John Palumbo

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…

The Most Important Meal

Publisher John Palumbo talks breakfast, the cover story in our February issue.

There have been volumes written about deteriorating family values. Many of us Boomers are aghast with (and contribute to, I might add) the pace and protocol of life. Folks with younger children are held hostage by sports teams, dance recitals and the seemingly endless array of opportunities we heap upon kids no matter the cost (financial and personal). Empty nesters…

From The Publisher: Game Changers

Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. –Margaret Thatcher

In this issue, we profile thirty women who personify that quote. If you have done business, volunteered for a not-for-profit or worked on something for the public good, chances are you have crossed paths or worked shoulder-to-shoulder with more than one of them. I, for one, am proud to know many of them in all of the above, and always…