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Joe White was a natural for the job. He was the right height, stout and rotund. He wasn’t fat, but had a paunch. That’s not what made him a good Santa, however. No, he didn’t … more
Ten dollars. I shuttered. Was I going to pay $10 for a Christmas tree? No way. Fortunately, neither Carol nor the kids were with me when I made the stop at a lot filled with trees. The kids and Carol … more
STORY OF THE WEEK Every now and then, the tectonic plates of Rhode Island politics shift, as campaign season fades and a fresh batch of leaders takes on new roles. We’re seeing that to some … more
It’s been some time since you’ve heard from Ollie, the spotted coon hound we adopted from the East Greenwich Animal Protection League years ago. Ollie could have been the weekly topic … more
There’s nothing like the hype of election night. It wasn’t what it used to be last Tuesday as the media went through what seemed like an endless period for Allan Fung to appear at the … more
The last time I saw Clyde Bennett was a couple of days before he died at Hope Hospice Health in Providence. It is not how I will remember this kind man who did so much for Warwick and whose love for … more
“Don’t touch that bird,” boomed a pronouncement from behind me. I tried looking over my shoulder, but until I turned the rowing scull around I couldn’t see the man in a … more
STORY OF THE WEEK The out-of-town frame on the CD2 race is mainly about how a potential win by GOP candidate Allan Fung in a Democrat-leaning Rhode Island reflects a tough national outlook for … more
Last week in this space I wrote about the challenge of giving an unexpected gift and the reward of receiving one. In my case, the unexpected birthday present was a ride in a float plane arranged by … more
STORY OF THE WEEK  It was easy to anticipate the dynamic heading into two gubernatorial debates last week: Gov. Dan McKee would try to use the typical incumbent tack of avoiding miscues; GOP … more
T he unexpected can make the best gifts. But finding the unexpected gift that the recipient truly appreciates can be daunting. And the older the recipient, the increasingly difficult the … more
I reached into the jar and pulled out a card. It read, “Do you believe in karma?” This had to be karma. How else could Ken Stearns have ended up in Warwick sitting across from me at … more
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