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Both live music and stand-up comedy have their differences and similarities. Obviously, they’re both part of the entertainment industry with both creative mediums requiring the exhibitor to go … more
Like many other lifetime Rhode Islanders in their prime, (that is, old,) a great deal of time was spent at the beach when I was younger. Like many other sunbathers my body is now covered in brown … more
On Feb. 14, 1898, butcher Richard Fenner passed away in Cranston at the age of 78. His estate consisted of a good deal of property which was to pass to his next of kin. The problem was that his … more
Back in March we picked up a collection of uniforms deaccessioned from a museum. The uniforms had been donated over the years but didn’t meet the mission of the museum, so we brought them to … more
If you have children, being a mother is a lifelong occupation. Fortunately, I am in retirement. At times it has been difficult to know if what I was doing was right or wrong. Francis, my oldest … more
Annie Keough of Warwick was having dinner with her daughter Viola (Mitchell) Aiken and Viola’s employer James Graham when the subject of Viola’s estranged husband John arose. "Let him … more
By Rob Duguay Psychedelic music has way more bandwidth than it gets credit for. The style can be weaved into numerous others, whether it’s pop, blues, folk, hip hop, funk or anything else. … more
  For nearly a century, two giants have fought to dominate the American toy industry in a never ending battle of creativity and innovation. Those two giants are none other than Hasbro and … more
By Rob Duguay Mother’s Day is a celebration of all mothers and what they do for their families, but there’s a chance that people are still trying to figure out what to get mom when … more
The weather was unkind on the afternoon of March 23, 1894 but it didn’t impede the dedication exercises planned at Johnston’s new Plain Farm School which fronted Johnston and Concord … more
Mother’s Day is once again upon us, bringing memories of my own mother.  She was always upbeat and happy, with never a bad word to say about anyone or anything.  She cheerfully … more
Biennin Crovagreer had been laying upon a bed, paralyzed, at the RI State Infirmary in Cranston for 26 years. For the 17 years preceding that, he had been behind bars at the prison. In all that time, … more
It is a good thing that I am not a world traveler because traditions in other countries are not the same as ours in the United States.  For instance, I love to joke around and joyfully laugh out … more
Homelessness is a sad aspect of our society that often gets overlooked. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, it was … more
When putting the toothpaste on my toothbrush yesterday, I flipped open the cap of the container, which normally stands upside down on the back of the sink.  The toothpaste came out so easily … more
She’s gone by such names including “The Maiden of Madness” and “Maiden X” for over a decade in a few different artistic capacities, but Providence musician Stephanie … more
John Davison Rockefeller Jr. arrived in RI from his home in NY on Oct. 8, 1901. Along with relatives and 15 security guards, he would be spending the night at the Narragansett Hotel where he had … more
Now that I am older, I am dealing with some issues that could have been prevented had my life been lived differently when I was younger.  “Live and learn” is an apt saying, but it is … more
Sometimes within the creative community of Providence’s music scene, a few established veterans will get together to start a new project. Often these musicians have an extensive resume of … more
The average American earned between $500 and $1,000 per year. Bread was four cents a loaf, a quart of milk cost nine cents and sugar was priced at 30 cents per pound. It was the autumn of 1899 and, … more
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