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A few weeks ago, Jonathan and I had a house call to pick up a collection near Richmond, Virginia. We decided after we drove through Washington, DC., we would stop at the National Museum of the Marine … more
Madame Elizabeth Handley-Seymour was a London-based fashion designer and dressmaker for the Royal family who would become famous for her creation of a future queen’s wedding gown. Assisting … more
Cancun Mexico was an incredibly beautiful place for Steven’s wedding. After lounging all week in the delightful sparkling pool, (and lazy river, and water park, and ocean,) it was time for the … more
A lot of things have changed since Noah Barreto and his old Warwick based alt-rock band Public Alley shocked the local scene by winning WBRU’s Rock Hunt back in 2015. Sadly that radio station … more
After writing a few articles about our live-fire studies of Revolutionary War-era arms, one was shared on an archaeology social media page and a question was asked about flints: Were the flints being … more
I am basking in the Mexican sun as I write this, albeit safely sitting under a bamboo umbrella to avoid getting a sunburn.  Watching people from my seat is quite entertaining, with people of all … more
Lizzie McDaniels packed her belongings and quickly left the elaborate 1,800-acre Rancocas Stables in Johnstown, New Jersey, where she lived. She couldn’t get to Rhode Island fast enough to suit … more
Some people might not realize this, but there’s a case to be made that colleges and universities all over the country have had a direct impact on rock music for nearly half a century. Back in … more
When in the wild as a picker, there is nothing more exciting (while simultaneously frustrating) than an estate sale. In all honesty, I personally hate them. The thought of waking up at 2:00am or even … more
French-Canadian brothers, Charles Edward Duquette and Aliva John “A.J.” Duquette, both worked as insurance agents for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company before entering the grocery … more
Providence hip hop artist Jon Hope has been around the scene for a long time. For example, I remember when he was a fixture around the city during the late 2000s when Myspace was still a primary … more
I am an expert traveler, and I enjoy it very much.  As a child, we criss crossed the country and Canada for 6 months out of the year. While THAT kind of traveling was not so enjoyable, having to … more
With the exception of one year and a gap during COVID, the Las Vegas Antique Arms Show falls in late January. For me, it’s the first show after the holidays and a chance to be in warmer weather … more
Albert Leo Stevens of Cleveland was billed as “The Most Daring Aeronaut in the World.” From the time he was a teenager, he had been constructing his own hot air balloons and parachutes, … more
When hip hop and rock come together, it can often be a polarizing experience. It can be an excellent marriage that’s exemplified through the political rap rock legends Rage Against The Machine … more
As I age and reflect on the changes that have occurred, the Midland Mall, later renamed the Rhode Island Mall, comes to mind. I attended its grand opening as a child, fascinated by the layout of … more
Like a lot of other people, Hubby and I spend time on our recliner couch watching television. One of his favorite shows is American Pickers, which highlights antique hunter Mike Wolf and colleagues … more
Throughout time, addiction has proven to be a devastating force that causes the addict to lose parts of their lives and, in the case of one Rhode Island man, pieces of himself. At about 9:30 on … more
When it comes to craft beer in Rhode Island, the industry was a bit different a decade ago than it currently is today. Many local breweries were still trying to find their footing while experimenting … more
If you grew up in Rhode Island chances are McCoy Stadium and the Pawtucket Red Sox hold a special place in your memory. Most locals agree that losing the team, and now the stadium, is a heartbreaking … more
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