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When driving to work this morning, I noticed that all of the cars in a used car lot sported American Flags waving in the wind.  After my attention was drawn by the flags, a cute, orange … more
Mabel Estelle Mustapha’s fingernails were bitten down almost to the skin. She indulged in the habit a lot and, that summer of 1900, her mother’s stress added to her nervousness. … more
People often said that my mother was a saint.  Except for the hiccup after my brother was born with disabilities, she spouted happiness, joy and positive thinking. She could find something good … more
In Oct. of 1902, John Earnest Candelet was sentenced to the Sockonosset School for Boys, where he was to spend his minority. He was 11 years old. The son of John Candelet and Mary (Crawford), his … more
In an age where it can be easy to sound like a rip-off, the task of creating truly original music for a band or a musician can be fairly difficult. This is especially true because of the endless … more
With K-9 Veteran’s Day approaching on March 13th, I was thinking about the role of our furry friends in conjunction with the military over the years. While I can’t even get my dogs to go … more
Last spring, I picked up a massive collection of WWI and WWII arms, parts, bayonets, holsters, and all sorts of other related material. And I do mean massive! I’ve been selling the arms in … more
On March 4 at the Park Theatre on 848 Park Avenue in Cranston, the Cranston Country Fest is going to be taking place. It’s the first-ever edition of the festival with the doors opening at 6 … more
Fifty-one-year-old Clarence Oliver Carpenter was a successful Warwick farmer whose poultry, eggs and dairy products were among the highest quality to be found at RI markets. Carpenter put just as … more
Usually too busy getting dressed and flying out the door in the morning, I do not often look in the mirror. When I did  this morning, naked eyes not naturally adorned with eyelashes, stared back … more
A few musicians around these parts of Rhode Island like to dabble in a variety of different things. These can be different bands, different styles, different instruments or a combination of all … more
We are down to one car, so when I planned to take my daughter, Dinora, and my grandchildren away for a few days for winter vacation, I had to rent one. Shopping around online, a great deal for … more
Unfortunately the "good olde days" weren't all good.  Most people didn't live long lives brought to a close by falling into eternal sleep in their warm beds. Even back then, bad things … more
The story of PEZ begins with Eduard Haas III in Vienna Austria in 1927. Believe it or not, he developed these fun candies as an aid to quit tobacco use. The very name PEZ is an abbreviation of … more
I’m not a fan of Las Vegas. I know a lot of folks love to go there and gamble, eat, see shows, and go a bit crazy, but it isn’t for me. That said, every January I go to Vegas for the … more
Valentine’s Day has to be one of the most polarizing days of the year. If you’re in a relationship that’s going well or you’re happily married, this is the time when you show … more
The other day, we took a beautiful ride into the country.  It was a little chilly, but with the heat on, the scenery was the same no matter the weather.  When stopped at a long red light, I … more
Jennie May Lepper was a 21-year-old showgirl and stage actress from Providence. She lived with her parents, woodworker William Lepper and his wife Alora (Beattie), while her infant son, Arthur Edward … more
On Sept. 29, 1881, Christopher Burke Wilson sat down and penned a letter to a lady known as Madame Secor.  "It is with much pleasure that I inform you that the success that you have met in … more
Hip Bobsha is one of those local bands that seem they’ve been around forever. Rooted in North Kingstown during the early 2000s and now based in Providence, this act has been bringing their … more
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