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You would have thought we were under attack. Ferrah bolted from her bed under the kitchen table, hackles raised, and launched herself at the glass back door. The growls rumbled, threateningly … more
In today’s world of self diagnosis with Google and instant communication via cell phone - send along a photo of that strange rash that broke out last night along with your vital readings … more
Voice a complaint about the health system and without prompting you’re bound to get nods of agreement and a tale or two that is one better than the experience you just recounted. It seems like … more
Ever notice how the most terrifying of situations can be comically funny? The movies are great at creating such humor. Moments when seemingly there’s no way of avoiding a catastrophe, you … more
STORY OF THE WEEK:  The next race for governor of Rhode Island is more than two years away, so assessing the full political fallout from the Washington Bridge saga will take time. In the … more
 My son, Ted, stopped to buy a couple of helium filled birthday balloons on his way to our house Saturday. Neither of us are celebrating birthdays nor are immediate family members. As it … more
Oh the fun the Follies would have had with the Washington Bridge! You can follow me through the week on threads and what we used to call the twitters. Here we go. STORY OF THE WEEK: Last week, … more
How is it that some seasonal observances pass so quickly and others linger well into the year? The thought occurred as my son Ted dropped by Saturday to help take down the Christmas tree. There … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Back in the day, the approach of the end of February would signal the time for the Providence Newspaper Guild Follies – the bygone annual satiric sendup of the year in Rhode … more
If you have kids, do you remember the days of the play pen? At first, in the case of your kids, the pen had a single mobile that Diana – our first of three children - would stare at for … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: During an address last week to the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Dan McKee suggested the worst traffic fallout from the Washington Bridge is in the past. “We have to … more
As long as you’re driving in Rhode Island, the Washington Bridge is the cause for every traffic delay. I found myself thinking that Saturday morning driving south on Route 4. As soon as … more
STORY OF THE WEEK After a recent news dump, when the McKee administration shared details of a federal request for records related to the Washington Bridge, Gov. Dan McKee tried to regain control … more
Well, I’m going to date myself. Do you recall the back and forth between Mayors Allan Fung and Scott Avedisian, to be followed by Joe Solomon, over who should get the “20000” … more
Sometimes we do crazy things with the conviction our pets are so much a part of our world that they must think like we do. I suppose it’s understandable. How is it that they know we could … more
STORY OF THE WEEK : Will the real Rhode Island stand up? Is it the place where Gov. Dan McKee’s latest budget proposal “will help ensure our state reaches its fullest potential,” as … more
It’s rare that I’m early to an event. Just ask Lauren Slocum at the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce or the mayor’s office, which schedules in the course of a year anywhere … more
When Karen Daniel of Los Angeles l and her film team suggested visiting the Beacon offices Sunday I imagined she hadn’t followed the forecasts of a possible snow storm. I was wrong. … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The Rhode Island General Assembly returned to business last week, with the usual feeling of something akin to students returning to the classroom for the first day of school. House … more
It was a rhythmic clanking like snow chains only barely audible. We put down our forks and looked at each other across the dining room table. My first thought was that it was a new sound from our … more
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