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Easiest Easter Egg Hunt Ever

This is the first time since my daughter’s birth 16 years ago, that I didn’t do a darn thing for Easter. No plastic eggs filled with jelly beans or coins, hidden in house plants and sofa cushions. No flimsy basket … Continue reading

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In Praise of Potholes

Providence is a small city with big dreams. Luckily, repairing roads and filling potholes are not among them. The long grind of winter and an even longer recession have not been kind to our streets. Chunks of pavement disappear overnight. … Continue reading

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Running Away in Borrowed Shoes

The Starbucks at Wayland Square is somewhat akin to a small town general store or post office. While waiting in line, you are bound to see someone you know and the community bulletin board is always worth a look. I love to scan the annoucements … Continue reading

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In Case of Emergency, Pull Lever

I thought the distinctive fire alarms on street corners throughout the East Side were relics of a bygone era. Ever since I moved to Providence, I’ve watched them get increasingly rusty—sad reminders of pinched municipal budgets and archaic technology. Recently, … Continue reading

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Drive two hours to get a haircut?

It is a blessing and a curse to be less than 2 hours’ drive from my previous residence in Hartford, Connecticut. The first six months after we moved to Providence, it seemed like I made the trip back every few … Continue reading

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Summer Delights

When I was a kid, the pleasures of summer were many: long, lazy days filled with library books; pulling a pair of shorts over my swimsuit to get “dressed”; eating huge slices of watermelon while the juice dripped down my arms; … Continue reading

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Laundry Club

“I’m going to walk down to The Laundry Club. Anyone want to come?” No one in my house even looked up. It was their loss. Not only did I enjoy the short stroll in the cool evening air to Wayland … Continue reading

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The Old Stone Bank

I would love to see the inside of the Old Stone Bank at 86 South Main Street. I first caught a glimpse of it while admiring the view from the Governor Stephen Hopkins House museum on Planet Street. A museum … Continue reading

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A Trip to South County

I just spent a week in a rented cottage in Wickford, a village of North Kingstown. It is 30 minutes south of my home on the East Side of Providence. It was one of the best vacations I have ever … Continue reading

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Flyer Art

Here’s another thing I love about Providence—even the handmade flyers for tag sales and lost dogs are artfully crafted and usually very clever. I assume the bounty of visually arresting notices is due to the creative vibe of the city. … Continue reading