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For many cultures around the world, solar eclipses are seen as supernatural, and can be a source of fear. There are investment superstitions as well, which can give us a sense of control over the future, but also amplify our biases

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When I was inaugurated as mayor in 2011, I took an oath pledging to represent all of the residents of Pawtucket and to do everything in my power to improve our great city. Fulfilling this pledge, I have always endeavored to lead in a transparent, pragmatic way — a businesslike approach — whi…

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Recent press coverage of the inadequacies of the 911 system aroused my interest. As chairman of the Coventry Fire District, and a nurse practitioner, I have a personal stake in protecting my taxpayers and patients. I contacted state Representative Robert Lancia, the source of the initial pre…

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While many view Alzheimer’s Dementia as a devastating disease afflicting person well into their later retirement years, Jacob Vinton (“Jake”) knows better than that. The 57-year-old is one of an estimated 200,000 persons (out of five million Americans) who today have been diagnosed with earl…

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In early December, the GOP-controlled Senate passed by a partisan vote of 51 to 49 its sweeping tax rewrite (with Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee siding with the Democrats and opposing the measure), sending the $1.4 trillion tax package, detailed in a 492-page bill, to the Conference…

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With America’s baby boomers beginning to turn age 80 in 2026, days ago, the Washington, D.C.-based AARP released Scorecards detailing how each state spends its dollars on long-term services and supports (LTSS) to assist older adults and adults with disabilities. The report findings revealed …

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Without pointing fingers or assigning blame, it should be made clear that Rhode Island risks squandering a once-in-a-generation opportunity if state leaders balk at the proposal for a downtown Pawtucket Red Sox ballpark.

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Mahatma Gandhi counselled, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” One never stops learning.

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As 2017 approaches, it is a time one naturally reflects on the year that has past, the people we have lost, and look towards what the incoming year will hold. Newspapers also look back of the interesting stories that shaped the news, too. This “aging beat” columnist reflected on his coverage…

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In March 2009, we formally adopted an impaired chocolate labrador with a host of medical problems. With the signing of legal papers, four-year-old Abby met Murray, her elder adoptive canine sibling, who was also a chocolate labrador.

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Have you ever felt as though you don’t have the strength to keep going? Are you in the midst of a setback? Or, maybe, the task before you seems too big to handle?

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In 2010, when Michael Cassidy retired as Pawtucket’s Director of Planning & Redevelopment after working for the municipality for 40 years, he had no intentions of easing himself into full-time employment. While he was retiring to “retirement” he had every intention to remain active for t…

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Some events by their nature require advance planning. Weddings, anniversary celebrations and vacations are just a handful of activities everyone has had to prepare for well ahead of the scheduled date. Well, astronomers have very unique sky events that we are aware of years or even decades i…

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On the final night of the Republican National Convention (RNC), an average of 32 million Americans tuned in to watch Donald J. Trump, a New York real estate developer, author, television personality and now politician, formally accepted the GOP nomination for President of the United States.

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There’s a parable by an unknown author that a reader sent to me that coveys a great truth. Once, there was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Every year, he entered his corn in the state fair and won numerous awards and ribbons. One year, a newspaper reporter covered the event and intervi…

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How hard would be the disappointment? You’ve trained for years to acquire a medal at the Rio Olympics. And then the unthinkable happens. You develop a respiratory or intestinal infection just before the event. It’s an unmitigated disaster of unparalleled proportions, never to be forgotten. S…

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Next year, look for the policy debate in the Rhode Island General Assembly to heat up with Gov. Dan McKee’s Aging in Community Subcommittee of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council (LTCCC) release of a 60-page report in June documenting the skyrocketing growth of the state’s older populati…

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St. Matthew’s gospel tells us that an angel appeared to St. Joseph warning him that Herod was trying to kill the child Jesus and therefore he should take the Holy Family to Egypt until Herod died. That gospel story, plus the fact that one day, when I was a little boy, my father had received …

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I had just turned 12 the day before. There was no birthday cake or candles to blow out. Two months earlier, I had been placed in a tuberculosis sanitarium on Wallum Lake in Pascoag. I’d caught the dreaded TB disease, that caused people to pass the time and die in frosted-glass enclosed cubicles.

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How many women will have their breasts examined this year? I don’t know the exact figure, but it will be in the millions. But how many men will have their testicles examined during 2016? Again, I don’t know the exact number, but it will be miniscule compared to that of the fairer sex. Is thi…

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Presidential candidates might just think twice about their political campaign positions on long-term care. With the graying of nation’s voters, Congress will be pushed to put long-term care on its policy agenda. When the dust settles after the Democratic and GOP conventions, the winning cand…

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Are you waiting for God to do a specific thing in your life, but it seems to be delayed? Maybe there’s a dream for which you are longing. Or there could be something that you’re trusting God to do, although He hasn’t yet done it.

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A few days ago, I woke up for work in a great mood, like most other days. I put the coffee on and went outside to greet the day, peruse the garden and feed the chickens. I was especially eager to check out the progress of one particular garden bed of brassicas (cabbage, kale, broccoli, and B…

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On October 15, 2015, anti-Semitic and racist leaflets were distributed on Providence’s East Side. Just months ago a Brown student discovered anti-Semitic messages on the walls directly across from his dorm room, where he had a mezuzah on his door. And the Joint Distribution Committee’s Inter…

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One particular Sunday afternoon, I was heading home with my family after a leisurely drive in the countryside. For some reason, my mind brought me back to a story I once had heard somewhere. It was about a baby elephant who had a chain placed around one of its back legs. Next, the chain was …

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Finally the day came that most priests wait for — the day they are made pastors. But things had changed very much since my ordination. When I was a deacon and was taking a class in pastoral studies we were told that there was a hierarchy in the church rectory. First was the pastor, then the …

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A while back, I heard a memorable story that was purported to be true. It was about a group of soldiers who were in a combat zone. But one of the young soldiers became separated from the group. He found himself in a dense, rocky and heavily-wooded area. All alone, the soldier heard the frene…