A Generational Divide: Do 20-somethings have different life expectations than previous generations did?
Dear C and Dr. B; I work at a museum and there is a collection of new college freshmen who are there doing internships. I am having a hard time dealing with them – I’m in my 40s and they are all 20-something, and we have very different expectations and ideas about life. Growing up, […]
Decision Paralysis: What’s one reader to do with all her options?
Dear C and Dr. B; I wanted to change my internet/TV/phone service plan, because I was paying a lot for a bundle considering I usually watch mostly Netflix or Hulu. My current plan includes at least 40 of the network and cable channels, and all I ever watch is the news. But when I decided […]
From Concrete to Jungle: Adam Anderson continues to bring life to Rhode Island cities
You may already be familiar with Adam Anderson’s work. He’s behind one of the more glorious sights during the summer in Providence, 10,000 Suns, the field of sunflowers that blooms across the parcel of land left vacant by the I-195 highway relocation. When the city put out a request for proposals last year for the […]
Everyone Has Baggage!: How should this reader navigate the dating mine field?
Dear C and Dr. B; I am single and I’m okay with it, but I’d be happier if I had someone to share things with — things like the rent and everyday problems, as well as emotional and physical intimacy. The problem is that now that I am almost 40, just about everyone I meet […]
Unmasked Too Soon: What’s one reader to do with her overly optimistic friends?
Dear C and Dr. B; Yay, the pandemic is over! Except it isn’t. But some of my stupider friends are acting like it is. Three of them have already made plans to go south and head to the beaches for Spring Break. When I expressed my concern, I got: “Oooo…the bio chem major thinks she’s […]
Grrrr!: Should this reader embrace the anger or expel it?
Dear C and Dr. B; I want to know what I can do with my anger, and if I hear one more person suggest meditation I’m gonna slap them. I DO meditate. I do yoga every day. I’ve been to therapy, I’ve tried medication. None of it does a damn thing to change my reflexive […]
Mean Girls: How should this reader deal with school bullies?
Dear C and Dr. B; As if having virtual classrooms wasn’t bad enough, I recently had the horrible experience of having this little click of snotty girls decide to target me. Even before COVID isolation, I was very sensitive and didn’t have many friends. Virtual learning made it easier for me to express myself. So, […]
Pandemic Pod Person: His vibrant wife was replaced with a couch potato. What gives?
Dear C and Dr. B; Before COVID, my wife almost never watched TV. She’d tune in for news, but that was about it. Now all she seems to do anymore is surf Netflix and binge on series she had absolutely no interest in before the pandemic. These new sports are doing nothing for her cardiovascular system, and […]
Saying it Out Loud: Teen poetry competition gives students the tools to reflect
Teens, poetry and excitement seem like an unlikely combination – but therein lies the magic of Poetry Out Loud. Since 2005, the program has been engaging new generations of students to not only read, but to embrace the rich legacy of this art form by competing to recite a poem, thereby making it their own. […]
Cover-Up Job: The Creative Capital rejects a cheerful neighborhood mural
The storefront between Blake’s Tavern and Washington Street Market had been boarded up for months. To passing traffic the dingy, graffiti-marked wall was an eyesore; for Ryan Dean and Lara Henderson, it was a potential canvas. The collaborative team had recently helped a new restaurant down the street, turning a broken and boarded up […]