Providence, RI – It's no secret that for months we've been surrounded by intense, seemingly unending debate about health care reform, welfare reform, and myriad other forms of reform that strike at the heart of what it means to live in a civilized society. At their core, these controversies boil down to fundamental beliefs about the very purposes of government in our lives and the nature of civil liberty. Donald Breed shares his beliefs about what government truly means in his life.
Providence, RI – The theater can be a very tenuous proposition. That's why it's notable when an acting troupe lasts for 25 years. Now in Pawtucket, the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre has done just that. Bill Gale has a look at the past and present of a Rhode Island theatrical winner.
Providence, RI – For many of us, daily connection with family is at the center of our lives, the ballast that helps us navigate through life's complex and often unpredictable challenges. But it's not a clich to say that in modern times, we find it harder and harder to sustain these connections, what with our daunting job and social schedules, after-school calendars, electronic distractions. Mandy Twaddell reflects on her family's challenges . . . and . . . triumphs.
Providence, RI – All of us have moments when we replay in our minds various times and events in our lives, wondering what would have happened had they not occurred, or had unfolded in some other way. Were these events meant to be? What if I handled those moments differently? Ben Castleman reflects on these times in his life, and on their profound meaning.
Providence, RI – Most of us find that our perspectives change as we age. What was once a relatively trivial concern in our lives may begin to take on great meaning, or we may begin to relax about issues that once caused us great consternation and angst. Tom Doyle reflects on this very shift in his own life, and on its implications.
Providence, RI – One of the joys of spending time with children is the opportunity to witness their remarkable and spontaneous creativity - the kind of creativity that, sadly, seems to drift away from so many of us as we age. Jenny Peek lives in the world of children's creativity and shares her beliefs about what this should mean for all of us.
Providence, RI – Life is full of contradictions and inconsistencies, especially in those moments when we yearn for clarity. Issues that appear, at first glance, to be in sharp black and white relief quickly drift into shades of gray. That's what Beth Taylor has learned about distressingly ambiguous matters of war and peace.
Providence, RI – Have you ever wondered what happened to your closest childhood friends? What path did they take in life? How did things work out for them? For many of us these are questions for which we have no answers. Not so for this week's essayists, Ed Iannuccilli and Steve Mallett.