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You never know where you'll find news. I certainly didn't expect it in a farmhouse built at the turn of the century in upstate New York. Once a duplex with an outhouse, the house is in sorry condition these days. It has not been lived in for more than a more
By STEVEN FRIAS An old adage is to avoid discussing politics and religion. A debate on abortion usually entangles both politics and religion, which is why even politicians may try to avoid it. Therefore, some were surprised when for the first time in a more
I never met Bill, or if I did it was only to say hello and to speed through the express lane at the Meadowbrook Stop & Shop. But then I only visit the supermarket when we're running out of essentials and I rush in to buy ice cream. Food shopping is a more
By NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO I'd like to share some thoughts on the Rhode Island budget as we begin winding down our legislative session that began five months ago. Every citizen is impacted by the state budget in some way. It helps fund public education, more
I don't get along with carpenter ants, and somehow they know it. At this time of year, they seem to emerge from nowhere. Thankfully, there aren't armies of them. But one or two is enough to make one wonder if there are thousands more, out of sight, more
Finally some snow. Okay, I know winter is wearing thin, but did you really expect to get through it without at least one “respectable” snowstorm, not these measly slushy messes? Besides, a … more
There's something about the first cut of the season that smell, the sticky blades of grass that get tracked into the house and, of course, the hum of the mower that in itself is a shout out for summer. I was anxious to make that cut two weeks ago, but more
By HERB WEISS For the second year in a row, the Rhode Island General Assembly's Senate Judiciary Committee heard a resolution, introduced by State Senator Donna Nesselbush (Democrat, District 15, Pawtucket), calling on lawmakers to denounce and oppose more
I couldn't hear my daughter-in-law, Erica. She had the hood of her jacket pulled down over her forehead and was waving her arms. It had to be some sort of disaster. Over the noise of the chainsaw that my son, Ted, was using to clear branches, I learned more
It's too early to be thinking of sailing unless you're one of those who don dry suits and launch their Sunfish off the docks at Edgewood Yacht Club on Sunday for a morning of frostbiting. There's another group that gathers on the docks of East Greenwich more
When you own a sailboat without an engine, it's handy to have a friend with a powerboat. Such is my good fortune this Sunday. John Cavanagh, who ended up owning my sailboat with an engine, had everything planned to officially launch this year's boating more
Time owns us. Fear not, this is not a philosophical column on our time spent on Earth, or indeed whether it extends beyond the boundaries of the world as we know it. I'm not ready to go there. So, let's start with the kitchen, my kitchen. The kitchen more
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