Bicycle time travel

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Dateline 1889. One thing I adore about this little burg we call Portsmouth is that we love to blur the lines between present and past. And what better way to time travel on a warm November day than perched atop a contraption whose front wheel stands no less than...

My favorite spaceman

Long, long ago, in a galaxy that now seems very far away, I got a chance to interview a future astronaut. The year was 1987 — long before my career as an internationally obscure writer had achieved liftoff — and the future spaceman was a fellow York (Maine) High School kid named Chris...

My dad’s advice w...

My dad died a few days before Christmas in 2005. And, boy, did he love to laugh. He also, as parents do, possessed profound insight into the lives of his children. When I graduated from college, I knew that I loved to write but had little idea about what type of career to pursue. But my...

Ozzie Sweet: photograph...

One of the profound honors of working as a journalist is the privilege of peeking into the lives of fascinating human beings. Showing up with a pen and some paper. Sharing a conversation. Then telling their story. I spent about three hours with Ozzie Sweet at his home in York Harbor back...

Hub fans bid curse adie...

(Note: I’m blessed to be at Opening Day at Fenway today. I wrote this tribute to the 2004 World Champion Red Sox, and snapped this photo, on Opening Day 2005, as the Fenway faithful celebrated the team’s first championship since 1918.) By John Breneman Diamond rings the size of a...

Oyster poetry and raw p...

Just had one of those once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences. You know, the kind where one of your best friends from childhood is a lobsterman whose cousin is an amazing chef slash restaurant entrepreneur who happens to be opening a cool new oyster bar down in the section of town where...

John Breneman portfolio...

My career in communications dates back to high school when my first article for the York High newspaper, a whimsical piece about wombats, prompted my classmates on the production team to name our paper The Wombat Weekly. After securing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy up the road at...

Slick-fielding feline r...

  Amazing! I just learned that my cat, Elwood, played center field for the Tigers back in 2007. Here he is robbing Alex Rodriguez of a game-winning home run in a 2-1 win over the Yankees.  (AP PHOTO)   Share   Related story: Hub fans bid curse adieu More graphic design by...