John Palumbo

Flying the Not-So-Friendly Skies

Publisher John Palumbo on the impersonality of air travel.

Has anyone flown on a commercial airline lately? The fact that planes are full and the economy supports the travel is great, but the boarding process and mentality is reminiscent of a cattle-herding scene in an old John Wayne movie: “Thank you for flying Wilbur and Orville Airlines. We are going to begin the process of boarding flight 1999-8078-1965 with…

Warm Up in Rhode Island's Comfort (Food) Zone

Publisher John Palumbo on meals that are best when it's chilly outside.

Looking at this month’s cover feature , I was immediately transported back to the early days of my childhood home in Barrington. The den, which was off of the kitchen, also doubled from time to time as a bedroom that I shared with my brother and sister. As a result, the aromas of whatever meal was in the works during…

From the Publisher: In Search of the Real Thing

John Palumbo describes some favorite places.

During a reflective time — the start of a new year — this issue takes a look at Rhode Islanders’ favorite places around the state, and asks them to share why they’re so special. My favorite places are, well, real places. Whether it be the serenity of a walk through Roger Williams Park on a summer day or along any…

From the Publisher: Grow Lights

John Palumbo introduces the Rhode Islanders of the Year.

This old Greek proverb seems appropriate to introduce December’s cover feature, “Rhode Islanders of the Year”: “Society grows when old men plant trees for shade they will never see.” This issue takes a look at Rhode Islanders who have pushed beyond their everyday lives to make an impact, both large and small, on our state in 2015. It is not…

From the Publisher: Know More, Live Better

A to Z food guide, Tech Ten awards in our November issue.

That is the mantra, the mission, the goal of everyone here at Rhode Island Monthly, to help you know more about our city state, and hopefully help you live better in Roger Williams’s lively experiment. This issue of the magazine really underscores that initiative. First in the November issue, there’s the Rhode Island A to Z food guide, to help…

From the Publisher: Fall Forward

Apple picking, pumpkin carving, Design Awards

You can observe a lot by just watching. –Yogi Berra   I am a baseball fan and I revel in October when the Red Sox are still playing, and then there’s this year…. Fall is a time to enjoy Indian summer and watch the magical season evolve. I remember apple picking was a family tradition when my children were growing…

From the Publisher: A Lobster Tale

Publisher John Palumbo indulges in some lobster love and lore in the July issue.

In a small fishing village, a mischievous local walks up the wharf carrying two three-pound lobsters, one in each hand, weeks after the season has ended. Confronting him at the end of the wharf is the federal fisheries officer. Upon seeing the wriggling lobsters, the officer says, “Well, me laddie, I’ve got you this time, two lobsters after the season…

Summer Magic

Publisher John Palumbo reminisces about his favorite time of year in Rhode Island.

To steal a line from George Gershwin’s classic, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy….” It seems that at this time of year, every year, there is a certain elixir of excitement, nostalgia and expectation about what the weeks and months ahead will bring. As I get older, I tend to wax poetically about the past when summers were never long…

Staying the Course

Twenty-Seven Years of Rhode Island Monthly

This month marks the start of our twenty-seventh year of publishing Rhode Island Monthly. Personally, it has made me reflect on the fact that I have spent the last eighteen years of my professional life running this often eclectic, but never boring, business through good and bad times. Times that were never quite good enough to allow anyone to get…

Pet Peeves for Pothole Season

Publisher John Palumbo on potholes and more.

This month’s cover story, “Best Towns,” by associate editor Jen McCaffery, is all about living in Rhode Island. Psychographics and a plethora of other research methodologies, like Prizm clusters, tell us that people of similar lifestyles, interests and demographics tend to live in places they consider more homogenous rather than the contrary. There are some well-chronicled stereotypes that our local…