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“Stay,” I said softly, yet with conviction. Ollie focused on the treat I was holding. I held the small piece of crust away from him and placed it on the floor. “Stay,” I repeated. … more
This past week, the governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Gina Marie Raimondo, explained to her fellow citizens how dire a position the Ocean State is truly in. The … more
FINALLY, RHODE ISLAND TOPS “GOOD” LIST:  Few people, even few reporters, noticed it.  But last week the Wall Street Journal wrote about the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford … more
NO ONE LISTENS TO OBAMA ANYMORE: Most Americans already knew President Obama’s foreign policy was in shambles and that it had led to our nation being considered a weakling among the world’s … more
Sometimes the least expected guests are the most welcome. It happened Sunday, soon after hanging up from a call from Kathy Herr in Montana. Kathy wanted to know how we were and exchange news. … more
Ollie has found his voice, but we haven’t figured out all he’s trying to say. When introduced at the East Greenwich Animal Protection League in February, he was submissive. That was … more
It’s a welcome ritual. Well, some might argue otherwise. They define it as work, lots of work. Fortunately, so far this spring, I’ve been able to embrace the harbinger of summer without … more
“It’s on my bucket list.” “Bucket list” wasn’t what I had expected to hear from the oldest of three Asian women I was sharing a bench with. I guessed they were Cambodian. They were … more
Carol’s voice was filled with anxiety. She was breathless. “He’s gone.” She didn’t need to say anything more. Ollie was on the loose in the neighborhood. She gave me the details. … more
STATE’S SALES TAX POSITION DOESN’T MAKE SENSE: The R.I. Center for Freedom and Prosperity, a public policy think tank, has projected the financial effects of eliminating the state sales tax. It … more
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