Category Archives: Holidays

November 11, 2014


Today is┬áVeterans Day, the day when cemeteries all across America echo with brass bands, 21 gun salutes and the voices of politicians who dust off their finest patriotic rhetoric in praise of those who have died for our country. It … Continue reading

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Shelter Island


Carolyn has family who live on Long Island and we like to get over that way once a year if we can. The eastern end of Long Island is divided into two forks that look sort of like a swallow’s … Continue reading

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Block Island Redux


I love summer! Last week, we had a stretch of beautiful weather and my wife said “Hey, let’s go to Block Island overnight.” What a great idea! We got a last minute room at our favorite hotel, the 1661 House, … Continue reading

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A Christmas Carol


Every year, Trinity Theater in Providence stages a production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. It has become such a Rhode Island tradition over the past 30 years that it plays to packed houses twice a day from Thanksgiving to … Continue reading

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The Darkest Evening Of The Year


One of my favorite poems is Robert Frost’s “Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening”. In it, Frost makes reference to the Winter Solstice, the day in the northern hemisphere with the least amount of daylight. Whose woods these are … Continue reading

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The Wishbone Connection


2500 years ago, the Etruscans, who lived in what is now Italy, believed the breastbone of a chicken, called the furcula or “little fork”, had magic predictive powers. They transferred that belief to the Romans, who carried it with them … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Thoughts


By the Fall of 1621, the Pilgrims at Plimouth, Massachusetts were on the brink of starvation and ravaged by illness. Had it not been for Massasoit, who brought a bounty of fresh killed deer, turkeys and other food staples to … Continue reading

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