Providence, RI – For what seems like an eternity, we've been overwhelmed by a spate of bad news, what with a disastrous economy, terrifying terrorist attacks, swine flu, and sordid political scandals. Through it all, many of us struggle to find a reason to smile, to laugh out loud. Karen Lee Ziner wisely reminds us of the profound importance of humor in our lives.
Providence, RI – All of us have had terrifyingly stressful moments in our lives when we were not sure we had the strength, the intestinal fortitude to survive the crisis. Perhaps it was a genuine health scare, or receiving dreadful news about a loved one or a terrorist attack. Whatever the daunting challenge, what all of us hope, and want to believe, is that we have the courage to survive. Peter Mandel reflects on his very personal brush with bravery.
Providence, RI – As part of our One Square Mile: Focus on Newport reporting series, Bob Seay spends some time with Newport gallery owner William Vareika. Vareika has a story to tell about John LaFarge, the multi-talented and influential artist based in Newport in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Providence, RI – Try to imagine Rhode Island without Newport. It seems unthinkable, as if Juliet had no Romeo, or Fred Astaire had no Ginger Rogers. Newport is quintessential Rhode Island, vital threads in the Ocean State's rich fabric. Many of us know Newport best through the lens of summer, as we amble along the tranquil Cliff Walk or stroll through the vibrant harbor. But as Liz Doucette tells us, Newport's seasons have their own special rhythm.
Providence, RI – Stop for a moment and think about the books you've read that have changed your life - those remarkably compelling passages that stopped you in your tracks, the literary images that changed the way you understand the world, the thought-provoking dialogue that altered how you view yourself. I suspect that every one of us has at least a short list of life-changing books on that imaginary shelf. And that's especially true for Lisa Van Allsburg.
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.