Pub Note

Pet Peeves for Pothole Season

Publisher John Palumbo on potholes and more.

This month’s cover story, “Best Towns,” by associate editor Jen McCaffery, is all about living in Rhode Island. Psychographics and a plethora of other research methodologies, like Prizm clusters, tell us that people of similar lifestyles, interests and demographics tend to live in places they consider more homogenous rather than the contrary. There are some well-chronicled stereotypes that our local…

The Most Important Meal

Publisher John Palumbo talks breakfast, the cover story in our February issue.

There have been volumes written about deteriorating family values. Many of us Boomers are aghast with (and contribute to, I might add) the pace and protocol of life. Folks with younger children are held hostage by sports teams, dance recitals and the seemingly endless array of opportunities we heap upon kids no matter the cost (financial and personal). Empty nesters…

From The Publisher

No Place Like Home

When it comes to Rhode Island, I am a bit of a braggart. Contrary to the expatriates and disgruntled “can’t wait to move to Floordah” types who rant in news blogs, I love talking about Rhode Island to folks. When I meet my peers at magazine conferences, I get incredulous reactions when I say we had our governor and mayor…

From The Publisher: Game Changers

Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. –Margaret Thatcher

In this issue, we profile thirty women who personify that quote. If you have done business, volunteered for a not-for-profit or worked on something for the public good, chances are you have crossed paths or worked shoulder-to-shoulder with more than one of them. I, for one, am proud to know many of them in all of the above, and always…

From The Publisher: Class Act

Bill Renyolds is a Class Act

I was probably fifteen years old in tenth grade. The bell had just rung and I thankfully found the classroom where I was assigned English class. Since puberty had hit full force, I was concentrating on sitting next to the pretty girl I had seen earlier in the day (of course, no conversation nor even eye contact would ever be…

From The Publisher: Back to School? OMG!

I have long lamented the assault on the English language being waged in the ever-increasing world of social media. WeAreSocial.com.au, an Australian research group, conducted an in-depth study of the new and often foreign language emerging each day. Managing director, Julian Ward, says the increased and preferred use of abbreviated slang offers the appeal of being in the know and…

From The Publisher: Rhode Apathy?

“I am as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” The colloquial and well-known quote from the 1976 film Network was quite appropriate when I read the assessment of Rhode Island in the conservative-oriented blog City Journal last month. The headline was “The Bluest State — Decades of liberal policies have made Rhode Island the nation’s basket case.”!…

From The Publisher: Growth Spurt

Savoring Success and Seafood

It was seventeen years ago with this issue that I penned my first publisher’s note as the “new guy” at Rhode Island Monthly. The guy with the much darker hair in suit and tie staring out from a black and white page. In fact, back then many of the pages in those issues were black and white. I’d had an…

From The Publisher: Summer Memories

Remembering Rocky Point and the Looff Carousel

It was the ’60s; my parents took me and my siblings to Benson’s Wild Animal Farm in Hudson, New Hampshire. They were dying to get a photo of us on the elephant with the painted face (the farm gave rides) but it scared the heck out of me — so they had to settle for the concrete statue nearby. Our summer guide…

From The Publisher: Keep on Keeping on

By perseverance, the snails reached the ark. –Charles Haddon Surgeon While it’s certainly not illustrative of the speed at which things move around here, given the release of the movie Noah late last month, this quote about moving forward despite adversity seemed timely. May marks the conclusion of our twenty-fifth year in the publishing business, most notably for Rhode Island…