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The dining room table glittered. Candles were reflected in the glasses as the late afternoon sun cast shadows across the room. Erica was ready to serve Christmas dinner. She and her mother Sharon, … more
I found myself asking, “Is there enough snow?’ What could I be thinking? We’ve had nothing but snow and I was wondering if the dusting on Friday night was enough. Maybe it was an inch, not … more
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus, the King of Ephyra (Cornith), was punished by the god Zeus for making false promises to the subjects of his kingdom. As Sisyphus amassed wealth and spent little on the … more
Few things command admiration than gadgets that get the job done. And there always is a new twist on an old gadget. Take the corkscrew. It started out as a simple devise: a three-inch section … more
NO SWIMMERS HERE: The beach at Bruce Bay in the …
It only seems appropriate to conclude this series about my visit to New Zealand with a story about two beaches. New Zealand has many beaches and I saw a few. One of the most memorable, because of … more
Like most men my age, my father and uncles were members of what news anchorman Tom Brokaw termed “The Greatest Generation.” They were men who risked everything to preserve our rights as … more
How could it happen? It seemed too extraordinary to be coincidental, but there it was jolting me awake. I looked again, just to make sure. The digital red numbers on our bedside clock read … more
This past week at Twin River Casino Event Center, retired state workers cast a vote of approval on the latest proposed pension settlement offer. Those actually voting were a tiny sample of all the … more
All it takes is a sunny weekend, temperatures in the 60s, and the nightmares of winter melt away. It seems to happen that quickly, although the reminders of winter are to be found on virtually … more
The span to the Newport Bridge disappeared, and Fort Adams, from which we had come, was cloaked in gray. The masts of the tall sailing ship Oliver Hazard Perry and those of the Volvo Ocean racers … more
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