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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
This is the time of year to be out on the bay if you're looking to be one with nature. Sure, there are the quahoggers and the occasional tug and barge or freighter. You want to stay out of their way. Sailors are rare and even rarer are the pleasure power 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
I was wondering what this column would be about. I got my answer at 1 a.m. Saturday. The number glowed on the digital read out of the bedside clock. There was no missing the noise downstairs. … 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
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
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
The faint odor of natural gas greeted me when I opened the porch door to the kitchen. I could hear Carol's greeting from the living room, and on my way through the kitchen I checked the stove burners. They were off. Dinner was ready to be turned on. I" more
By STEVEN FRIAS After the election, the state Department of Education released the results of the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS), which mirrors the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). The results revealed that only more
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