. Devine's spirits, despite an increase in COVID cases.
Video of this event is available here: https://www.pressherald.com/2022/04/30/maine-voices-live-with-bill-nemitz/ Bill Nemitz Bill Nemitz has worked as a journalist in Maine since 1977, when he became a reporter for the Morning Sentinel in Waterville after graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He moved to Portland in 1983, wor…
For many Americans, it’s pretty hard to sit at the dinner table these days and not talk about anything but money, J.P. Devine says.
Like a Boss conversation between Lisa DeSisto, Publisher of the Portland Press Herald and CEO of Masthead Maine and Andrew Mueller, CEO of MaineHealth on Friday, April 29, 2022
J.P. considers how much life and the movies imitate each other.
Brian Ross–or Chef Brian, as he’s known around Hampden, where he lives–started the Facebook group Quarantine Kitchen in March 2020 so people could share pantry recipes during the lockdown phase of the pandemic. His network of foodie friends around Maine signed on as charter members. Two weeks later, the group had 8,000 members. Now with 11,000 memb…
Mulling a move to someplace else, J.P. Devine is reminded of all the stuff in their house and how it's tethering them to their Waterville abode.
From tips on how to identify native Maine species to the best locations in Maine to find the most exciting birds, Maine Audubon Naturalist and Press Herald nature columnist Doug Hitchcox shares his vast knowledge in a lively discussion with outdoors reporter Deirdre Fleming.By Portland Press Herald
A lot of scary things are going on right now, so J.P. Devine is thinking of colored eggs, bonnets and baskets and chocolate bunnies.
On TV, “extras” are those faces in crowds and at parties, cafes and street scenes, with no lines, who now have been upgraded with more dignified titles like “junior artists,” “atmospheres” and “background talent," J.P. Devine says.
Reflecting on his pet, Ms. Kramer, prompts J.P. Devine to ponder the larger question of what it means to be a caged bird.
Dreaming of one more outing to the mall in South Portland, J.P. is whistling in the graveyard of memories.
Never count out a former comic. One is now president of Ukraine, J.P. Devine says.
In search for browntail moth nests to wage war against in his yard, J.P. Devine mulls how "it's always somethin'."
War historically produces great literature, full of blood and anguish and the stories of our lives, J.P. Devine says.
Book banners should be careful what they wish for, J.P. Devine says.
As the world watches whether Russia will invade Ukraine, J.P. Devine has concerns closer to home.
Childhood memories of using the bathtub have given way to the joys of showering, J.P. Devine says.
Enjoying his favorite cereal for dessert, J.P. Devine recalls a childhood moment when his mother introduced him to the magic of snap, crackle and pop.
Once an eccentric tour guide when he first arrived in Waterville, J.P. Devine told some tall tales to Elm City visitors.
JP doesn't have to worry, his daughter lets him know what the wardrobe of this virus war is.
Throughout the years, Kay Devine has always been there for J.P. and others to help them with their "lines," and it's those memories that has J.P. thinking of dancing with She.
A painting J.P. Devine made nearly two decades ago may soon get a face touch-up as he ponders the unfinished business we put off for "later."
J.P. Devine knows things look bad, but don't give up yet. There is still 12 months left of 2022.
Recalling losses on a New year about 65 years ago, J.P. Devine is thinking about family and those we can trust.
The age-old season of joy has arrived, J.P. Devine writes, but what are we to do with the world we find ourselves in?
About the partnership No news organization is more invested in the health of the Gulf of Maine and the region’s residents than the Portland Press Herald and The Boston Globe. So, as the gulf’s warming waters pose an increasingly existential threat to Maine’s signature industry, lobster, we joined forces to take a hard look at the climate crisis unf…
The easiest tree job ever has J.P. Devine thinking of cherished ornaments instead of panicking.
After 33 years at the Portland Press Herald, reporter Meredith Goad is retiring and moving back to her childhood home of Tennessee. She talked with food editor Peggy Grodinsky about how the food and drinks scene in Portland, and Maine, has exploded over the 15 + years she has chronicled it, from Sam Hayward’s 2004 James Beard Foundation award for B…
There was one bright light recently amid the bad COVID-19 news, J.P. Devine says.
When the local Starbucks starting locking its doors early because of short-staffing, the response from some patrons was as if the Vatican had canceled Christmas, J.P. Devine says.
It's hard to tell these days when people are smiling beneath their masks, but J.P. Devine has learned the importance of activating those 10 facial muscles.
Remembering his first dog, J.P. Devine recounts the love affair and magic eyes that stick with him today.
The notion of owning robes or pajamas was a foreign concept to J.P. Devine until he met She, an actress of great style and manners.
Nearly 40 years after arriving in Maine, J.P. Devine still doesn't consider himself a Mainer and is still wondering when it will snow.
The work of cutting hair has never seem so consequential as it has during the pandemic, J.P. Devine says.
Even though J.P. Devine traded palm trees for birches long ago, he mulls over the close Hollywood connections he still has that lend insight into modern-day struggles of show business.
Eyes closed in thought, J.P. Devine ponders what it means to be alive and experiencing another colorful October.