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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just 53 percent – about half – of people 65 and
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Cupid’s holiday with a special someone,
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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
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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
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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
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Herb Weiss discusses the Good Samaritans
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secrets to a
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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
I like to watch TV in the evening;
she likes to read. Solution:
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
I think our secret has been
allowing each other to be different,
and accepting our differences.
Tolerance, forgiveness and
acceptance helped to overcome
Different couples will be happy
in different ways. Marriages
last for a variety of reasons. What
works for some, may not work
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
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
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
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
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
If you want to know more about volunteering
together with your loved ones, call
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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
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
Learn more about celebrating
Library Lover’s month:
the Warwick Library has Web sites
of particular value to seniors:
this site lists of all the
public libraries in rhode island:
Here are driving directions to the
ocean State Public Libraries:
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8 | PrimeTime February 2009
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
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
In short, a friendly smile and a cheerful spirit
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Dear Passion Maven:
Why focus on passion? What about companionship?
Companionship in Senescence
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?
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?
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Known for her Doer’s Profiles,
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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
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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’
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
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
There’s no one answer here, but my
suggestion is to find the person who
makes you laugh and go home with
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
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.
Dear Passion Maven:
I compare everyone I date to my late
spouse, whom I adored. Must I settle
for second-best as I search for secondtime
signed: In Love with The Past
If you were Ozzie married to Harriet,
or vice versa, then life may have given
you only one stab at true passion.
Hindsight vision, though, is often overly
rosy. Be honest with yourself, and be
open to the possibility that passion
the second-time around could turn out
to be better. n
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Advice for Newlyweds
Did you get married during the holiday season
last year, or are you contemplating a spring/
summer wedding? If you are a newlywed or
about to get married, there are some practical
things to attend to when the honeymoon’s over
and you get your feet back on the ground.
Report any name change to the Social Security
Administration, so your name and social security
number will match when you file your next
tax return. This will avoid a delay in processing
Report any address change to the U.S. Postal
Service - they’ll forward your mail and let the
Internal Revenue Service, IRS, know. You may
also notify the IRS directly by filing Form 8822,
Change of Address.
Consider whether you’ll file joint or separate
returns. Your filing status is determined by your
marital status on Dec. 31.
If you’re buying a home, find out which expenses
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b y K e r r y P a r K
p r o f e s s i o n a l
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
“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
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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
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
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 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
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.
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The 2009 Flower Show of New England
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s p i c i n g
t h i n g s u p !
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
or via e-mail at
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
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
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
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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
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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“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
3) Dreams: Those opportunities that have always seemed out
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,
• 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.
•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.
• Go up in a hot air balloon.
• 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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
The tiger is starting to twitch again. n
February 2009 PrimeTime | 19
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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.
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
February 7, at the Central Landfill
65 Shun Pike, Johnston
8 am to noon
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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
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.
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
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
“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,
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
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
“We do community education
programs and also have our peerto-peer
Safe Place Support Group
for those left behind by suicide,” she
The agency’s 39-page Web site
also has information on suicide
prevention and links to more than
60 international, national, state and
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. n
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Are you ready to
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
• 3-month YMCA membership
• Financial compensation for completing
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
“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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Ok, so with
our words of
warning out of
the way, let’s
take a look at
how you can
shop by computer.
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
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
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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
Decadent Catering of ristorante Pizzico will
follow. admission is $5 but members are
free. The celebration will take place at the
First unitarian Church, located at 1 benevolent
Street in Providence. Visit www.rihs.org
or call 331-8575
ext. 45 for more information.
Providence Art Club february Exhibitions
The Providence art Club has exciting exhibits
on display from Feb. 15 until March 6 in
each of their galleries, located at 11 Thomas
Street in Providence. In the Maxwell Mays
Gallery will be pieces from Nancy Godfray,
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
from 12 to 4 p.m. and weekends from 2
to 4 p.m. Their Web site, providenceartclub.
org, has more information, or call 331-1114
Jeffrey Siegel’s Keyboard Conversations
Taking the stage in Sapinsley Hall in the
Nazarian Center at rhode Island College
will be noted keyboardist Jeffrey Siegel.
The Longevity of the Short Piece, Mendelssohn
Song Without Words, Grieg Lyric
pieces, brahms rhapsodies and Chopin
Nocturnes are among the selections to be
performed on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Sapins-
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ley Hall can be found in Providence at 600
Mount Pleasant avenue. Call 456-8144 or
go to www.ric.edu/pfa for details.
2009 Rhode Island Spring flower &
The 2009 rhode Island Spring Flower &
Garden Show at the rhode Island Convention
Center celebrates its 16th year
from Feb. 19 to 22. The theme of New
england’s largest flower show is “Gardens
of the World,” which will dazzle your winterparched
eyes. Featured speakers are Ken
Druse, roger Swain and Karl Gercens.
advance tickets are available for the show,
open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the 1 Sabin
Street Center. Interested parties can visit
www.flowershow.com or call 253-0246.
floral-Themed Tours at the John
Brown House Museum
on Feb. 20 and 21, the John brown House
Museum will be offering museum tours
with a floral theme. These special tours will
be offered in collaboration with the annual
rhode Island Spring Flower and Garden
Show held at the rhode Island Convention
Center the same weekend. Tours begin
at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. The
tours are free for members but cost $5
for non-members. The John brown House
Museum is located at 52 Power Street in
Providence and can be reached at 273-
7507 ext. 62 or www.rihs.org. n
VoLUNteer VeteraNS: Korean War veterans Chapter #3 invite any
veteran who served in the armed Forces during the Korean War to join
their organization. For information, call 831-3301. Pictured from left are
House manager Charles Ponds; army Korean War vet Gilbert Botelho;
andrea Lewandowski; and air Force Korean War vet Frank meo.
BeariNg giftS: Korean War veterans Chapter #3 recently visited the
nickerson Community Center in Providence to provide pajamas, gloves
and other Christmas gifts to homeless veterans who frequent the Center.
the organization meets once a month to plan events to raise money to help
needy veterans here and also those men and women currently serving our
country overseas. Pictured from left are norman Paiva, a navy Korean War
vet; Charles Ponds, house manager of the center; an unidentified veteran;
George Knowlton; and richard St. Louis, an army Korean vet.
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