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As we get through the holiday season and into the new year, many people begin planning their year of travel. Some of you may not be big vacationers, some might take two to three trips a year, some … more
2024 will be a new year, and with it comes New Year’s resolutions.  Starting out conservatively, to avoid making resolutions that are unrealistic, I would like to continue to try to eat … more
By ROBERT DUGUAY As diverse as the Rhode Island music scene is, there are a few styles that are somewhat underrepresented. The rock & roll realm within this community is strong, and the same … more
Looking back at the life of Francesco "Frank" Torelli of Johnston, it seemed he was destined to eventually succumb to a fatal head injury. Born in Italy in 1868, Frank was involved in what … more
Years ago, when I was a lot younger and thinner, I used to participate in Civil War living history events. The group I was with was like myself, really interested in material culture and we … more
William Rubin Sklut came to the United States as a 23-year-old Russian emigrant in 1902. With his wife and children, Israel and Ida, he settled in Providence and, in 1910, purchased a two-tenement … more
Alexus Lee has been pretty busy these days. The Providence based artist has been bringing her blend of soul, jazz and R&B to numerous venues including The Bowery Electric in New York City, … more
Christmas brings such warm memories to my heart. When I was a child, all holidays were celebrated with minimal fanfare, and we didn’t make a big deal out of Christmas, either. It was still such … more
Last month, I took a journey along with Steve, my righthand man in the Pop Culture department at Bruneau and Co, to visit Dr. Mego on Long Island. Now, Dr. Mego is not an M.D. like you might be … more
One of my favorite items of Revolutionary War-era accoutrements is the canteen. Without it a soldier couldn’t stay hydrated and as such it was and still is an important part of their gear. With … more
While many American households were tuning their radios to the sounds of George Cohen and figuring out how to make sweets without sugar and meals without meat, Frederick Jerome Hoxie was tinkering in … more
The music scene in Providence 10 years ago was a bit different than what it is now. There was a bit of a folk renaissance going on during that time period and while the critic within me has mixed … more
The feel-good feelings of Christmas are in the air!  I forced myself to wait until after Thanksgiving before giving Christmas a thought.  Hubby decorated the house and its surroundings, … more
Even though my email gets flooded with new music on a daily basis, I do have a habit of surfing the internet to discover fresh & inventive tunes. This is especially true on a local level where … more
The Greystone Mill, located on Cranston Avenue, was built in 1904, part of the facility lying on the Providence side and the other in Johnston. The textile mill grounds covered almost 13 acres and … more
My experiences with flying lately have been problematic.  Leaving TF Green airport the other day, I promptly got into the TSA Precheck line, having successfully loaded my “Known … more
My wife and I, probably like most of you, spent the last week decorating for the holiday season. While cruising the aisles of the hardware and home goods stores with her and Polly (our pup!), I … more
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