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But Do They Make Good Pillows?

Eleven years ago, my old-school editor Joe and I presented our hottest item to our production team: an “interactive edition” textbook that included a CD-ROM with both audio and video content.  [To get what a big deal this was at the time, note that my cubicle was full of floppy disks containing backed-up files from

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Local Company Lights Up Oscars (Again)

I didn’t intend to make this an annual post, but really, I just love how quirky little Rhode Island has a quirky little presence at the Academy Awards. Once again, local company Orion retail|exhibit|design has teamed up with famed architect and Oscars set designer David Rockwell. Orion invented and built the system that makes it

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Lil’ Rhody Racks Up Presidential Appointments

Barack Obama has an eye for talent—and it’s pointed at Rhode Island. This weekend, Obama appointed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, which describes its mission as connecting people through various arts and cultural tourism.  Lahiri joins five other PCAH committee appointees, including visual artist Chuck Close,

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They Tried To Make Us Go To Rehab (We Said No, No, No)

The New York Times reports today that people in Rhode Island like their illegal substances.  A lot. According to a study released in May by the Department of Health and Human Services, we have the second-highest cocaine usage in the country (after DC), the nation’s highest rate of alcohol consumption, and we apparently smoke more

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Guess Those Plants You Haven’t Watered Will Still Make It

I was eyeing rainboots at Berk’s and Spectrum-India the other night, but then I thought, would I really wear these, even if they have little skulls and crossbones on them?, and walked away.  What a dummy.  Now, with this crappy weather streak, I’m soaked from toes to bum for walking a measly 3 blocks downtown earlier this morning,

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First in War, Last in Peace

Don’t forget to eat a Johnnycake or light some fireworks before Rhode Island Independence Day is over. It was just 233 years ago that the beloved General Assembly declared our independence from the tyrannical British: § 25-2-1  Rhode Island Independence Day. – The fourth day of May in each and every year is established, in this

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Now Fry Like Bacon, You Little Freshman Piggies!

I like our state’s hustle on this swine flu.  I hadn’t even heard of it ’til days after RI’s Swine Flu Task Force contacted every doc in the state with guidance on evaluating it in patients. About two years ago, I was the lucky gal sitting between beefy, flat-topped men in decorated uniforms at the National Guard,

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Got Milk?

The Cow Parade, “the largest and most successful public art event in the world,” has taken place in Boston and West Hartford, CT. I think it’s Rhode Island’s turn! To help me bring the cows to RI, visit the official Cow Parade website. If you need a cow fix in the meantime, head down to

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Such a Pretty Little Package I Never Did See

I’m guessing little of Rhode Island’s FY 2010 budget is soothing. But a watercolor on the budget’s cover called “Leave Your Troubles Behind” is offsetting the despair (or at least has to be better for morale than, say, plywood-boarded homes). Kudos to artist Donna Kenney Kirwin for winning the 2009 “Scenes of RI” show with

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BYOI: Comedy Done Right

Laugh out loud as you and your friends play improv comedy games with ‘Bring Your Own Improv’. BYOI’s unique audience-participation show gets you up on stage and makes you the star. No experience necessary.You must be at least 18 years old. $5, Wednesdays at 9pm, Fridays at 11pm, The Spot, 286 Thayer Street.

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