Lisa Palmer

The Chutes & Ladders House

They were passionate about old houses and the importance of being green, but when Clint and Kelly Clemens bought Hose 8, they had no idea what they were getting into.

It was supposed to be a straightforward home renovation, a chance for the couple to spruce up a triplex and convert it into a single family home. But before darkness fell on their first night at Redwoods Hose Station 8, Clint and Kelly Clemens realized that the road to restoration wouldn’t be easy. At all. The Newport couple spent $1…

To Market, to Market

A Guide to Rhode Island’s Farmers’ Markets

It’s that time of year again when Mother Nature starts to show her generous side, giving us her bounty—fresh, green vegetables and bright, juicy fruit—to bring to our tables. Rhode Island’s farmers’ markets are a showcase for such earthly delights, as well as grass-fed beef and pork, seafood, cheese and bread, almost anything you need to turn one stop at…

Notes from the Hood

In a tough South Providence neighborhood, young musicians learn more than mastering the fiddle. They discover classical music can rescue them from inner city life.

Joshua Rodriguez is cool and casual, with tight brown curls, braces on his teeth and an angular, pensive face—the sort of teenager you might pass in the mall or on the sidewalk but not recollect. A black nylon case that contains his viola hangs from his shoulder. He appears to be mostly baggy jeans and hooded sweatshirt. An hour from…

Groundhog Day

We’ve all experienced it: that feeling we’re in a scene from Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day. It’s the sensation of the numbingly familiar: the morning alarm sounds, you brew coffee, go to work and feel your life is cycling from one day into the next without a flicker of change. When it seems like the seasons are coming and going, and…

Band of Brothers

In the graying hours of a fall evening, Dr. Stephen Carr, fifty-three, director of prenatal diagnosis and fetal imaging at Women and Infants’ Hospital and Master Mason, answers the phone at his Barrington home. He hears Peter’s voice on the other end of the receiver. “How are you? How’s your family? I haven’t seen you in a while and was…