Author Archives: Christy Nadalin

Ryan Bouchard, author of "Gourmet Mushrooms of Rhode Island," cozies up next to a cluster of Aspen Boletes.

Stalking the wild chicken (of the woods)

Stalking the wild chicken (of the woods)

“You gotta pull over,” Ryan Bouchard recalls girlfriend Emily Schmidt telling him as and they drove down the road the day after taking a class on mushroom identification from fellow Rhode Islander Joe Metzen. Schmidt had caught a glimpse of a chicken of the woods, a large and vibrant-hued edible, known as the 60-mile-per-hour mushroom

Bethany Vendituoli, proprietor of Soul Love Children's Wellness Center in Bristol

Teach your children well(ness)

There’s a new business in Bristol, and it’s poised to fill a very unique niche. Soul Love Children’s Wellness Center teaches children life skills through mindfulness-based practices and creative self-expression. Utilizing a holistic health framework which integrates the whole child in body, mind and heart, Soul Love’s programs help to enhance children’s self-esteem, worth, acceptance,


Hot shot: human cannonball hits R.I. this week

“You can’t slow it down, and you can’t use a safety net. It’s terrifying,” Gemma Kirby, 25, says about he first time being shot 100 feet, 40 feet in the air, from a cannon. But if anyone has the foundation and fortitude to make a go at this most-niche-y niche of the performing arts, it’s

Ronnee Wasserman-United Brothers Synagogue9

A welcome homecoming

Bristol synagogue celebrates anniversary of founding, and re-founding, at special May 1 service. Houses of worship of all denominations are facing dwindling membership, but one Bristol congregation knows what its like to come back strong. Chevra Agudas Achim – The United Brothers synagogue – was chartered in 1900, making it the second-oldest synagogue in Rhode

Emily Spence (left) and Donna Ramos Razza, Thrive by Five and Beyond cofounders.

Thriving in the East Bay

Flush with energy (and a recent infusion of cash) Thrive By Five and Beyond is making the East Bay a better place to live. Anyone who works in social services will tell you, it can be an incredibly gratifying field. When you can spend your time and energy helping to solve a problem or create