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I gave him my ice cream bowl. I know they say you shouldn't give dogs ice cream. But it was just the empty bowl with a coating of coffee ice cream that I couldn't get with a spoon. Really, how could that be dangerous? Ollie was watching my every move, more
It's before 7 a.m. the Saturday before Christmas. The windshield is glazed with ice and it's raining slightly. I expect to find the roads clear, but I'm mistaken. I have to wait for a break in the traffic on West Shore Road, although I'm glad to see more
Can you measure joy? Sure, you can sum up a vacation, a night on the town, an outing with friends as a “good time,” or a “great time.” And there are those times when you feel an uplifting, … more
It’s difficult to describe pain. I tried. “It’s somewhere near there,” I said pushing my hand on my back below the belt line, “it’s constant, although it’s not as bad sometimes as … more
The most common answer of any Rhode Islander when asked about the quality of life in our state is “great state, lousy government.” For four decades now, this writer has witnessed governor … more
According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, an oligarchy is a government in which power is in the hands of a few. Its second definition is a government where policy serves a small group of wealth holders with primacy. Two significant changes in government more
An old adage exclaims, “Hope Springs Eternal.” A new year offers the possibility that government, whether local, state, or federal might fulfill its most basic tenant and actually serve the needs … more
There’s nothing quite as assuming as inviting yourself over for dinner. I found myself doing that this weekend, as Carol was away for a conference. "So," I asked of my son, Ted, “what have … more
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”– George Santayana, a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelistIn the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, after the … more
My brother-in-law stood back, looking at the nearly completed house. It was a shared dream that took root last year as a tree house. Emails bounced between the kids and the grandkids. Initially it was not much more than a platform in one of the many more
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