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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
Labored breaths brought forth jagged coughs. Every movement of the chest, be it violent coughing or mere inhalation was accompanied by pain. Hot with fever yet shivering with chills, Fannie Taylor … more
With all of us being in the thick of the holidays, there are a few things that folks should be doing during this time of year. Yes, there’s the obvious purchasing of gifts for friends, family … more
Ever since I was a child, I was taught that it is what is on the inside that counts.  My dad, in his twisted way of teasing, used to call me ugly, so I always worked hard to make my insides … more
The Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-3, 1863, saw two huge armies meet and clash over the three days. After the battle was over, the gruesome task of burying the dead on both sides and taking care of … more
There are numerous reasons why Small Business Saturday is a way better time to shop for the holidays than the consumer-driven miasma known as Black Friday. First off, small businesses are inherently … more
Since I wrote an entire article dedicated to the History of Hot Wheels, it only makes sense to follow it up with the story of their biggest competitor, Matchbox! Actually, since Matchbox came before … more
Thirty-one-year-old George Henry Savage surrendered to Mass. authorities on Nov. 27, 1927. The accused burglar explained that he wanted to prevent his mother’s house from being taken as … more
I have always been an obsessive bargain shopper, raised by a family that only shopped for items at a deep discount.  Which package of underwear was purchased depended upon how deep the markdown … more
A few months ago, a friend contacted me about a musket and bayonet he had purchased, and since this era wasn’t really his thing, he shipped it off to me. From the few pictures that had been … more
Rhode Island has an abundance of talented singer-songwriters. Hit up one of the weekly open mics or spend a night out at a local bar or music venue and chances are that’ll you’ll hear … more
Thirty-two-year-old chemist Thomas Henry Hughes settled in Johnston in 1849, established the village of Hughesdale and founded the Hughesdale Dye & Chemical Company. In 1868, he gifted Johnston … more
In this era of political turmoil, where horrendous violence is taking place worldwide, especially in the Gazza Strip and the Ukraine, where people are starving in Africa and senseless hate crimes are … more
Rachael (Tharps) Boone of Virginia died of Tuberculosis in 1938. She and her husband, Dr. Clinton Caldwell Boone, had devoted their lives to being reverends and Baptist medical missionaries. The … more
Many adult children express the idea that their mother was a saint.  I am not sure how many of these mothers actually WERE saints, but my mother certainly fit the bill. I first observed her … more
The way music can tell a story is one of the common threads that runs through the creative medium regardless of style and genre. This approach can paint vivid pictures for whoever is listening … more
With the holidays fast approaching, some vintage toys we have in the gallery and coming up for auction in December struck me with a bit of nostalgia: a large collection of model trains. Consigned … more
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