Blogs | Ethan Shorey

Friday, June 18

Very soon now, we'll have our events calendar back in the paper, the surest sign in this editor's life that we're almost back to normal.

Though many people are still being cautious in their daily lives, most are venturing back out to enjoy life, and that's a good thing. It's a far cry from April 2020 when I walked over to our family's calendar only to see a white sheet of paper taped over it and a hand-written word from my wife, "nothing," scrawled across it. There was literally...


Monday, January 11

Knowing how badly my New Year's resolutions would flounder if I went too big this year, I decided to just keep them simple and easy. I posted my two resolutions on a Cumberland Facebook page as 2021 was about to commence, hoping a couple of people might be similarly inspired, but I couldn't believe the level of positive feedback I got.

"Two of my resolutions for 2021 are to pick up one bag of trash per week and to write at least one note of encouragement per week," I wrote. "Nothing...


Wednesday, September 30

Next week we'll be presenting a special report on the state of our business community as local companies continue their comeback from a rough 2020.

I'm very proud of the work our staff has done on this Back to Business report, telling stories on how a number of industries are reviving and diving deeper on the challenges they still face.

My hope is that this special edition will remind you of the importance of supporting local businesses, which has taken on added urgency this...


Tuesday, September 15

Those who own old houses (really, any houses) know just how much work they can be. You're making great progress on the painting when, bam, more dry rot that needs to be dug out, filled in and then sanded.

Eleven years ago, my wife and I bought a 1920 house with all sorts of potential but loads of work. This week, I tweeted that our fixer-upper is finally what I wanted it to be when we originally moved in, and the bulk of the work has been done on its 100th birthday. The final touches...


Friday, August 21

A Breeze reader recently reached out to me to thank us for our local election coverage and ask me about stories on specific races going forward. She's one of many local residents over the years to tell me they'd be completely lost without our stories on races and the candidates involved in them.

I appreciated the kind words, but I also pointed out to this resident what a scary world it would be with no one analyzing and vetting local election races. It's a world, frankly, where anyone...


Wednesday, August 19

The pandemic has been so painful for so many people, from losses of loved ones to loss of income and social interaction.

With any horrible situation, I try my very best to find the silver linings. During these last few months, I haven't had to look far.

The other day, I opened my front door to find the flowers you see pictured here. I knew right away that they had to be from my lovely new neighbors. I had mentioned how much I liked the way they arranged their flowers, and this...