May Articles


A Lot of Rhode Island in One Spot

Rhode Island's Historic Bristol

Visitors to Rhode Island sometimes struggle to discover the very best part of the state.  For some, the Providence’s bustling downtown and collegiate artsy-ness defines Rhode Island, for others it’s the party atmosphere of Newport, and for others it’s the laid-back countryside of Rhode Island’s South County.  But if you have a broad range of […]

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Beyond the Gates of Newport Society

Not all of the Newport Mansions are Museums

One of the oldest cities in the country, the Society Capital of America for the prosperous, Newport Rhode Island is celebrated by a splendid display of countless structural designs, most noteably the mansions bult as summer cottages for the incredibly wealthy of the Gilded Age. But even though many of the mansions are now opened […]

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Flying Over Rhode Island

Piloting a Private Plane for the First Time

Last weekend, I flew. I climbed into a small plane, settled into the pilot’s seat, taxied to the runway, took off, and in no time was sailing 2000 feet above the Rhode Island coastline at over 100 miles an hour. Of course it wasn’t that simple, I didn’t actually do the take-off and landing, and […]

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Memorial Day

Remembering fallen heroes at the RI Veteran's Cemetery

With my home in Rhode Island, I can’t drive all the way to San Antonio where my Dad was laid to rest with a three volleys of gunfire and the distant sound of a bugle playing taps when I want to remember him. My mother has the neatly folded flag that once draped his coffin […]

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A Step into the Past

Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum

  The American Indian has held a magical mystique for me. Their simple life styles, their belief system and their constant pursuit of happiness is a source of wonder for many. There are a multitude of museums located throughout the country that depict the history of these beloved people and the land that was once […]

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A Special Meal in a Special Place

Enjoying the Star Chef Series at Gracie's in Providence

Gracie’s is a place to create memories.  Fine food and wine, attentive service, and a warming atmosphere make it the place to bring someone special for… a proposal?  … an anniversary?  But during the Star Chef Series dinners, the food is the reason for the evening, and that someone special you bring becomes a fellow […]

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A Taste of Opulance

Mother's Day Brunch at the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel

We may do our best year around to treat Mom the way she deserves, but most of us take a special effort on Mother’s Day.  This year, consider making Mom feel like a million dollars by taking her to Mother’s Day buffet at the historic Vanderbilt Grace hotel.     A Newport landmark, the Vanderbilt Grace […]

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Restoring the Old State House

Newport Colony House Begins Phase Three of Restoration

  The 1801 Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington that lives in the Newport Colony House was recently covered so it is not clearly visible. With the busy summer season approaching, why cover such an important painting? At the 1739 Colony House, where the portrait resides, Phase Three of vital restoration work is beginning. Located […]

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Recreational Vehicles

The basics of hitting the road in comfort

Recreational vehicles are multipurpose vehicles that are used for various purposes ranging from travelling and camping to full time living (for which they are parked in special trailer parks). Recreational vehicles are also widely known as mobile homes or motor homes. It is important to weigh both costs and benefits of owning and even renting […]

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And Beyond RI

A Dog-Friendly Weekend at the Spruce Moose Lodge

One of the joys of having a dog in the family is that you have a companion who thrills to the little things in life – a spoonful of peanut butter, a squirrel running across the fence, a chance to get an energetic tummy rub. When traveling to a place of outdoor fun, like North […]

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Bed, Breakfast, and Birds

A stay at the Mount Washington Bed and Breakfast, nestled the natural beauty of New Hampshire’s North Country, isn’t just a relaxing getaway, it’s also a chance to experience nature up close, perhaps adding a few of the area’s birds to your list of discoveries. The B&B sits just north of the protected White Mountains […]

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Into the Vermont Countryside

  Our weekend getaways sometimes take us well away from civilization, to where the air is clear and the sounds of the cities are left far behind. When our romantic weekend getaway took us to Central Vermont, we discovered the village of Bernard and the warm welcome of the Fan House bed and breakfast.   […]

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Heading East

There are times that a weekend getway is just what you need. So, road trip style, with a minimum of planning, head East on I-195 until the freeway runs out and you find yourself in the very eastern tip of our neighboring state Massachussetts in the artsy destination Provincetown.               […]

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Travel Product Reviews

Feasting at the Big Game with Chipotle Mexican Grill Catering

Even if your team isn’t playing this year, you can throw the best Super Bowl party on the block with the catering options from Chipotle Mexican Grill. Whether you’re hosting a large gathering or a small group of friends, Chipotle has several choices for football fans everywhere. The Chipotle folks catered last year’s Superbowl party. […]

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Cute as a Bee

I am always fascinated with new inventions, especially those that really make sense. There are so many creative products that I am across in my reviews that I wonder why this hadn’t been invented before. Recently, I had a chance to review a really cute and innovative product that I need to mention to my […]

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Teaching the Kids to Grow

Soilless planting with DuneCraft

There’s a special joy in growing a plant from seed. Starting with a tiny dry pellet, with a bit of nurturing, and growing into a beautiful flower or perhaps even a plant that provides food gives that unique blessing of being a provider of life, no matter who you are. The folks at DuneCraft have […]

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A Brush For Wet Hair

Packing the Wet Brush for a weekend getaway

While traveling is one of the greatest joys in life, there is always the dreaded chore of what to pack.  Besides the clothes and cosmetics that have to be packed there are other items that I don’t normally think of until there is the need for it.  The excitement of discovering a new place turns nerve-jangling when I […]

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Great Mornings

Enjoying Morninga

My mother always told me when I was growing up that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I passed down that piece of information to my own children and hopefully they will do the same for theirs. Now, I must state that Pop-Tarts, streusel and high sugared cereals weren’t things that I […]

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Pistachio Snack Bar?

Enjoying Pistachio Bites

When it comes to snacking, I have to say I love pistachio nuts. It doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that my favorite color is green and so is a pistachio nut, but they just taste so darn good! Once a bag of pistachio nuts is placed in front of me I have […]

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Hold it with a Shouldit

A scarf with hidden pockets

I just hate carrying a purse; absolutely hate it! It is always slipping off my shoulder when I am walking somewhere and then it flops in front of me and I get all tangled up and, more than I can say, frustrated! Or, struggling at the checkout line trying to shove everything back into my […]

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Dressing Up that Favorite Outfit

Exquisite Handmade Jewelry From Margie Edwards Designs

How many women love to dress up for a special occasion? I mean, dressing-up, with the dress, shoes and just the right pieces of jewelry to accentuate the whole outfit. Imagine walking into that room looking like you just won the lottery and every heard turn as you make your way across the floor. Aren’t […]

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Salads Taste Better

Salad dressings from San-J

I wonder how many people can honestly say that they love to eat salad on a daily basis. I don’t mean just lettuce and tomato because that isn’t a salad to me, but with lots of vegetables, cheeses, olives, nuts, sunflower seeds and croutons. Now that’s a salad! Anyway, how many say that they can […]

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Morning Coffee Just Got Easier!

Enjoy Jiva Coffee Cubes

When I wake up in the morning, I leave just the right amount of time for me to get ready so I don’t get distracted. That means that I have to have practically everything ready the night before; even my lunch (unless something needs refrigerating). I have everything set out for the next morning so […]

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