January 2018

Women in Training

The last rays of sun filter through the partially drawn curtains, sending shadows across the gleaming tiled floor. The laboring woman gathers her strength, her face flushed with exertion. With the next contraction, she draws her knees toward her chest. … Continue reading

Home-Grown Ingredients

Justin Walker, my partner in life and business, and i have worked in some notable restaurants around Maine. We’ve participated in festivals and collaborated with some of the brightest culinary stars, but this is our first endeavor where we have … Continue reading

Rites of Passage

It’s an early fall evening in Cumberland as cars pull up outside a large house in the woods. One by one, women get out, walk around the side of the building, and step through a glass door into a kitchen. … Continue reading

Envisioning Another World

Olympia Snowe is one of the most admired politicians in American history. She was the first woman to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress, and in 1978 at the age of 31, she … Continue reading

A Cut Above

When Kim Ortengren was in her twenties, she was exposed to a side of the apparel industry that few consumers see. As part of her work, the young designer traveled to mainland China, Taiwan, and South America, where she visited … Continue reading

Connector & Champion

In Maine’s business development world, Sandra Stone is well known for mentoring, advising, and investing in entrepreneurs. The chair emeritus of Maine Angels, a private investor network she led from 2011 to 2015, Stone is credited with expanding the group’s … Continue reading

Such Great Heights

“It takes you a while to come down,” Dannielle Courchene says. I’ve just flown a plane for the first time, and she is right: my head is still in the clouds. We are standing on the solid ground of the … Continue reading

Building Bridges

In mid-October, when I meet her for coffee, Ekhlas Ahmed has just launched the Letters of Love campaign with her eighth-grade English Language Learners (ELL) at Westbrook Middle School. Organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the … Continue reading

The English Meadows Supper Club

Like all good dinner parties, this one starts in the kitchen. Innkeeper Kate Parisi is seated at the island while chef Cecelia Bye brushes melted butter on goat cheese tartlets decorated with thin slices of turnip to look like lotus … Continue reading