On a recent morning  I was looking out my kitchen window while doing the dishes when I spotted a barred owl sitting atop the stump of a tree. What a thrill to see him sitting peacefully in the early morning … until two red-tailed hawks started dive-bombing him! I sat at the window with my cu…

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I looked down to make sure of my footing. The snow was coming down steady. That’s when I noticed a strange sight. There were hundreds of small circles on the sidewalk beneath my feet. They stood out in the snow. In the middle of each circle was a pebble or what looked like a small chunk of i…

Her name is Juanita. She is the sister of one of my closest friends, and because she lives in Virginia, we don’t see one another as often as I’d like. But when we do, it’s as though time has never separated us. We just pick up where we left off and do a lot of laughing in between enjoying ma…

I hope all the mechanics and classic car enthusiasts will forgive me. I’m wading in over my head with the topic this week. That’s because I had a flashback to my younger days when I saw the article in this month’s Mustang Monthly magazine. The feature was all about switching out a six-cylind…

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again — tax time! April 15 will be here before we know it. Westerly Library has some of the most-requested federal and Connecticut tax forms available for our patrons at a special table on the first floor. However, be warned—the instruction booklets run ou…

Rosemary Mariner, the U.S. Navy's first female jet pilot and the first woman in the armed forces to command an operational air squadron, was given the first all-female flyover at her funeral Saturday in Maynardville, Tenn. Mariner died of ovarian cancer Jan. 24 in Knoxville, Tenn. She was 65.

When the movie, “Marshall” came out last year, my daughter told me that her friend’s father was in the film. So we watched with great anticipation. She told me that he appeared in two scenes in the movie. As the story played out before us, she suddenly jumped up and said, “That’s him!” I hav…

The state of Rhode Island’s decision last year to sue 21 fossil fuel companies in Providence County Superior Court came prior to the release of the latest National Climate Assessment, in which scientists emphasize, with certainty, that climate change is happening now. According to the lawsui…

Recent extreme cold temperatures have residents asking firefighters about the safety of alternative heating equipment, such as space heaters. As always, your local firefighters care about your safety and want to make sure that you and your family are safe from the devastating effects of fire…

More and more often, community and faith leaders have begun referring to climate change as “the existential threat of our time” — language the scientific community has used for decades. What does being “the existential threat” mean?

If you’ve read any of my previous columns, you’ll already realize that I get most of my information from CBS This Morning or CBS Sunday Morning. Mo Rocco, a correspondent on those shows, has recently started a fabulous podcast called “Mobituaries.” Apparently, he has a “long love of obituari…

It’s that time of year again for filing your income taxes! Once again the AARP Tax Aides will be helping Westerly area residents prepare their taxes. Services will be available on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on a “first-come first-served” basis. Sign-ups for appointme…

It was embarrassing. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I sank down in my seat because I didn’t want them to see me. I was at the movies. I had just settled in. It was dark in the theater. The movie was about to begin. She came in and sat in front of me. I recognized her immediately. I al…

Throughout the United States’ history, race and racism have been contentious issues, whether that be slavery, the civil rights movement, or even more recently, the Black Lives Matter movement. Understanding race helps us to better understand our history as Americans, and the unknown privileg…

It was only because I had recently been informed of the death of one of my high school classmates that I was prompted to dig out my old yearbook. Michele sure looked a lot different then; then again, so did I. So did we all.

What do you think of when you hear the words, Battle Creek, Michigan? Those words transport me back to my childhood. That’s the place where many dreams were realized. I can’t tell you how many envelopes I sent to a post office box there as a kid. Until recently I’d never been there. Two week…

Tuesday would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 90th birthday, and next Monday, the library is closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. I read a bit about him recently and was reminded of what an impressive and accomplished man he was. He graduated from his segregated high school at t…

For some time now, I’ve advocated that primary caregivers should take advantage of all the resources that are available to them. With that said, how many of you have considered making your children part of the caregiving plan? It’s a better idea than you might think.

With cold weather finally here, what sounds better than a nice, hot bowl of soup? Westerly Senior Center will be holding a Soup Night on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. George Routhier will be preparing homemade pizza soup, clam chowder, Canadian pea soup (which uses yellow peas), and Germ…

Heading out to New London the other evening, the darkness was shrouded in thick fog, all the way along I-95 and over the Gold Star Bridge. It took me back, way back, or, at least, cleared the way to retrieve something I wrote in 1983, when I worked as an editorial writer.

I skipped my workout this morning. I usually go to the YMCA in Westerly four or five days a week. This morning I woke up and I couldn’t face the pain. If you have ever exercised you know what I am talking about. Whether you are walking on the treadmill, or the elliptical trainer, or riding a…

If you know me, you know I am not a fan of Christmas letters ... those overly-long, boring missives filled with details no one cares about except the writer of same. Therefore I groaned when a week or so ago I first opened the envelope postmarked “Cincinnati” containing a beautiful card but …

I was in a hurry and I didn’t know where I was going. Actually, the truth is that I knew who I wanted to see but I didn’t know where to find her. I got a call that one of my parishioners was taken to the Rhode Island Hospital. Upon arriving I went in and gave the name to the receptionist. Sh…

New Year’s Day 2019 marks the beginning of the 350th anniversary of Westerly, and many exciting events are being planned. On Jan. 1, there will be a Unity Bell Ringing, as 30 bells throughout our town will peal from noon to 12:01. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the joyous sounds either at…

To keep a tradition going, I am once again writing my own version of the classic "A Visit from St. Nicholas"  also known as ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. My apologies to Clement Vincent Moore.

December is disappearing before our eyes, and 2019 will be here before we know it. That being said, there are still 2 weeks left in this year, so there’s no need to give up on your New Year’s Resolutions yet! Here are a few things that you can do before 2018 ends to help kick off the new yea…

The holiday season is in full swing at the Westerly Senior Center with this week being the last full week until the week of Jan. 6. Floor and table shuffleboard will be held this week and then restarting on Jan. 8. The center will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 so that ou…

I didn't really feel like working out. Nonetheless I was up and out the door and on my way to the YMCA. I had already determined that it was going to be a short morning. I was going to hop on the treadmill for 15 minutes and then head home for a shower. I had a ton of excuses for why I could…

Unlike most of Time magazine's "Person of the Year" designees since 1927, we can be certain none of those featured this year on that iconic, red-framed cover wanted to be there.

The holidays are about giving in so many ways. We give presents, share homemade cookies or pumpkin bread (or insert your holiday baking specialty here), and spend time with family and friends. People gather to sing songs, watch tree lightings, and share a cocoa and some holiday cheer. If you…

I couldn’t stop looking in the mirror. I had just come back from visiting my father. I know I shouldn’t be saying this. It sounds so vain. After all, I’m no prize to look at. What struck me though was the fact that I could see my father in my reflection. He and I have the same eyes and mouth…

Six years ago, just about this time of year, I attended a holiday gift show at a school in Exeter-West Greenwich. Wandering around, I stopped at the booth for the Exeter Animal Shelter. They had elected not to bring animals to the show where they might easily have been overwhelmed, but they …