Abby Zimet is a contributing editor for Common Dreams. A longtime, award-winning Maine journalist, she was born in New York and raised in Toronto. In 1972 she moved to the Maine woods, where she spent a dozen years building a house, thinning the carrots, hauling too many five-gallon buckets of water, experiencing true if ragged community for the first time, and writing columns for the Bangor Daily News. After moving to Portland, she wrote for the Portland Newspapers for almost 20 years before turning to freelancing, mostly for magazines. Her stories have focused whenever possible on people and communities – low-income, refugee, immigrant, activist, Jewish – she felt were under-represented in the mainstream press. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's and social justice issues. She is grateful the last eight years have ended, and on behalf of her two kids is warily hopeful, against all odds, about the future. Zimet writes commentary on daily news and progressive views.