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I had an idea of what to expect when I pulled up to the Courtyard Marriott Saturday shortly after 5 p.m. Dale said she would meet me in the lounge. She said there's a Starbucks, but it would be closed, however, we could find a place in which to speak. more
"Opening night for the Halloween Display is this Friday at 6:30 p.m. We will once again be raising funds for the Gianna Cirella Memorial Fund," read the text. I knew immediately that Danny Hall and his wife, Bethany, weren't just putting a few pumpkins more
"I need a doctor, immediately . immediately," came the woman's commanding voice. She didn't wait for a reply from the emergency room nurse. "Did you hear me, immediately. My son has appendicitis." The boy started crying hysterically. "Mommy, mommy, I more
I knew something was on his mind when I heard my name uttered from the front counter. He could see me, so he knew I was there, but Gene Nadeau never just walked into the newsroom without being invited. I'd wave him to come over from my chair and Gene more
Wilhelmus van Haaren was 10 at the beginning of World War II when the Japanese took control of the Netherlands East Indies and the city of Bandung, “The Paris of the East,” on the island … more
"It's really calmed down. I'm going to take Ollie out for a walk," Carol announced. She was right. The sun was trying to come out, the day was brightening. "It could be the eye of the storm," I cautioned. "I knew you would say that," she answered. She more
Thank God for chatter. I'm not referring to the faulty brakes of a car or the mother-in-law who won't get off the phone. This chatter, as I can attest, is a lifesaver. It's the grooved strips that are now common on the sides of interstate highway lanes. more
I woke with a start. What had done it? I listened intently. There wasn't a sound, not even the early morning chatter of a mocking bird, no distant roar of flights preparing for departure. Just silence. Could silence have heightened all my senses? Can more
This is a warning: Don't take up power washing if you're a perfectionist. I'm not the perfectionist, but I can't stand a job half completed. Power washing demands that, too. I've power washed the house siding, amazed by the streams of grit and pollen more
It's a Sunday routine in preparation for the week ahead. First, turn on WCRB, the Boston classical station and hope for some Hayden, Mozart or the occasional Scott Joplin. Then, turn on the computer for an avalanche of emails. After weeding through more
I should have listened to Jack Clegg. "You need to get your notebook, you have enough stories here to fill a couple of columns." But I hadn't come armed with notebook to record the surprise 90th birthday party for Bill Riggs and the 60th party for his more
Mayor Jorge Elorza is urging the General Assembly to allow Providence to borrow, without voter approval, at least $750 million for a 25-year pension obligation bond (POB). Providence plans to invest the POB proceeds and reduce its $1.2 more
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