George Washington: 18th-century road warrior

George Washington had a low opinion of the quality of early American roads, and he would know because he bumped and bounced down so many of them. Not only were the roads bad, but maps were often nonexistent; in the Carolinas he sometimes had to draw...

rick's list - Behind Great Quotes Edition

Where do you suppose René Descartes was when he uttered his immortal "Cogito ergo sum"? History suggests the phrase was first made public in text as part of Descartes' "Discourse on Method." But something THAT profound...



Upcoming shows and concerts

Ellis Paul and Sophie B. Hawkins — Oct. 26 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $34

Jimmy Webb — Nov. 2 at Katharine Hepburn Center; tickets on sale now; $38-$45

Mat Franco — Dec. 9 at Foxwoods’ Fox Theater; tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 11; $30

Ray LaMontagne — Oct. 21 at Providence Performing Arts Center; tickets on sale now; $39.50-$79.50

Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt — Nov. 9 at the Vets, Providence; tickets on sale now; $39.50-$69.50








Girlfriend urges more pushback against disapproving parents


Husband gives up smoking, but his drinking persists

DEAR ABBY: I am married to a great guy. We've been together 27 years, so I know him well. He recently stopped smoking after 30 years of nicotine addiction. He did it cold turkey, and he's been smoke-free for three months now. I'm...

Nonagenarian is eager to share a long lifetime of experiences

DEAR ABBY: I'm 91. I have outlived many of my longtime friends. In my address book I counted 22 pals whose names I have crossed out after they died. These were people we danced, dined and traveled with. Only five members of the...

Plans for happy future are upset by return of old rival

DEAR ABBY: I had a baby girl with my longtime best friend, "Adam." "April" is now 3 weeks old. I thought everything would be OK as co-parents because, even though we're not together, we get along and almost never fight. Six...

Spouse can't fix what's broken between wife and her mother

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I met four years ago, have been married for two and I still haven't met her mother. My mother-in-law, a homophobic, self-proclaimed "evangelist prophet," refuses to acknowledge our union. Her behavior...

Mom wants daughter to focus on school, not dad's tattoos

DEAR ABBY: My 22-year-old son is going to visit his father and get his third tattoo. I don't like it, but I can't control my son. He's an adult. His father is retired and lives on his wife's pension. It is my understanding that...