WICKED: evil, severe…and… extremely


Last night we saw the Broadway production of Wicked at the phenomenal Providence Performing Arts Center. (It is one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve ever attended.)   The production was stunning and thoroughly enjoyable. As I have thought back on the performance I began thinking about the word wicked and its varied uses in our […]

FIZZLE: to fail after a good start

sloppy snowfall

Well, once again, Providence was spared from what had been predicted to be a major winter storm. Oh, we received a snowfall of several inches of the white stuff, but the rain which came in the middle of the night created a fizzle in terms of what we had expected.   My understanding is that it […]

PRECIPITATION: that moisture that falls from the air to the ground


It’s almost a 100% chance that we will encounter some snow this week when we drive to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving.   We haven’t had any measurable snow in our part of Rhode Island yet this year, but our friends and relatives to the west of us have tasted Winter and are already sick of it.  And […]

ATHENAEUM [ath-uh-NEE-uhm]: an institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning


Many Greek and Latin words find their way into the American English lexicon.   Among them is the wonderful word athenaeum, also spelled atheneum.  In its Greek origin it means a temple in Athens, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and a place where scholars and poets gathered. (Dictionary.com) In today’s world there isn’t a lot of […]

MARCH: the third month of the year; the end of winter; the beginning of early spring


This morning I pulled the pin from the wall, flipped the calendar page from February to March, and settled back into my chair to celebrate the beginning of “early spring” in Providence.   Last Sunday we stopped outside the entrance to our parish church where there had been two feet of snow just two weeks ago.  […]

MEMORIAL: an object to reflect the memory of someone, such as a plaque or tombstone

memorial photo

Every day I go through an intersection at the corner of Smith Street and Oakland Street in Providence.  It is just an ordinary intersection joining two streets in the Smith Hill section of the city, just up the hill from the State House.  It is a mixed use neighborhood with multi-family homes, offices, and a […]