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 […]

DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act (terminally ill)


DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, born on September 21, 1996, was pronounced terminally ill by The United States Supreme Court, on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. The 16-year-old bill was declared unconstitutional. This means that it can no longer be defended by United States officials and that states that have enacted legislation permitting same-gender marriage […]

APROPOS [ap-ruh-POH]: fitting, appropropriate, related to


The word apropos has a special meaning.   It refers to something as being fitting (unlike the suit in the picture to the right!) and appropriate.  It is a 17th century French word meaning “to the purpose.”  That is to say, it identifies some object, thought, or image as being designed or articulated in a way […]


gay couple

The debate over same-gender marriage and its legality can, indeed, said to be raging throughout this country.   As we speak (or read) the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue in a precedent-setting action. At this point it is not clear what they will decide, or if they will even come to a decision.   There […]

EVEN PLAYING FIELD: equality of opportunity for all concerned

There’s a huge difference between playing soccer on the Providence College soccer field which is just a couple of blocks from our house and playing on the field in the photo to the right.  As the caption on it says, “If you can play soccer on this field, you’re really good.”  Can you imagine the […]

MARRIAGE: the relationship between two persons who have committed themselves to each other without exception

Some would say that we have entered the “wedding season,” when weddings are happening all over the place.   The traditional month for weddings is June, but it is clearly more a “spring/summer” thing than a specific month. But not only is this a traditional season for weddings, it has also become a season for debate […]