July Articles


Wickford Village is an Historic Charmer

One North Kingstown Village Has A Lively History

Wickford’s charming village atmosphere and old-fashioned Brown Street belie its vibrant 21st century liveliness. Walk around, explore the streets, poke into the shops, stop and have a sandwich outside on the deck overlooking picturesque Wickford Harbor. Fall in love with my home town.   The quaint, friendly village looks just the same as it did [...]

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An Off-Limits Piece of History

Origins of Newport's Naval War College

    One of the most interesting attractions of Aquidneck Island is one that most tourists to Newport may never see. The Naval War College (NWC), sitting around Coddington Cove and looking out at the Newport Bridge has a fine museum dedicated to underwater warfare and the naval tradition. Sadly, after the terrorist attacks on [...]

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Just Talking

An anniversary for just the two of us

Every year, people try to find something new and exciting to do for their wedding anniversay. There are so many wonderful and fantastic places to go in Rhode Island, what would one choose to do? How about a wonderful dinnner at McCormick’s and Schmick’s, or a movie at the Feinstein theater? Or, a play in [...]

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The Importance of Wampum in Rhode Island

Growing up, I was told that wampum was “Indian money”. It was a less enlightened age, and in a part of the world where we never heard of quahogs. But now I know that wampum were shell beads used for trading. They weren’t money, any more than rum or nails or beaver pelts were money, [...]

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Rhode Island’s Guilty Pleasure

Confessions of a Doughboy Addict

It all began a very long time ago… I was eight years old. My Aunt, (whom I was living with at the time), took my cousins and me to a Portuguese festival near her house in East Providence. I was so excited because I knew that I was going to get a balloon, and ice [...]

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Four Flavors of Dance In One Place

Mardi Gras, Cranston RI

For the dancer with a broad taste in music, or perhaps one who just can’t quite make up his mind, Cranston offers Mardi Gras, a dance “location”, with four dance floors, each devoted to different music. Want country line dancing? You got it. Disco/80′s? Yep, got that too. Techo/New Age stuff that doesn’t have much [...]

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Experiments with Priceline

Getting a room for just $35

The Internet has pretty much eliminated the role of travel agent. Sure, there are times when you may want someone else to hassle with figuring out the details of a trip, but if you don’t mind punching the buttons yourself, you can book your own flights, hotels, cars, and event tickets. We love Expedia for [...]

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And Beyond RI

Travel Product Reviews


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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Spice Up That Meal

Testing Teeny Tiny Spices from Vermont

There’s a lot to be said about those that love to cook; any day, any time, they just love to cook. And, I happen to be one of those that ‘love to cook.’ I’ve been told, however, that the one thing I need to work a little is the seasonings. I either add too much, [...]

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Beautiful skin within a fraction of time!

Testing Amarte Skin Products

Having beautiful skin these days takes a lot of hard work, right? I mean, there’s the cleanser, then the toner, then the lifter, then the night cover up (er), and so on and so on. That does sound like a lot of work to me; much more than I would be willing to do to [...]

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Elegance for the Home Dinner Table

Cloth Napkins by Mia and Finn

I just love going out to eat at a fancy restaurant, or any restaurant that uses cloth napkins.  It makes me feel like I am being treated to something really special since cloth napkins are so rarely used now-a days. And, when I am at home making a special dinner, I frequently use cloth napkins because [...]

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Flavors of Belize

Not  just an ordinary cookbook! When it comes to cooking, I have to say that I am a decent cook.  Sometimes I’ll follow a recipe completely, sometimes I ‘tweak’ it a bit and sometimes, I come up with my own recipe.  Either way, I love to cook just about anything and everything from anywhere using [...]

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Burt’s Bees Keeps Amazing Us

With the cold weather firmly settling in on the New England area, my family always keeps Burt’s Lip Balm in ample supply Each one of my three children is an avid user of their lip-balm, claiming that it lasts longer than any other lip balm on the market.  I can be added to that list also. Burt’s Bees lip [...]

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