Reading Time: 4 minutes Growing up in the Portland area, Michelle Lappin did as many Mainers do: dabble in a little bit of everything. A longtime Trueliner, Lappin’s previous professional life included stints as a sales and marketing director; managing director for two different Fortune 100 companies; and general manager for a privately held event-services company. More recently, she’s been a personal trainer, a…Read more »
Category: Trueline Spotlight
Reading Time: 3 minutes When Marcela Zuluaga was a kid living in a remote part of Colombia, no one told her about the gorillas and hippos, native to Africa, in the town 30 miles away. They weren’t in a zoo. They were brought there by Pablo Escobar, the notorious Colombian drug lord who kept them as pets at his…Read more »
Reading Time: 4 minutes Jim Cavan’s dad likes to joke that when his son left home for college, he turned left out of the driveway (literally and politically)—and never looked back. Though he once dreamed of playing for the NBA’s New York Knicks, immersion in books and a blossoming counterculture ethos drew Cavan east of his home in suburban…Read more »
Reading Time: 3 minutes Plenty of people keep a folder of their child’s creative writing—a place to house all those Mother’s Day odes and two-page middle school essays.
Julianna Roche’s parents could turn hers into a series of bound volumes. One for every year.
Poems, short stories, screenplays: Roche didn’t merely enjoy writing—she lived for it.Read more »
Reading Time: 3 minutes Dave Gushee vividly remembers the first time a game broke his heart. He was five or six years old, tagging along with his dad, brother, grandfather and uncle for an afternoon round at Rockland Country Club. On one of the last holes, they were greeted with a difficult tee shot over a small pond. Afraid…Read more »
Reading Time: 3 minutes Call it a cocktail party humble-brag if you will. For Bill Keaton, it’s a point of palpable pride: Not only can he trace his family lineage to the Jamestown Settlement; he can go all the way back to William the Conqueror.Read more »
Reading Time: 3 minutes Leaving her home to study English in a faraway country. Moving with her future husband to New York after only a year of dating. Heading east to New Hampshire a few years later, despite having only visited the state once.Read more »
Reading Time: 3 minutes Most kids are content to run around their own backyards—or the neighborhood, age and parents permitting.Read more »
Reading Time: 3 minutes Anyone who’s worked with Trueline’s writers knows we go out of our way to avoid clichés. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule—times when the phrase in question perfectly captures the subject at hand. So here it is: Karyn Dowty wears a lot of hats. “I’ve had my hands in just about everything over…Read more »
Reading Time: 3 minutes “You could say I’m a regular,” Caroline Crasnick confides. Only, she isn’t talking about Portland’s hottest new speakeasy or artisan brewpub. A lifelong linguaphile who’s known to spend afternoons in the library fiction stacks, Crasnick joined the Trueline team as an editorial assistant in late 2018. Her interview skills and knack for notetaking quickly became…Read more »