NUANCE [NOO-ahns] : a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.


Every Governor of the State of Rhode Island is given a budget to have a portrait painted which will hang in the State House upon his/her end of term.    This past year, at the conclusion of his single term as Governor, Lincoln Chafee contracted with Julie Gearan, a New England artist, for his painting. When […]

CHRISTOGRAM: a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ


Christmas gets more and more contentious every year.   Last year we in Rhode Island suffered through the silliest conflict between the Governor, Lincoln Chafee, and citizens of this fair state.   It revolved around the fact that the Governor referred to the decorated tree in the State House as a “Holiday Tree” instead of a “Christmas […]

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: an amorphous sense of peace and joy which invades the culture … sometimes

“Growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s, that something, I’ll call it the Christmas spirit, was much more prevalent back then than it is today. Wow! Right after Thanksgiving, when people’s thoughts began to focus on Christmas, it was like the whole world transformed! People were happier and had more hope. They were more helpful. […]