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Cathren Housley

Cathren is a multidisciplinary artist and a board member of the Peace Flag Project. Current projects: giant flags, documentary films and children's workshops with the Providence Community Libraries. Website:

Ask Dr. Brilliant Cliche and the Granny Doctor: Why Can’t I Find a Guy Like Dear Old Dad?

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I am having terrible luck with relationships and I don’t understand why. I have heard that girls usually look for someone who resembles their father and this is why so many women from dysfunctional families with lousy dads end up in abusive relationships. But my own father was wonderful! He always […]

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Ask the Granny Doctor and Dr. Brilliant Cliche: Are Movies a Bad Influence?

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; My teenaged daughter and her friends are really into the Twilight movies. It’s such a widespread phenomena that I didn’t think anything of it. But when I watched for the first time myself, I was more than a little disturbed. The values that are being glamorized here seem so skewed — be […]

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Alt-Health: Love Is All You Need

February brings us Valentine’s Day, a celebration first linked with love during the Middle Ages. Today, it is a popular boon to florists, greeting card retailers and restaurant owners, but it is not a holiday that many of us would associate with health. Well, think again! As it turns out, love can be as essential to good health […]

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The Licensing of Naturopathic Physicians in RI

Rhode Island licenses doctors and dentists, nurses, midwives, athletic trainers and dieticians for the medical community. They also license acupuncturists and their assistants, chiropractors, massage therapists and interpreters for the deaf. They do not license naturopathic physicians. To find out why, I went to the Department of Health, which issues all licensing permits for RI. A supervisor said […]

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Ask Dr. Brilliant Cliche and the Granny Doctor: It Just Takes Patience

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I am so sick of the hypocrisy! Every New Year’s Eve, I listen to people babble incoherently about all the great resolutions they are starting tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and some of them manage to actually make it one day. I’ve seen them go as long as a month. Then — boom! That’s it. […]

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