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Do you know who first said, “A man with no enemies is a man with no character”? No, it wasn’t Plato or Socrates, or even one of Shakespeare’s many characters serving as a mouthpiece to express one of the Bard’s beliefs, either capricious in nature or deeply held. Get ready for the name, and …

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The holiday season. If it puts stars in your eyes anticipating the warmth, the cheer, the reunions around a well-appointed table, even the hope of unwrapping that gift you really want, please take a moment to appreciate how lucky and/or blessed life can be at the end of the year, a solid cel…

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The photography bug. Some have it, some don’t. Some say it's generational; some say it's a gift. You may have your thumb on the shutter button of your smartphone camera at the merest whisper of a photo opp, while your BFF might only think of taking a picture on the way home from meeting Sasq…

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Some people say that their animals understand English. We at the Phoenix don’t recommend spending so much time in the company of no one except your dog or cat that you come to believe that a meow equates to Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” speech, but let’s imagine, just for a second. Rock &…

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Did you know the term ‘debug,’ as in to correct the mistakes in computer code, comes from back when the simplest computer filled an entire room? The machines got hot when they were running, which necessitated leaving windows open, and moths and other insects would occasionally flutter in and…

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What’s on your gift list this year? If there’s a video game console, a bigger TV, a bottle of designer perfume, or all of the above about to take chunks out of your bank account, you may already be thinking of making a trip to tax-free New Hampshire to do your holiday shopping. Our next-door…

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For the past couple of years, when we have spoken to you on this page about the importance of adopting shelter animals to save their lives and enhance your own, it’s been in the context of how many animals die each year, pulling on readers’ heart-strings to compel them to prevent that horrib…

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City dogs can have a tough time of it if their pet-parents aren’t home a lot of the time. Our animals crave socialization and demonstrativeness, and the lack of those things can lead to bad behaviors, physical symptoms of stress, even depression. But if you work full-time, what can you do? Y…

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It’s a fairly common ‘How did you meet each other’ story: A dog owner is dutifully walking their furry mate, taking care of business, thinking on the day ahead or what’s for dinner, and an attractive stranger says, “I love your dog’s brindle coat." That sparks a conversation, numbers are exc…

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Back in the day, it was rumored, when a farming family had a barn cat who got pregnant and gave everybody the gift of six or seven mewling blind ones, the farmer had to balance his cat food budget with his harvest income, and the result was quite often a burlap sack tied with twine, full of …

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Don’t you feel a little older when an annual event you remember like it happened yesterday rolls around again? The odd part about it, as the seasons roll past, is not the number of yearly events you recall, but the speed at which the cycle comes around to begin again. Time does fly, at about…

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If we had to choose the quintessential American dog, it would have to be the Labrador retriever. With their patience for children, gentle demeanor, solid large size, and enthusiasm for jumping in the car and going to play, they’re the all-around Everyone’s Dog. But above all, it’s their loya…

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RJ is a gentle, fun-loving mutt who, not so long ago, was found wandering alone down in North Carolina. A partner group to Kennebunk’s Animal Welfare Society took him in. During the ensuing physical, it was discovered that the poor dog had a major diaphragmatic hernia, causing his internal o…

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If you’re a dog owner, there aren’t too many things that are more fun and relaxing than taking your fur-partner to the park for a little R&R. Throw a little ball, romp a little romp, discover a new ridiculous thing your dog wants to do to make you laugh. What could be better?

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If a couple of friends of yours got together and started dating, loved it, eventually shacked up and kept going until everybody just expected to see one where the other one was, and they were still together after five years, wouldn’t it be cause for a little celebration or a party? They’d be…