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Trailer Park Queen

She’s a far cry from the Trailer Park Boys, worthy though they are.On our homepage, you’ll see a link to “Shacking Up," a really stunning photo essay on Carpenter’s Beach Meadow , the summer campground in Matunuck that’s one of the last of the neighborhoods of beach shacks and trailers once such a big part of middle-class summers in the…

Shameless Afternoon Tear-jerking

At the risk of being a terrible mush, I have to pass along this story. I read it in Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird years ago. (I think it’s also made its way into the Chicken Soup books, but stay with me.) I remembered it today and I’ll tell you why in a sec:An 8-year-old boy had a younger sister…

Just in Time for the Snow Day

Hey, here’s a neat contest for local high school students. Local t-shirt company RI Threads (look for them in our March "Current" section) is seeking designs for a Rhody-inspired shirt to go on sale this summer, with 100% of proceeds to go to the charity of the winning student’s choice. The deadline is March 31; you can get more info…

Happy Holidays!

All of us at Rhode Island Monthly wish you and yours a joyful and restful next few days. We’re taking a break from blogging December 24 and 25 and will resume posts on December 28.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

From all of us at Rhode Island Monthly, we hope you have a wonderful Turkey Day! We know you’ll miss us, but we deserve some time off, too! So RI Daily will resume posts on Monday, November 30, and The Weekly Round Up will resume Thursday, December 4.

A-Maze-ing

There are certain things I do every October. Pick more apples than I can possibly carry and then bake them into a crisp or pie. Visit the farmstand I’ve been going to since I was a kid to pick a pumpkin and then carve it into a jack-o-lantern immediately upon returning home. Bundle up and wander aimlessly in the woods among the red and yellow leaves. This year, I’m thinking of…

School

Sitting at my desk, I’m literally sick with nerves. It’s that familiar old mix of dread and anticipation. Will I be smart enough? Will I make friends? Will life still feel safe and good when so much is going to change? No, I’m not going anywhere. My daughter is. She starts kindergarten this week. The orientation is this afternoon. Wish…

While We Were Out

We were playing a little hooky yesterday. Every summer, we sneak away from the office for one afternoon to catch the PawSox, hands-down one of the best ways to while away a few summer hours in Rhode Island. Yesterday, we lucked out with sunny skies and a warm breeze, and though we lost, it was a great chance to hang…

No Fighting at the Driving Range

Sunday was a lovely day at the driving range. I always like the driving range. It is fun to whack at a bucket of balls and a good chance to practice keeping a nice attitude in the face of disappointment. I think this is key: If you look at the driving range as a place to work on your actual…

Good Stuff from the Sidelines

So, the weather couldn’t have been nicer on Saturday for the Special Olympics Southern Area Games in Warwick. I only caught the track events, but here are some highlights:1) In the 100-meter dash, a kid about seven or eight years old, with Buddy Holly glasses and colt legs, stepped up to the start line and crouched low. You could tell…