Environment

Making the Leap

Each summer, I think of great outdoorsy things I am going to do during my school vacation. This list generally includes hiking, skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting. All of which can be done in Rhode Island or through a day trip somewhere in New England. And none of which I ever end up doing.I have slowly come to…

Baseball Widow

As the Red Sox go full force into their 2011 season, some of us Rhode Islanders sit on the sidelines every week. Not at Fenway, of course, but on rotting wooden bleachers (why are they called that anyway?), while watching a group of men hit and throw away their testosterone. That’s right. I have the pleasure of attending a men’s…

Sugar Cone, Wafer Cone

I think I’m getting old. I was at Three Sisters the other day when this mother and son came in to get ice cream. "Do you want a sugar cone or a wafer cone?" the mother asked."What’s the difference?" he said."Sugar is pointy, wafer is flat."The kid picked sugar, but I wanted to run after him and make him promise he…

Beach House

Many lucky Rhode Islanders get to enjoy their summer months in beach homes inherited from family; the rest of us get to scour our phone books for someone (anyone) who might have the luxury of a summer beach house. I got lucky this weekend. My boyfriend’s mother’s friend generously let us use her beautiful Matunuck home for a day before…

Summer Reading

School’s out for summer, my friends. Not only are college students making their way back home (with bags full of dirty laundry for mom), but excitement tingles in the air as thousands of high school seniors make preparations for their final days. With all this graduating and homecoming, it reminds us all that summer’s only a rain storm away.For most,…

Do You Yawgoo?

Remember how excited you’d get as a kid when it snowed this much? It meant no school, carving snow forts in snow banks left behind by plows and a cup of cocoa to top it all off. As adults we tend to focus more on poor road conditions, shoveling the driveway and figuring out where to park.I was talking with…

It Is Magical, Damn It

My daughter and I each took a little plastic seat at her pint-sized Fisher Price table on Saturday — my knees touching my chest, hers resting comfortably under the red-speckled tabletop — to write her Christmas list for Santa.She reminded me that she saw Santa at the store when she went with daddy. Santa, she said, gave her a candy…

Way Better Than Swamp Skating

I was doing a little Internet browsing on my lunch break today, trying to find something to do with the wee ones this weekend. My daughter loves to be outside, but as the weather gets cooler, it becomes more challenging to find things to do in the great outdoors (due in large to the fact that mommy’s a wuss and…

The Early Bird Gets the Apple

I know we talked a bit about it yesterday but considering the number of warm, sunshine-filled weekends we have left before the falling leaves are replaced by falling snow is dwindling (that’s right, people, it’s already snowing in Colorado!), I can’t help but cling to the topic for one more day.My three-year-old absolutely loves to be outside and knowing it…

Straw Bale Gardening, Part II

So I got those bales back at the beginning of May and set them up in my little yard, which is mostly concrete and boasts soil laden with lead.They looked kind of charmingly urban-farmstead and I was pretty self-congratulatory about the prospect of such a cheap alternative to raised beds. So like the crazed obsessive I am, I went to…