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The most common answer of any Rhode Islander when asked about the quality of life in our state is “great state, lousy government.” For four decades now, this writer has witnessed governor … more
The line was moving slowly. People patiently waited for dessert. There was really no rush. The weekend was ahead and everyone knew in time they would get to the homemade goodies, the finale to the community pasta dinner. It was at that point the woman more
The boundaries of propriety in regard how a woman should be addressed have substantially changed over time. Back in the “Mad Men” period of the sixties, men were callously demeaning to women as a … more
Can you measure joy? Sure, you can sum up a vacation, a night on the town, an outing with friends as a “good time,” or a “great time.” And there are those times when you feel an uplifting, … more
The contrasts between the 44th and 45th presidents of the United States of America could not be more divergent. Cool, collected, studious and professorial, Barack Obama never mastered our 36th President Lyndon Johnson's adroit ability to press the more
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”– George Santayana, a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelistIn the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, after the … more
There’s nothing quite as assuming as inviting yourself over for dinner. I found myself doing that this weekend, as Carol was away for a conference. "So," I asked of my son, Ted, “what have … more
My brother-in-law stood back, looking at the nearly completed house. It was a shared dream that took root last year as a tree house. Emails bounced between the kids and the grandkids. Initially it was not much more than a platform in one of the many more
Currently in Congress, the Republicans are working on a tax reform plan. Like juggling glass vials of nitroglycerin, in this volatile realm of the national economy, a misplaced hand can cause the nation's finances to blow up. Since the beginning of the more
Remember when your daughter was a little girl and she would ride her bike or perform some physical trick and yell, “Look at me, look at me?” There is an undisputable similarity with the … more
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