John Palumbo

From The Publisher: Class Act

Bill Renyolds is a Class Act

I was probably fifteen years old in tenth grade. The bell had just rung and I thankfully found the classroom where I was assigned English class. Since puberty had hit full force, I was concentrating on sitting next to the pretty girl I had seen earlier in the day (of course, no conversation nor even eye contact would ever be…

From The Publisher: Back to School? OMG!

I have long lamented the assault on the English language being waged in the ever-increasing world of social media. WeAreSocial.com.au, an Australian research group, conducted an in-depth study of the new and often foreign language emerging each day. Managing director, Julian Ward, says the increased and preferred use of abbreviated slang offers the appeal of being in the know and…

From The Publisher: Summer Memories

Remembering Rocky Point and the Looff Carousel

It was the ’60s; my parents took me and my siblings to Benson’s Wild Animal Farm in Hudson, New Hampshire. They were dying to get a photo of us on the elephant with the painted face (the farm gave rides) but it scared the heck out of me — so they had to settle for the concrete statue nearby. Our summer guide…

From The Publisher: Keep on Keeping on

By perseverance, the snails reached the ark. –Charles Haddon Surgeon While it’s certainly not illustrative of the speed at which things move around here, given the release of the movie Noah late last month, this quote about moving forward despite adversity seemed timely. May marks the conclusion of our twenty-fifth year in the publishing business, most notably for Rhode Island…

From the Publisher: Dad's Tools

A local antiques dealer complained about the dreary business of house clean-outs. The downsizers routinely over-valued that to which they had clung for decades. It was his unpleasant duty to explain that sentimental and market value aligned only rarely. Meanwhile, they didn’t want it; their families didn’t want it; nobody wanted it. “We have too much stuff,” he said. That…

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’Tis the season of resolutions (as opposed to the jolly one rapidly vanishing as time marches on). Many folks with good intentions make them — whether they be health-, heart- or mind-focused — and then life sometimes gets in the way. At the gym in January it seems as if the crowds have doubled. Many in their newly gifted workout attire come in with…

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Associate editor Jen McCaffery has done her usual exemplary job of researching and reporting this month’s cover feature, “Unsolved Mysteries & Curiosities,” beginning on page forty-seven. Rhode Island is ripe with “You gotta be kidding me” type stories (often dealing with our government) although, in this case, the feature takes a look at all kinds of unexplained oddities around the…

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It's All Gravy

I have more than five decades of experience living in households where Italian food is more the norm than the exception. I figure during that time I have consumed more caloric content than the entire village of Pastina in Caserta, Italy, where my paternal grandparents emigrated from. As contributing writer Ann Hood chronicles this month in her essay, “Love Shack,”…