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Fire Works

WHEN WE LIT THE BEEHIVE OVEN with a strand of spaghetti, Ted and I sensed we were in for an evening a bit out of the ordinary. Later, after the fire had burned down, the embers were raked, and the steel door was removed, we pulled Thomas Jefferson’s rich, brandy-laced bread pudding out of that beehive. It was the end…

History in a Bottle

Don’t be deceived by Mark Hellendrung’s frat-boy lair. Bottle cap fishing lures and Yoo-hoo logo baseballs may clamor for desk space, but this is part of the “Hells” seduction. Few people suspect the shark beneath his gum-chewing ease: the president of Narragansett beer has the business acumen without the power suit or attitude. By marketing the amber taste of nostalgia,…

Out of the Shadows

Dr. Kathleen Carty is in charge. Standing in front of several convicted offenders inside the Adult Correctional Institutions, she forces them to talk about their abusive behavior. She asks them to check in, to say out loud the denigrating things they’ve done in their lifetime. She hands them a list of behaviors that they read from. “In my lifetime, I’ve…

On Fertile Ground

OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM, but it wasn’t in a recycled jewelry manufacturing plant in Warwick. Lauri Roberts has a farm—in an industrial area off Jefferson Boulevard, a paved paradise of parking lots frequented by the rumble of truck traffic. Her place is called Farming Turtles, and when I heard about it, I couldn’t help but wonder: could this really…

Letters

More telltale Rhody signs I read your article “How Rhody Are You?” with a smile on my face. My wife and I moved to this state four years ago and find ourselves being assimilated into the “Rhodies.” I thought I’d return the favor and perhaps bring a smile to the faces of you and your readers by sharing my “Top…

Future Stock

It’s been quite a year for Danté. The young buck moved from a small farm in upstate New York to a lush Newport estate blocks from Bellevue Avenue mansions, where he enjoys great success with the opposite sex. His rakish story, however, has an unlikely twist. Danté has fathered many kids — but they may not be born for hundreds…