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Hitting rock bottom

That high-pitched scraping noise you hear is the sound of the Boston Red Sox hitting rock bottom. In recent memory, we’ve been worst and we’ve been first, but since 2003 the team has always seemed like it could be one win away from an extended win streak. I will be happy to eat my words,

Five trillion pieces of plastic, floating near you

Now that the beach and boating seasons are upon us, I was particularly struck by an article in Popular Science (June 2015). The magazine published  the results of a consortium of 12 research institutions which calculated the extent of ocean pollution. “The ocean is covered by a thin layer of plastic…like plastic smog.” The pieces

Credit: Kristin Green

Peonies: worth the winter

The other day at work I met a Master Gardener from Florida who couldn’t stop gushing about peonies. He can’t grow them in his garden because peonies require vernalization—a period of time chilled by the kind of cold that always makes us northerners pine for the tropics—in order to set flower buds. I envied my

Frank Travis of North Kingstown with the 24” fluke he caught west of New Harbor, Block Island this week.

No Fluke: ‘The bass are getting larger’

Where’s the bite Striped bass. John Littlefield of Archie’s Bait & Tackle, Riverside said, “The bass are getting larger. Albert Bettencourt of Riverside weighed in a 33 pound striped bass for the Striper Maine Tournament which took second place. His grandson took second place too in the youth division with a 24 pound striped bass.

Another also ran

I’ve been “horsey” all my life, but have a similar watch-through-my fingers approach to thoroughbred racing as I do for Red Sox playoff games. Racing has incredible highs and lows and for as exciting as it was to have American Pharoah win the Triple Crown, there are tens of thousands of “also rans” whose careers

The retirement dilemma of the small business owner

You’ve poured a lifetime of sweat, time, and capital into building your business. You’ve begun thinking about retirement, and your strategy is to sell your company for a good price, settle back, and enjoy a financially secure retirement. But, like many business owners, you’ve made the mistake of assuming this scenario will happen, and you

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