CONFLAGRATION: a destructive fire


Yesterday a massive fire occurred in Providence involving several three-story apartment buildings housing Providence College students.  Thankfully, no students were injured, but more than a dozen firefighters were transported to hospitals with a variety of injuries and conditions.  One firefighter is fighting for his life, having breathed in dangerous chemicals resulting from the fire. It […]

SNOW: like money, the more you have, the more of a problem you experience

A sign in front of the First Baptist Church in America in Providence, Rhode Island, reads: If you’re the person praying for snow, PLEASE STOP!” Today is the 4th Snow Monday in a row for local schools. Boston is expecting a new accumulation of around 2 feet of snow, on top of an already-record 2 […]

FRIVOLOUS: unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose.


Why is it that when things get bad, we look for the simplest answers to correct the situation?   Right now the State of Rhode Island has the worst unemployment rate in the country.  The capitol  City of Providence is in the midst of a struggling recovery from a massive economic downturn.  Industry has left the […]

TRASH ALARM: waking to the sound of trash collectors


It’s Tuesday.  I know that’s the case even before I open my eyes because at 7:00 a.m. I hear the first sounds that inform me.  No, not the alarm clock.  Not the birds that gather in the trees behind our house.   Not even the bells of the St. Pious X Church two blocks away.   All […]

WICKED: evil, severe…and… extremely


Last night we saw the Broadway production of Wicked at the phenomenal Providence Performing Arts Center. (It is one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve ever attended.)   The production was stunning and thoroughly enjoyable. As I have thought back on the performance I began thinking about the word wicked and its varied uses in our […]

FIZZLE: to fail after a good start

sloppy snowfall

Well, once again, Providence was spared from what had been predicted to be a major winter storm. Oh, we received a snowfall of several inches of the white stuff, but the rain which came in the middle of the night created a fizzle in terms of what we had expected.   My understanding is that it […]