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Let’s face it –Valentine’s Day can be somewhat of a let down. If you’re single,

you’ve never felt so alone in your life. If you’re widowed, you think about

your lost partner more than ever. And if you are in a loving and committed

relationship, half the time the holiday is just another day and you end up in

different rooms because you need to watch CSI and your partner is singing

along to American Idol.

Truth be told though, times are changing. As we become more comfortable in relationships

or in our own skin, flaunting your status –single or otherwise – becomes less

important.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just 53 percent – about half – of people 65 and

older were married in 2006. So for all of you out there who feel like you’re the only one

not buying an overpriced box of chocolates this February, you’re far from it. There are a

lot of people out there, people of all ages, who are flying solo and are happy about it. In

fact, a Senior Security Study shows that while more than 6 out of 10 seniors are focused

on ways to stay mentally sharp, less than half are worried about their relationship status

and less than a third are concerned about dealing with loneliness. Furthermore, a

study by Chemistry.com shows that about half the adults in this country are single, and

even more than that believe happiness can

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this month and you’ll not only find ways

to fight off the Valentine’s blues, but you’ll

see how positivity attracts positivity and

nothing helps a single person find love or

companionship like a friendly smile.

If you want a quick way to put that

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If you are feeling down this February,

there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Valentine’s

Day and the post-holiday season

can bring on feelings of loneliness and

depression, and Herb Weiss’ piece on the

Samaritans can help you through your

rough patch.

For those of you who are celebrating

Cupid’s holiday with a special someone,

consider volunteering with him or her as

described by Susan Contreras this month.

Or better yet, get some relationship advice

from our very own Don Fowler, who has

been married for 49 years.

If you’re sick of the lovey-dovey stories

you’ve been inundated with since New

Year’s Day, take a break and read up on

Rhode Island history courtesy of Don

D’Amato, or find out how the Governor’s

Medicaid Proposal is going to affect you.

Whether you’re a romantic or a cynic,

a single or a spouse, just remember that

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a let

down. Go out and do whatever makes you

happy and let the people you care about

know how important they are in whatever

capacity they bring joy into your life. And

if all else fails, there’s always the Valentine’s

Day stand by – buy yourself flowers

and chocolates.

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Secrets to a happy and lasting marriage ..........5

Don Fowler shares what he’s learned

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volunteer sweethearts ...........................................6

a few suggestions on how to

get closer while giving back

for the love of libraries ..........................................7

Celebrating Library Lovers Month in rhode Island

The law of attraction ...............................................9

In life, positive attracts positive

Advice for dating, round two ...............................11

The “Passion Maven” gives her tips

on finding happiness

She’s bringing sexy back .....................................17

a Q&a with Lorraine Seymourian

Prescription for mending a broken heart ........21

Herb Weiss discusses the Good Samaritans

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secrets to a

Happy & Lasting Marriage

When my niece became engaged, she asked me to write

down my thoughts on a happy and lasting marriage. At first,

my reaction was to be glib: “We’ve had 10 wonderful years.

Of course, we’ve been married for 49 years.”

Then I wanted to get real cute and respond, “Long, yes,

but we’re supposed to be happy, too?”

Before we retired, I had another glib answer: Joyce works

nights; I work days. That fits our “different as night and

day” theory. While it wasn’t always “Ozzie and Harriet,” it

wasn’t “Married With Children” either.

Realizing that Bonnie was serious about her request, I

gave the assignment serious thought and came to the conclusion

that there were secrets to happy and lasting marriages

after all. And so I wrote:

There’s no denying it…Joyce and I are different. We have

different interests, different tastes, different personalities,

viewpoints and lifestyles.

Joyce brushes her teeth before

she takes a shower; I brush my

teeth after I take a shower. She

always cleans her plate, while

I leave one morsel of food. She

likes to stay up late (a habit never

broken from working nights

for so many years), while I fall

asleep in the chair before the 11

o’clock news.

I like to watch TV in the evening;

she likes to read. Solution:

Earphones.

We’ve learned to go our separate

ways. On vacations, I hike,

swim and snorkel. She takes bus

tours and mingles with the natives.

We come together for dinner

and share our experiences.

She loves to shop; I hate to shop.

The important thing is that

we accept each other’s choices,

while emphasizing the things we

both love, such as traveling, dining

out and going to the theatre.

We survived the ’60s and

two children leaving the nest.

by DoN FoWLer

(With a little help from Joyce)

s p i c i n g

t h i n g s u p !

We watched close friends who

appeared to be happy end up

in divorce. And, most of all, we

learned how to co-exist after we

both retired.

I think our secret has been

allowing each other to be different,

and accepting our differences.

Tolerance, forgiveness and

acceptance helped to overcome

adversities.

Different couples will be happy

in different ways. Marriages

last for a variety of reasons. What

works for some, may not work

for others.

I believe that the common

thread is acceptance. That’s

not always easy. When you are

comfortable with saying, and

meaning, “I accept you for who

you are,” and there is love and

caring, you too can have a lasting

and happy marriage. n

February 2009 PrimeTime | 5


Volunteer

Sweethearts!

b y S u S a N C o N T r e r a S

Valentine’s is a day of chocolate, flowers

and sweet affections. No matter where you

go, you can’t help but be reminded of true

love.

At the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

(RSVP), there are many couples who

spend their retirement years volunteering

together for the love of their community.

They share this passion for their neighbors

by volunteering in many ways, including

working at senior centers to feed elderly in

need -many of whom get their only hot meal

of the day at their local center. Other couples

educate their peers in computer education,

crafts and volunteer at social events like

bingo.

You can find couples that help others in

financial literacy and tax preparation. Together

they prepare taxes for their peers and

low-income families. Other couples help

young families learn to budget their finances

helping them save money.

According to a survey done by AARP, 44

percent of people aged 50 and older in the

United States volunteer, so whether you’re

looking for a friend, romance or a great way

to spend time as a couple, volunteering is an

avenue you might want to explore.

Volunteering together is a great way to

share your experiences with others in need.

Although you may not volunteer side-byside

at each opportunity, volunteering together

is a great way to help our communities

now in economic and social crisis.

Almost every nonprofit agency relies on

volunteers and with today’s financial crisis

it’s more important than ever that seniors

volunteer their time and efforts. Together,

they can make a difference and ease the

pain.

There are many benefits to volunteering

and the most important is knowing that you

can make a difference with just a few hours

of time. RSVP throughout Rhode Island is

looking for volunteers to help at local hospitals,

to mentor kids, to help prepare taxes,

to build homes - and the list goes on - so you

and your sweetie can help rebuild your community

together.

If you want to know more about volunteering

together with your loved ones, call

421-4722 ext. 18 to find out how you can

share your love with your community. If

you don’t have a special someone to give

back with you, volunteering is a great way

to meet people. Who knows, maybe your

sweetie is volunteering right now and is just

waiting to meet you. n

6 | PrimeTime February 2009


For the Love of Libraries

Do you remember that magical moment

when you first walked into a public library?

How the world opened up for you

when you realized that you could take home any

one of the myriad of books waiting on the shelves

for you to read? If magic exists anywhere in our

often-downtrodden world it is within the walls

of our local libraries, and this month, I heartily

encourage you to recapture that sense of wonder

and joy and reconnect with your closest library

during February - Library Lover’s Month. When

it comes to libraries, there’s a lot to love.

In addition to providing thousands of books,

from biographies to the latest fiction, libraries are

a great source for free classes. And, between you

and me, what’s spicier than knowledge?

This month, the Providence Public Library

offers a series of free computer classes: Microsoft

Excel at the Rochambeau Branch, Internet

at Knight Memorial, Computer Basics at Mount

Pleasant, Ebay: Buying and Selling at Smith Hill

and PowerPoint at Olneyville. The Central Branch

recently offered a six-week course on starting

your own small business. This is just a small selection

of what’s available; check your local library

for offerings.

But, wait, that’s not all - many libraries also offer

free museum passes for patrons. At the Cranston

Public Library, patrons can reserve passes to

the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the Rhode

Island School of Design Museum and Roger Williams

Zoo up to 30 days in advance. The Newport

Public Library offers passes to the Newport Art

Museum and Blithewold Mansion, as well as a

selection of discount coupons for area attractions.

The Providence Public Library has great discounted

museum passes for the Boston Museum of Fine

Arts and free passes for the Providence Children’s

Museum. The Woonsocket Harris Public Library

offers free admission to the Museum of Work and

Culture and the Higgins Armory Museum. You

don’t have to have a partner

to have a wonderful and fulfilling

day at your favorite

muse- um, and

by MoIra aNNe rICHarDSoN

what better way to show yourself you care than

to enjoy a wonderful cultural activity, especially

when it’s free.

If you love to read but all those lonely nights

of reading by the proverbial fireside are getting

you down, why not get out of the house and into

a library book club? Gather with fellow readers

to share the joy of the written word and make

new friends in the process. This month at the

Warwick Public Library, readers will be discussing

“Peace Like A River” by Leif Enger

at 10 a.m. on Feb. 11 and “A Sense of the

World” by Jason Roberts the evening of the

19th. The New England Book Club meets

on the last Sunday of each month at the

Providence Central Branch. Discuss Grace

Metalious’ “Peyton Place” on Feb. 22 at 2

p.m. If your library doesn’t have a book

club that suits your fancy, start your own.

Libraries even offer opportunities for social

connection that don’t center on books. Love

chess and wish you had a chess partner? Visit

the Rochambeau Branch of the Providence

Public Library on Saturdays from noon until 2

p.m. for the Chess Club for Adults. The group is

free but you should bring your own boards and

pieces. Want to share your love of creative writing,

or maybe you’re looking to share passages

of the memoir you started writing last month?

The Woonsocket Library has a weekly creative

writers group on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. If

movies are your thing, come back to Woonsocket

for Monday Afternoon at the Movies at 2 p.m. to

enjoy classic films and great company.

In a world that embraces technology, it’s

somewhat of a miracle that libraries still exist.

Sure, the funding is shaky at best, but somehow

the libraries manage to keep on keeping on.

Don’t forget: libraries wouldn’t be able to function

without the support of their patrons. Every

s p i c i n g

t h i n g s u p !

donation helps, no matter how small, but even if

you aren’t able to show financial support for your

local library, you can show your love by volunteering

your time or knowledge. Literacy volunteers

are always in high demand. If you don’t

have the time to volunteer, write to your legislators

asking for increased library funding. And if

you really want to improve the world, take a

child to the library today and infuse

that love of reading

into the next

generation. n

Learn more about celebrating

Library Lover’s month:

www.librarysupport.net/librarylovers/

the Warwick Library has Web sites

of particular value to seniors:

www.warwicklibrary.org/seniors.htm

this site lists of all the

public libraries in rhode island:

www.publiclibraries.com/rhodeisland.htm

Here are driving directions to the

ocean State Public Libraries:

www.oslri.org/libdirections.html

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The Law of Attraction

Most of us dismiss attraction as something that

is out of our control. We assume it is an unavoidable

and unpredictable emotion that brings two

people together and allows them to start living

happily ever after.

In reality, Webster’s Dictionary defines attraction

as “the action or power of drawing forth a response.”

Simply put - attraction is an action and

not some fairy tale phenomenon. The down side to

this realization is that love and friendship will not

come galloping into our lives on a white horse of

possibility. However, it also implies that we have a

certain amount of control over our own happiness

and well-being. I am a firm believer that positive

attracts positive and, thanks to the recent success

of books such as The Secret and A New Earth, I am

not alone. These books explain, in detail, the powerful

effects of a positive mindset and a life lived in

the moment. They suggest that our lives can, in fact,

be changed for the better if we are willing to adjust

our energy and cast negative thoughts aside. By

maintaining a happy, upbeat and loving attitude,

we will receive similar responses in return.

Being a single woman myself, I assure you that

there is no better time to test this theory than this

February. Valentine’s Day is a day built around love.

It is a time to rekindle your romance and shower

your partner with flowers, candy and adoration to

by HeaTHer FraSer

let them know just how much you care. But what

about those of us who are alone on Valentine’s Day

- or any other day for that matter? What do you

do when the world around you suddenly seems

filled with couples and candy-grams? I am all too

familiar with the empty void that loneliness can

leave in your heart. Luckily, I have found ways to

defend myself against these demons of cynicism. I

have become a master of my own emotions. When

I feel myself slipping into a negative state, I listen

to upbeat music and sing like no one can hear. I

do something nice for someone else just to watch

them smile. When I start to feel alone, I take a class

at the gym and chat with my fellow kick-boxers. I

remind myself that, as long as I am willing to reach

out and make a new friend, I will never really be

alone.

I challenge you to start living a more positive

life and guarantee you will feel an immediate

change. People will gravitate toward you and,

suddenly, you won’t feel so alone. In the words of

baseball great Wade Boggs, “A positive attitude

causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events

and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary

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Dear Passion Maven:

Why focus on passion? What about companionship?

signed: Seeking

Companionship in Senescence

Answer:

You did not enter the dating game, or write me, to

find friends. After a career, a family and a lifetime of

civic involvement, you must have friends. If not, you

probably don’t want any. Oldsters date for the same

reason youngsters do: passion. Indeed, since youngsters

inject finances, background and childbearing

enthusiasm into their dating decisions, oldsters are

at a passion-advantage. You can date whoever makes

your heart soar.

Dear Passion Maven:

My children don’t like my new beau. They think he is stupid,

greedy, narcissistic and unworthy of me. Should I dump him?

signed: Hamstrung

by Children

Answer:

Aha! Your children disapprove of your heart’s desire! Think

back to your scrutiny of their beloveds. If you blessed whomever

they brought home, the argument is over. Your children

owe you the same distance you gave them. If, on the other

hand, you forced them to dump beloveds you considered unworthy,

then you’ve got some explaining to do. In the long run,

do you want to live with your children? Or with your beau? How

will your decision ultimately affect your life and your relationship

with all parties involved?

3 Round Two

Known for her Doer’s Profiles,

Joan retsinas makes a living out of

listening to people’s stories.

Month after month she introduces

PrimeTime readers to the people in

rhode Island who are making the

most out of their prime years. They

are, in fact, doer’s; people who refuse

to let complacency or routine define

s p i c i n g

t h i n g s u p !

ADvICE for DATING

Dear Passion Maven:

At age 80, am I too old for a red

frilly dress and Prada pumps?

signed: A Sensible Dresser

addicted to ‘Sex and the City’

reruns

Answer:

Your body is 80, but your heart

is ageless. Do what feels right.

Dear Passion Maven:

When we go to the movies, or to dinner,

my date insists on splitting the bill

two-thirds. Since my income is larger, I

pay the larger share. What do you think

of this? Can two people from different

income strata find happiness?

signed: Wealthier than

my Significant Other

Answer:

Are you dating your accountant? An accountant

sets fees. A lover is generous,

not just of spirit but of finances. If you

both are calibrating your commitment

to the passion, then your hearts are

definitely not soaring.

Dear Passion Maven:

Now that I am newly widowed, friends

and family keep introducing me to an

array of dates. Their faces are starting

to blur. How can I tell which one will

ultimately be the right one?

signed: Seeking Passion

amidst the Horde

Answer:

There’s no one answer here, but my

suggestion is to find the person who

makes you laugh and go home with

that one.

by JoaN reTSINaS

them and continue to live their life to

the fullest. From her experiences with

these headline makers, Joan has become

a bit of an expert on life, love

and what makes people tick.

This month, she takes some of the

fears and questions she has heard

and offers the “Passion Maven” perspective.

Dear Passion Maven:

My beloved is nearing 80, a few years

older than I am. I love him, but am

afraid I’ll be tethered to a person who

in the future will need lots of care.

Should I cut and run?

signed: Suffering from

Anticipatory

Caregiveritis

Answer:

Your beloved might be writing me

the same letter. Everybody who

ages is at risk of frailty. You, or

your beloved, may well need help.

We all may. If you want guarantees,

buy a toaster.

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SeNior SerViCeS

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p e r s p e c t i v e

Rhode Island faces Medicaid Overhaul

It is a new day in health care for 180,000 Medicaid

recipients in Rhode Island. In December,

Governor Donald Carcieri announced that an

agreement had been reached between the state

and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

(CMS) to implement a five-year demonstration

project dubbed the Rhode Island Global

Consumer Choice Compact.

Despite concerns voiced during testimonies

before the House and Senate Finance committees,

the General Assembly chose not to take action

and block the overhaul. With the green light

from legislators, the demonstration project took

effect retroactively on Jan. 1, 2009 and will run

through Dec. 31, 2013. With Medicaid budgets

growing at unprecedented rates nationwide,

Rhode Island’s attempt to curb expenditures

by overhauling its Medicaid system is being

watched closely by states across the country.

The Compact was borne from the Rhode Island

Medicaid Reform Act of 2008, which was

passed last year to implement a restructuring

of the state’s Medicaid program. After months

of negotiations with CMS, Rhode Island agreed

to a $12 billion cap on Medicaid spending over

the next five years in return for greater flexibility

in how the state spends its Medicaid funds.

“We’re looking at how to have the money follow

the person,” Governor Carcieri said.

The governor has also promised savings by

changing Rite Care and co-pays, among other

tweaks to the system Rhode Islanders were

used to. With the state venturing into uncharted

territory, the Consumer Choice Compact negotiations

have made national news.

Most Rhode Islanders came to know the

concept last spring as the proposal that would

shave $67 million from the state’s budget. It has

also been touted as the route to greater choice

for Rhode Islanders by promising more home

and community-based services covered by

Medicaid.

“The whole point is to develop alternatives,”

Carcieri said, explaining that Medicaid funding

for assisted living or home-based expenses is

currently very limited.

What’s known for sure is

that the rhode island

medicaid system as

we know it will change

So can it live up to its promises? Not likely

in the current fiscal year but the long-term outcome

remains to be seen and it is clear that the

administration is hopeful. To have any chance at

being effective, Rhode Island will need to hit the

ground running. The organization needed for

the new system is still in the development stag-

es with many questions left unanswered. Does

the state have the capacity to deliver home care

services to thousands more Rhode Islanders, for

instance? Are safety standards and protocols in

place to insure that people in their homes are

receiving adequate and safe care? What if access

to the services people want is denied? How do

they appeal and to whom, and who pays the

cost while doing so?

What’s known for sure is that the Rhode Island

Medicaid system as we know it is changing

and thousands of Medicaid recipients, providers

and referral sources will need to be brought

up to speed on the new rules of the game. The

imperiled infrastructure of state departments

which saw more than 1,200 retire from service

last year, creates one more hurdle to get past in

getting the program up and running.

No one can deny the problems of Rhode Island’s

fiscal situation so it’s hard to argue that

overhauling Medicaid, one of the biggest burdens

on the state budget, is a bad idea. Many

are concerned however, that the time frame and

framework for implementing a vehicle like the

Consumer Choice Compact could leave many

falling through the cracks. Advocates for Medicaid

recipients from across the spectrum of care

have drilled the Administration with concerns

and questions over the past several months.

Only time will tell whether or not they will all

be addressed.

February 2009 PrimeTime | 13


food matterS

b y S T e V e S o P e r

Whether it’s fresh or frozen, out of a box or just out of the oven, Americans love

pizza. And if you live in Rhode Island, there is no limit to the number of places that

serve great pies.

But where to start?

Based on a series of recent reviews I came across online at providencepalate.com

- a great source of information for the food junkies in greater Providence and Rhode

Island - I discovered that everyone seems to have their own favorite pizza place. After

looking over the suggestions, I came up with a short list of good places to grab a pizza

in the Ocean State:

• al Forno: 577 South Main Street, Providence

• bacaro: 262 South Water Street, Providence

• bob and Timmy’s Pizza: 32 Spruce Street, Providence

• Campanella’s: 930 oaklawn avenue, Cranston

• Caserta Pizza: 121 Spruce Street, Providence

• Feast or Famine – North Providence, Warren and Cranston

• Fellini Pizzeria: 166 Wickenden Street, Providence

• Geppetto’s Pizzeria: 57 Depasquale Plaza, Providence

• Neo’s: 2244 Plainfield Pike, Johnston

tHe taSte teSt

Pizza Perfection

in rhode island

OK, so I had a list - now what?

Together with my brother-in-law and his wife, from Fellini’s we ordered the

“Sweet Heaven” pizza with bacon, ricotta cheese and scallions in a creamy

Parmesan sauce. At the same time, from Bob and Timmy’s on Federal Hill we

ordered a three mushroom pizza with Portobello, crimini and shitake mushrooms,

diced tomatoes and grilled yellow onions.

The pizzas come in only one size: Fellini’s specialty pizzas are 18-inch and

cost $20. Bob and Timmy’s specialty pies are about 14 inches and cost $15.

Fellini’s is traditional oven baked; B & T’s are grilled. The Fellini’s round pie

was sliced in the typical pie shape, while the B&T square pie was sliced in

small squares/rectangles.

Both were ordered at the same time and were ready at the same time (about

20 minutes, early on a Friday night).

Both locations provided tables to eat in but one could certainly be safe in

saying that take-out is the primary source of business.

tHe ComPariSoN

The ingredients in both were fresh and delicious. The mushrooms, in fact,

filled the kitchen with their earthy aromas as soon as the box was opened and

the grilled onions on the B&T pie were just right, nicely al dente.

The Fellini pizza was equally tasty and the use of ricotta appealed to all four

of us. Their method of using entire strips of real bacon (not bits or pieces) we

thought was a very nice touch and they were cooked to perfection. The scallions

I found quite tasty, although the Parmesan sauce escaped us.

It all came down to the crust.

The Fellini crust was just right, held its shape when picked up and had a

nice texture to the bite.

The B&T pie was more like Indian naan bread than pizza. It almost seemed

as if it had not been cooked through, and it seemed very soft and doughy, yet

it looked fine when examined closely. It made it very difficult to cut - and in

fact they had hardly cut it at all before boxing it.

The B&T crust really put off my brother-in-law and his wife who have spent

the better part of the last 20 years grilling their own pizzas at home. I must

admit that while I liked the flavor of the crust there was something fundamentally

flawed about it and clearly they had not done something properly.

So the winner for the evening was unmistakably the Fellini pie.

f o o d & w i n e

make yoUr owN

At our house pizzas tend to be vehicles for leftovers. But we also make

a point of using fresh ingredients as well, such as good mozzarella (not

the shredded stuff in bags), fresh tomatoes and freshly caramelized onions.

In the greater Providence area, when you’re looking for fresh ingredients,

outstanding cheese or high quality canned ingredients such as

marinated artichokes from Italy, you can’t go wrong on Federal Hill, particularly

Venda Ravioli or Tony Roma on Atwell’s Avenue. Whole Foods

is also another excellent source for finding the right ingredients to make

your pizza taste extra-special.

reciPe for Pizza crUSt

toppings aside, do not skimp on the crust. my wife makes her own

pizza dough - it’s really quite simple and the nice thing is the recipe

makes enough pizza “balls” for the freezer - just take one out in the

morning and thaw it in the fridge.

makes 6-8 medium-sized thin-crust pizzas:

• 35 oz. (1,000 gm) bread flour (e.g. King arthur)

• 1 t salt

• 2 packets (1/4 oz or 7 gm ea) of active dried yeast

• 1 t sugar

• 23 fl. oz. tepid water

Pile flour and salt onto clean work surface or into a bowl and

make a well in the center. meanwhile add yeast and sugar to the

water and mix. Let sit for a few minutes and then pour into the flour

well. mix together with a fork. When it becomes stiff, flour your

hands and pat into a ball, kneading the dough on a lightly floured

surface for about 10 minutes until you have a soft, springy dough.

Cover with cling wrap and let it rest for at least 15 minutes at room

temperature.

now divide the dough into as many balls as you want pizzas. We

usually make six pizza balls (each good for two people), wrap them

individually and put them in a zip lock bag and into the freezer. if

using the dough right away, roll into a rough circle, about 1/4 inch

thick, place on an oiled and floured sheet, add your toppings and

bake, as directed below.

if using the frozen dough, take a ball out of the freezer the morning

of use and let it thaw in the refrigerator. roll it out about 15

minutes before you want to bake it.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Put your toppings on

the freshly rolled out crust and pop into the oven for 10-12 minutes

or until bubbly and the crust is nice and golden brown.

Buon appetito!

14 | PrimeTime February 2009


The 2009 Flower Show of New England

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QUeStioN&aNSwer

s p i c i n g

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She’s Bringing Sexy Back!

Lorraine Seymourian is a take no prisoners, what you see is

what you get type of woman. She makes no apologies for who

she is and chances are, after five minutes with her you’ll start

seeing her side of the story. Charming and bubbly, she has described

herself as sexy for some time now, but once she started using

the word in an uncommon way, people started to take notice.

First to sit up and stare were radio networks, followed closely

by television executives. Seymourian has hosted more than one radio

show, including “Sexy Seniors with Lorraine,” and a television

show, “Lorraine Entertains.” She has interviewed celebrities from

Regis Philbin to Sarah Ferguson and even published a book, Sexy

Food for Seniors, that features recipes alongside celebrity quotes and

some of her own insights.

She has conquered television, radio and publishing and now is

taking on her peers.

Seymourian is the founder of The International Sexy Senior Society

(TISSS), a social club that invites seniors to celebrate all they have

to offer. While the group is based in Massachusetts, they’ve already

recruited members in Connecticut and now have their eye on Rhode

Island. Seymourian has every intention of expanding and hopes that

- someday -the Sexy Seniors will become a household name.

Anyone interested in joining

Sexy Seniors can contact Lorraine at

781-239-8153

or via e-mail at

lorrainemichele@hotmail.com.

Q&a with LorraiNe SeymoUriaN

by MeG FraSer

what made you want to

start Sexy Seniors?

I thought of the senior area because I thought

people are just ignoring us and I said, ‘No,

I don’t like that.’ Somebody said, ‘Why

don’t you start a senior club, no

one else has one’ so I started

it. It’s to prove how

wonderful, terrific and

fashionable we seniors

are. We’re out there doing

things and we’re just as

terrific as everyone else.

And when did this whole

thing start?

I started out way back in June for a gathering

- not a meeting - just to test the waters.

I only had 12 sign up, which frustrated me

but it didn’t stop me. I plugged and told

other people and other people told other

people, and after the second meeting we

had over 100 people.

what types of people are

involved in the group?

Nobody else has this in the country. It’s for

married couples as well as singles. We have

men, women and married couples. Multimillionaires

have joined my club, businessmen

have joined my club and homemakers

have joined my club.

But what is a typical

Sexy Senior member like?

I don’t like the word typical. I don’t think

anybody in my club is ordinary. Everyone

is unique and terrific in their own right.

You never know who you’re going to meet.

My favorite expression is ‘All the world’s

a stage and all the men and women merely

players.’ In other words there isn’t a typical

human being. That’s

the beauty of this

club; is there are a

lot of people who

do different things

with themselves.

what types of things do you

do when you’re together?

We’re going on trips, we’re going to

theaters, we have meetings once a month

- we enjoy ourselves. We have speakers

come and we plan to have others.

It’s a place they can go socially

and yet they feel very comfortable.

The club is theirs and I

want to do what they want to do.

The feedback is that they join the club

because they want activity – they’re sick of

sitting at home and being alone.

what would you tell a

senior who said they’re

too old to be sexy?

I have never encountered that. I know

a couple of my friends have told me to

change the name because they had encountered

that but I prove them to be wrong.

Sexy means appealing, senior means

paramount. That means you’re an appealing,

paramount, terrific person. If you can

laugh and giggle then you’re sexy.

How do you think popular

culture sees seniors, though?

Everything is about the youth today. You

see some of those commercials on television;

they make us look like fools - 90

percent of us aren’t like that. Even in the

nursing homes where they can’t get out

and do things, when I tell them they’re

sexy they shout back, ‘Yes I am.’ I’ve told

90-year-old men and 30-year-old women

they’re sexy and you should see the smile

on their face.

where do you see

Sexy Seniors going?

I want the group to get to know each other;

who they are, what their talents are. That’s

the whole purpose of the club. Now the

word of mouth has gotten around and it

keeps growing and I hope to go national.

For any person out there, if they’re interested

they should get in touch with me

because I’d love to have them. n

February 2009 PrimeTime | 17


tHat’S eNtertaiNmeNt!

b y D o N F o W L e r

‘Timeless Entertainment’ at Rhode Island College

We have been fans of the Performing

Arts Series at Rhode Island College for as

long as we can remember.

Managed for years by John Custer

and long-time President John Nazarian,

the series has included world-renowned

artists and performers from all over the

world. We are pleased to see dance, theatre,

art and music continue under RIC’s

new President Nancy Carriuolo and Performing

Arts Director Michael Ducharme.

The only things we are not pleased to

see are empty seats.

Rhode Island College has been a leader

in bringing live, high-quality entertainment

to Rhode Island at very reasonable

prices.

Along with Jeffrey Siegel’s entertaining

and educational Keyboard Conversations

starting on Feb. 18 and lasting until

April 15, the Muir Quartet brings the

finest in chamber music to the acoustically

perfect Sapinsley Hall on Feb. 2 and

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March 30.

“Off the Beaten Path: A Jazz and Tap

Odyssey” comes to Roberts Hall on Feb.

21, and is sure to be a tremendous hit.

They will be followed by the familyfriendly

National Acrobats of China. If

you have never seen this show, here is

a great opportunity, as there is literally

nothing like it. We’ve seen them many

times, and are always amazed by their

talents. They’ll be at RIC on March 24.

The season closes with Complexions

Contemporary Ballet, under the direction

of former Alvin Alley Dance Company

principal dancers, Dwight Roden

and Desmond Richardson on May 1. We

saw them last time they graced the stage

at RIC, and can’t wait to see them again.

There’s more, and you can get a full

schedule of events by calling their box office

at 456-8144, or going online to www.

ric.edu/pfa.com. Tickets range from $5

for students to $35, with special discounts

for seniors. n

tHe BUCket LiSt

p r i m e t i m e

l i f e s t y l e s

You may recall the 2007 hit movie starring Jack Nicholson

and Morgan Freeman, titled “The Bucket List.” It is the poignant

and humorous tale of two hospital roommates with

cancer who decide to make a Bucket List: things they would

like to do before they kick the bucket.

We’ve been having fun with a number of senior groups

by expanding the “Roadmap to Retirement” program into a

workshop session of our own version of The Bucket List.

The session starts with a piece of paper and a pencil.

Participants make three columns, and label them:

1) Things I would like to do, and can easily do, when I retire

(Or now that I am retired).

2) Things that I’ve always wanted to do, but never got around

to doing.

3) Dreams: Those opportunities that have always seemed out

of reach.

Let’s look at some examples:

Things I’d like to do

• Clean the cellar and attic.

• Sort out the boxes of photos and put them in albums.

• Learn to play golf, crochet, play the piano, use the computer,

etc.

• Eat out more often.

• Spend more time with the grandchildren.

• Start a flower or vegetable garden.

• Call, write to or visit old friends.

• Volunteer at your church, blood center, food pantry, etc.

• Join the Senior Center and participate in activities.

• Write your memoir.

Things I’ve Always Wanted To Do

• Join a theatre group and act or work behind the scenes.

• Take a trip to Plymouth Plantations, Amish Country, Epcot, etc.

•Join a church or community choir.

•Go fishin’.

•Take a college course.

• Become a docent at the zoo.

• Run for public office.

• Serve as a mentor to schoolchildren.

• Act, or be a “walk-on” in a movie or TV series made in R.I.

Dreams

• Go up in a hot air balloon.

• Hang-glide

• Safari in Africa.

• Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef.

• Go to the Rose Parade.

• Take an Elderhostel trip

• Buy an RV and travel cross-country.

• Take a SKI (Spending Your Kids Inheritance) vacation.

All of the items listed above are activities that have been suggested at “Bucket

List” workshops…and many have been carried out, including an 80-year-old woman

who attended the session and decided to go hang-gliding on her birthday. n

18 | PrimeTime February 2009


GI Joe creator is back in action

Don Levine, the East Side

resident who created and

designed what is probably the

most popular action figure for

boys ever when he worked at

Hasbro, is - at the age of 80 - embarking

on a new mission. And

this one even has the potential

to rival his former creation.

In explaining undertaking a

new project at his age, he offers

his guiding philosophy of life.

“Fate is a hunter,” he declares.

“If you’re there when

Fate strikes - it happens to

everybody everyday - you need

to act on it.”

Levine himself has always

been a man of action. Drawing

upon his experiences serving his

country during the Korean War,

he designed GI Joe in 1964 for

Hasbro, partially as a way of acknowledging

his fellow soldiers

who helped him get home from

the war.

As we sat in his modestly

furnished den on the East Side,

I had to blink a few times to

register that this is the man who

started a toy line that eventually

ran a cartoon any child from the

’80s will remember. I still hear

those hearty “Yo Joe!” lines, and

the jingle that’s branded in my

brain forever with the guttural swooping “GI Joe!

A real American hero!”

Don Levine, a man who helped launch millions

of action figures - a term he coined himself - made

it acceptable for boys to play with “dolls.”

Kind and well spoken, Levine is clearly excited

over starting a new toy line. For his new project,

he has gone back to one of the world’s oldest texts

for inspiration, with a new line of Old

Testament action figures he ’s calling “Almighty

Heroes.” Already inquiries have arrived

from 29 countries requesting Almighty Heroes in

their own language from Israel to Japan.

“I think it’s going to be something that you and

your family will see for quite a while...at least I

hope so,” Levine says with a laugh.

Levine originally approached some of the

country’s large toy manufacturers, including

Hasbro, about producing the toys. Although they

liked the idea, nobody wanted to tackle action

figures with religious themes. So he and his son

Neal did it themselves. Levine is the Chairman of

the Board in charge of promotions and marketing,

production, arranging the licensing and organizing

the upcoming animation projects. His son

Neal is the CEO, who handles sales, manufactur-

by DaN SCHWarTZ

ing and all the rest. The company they created is

called Family Values, LLC from which was born

the Almighty Heroes Media Group.

“We ’re promoting a line that will go to children

around the world,” Levine said.

He’s optimistic about its chances for success

- and with good reason. He was recently a guest

on Pat Robertson ’s 700 Club to discuss these Old

Testament action heroes: Samson, David, Goliath

and Queen Esther.

Since Robertson’s show reaches 95 million

households in America and over 500 million

households worldwide, that’s quite a pool to

draw from.

Each figure comes with a children ’s picture

book describing a Bible story involving that character.

These aren’t robe-wearing wimps either, but

rather youthful muscle-bound, larger-than-life

renditions.

It’s hard not to think in grandiose terms when

talking shop with Don Levine because his GI Joe

creation helped transform Hasbro from its origins

as a school supplies business in 1923 into the

multi-billion dollar toy manufacturer it is today.

The Almighty Heroes concept began three

years ago when Levine was reading the Bible. He

began to realize that these people who lived in

p e o p l e

a n d p l a c e s

the old stories are literally people of

action. He mentions Daniel in the

Lion’s Den, the story of Jericho with

the tumbling walls, David and Goliath

and, of course, Moses (no, there

won’t be a Jesus, Satan or God doll).

Almighty Heroes even has an action

set with Noah and his animals.

Don consulted with numerous

Christian and Jewish authorities to

ensure the accuracy of the picture

book accompanying each toy. Their

first Moses book was tamed down

a bit - due to the young audience

- where Moses hits the Egyptian he

finds beating the Israelite, instead

of killing him. The backlash was so

strong that Don reverted back to the

story as recorded. The obvious lesson

is that when you start to delve

into areas of faith, you’d better stick

to the script.

And then there is the issue of the

metaphorical nature of the Bible.

These are old stories that many

young kids today might not relate

to.

“When you see the figures

inside, they look like WWF Wrestlers,”

Don explains. “Kids play

with them, then listen to their story.

Think of David. I’m a child at school

and there’s a big bully that I’m

frightened of.”

The story of standing up to bigger

kids - and to scary situations in

general - is just one example of how the Bible still

resonates. A future animation series will focus on

connecting the stories to today’s world.

Levine’s attention to accuracy with religious

figures has created some humorous moments as

well. When Don showed a Samson prototype to

a local priest, he asked: “How do you know that

Samson looked like this when he was young?”

Don said he looked him in the eye and responded,

“How do you know he didn’t?”

The priest smiled for a moment and said, “You

know what, you’re right. God forgive me, I don’t

know.”

The big toy retailers initially balked, but now

you can find Almighty Heroes at Toys R Us along

with Target and at Amazon.com. You can also find

them at the religious gift store Morning Star in

Warwick. Don says there was magic after the 1964

Toy Fair when GI Joe was first introduced and

Hasbro realized, as Don puts it, “they had a tiger

by the tail.”

Referring to Almighty Heroes, he added, “It’s

getting bigger and bigger and bigger and we ’re a

small company.”

The tiger is starting to twitch again. n

February 2009 PrimeTime | 19


DRIVE UP. DROP OFF. DONE.

Now you can drop off your household hazardous waste (HHW) and your unwanted

computer equipment — at one convenient recycling location and for FREE. Rhode

Island Resource Recovery Corporation is making recycling easier than ever before.

DROP OFF YOUR HHW

If a product’s label has words like “caution,”

“danger,” or “warning,” it’s probably hazardous

and must be disposed of properly. For a

complete list of household hazardous waste

and to make an appointment, go to rirrc.org and

click on Eco-Depot or call 942-1430 x241.

NEXT COLLECTION:

DROP OFF YOUR ELECTRONICS

Computers, monitors, mouse devices, hard

drives, modems, scanners, laptops, printers and

cellular phones can all be recycled safely. If you

are only turning in electronics, you do not need

an appointment.

February 7, at the Central Landfill

65 Shun Pike, Johnston

8 am to noon

For more information, call or visit us online at www.rirrc.org

20 | PrimeTime February 2009


Fresh on the heels of the winter

celebrations and midnight romance

on New Year’s, Valentine’s Day is

another holiday that emphasizes togetherness.

Feb. 14 finds restaurants

packed with couples and flower

shops overflowing with customers,

serving as a reminder that’s tough to

ignore for anyone feeling alone.

But experts say that coping with

the “holiday blues” can be as easy as

keeping your expectations reasonable

this year. Be clear about what

is really important to you. If your

special occasions don’t play out like

a Hollywood B movie, that’s ok.

Family gatherings and holidays like

Valentine’s Day are not always perfect

or reflect a “Kodak” moment.

Does multi-tasking wear you out

as you juggle work, cleaning the

house and walking the dog? Set

aside time for rest and relaxation

during the holiday season and all

year long.

Don’t punish yourself on goals

yoUr Later yearS

b y H e r b W e I S S

A Prescription for

Mending a Broken Heart

not met, especially if you had no

control of those outcomes. Avoid

dwelling on past failures, losses

or disappointments. If you find

yourself focusing on unpleasant

thoughts, refocus yourself to think

about positive things and push

yourself to pleasurable or relaxing

activities such as walking or visiting

with supportive family and friends.

Lonely, Depressed…

Got the Holiday Blues

If you are hopeless, alone and

maybe depressed or suicidal -making

it difficult to shake this year’s

holiday blues - contact The Samaritans

of Rhode Island, a nonprofit

program dedicated to reducing the

occurrence of suicide by reaching

out to the despairing and lonely.

Denise Panichas, serving as The

Samaritan’s interim executive director,

notes that the communicationsbased

charity, established in Providence

in 1977, teaches volunteers

New assistant medical director

brings personal experience to Blood Center

Dr. Steffini Stalos, 38, of Providence

has joined the Rhode Island

Blood Center as Assistant Medical

Director, aiding in various aspects of

administration, but primarily in the

areas of donor safety and production

management.

A graduate of the Texas College

of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM),

she recently completed a fellowship

in Transfusion Medicine and previously

had completed her residency

in clinical pathology.

She holds a bachelor of science degree

from Tulane University in New

Orleans and a master’s in cellular

molecular biology from the University

of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Stalos was

drawn to medicine from her own

battle with an autoimmune condition

when she was younger.

“I spent a lot of time in the hospital,

but not in the way I would have

liked it to have been,” she said. “But

that heavily influenced my choice of

career. I would be able to help people

who are ill.”

Dr. Stalos is aware of the challenges

facing the blood donation

field and in particular is cognizant of

situations that may relate to current

economic conditions.

“It’s hard to say how the economy

could impact our donations,” she

said. “It could go either way. Maybe

people want to help their fellow

man through donation. On the other

hand, there’s a lot of moving and upheaval.”

She sees expansion of the blood

donor pool as important, along with

increasing knowledge that will allow

some people who had previously

been deferred from donating to again

become eligible to donate.

to effectively listen to people who

are in crisis. Conversations are free,

confidential and, most importantly,

anonymous.

A rigorous training program

teaches volunteers to feel and think

without expressing personal judgments

or opinions. Panichas explains

that the listening techniques,

referred to as befriending, calls for

90 percent listening and 10 percent

talking.

Last year, more than 5,000 Rhode

Islanders called The Samaritans,

many of whom are daily supported

callers who reach out to the agency

because family, friends and professionals

are not available to listen.

“It doesn’t matter what the

problem is, be it depression, suicidal

thoughts, seeking resources for mental

health services in the community

or just being lonely and needing to

talk,” Panichas said.

The Samaritans also offers support

to caregivers and to older

s e n i o r

i s s u e s

Rhode Islanders.

“We do community education

programs and also have our peerto-peer

Safe Place Support Group

for those left behind by suicide,” she

said.

The agency’s 39-page Web site

also has information on suicide

prevention and links to more than

60 international, national, state and

local resources.

Lastly, the agency wants everyone

to know that if it’s an emergency

and someone is at immediate risk

for suicide, then you should call

R.I. Emergency 911 directly. But, if

you can’t seem to shake the holiday

blues or just need someone to talk

who cares, call The Samaritans’ listening

line at 401-272-4040. For more

information, visit www.samaritansri.org.

herb Weiss is a Pawtucket-based freelance

writer who covers aging, health

care and medical issues. he can be

reached at hweissri@aol.com. n

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Are you ready to

quit smoking?

We’re Here to Care.

A quit smoking program

designed by women for women

Commit to Quit is a 12-week quit smoking

study held at participating YMCAs in Rhode

Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

All participating women receive:

• The 12-week quit smoking group

• 8-week supply of the nicotine patch at

no cost

• 3-month YMCA membership

• Financial compensation for completing

assessment visits

Women eligible to participate will learn:

• Stress management skills

• Weight management tips

• Coping skills

• Positive self-talk methods

• Relapse prevention tools

Call 401-793-8210 or visit

http://committoquit.lifespan.org.

earn extra cash

with U.S. census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting for the 2010 Census.

“The Rhode Island U.S. Census recruitment effort is putting out a statewide

call for help,” says Anthony Rossi, local Census office manager in

Providence.

Census jobs are excellent for retirees, college students, persons wanting

to supplement their income with part-time employment, or just about anyone

who wants to earn extra money while performing an important service

for their community.

“We need to fill thousands of temporary jobs for a variety of Census positions

across the state. These short-term Census jobs are ideal for retirees and

others seeking to earn supplemental income,” agreed Rossi.

Conducting the Census is a huge undertaking. Thousands of Census takers

are needed to update address lists and conduct interviews with community

residents.

Census takers receive competitive pay on a weekly basis and work approximately

20 to 40 hours per week in their own communities. In addition,

Census takers are reimbursed for authorized mileage and related expenses.

Applicants will be hired from almost every community and are selected

based on the hiring needs of each particular area. Qualified applicants are

contacted to work as Census jobs become available. Most hiring will take

place from February through May of 2009.

Applicants can call the toll-free Jobs line at 1-866-861-2010 and schedule

an appointment to take the employment test. TTY users should call the

Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. Tests are being administered most

days of the week at a variety of times and locations across the state. Call

866-861-2010 to schedule to take the test. For more information, visit www.

census.gov/2010censusjobs.

the 16th annual rhode island Spring

Flower and Garden Show will take place

from Feb. 19 to 22 at the rhode island

Convention Center. the show is open

from thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m.

to 9 p.m. and on the closing Sunday from

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Gardens of the World”

is the show’s theme, which takes you

on a journey through distant and exotic

places. your show “passport” transports

you through 30 gardens and an expedition

into the australian outback, over to

mexico and South america with mayan

and incan ruins, and into tuscany, Spain

and more. the show features everything

from tips and tools on gardening to

designing your landscaped garden with

the help of a professional. tickets can be

purchased at participating aaa locations

or by visiting www.flowershow.com.

2 | PrimeTime February 2009


a gLimPSe of rHode iSLaNd’S PaSt

h i s t o r y w i t h D o N D ’ a M aT o

p e o p l e

a n d p l a c e s

“Nay, man, I am not now to repent’

The women who helped shape the history of

Rhode Island varied from artistic to tragic and

from altruistic to selfish. A few were very beautiful,

while others were brilliant. Most, if not all,

were dedicated to changing the world to their

liking.

One of the most dedicated and tragic figures

was Mary Barrett Dyer (c. 1611-June 1, 1660), an

English Puritan turned Quaker who had a significant

influence on Roger Williams and helped

establish the Quaker form of worship in Rhode

Island and Massachusetts.

Mary supported the controversial Anne

Hutchinson in Boston and angered the magistrates

in Massachusetts. After Mary Dyer gave

birth to a deformed stillborn baby, the Puritans in

the Bay Colony claimed this was proof that she

was guilty of heresy and she, her husband, Anne

Hutchinson and her followers were forced to

leave the colony. On advice from Roger Williams,

they settled in Portsmouth, R.I.

A number of historians believe that Mary was

instrumental in convincing Roger Williams of

adult baptism and that this led to his being baptized

and founding the Baptist church in Providence.

In 1652, when Roger Williams and the

Baptist preacher John Clarke went to England to

plead their case for religious freedom, Mary and

William Dyer accompanied them.

In England, Mary fell under the influence of

George Fox who founded the Religious Society

of Friends (Quakers). Mary soon joined that sect

and in 1657, she left Rhode Island to travel to

other areas of New England to preach Quakerism.

She was arrested in New Haven, Conn., and

again in Massachusetts, where she was banished

and told not to return. She defied that order and

on her third arrest in the Bay Colony, she was

sentenced to death. At that time she was given a

reprieve by Governor John Winthrop and again

told not to return to preach Quaker theology.

She returned to Rhode Island where religious

freedom was granted to all, including Quakers. Her zeal and energy convinced

a number of men and women to embrace the principles she advocated.

In 1660, after taking her views to New York, she once again tried to

preach in Massachusetts and to defy the anti-Quaker laws there. This time

she was tried, convicted and sentenced to death. Her crime was in being a

Quaker. On June 1, 1660 she was hanged on the Boston Common.

This act by the Puritans turned many against their harsh laws. Mary

Dyer was considered a martyr and this started a movement to repeal the

anti-Quaker laws and to gain new converts to the Quaker theology in

– Last words of Mary Dyer

An unknown 19th century artist in Scribner’s Popular History of the United States, 1897, made this

engraving of Mary Dyer being led to her execution on the Boston Common.

Rhode Island and throughout New England. Thanks to her sacrifice, there

was a rise in the number of Quakers in Newport and other areas of the

colony. As there were Quakers in many of the mercantile centers of Europe,

much of the trade that was established between the Quakers in Newport

and the rest of the world brought great prosperity to Rhode Island in the

Colonial era.

Mary Dyer is now considered one of the five Quakers called the “Boston

martyrs” and a statue to her memory has been erected outside the Massachusetts

State House. n

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1. Military mailbox

4. New Deal energy project

7. ___broke Welsh Corgi

10. Summon over a speaker

12. Plural of 14 across

14. Anjou or Bartlett

15. Rivulet

16. City in Sweden and Indonesia

17. Snakelike fish

18. More thin

20. Plucky

22. Inquisitorial

23. Nurse-patient relation

24. Anwar __, Egyptian statesman

26. Imposed & collected a tax

29. Microgram

30. Infirmary sleeping place

34. Swiss river

35. Big Blue

CLUES DOWN

1. Easter month (abbr.)

2. Bucket

3. Leer at

4. Watery-eyed

5. Singer ____ Morrison

6. Humanities

7. Look furtively

8. M____: granular

9. Wife

11. African antelope

12. Fast tempo

13. VII

14. Implement for writing

19. His ark

21. Protoctist genus

24. Burn with a hot liquid

25. Concur

26. Luxury car

27. Dark black

28. Small food shops

36. Not new

37. Dual function davenport

43. ___wit: Silly person

44. Jeans

45. Annual TV awards

47. Lump of slimy stuff

48. Latin for England: An____

49. W. African country

52. Arteries

55. Sean ____, actor

56. Genie

58. Abba ____, Israeli minister

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61. Rescues

62. Plunder a town

63. Follows sigma

64. British air aces

65. Russia used to be U___

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31. Gentlemen

32. Non-commercial TV (abbr.)

33. Banned insecticide

38. Car motor

39. Mesotron

40. Implants

41. Criminals

42. Pistons forward Johnson

46. Parts of matched pairs

48. Crook (Yiddish)

49. So. Sicilian city

50. Two-toed sloth

51. Slightly open

53. Winter melons: Cas____

54. Dead-end streets

55. Hit lightly

57. Marsh elder

59. Norway

February 2009 PrimeTime | 25


She went off to Classical. I chose

Hope. We were peers of the same

generation, born in the deep Depression,

raised throughout the duration,

adrift in the post-war age of

anxiety and now joining the ranks of

the retired. Left behind to brood on

yesterdays and hum its tunes and

relive the glamour of its movie lore

and legend.

Elaine lived with her brother and

her parents in a small house across

the street from the statue of the

late Constance Witherby, a Lincoln

student who left a line of her poetry

about the winds of freedom and

hope on a sculpture that was then

surrounded by a grove of trees.

It was a little lazy of me to avoid

the academic rigors of Classical and

to seek out the artistic license of a

curriculum without Greek. Elaine

flourished in modern and ancient

languages and earned a Ph.D. in

linguistics. She taught an intriguing

course on Rhode Island “English”

at Providence College for many

• • • • • • • • • • • • •

C A L E N D A R O F E V E N T S

• • • • • • • • • • • • •

Awake and Sing! by Clifford odets

Directed by Fred Sullivan, Jr., the show will

take the stage at the Gamm Theatre at 172

exchange Street in Pawtucket. Living toether

in a cramped bronx tenement and

laid low by the Great Depression, a working-class

Jewish family copes with financial

hardship and dreams of a brighter future.

Gritty, passionate, funny and heartbreakng,

odets’ 1935 multi-generational masterpiece

beautifully captures the hopes and

struggles of an unforgettable american

family. The show will run until Feb. 15. Those

interested in tickets should check out www.

gammtheatre.org or call 723-4266.

History Buffs, Walkers and Talkers

Needed

The rhode Island Historical Society is now

recruiting energetic, inquisitive lovers of history

to be volunteer museum guides and edcators

at its John brown House Museum

in Providence. The Society is also recruiting

guides for its SummerWalks historical walk-

wHat do yoU fiNk?

b y M I K e F I N K

an ally in academia

years. She wove her intellectual

life in and out among the threads

of mine. I found my fate at Rhode

Island School of Design, seeking byways

and hidden places. But Elaine

checked in on my progress. I had

published a small textbook counseling

composition assignments patterned

after studio set-ups - asking

disciples of design to write as though

they were sketching; to describe

rather than judge, to see rather than

seek.

We did share one common interest

in particular. I would telephone

Professor Elaine to congratulate her

on letters to the editor she had sent to

the Projo defending the rights of animals.

That was the right track, to her

and to me. We shared some friendships

in common, as well as the reference

points of the Providence of our

past existence.

I hoarded some memories. Of her

brother, who had stood in for me in a

course on film history, when I was on

sabbatical. Of her mother and father,

ing tour program, which presents tours of

benefit Street, College Hill and riverWalk.

Formal training for SummerWalks will begin

in March, but all interested individuals

are welcome to attend John brown House

Museum training for an introduction to the

rhode Island Historical Society. Training

takes place at the John brown House Museum,

located at 52 Power Street in Providence.

registration for training classes, taking

place until Feb. 25 on Wednesdays from

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is required. For more

information, visit rihs.org, e-mail dsantos@

rihs.org or call 273-7507 ext. 60.

A Benefit for The Tomorrow fund

CaDeauX du MoNDe’s Galerie escalier

comes alive with “Thayer’s Family & Friends

III: a benefit for The Tomorrow Fund,” which

started in January and is running through

March. The Silent art auction will feature

an array of multimedia work donated by

local artists. Call the gallery at 848-0550

for more details. CaDeauX du MoNDe is

open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at 26

Mary Street in Newport and can be found at

www.cadeauxdumonde.com.

On stage at Trinity Rep

according to the New york Times, “a raisin

who had opened a fine tobacco shop

to serve the Brown campus in the

days when pipes were a symbol of

the contemplative life; cigars of the

searching spirit; and cigarettes of the

dilettante. And, in time, of her children

and grandchildren, who hung

out in the coffeehouses of closer

decades to the current millennium.

Elaine is a physically elfin person.

With the tallest heels on the most

fashionable boots, she still barely

reaches five feet. She has achieved a

certain chic in her smart suits with

whimsical, sprightly touches: a flair

for appearances that also marks her

territory in her series of homes. She

has transformed her parlor into a

cinema; one enormous screen opposite

a comfortable sofa, as though

she were a major producer in a West

Coast studio.

I sit with an admirer and former

student from Providence College at a

cafe on Wickenden Street.

“I learned so much from her.

She was little in stature but could

in the Sun” is a drama that “changed american

theater forever.” It is playing now and

will run until March 8. Kicking off on Feb.

20 at their 201 Washington Street location,

“The Secret rapture” will run throughout the

entire month of March. Show times vary for

this political and moral tale within the frame

of one family’s crisis. Details on the performances,

show times and the theater are

available at www.trinityrep.com or by calling

351-4242.

Ranger Days

Valerie and William Paul, founders of the

blackstone Valley Sugaring association, will

present “Sugaring in the blackstone Valley.”

The organization and program are dedicated

to educating the public about maple

sugaring throughout the blackstone Valley.

The Pauls will speak on Feb. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

at the Museum of Work and Culture, which

is located at 42 South Main Street in Woonsocket.

Call 769-9675 or visit www.rihs.org

for information.

february Education Nights

“education Nights” will be held throughout

the month of February at the ocean State

Harley-Davidson, Inc. office at 5 albany

p r i m e t i m e

l i f e s t y l e s

dominate a class with no difficulty

whatsoever. She was tough, but

totally fair. We liked and respected

her. There were teachers well over six

feet tall who couldn’t control a class.

Not her! No problem,” so claimed a

smiling disciple named Chris, who

recalled Elaine’s tenure with affection.

“What are you going to do with

retirement?” I asked my long-time

ally in academia.

“Travel?”

“No, not really. I don’t see myself

under a tropical sun to escape winter.

I like being here and it’s better for

me. I’ll just continue to haunt the

Athenaeum and it’s Friday night

conversation soirees; look after my

family and my friends; see what’s

around the corner...”

Like her legions of well-wishers

and former colleagues, fellow

Brown alums, and like the birds and

other creatures she has helped and

tried to protect, I greet her with a

gentle round of applause in print. n

road in Warwick. Weekly seminars are designed

to address the varied interests of

high adventure enthusiasts. a dinner and

refreshment time will precede each night’s

program, running Wednesday evenings from

Feb. 4 to 25. Their Web site, oceanstatehd.

com, has details, or you can call 781-6866.

Providence Performing Arts Center

The Tony award-winning musical “Fiddler

on the roof” has captured the hearts of

people across the world with its universal

appeal. In a huge theatrical feat, audiences

will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to

see the original Tevye, Chaim Topol, perform

the role that has made him legendary with

his award-winning portrayal in “Fiddler on

the roof” from February 10 to 15. “Stomp”

takes the stage at PPaC from Feb. 20 to

22 with a unique presentation of dance.

PPaC also hosts “The Wizard of oz” from

Feb. 27 until March 1. all shows are performed

at 220 Weybosset Street in Providence.

Check out www.ppacri.org or call

421-2997 for tickets and details.

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iN tHe teCH CorNer

w i t h S T e V e S o P e r

If you have a computer in your house, chances are you’ve spent

some time surfing the Internet. And if you’ve surfed the ’Net, you’ve

probably come across Web sites where you can buy and sell just about

anything to just about anyone in the world. A few issues back I passed

along a few tips about how easy it is to sell on eBay, Amazon and

Craigslist.

But what if you’re looking to buy online? Maybe you’ve come

across that rare set of Walter Hagen golf clubs or that signed first edition

Hemingway. Maybe you’re just looking for a new set of dishware

or a book to take on vacation.

And there are other important reasons for buying online: the opportunity

to get free shipping and not paying sales tax, which is often a

big saver.

Before you break out your credit card and start buying online

though, consider the following words of caution.

The first thing you need to do is get out a post-it and write on it

“Buyer beware” and stick it on the side of your computer screen where

you can see it all the time. The Internet has opened up a whole new

world of possibilities for buying online but it also means you must be

doubly vigilant.

Never, ever, pay in cash unless you’re meeting the buyer face-toface

as a result of a craigslist purchase. Always use a credit card or

PayPal. Money orders are fine, too, of course, but personal checks are

becoming less and less accepted for online purchases.

craigSliSt

This very simply designed and user-friendly Web site is specifically

geared to a particular geographic area, or in some cases to large cities,

and is the nearest thing to your local classified ads. For example, go to

craigslist.com and choose your location, Rhode Island, for example.

Another screen comes up offering a variety of choices: community discussions,

personals, for sale, services and so on.

Let’s say you’re looking to buy a dehumidifier. Go to the “For Sale”

section and click on “Household.” Type in “Dehumidifier”

at the top of the page where it says, “Search for.” At the

time of this writing five items popped up on the results

screen. If there’s an image available you’ll see the abbreviation

“img” next to the listing details on the results

page.

So I clicked on a listing for a $35

40-pint dehumidifier in West Warwick,

which also came with an image. The

next screen shows the image with a few

additional details about the item. You

might find a contact phone number, but

on craigslist you will usually reply by

clicking on the “Reply to” at the top of

the listing, which will bring up your email

program and you can ask if the item

is still for sale and how you can arrange

to see it. Pretty much like the classified

ads we’ve used in the past.

The key points about craigslist are

it’s local and you will very often have to

meet the seller in person.

BUyiNg oNLiNe:

craigslist & amazon

Stick with the large, well-known Web

sites. Companies such as Amazon and

eBay provide a wide variety of security

guarantees and you can shop there with

confidence.

Check out the seller. If you’re buying

anywhere else but craigslist.com,

make sure you check out the seller’s

track record. Amazon sells most of its

own products but you can find incredible

deals through their associates

program and of course they

offer outside resources for

buying things both new

and used.

Ok, so with

our words of

warning out of

the way, let’s

take a look at

how you can

shop by computer.

amazon.com

p r o f e s s i o n a l

p e r s p e c t i v e

This Web site has come a long way since it was first introduced

more than a decade ago as a books-only online retailer.

Today you can buy just about everything on Amazon. The deals

can often be remarkable and prices very competitive, especially

when you factor in no sales tax and free shipping (above certain

dollar amounts).

The site is incredibly well designed and maintained, very easy

to use and can be almost addicting.

Say you’re looking for a slow cooker. You enter “slow cooker”

in the search window at the top of the main page or you can use

the left hand navigation to choose the appropriate category. You

can even filter your choices by dollar amount.

From the results, I click on the Crockpot 3040-BC four-quart

slow cooker and it takes me to a page where I can a see larger

image of the item, more details and, important for me, customer

reviews. In this case it received only two-and-a-half customer

review stars out of five. Hmmmm. I’ll try a different one.

Once you find the best option available and are ready to buy,

you click on the “Add to shopping cart” and then follow the

prompts to check out.

Just like you went to the mall but without the incredible

hassles. n

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An Evening with Lincoln!

Join in the celebration for the 200th anniversary

of President abraham Lincoln’s

birth on Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. robb Dimmick

will present his acclaimed performance of

Lincoln. Dimmick is a local actor, director

and playwright. Since 1983, he has toured

the eastern seaboard with his remarkable

portrayal of abraham Lincoln, entitled, “a.

Lincoln Portrait.” a reception sponsored by

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Providence Art Club february Exhibitions

The Providence art Club has exciting exhibits

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each of their galleries, located at 11 Thomas

Street in Providence. In the Maxwell Mays

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Nancy Hart and Carole Kenny. Work by William

barnum will be available for viewing in

the Dodge House Gallery. The Providence

art Club is open Monday through Friday

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Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations

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Nazarian Center at rhode Island College

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The Longevity of the Short Piece, Mendelssohn

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