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 […]

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 […]

RIP/RAP: a foundation or sustaining wall of stones or chunks of concrete thrown together without order


I’m not a beach person.   That doesn’t mean that I don’t have an appreciation for the beauty of a beach.   But the idea of spending a great deal of time on a beach or walking a beach for exercise is just not on my agenda. I love the ocean.  But my idea of a beautiful […]

BLIZZARD: a storm with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold.

This morning Rhode Island and most of New England woke up to unbelievable scenes.   The snow is 28″ on our deck.   The wind is blowing.  It’s still snowing, having begun at noon yesterday.  It is cold. 187,000 people in Rhode Island alone are without power, with residents reporting inside temperatures of 40-45 degrees…that’s inside! This […]

IDEOLOGY: the body of belief that guides in the establishment of policy

At the top of the State House in Providence, Rhode Island, stands the statue of “The Independent Man.”   It is a revered statue that symbolizes the ideology employed at the time of the establishment of the state.* Roger Williams and his followers came to the land to be known as “The State of Rhode Island […]

HOLIDAY: a day or season of both sacred and secular observance

People all over the country are getting heated up over a faux controversy over the use of the term holiday and its related ornaments.    The current affection of many Americans with things “conservative” has not spared references to the season, as many people have chosen to greet friends, relatives and customers with the greeting, “Happy […]