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Clinging to Summer

This weekend marks summer’s official end (although the chill in the air the past few evenings seems to indicate that it’s already passed) and I’m feeling somewhat conflicted. Like Nicole lamented earlier this week, I am totally looking forward to the season of warm wool sweaters and pies. But I also hate that I have to wait almost ten months…

Finally!

It’s September! I’ve never in my life been happy to see summer on its way out, but this year, meh. We’ve been cheated and mistreated. On to fall, the season of leaves and pies. (My own love for fall goes back to first grade when I was moved to compose a little song about it on my recorder. It went:…

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…

If You Ever Said the East Bay Was Boring, Watch This

Last week I blogged about a Brooklyn artist who was showing his love for Rhode Island in the form of paintings of Del’s lemonade. This week, I’d like to bring your attention to a little East Bay love in the form of this. It’s a YouTube video that’s making its way through Bristol and Warren (right now it has more…

Carpe Ashes

It’s two weeks until Labor Day, the bookend of summer (but hopefully the start of a good Indian summer this year, since we’re kinda owed). And there’s even less time – ten days – until school starts. The good news is that the weather forecast looks great. There’s still plenty of baseball season left. And (talking of drawn-out and semi-incomprehensible…

Del's Me, Baby

Lately there’s been a lot of Etsy love going around the office (See: the July 2009 Current and the Style section in our upcoming October issue, featuring some necklaces by Etsy artisans). It’s a veritable playground for anyone who likes to make or own one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry or clothing. Then a friend sent me a link to Etsyian John Tebeau’s…

Mad for Mad Men

(Reader alert: Today’s blog is spoiler proof.) It’s been a whole year since we got our last fix of “Mad Men,” the pitch-perfect ‘60s series about the cutthroat, disintegrating world of New York advertising, on little AMC cable. But they’re all back: hunky but angst-ridden Don Draper and his long-suffering wife, Betty; weasely Pete Campbell and his deluded wife Trudy,…

Hey, Ladies!

It had never dawned on me to synch my pampering routine with my cocktail habit, but I have to say I’m intrigued by all of the “girls’ night out” events that have been popping up on our online calendar lately.Back in the spring, Waterplace posted its Wednesday ladies night special featuring free manicures and $5 martinis. Then, recently, Twist on…

Dream Rider

The Kennedys were in town on the Cape this weekend, of course (by now you’ve heard that Eunice Shriver passed away early this morning), and while their presence always tends to generate the mildest of "stars, they’re just like us" bemusement (front-page CC Times snapshots of Arnold and Maria leaving the hospital with coffees in hand, local buzz that they’d…

Short, Sweet.

Hey, tonight is opening night of the RI International Film Festival, and the line-up of short films looks really good. There’s something cool about short films, probably because every second counts in a movie that lasts around ten minutes. It’s get-in, get-out filmmaking. Not everyone can pull it off, but when shorts are done well, there’s nothing more impressive —…