MEMORIAL: an object to reflect the memory of someone, such as a plaque or tombstone

memorial photo

Every day I go through an intersection at the corner of Smith Street and Oakland Street in Providence.  It is just an ordinary intersection joining two streets in the Smith Hill section of the city, just up the hill from the State House.  It is a mixed use neighborhood with multi-family homes, offices, and a […]

The Penultimate Posting: Tomorrow will be my 1,000th Blog Posting!

In October, 2009, I posted my first ever blog posting along with a promise that it would be the first posted every day.   Except for a couple of days when I was in the hospital and one when my technology failed, I’ve kept that promise and TOMORROW, AUGUST 29, 20112, WILL BE MY 1,000th POSTING […]

SPAM: no longer a canned mystery meat

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GRASPING AT STRAWS: putting faith in potential rescues that can’t deliver

Figures of speech come easily to the speaker or the writer, but we seldom take the time to figure out what they meant originally.   A good example is today’s “word”, grasping at straws. The best answer I can find is that it refers to a person who is drowning who grabs for the straws or […]

SOUPÇON: [soop-SAWN]: a hint of something

I’m not really fond of garlic.   I know that living in Providence means that I’m now a target for some really serious body damage on a dark night.   This is the world’s capital for Italian food, featuring some of the best Italian restaurants in existence.   But, even though my life is now in danger, I […]

CLICHE (klee-SHAY): anything that has become trite or commonplace through overuse.

I watch enough baseball and basketball on television to be able to recognize a cliche when I hear it.  You can’t get through a couple of innings without beginning to suffer from listener nausea as the play-by-play broadcaster and his “color” sidekick exhaust their supply of  tired, used, and wrinkled phrases which were fun at […]