401 Counterculture: Jeselyn Online
The good, the bad, and the unordinary: Motif talks to Jeselyn Online For thousands of years human beings have stretched, pierced, branded, tattooed and lacerated their skin in the name of love, gods, war or artistic expression. Body modification is certainly nowhere near as controversial or taboo of a topic as it once was in […]
Locale Profiles: The Fertile Underground
Part communal garden, part co-op, part grocery store, part cafe, and entirely local. The Fertile Underground Natural Cooperative is two years strong into its quest to change the way Providence consumes its sustenance. Grocery Store The Fertile Underground’s West End store front is reminiscent of a merger between an organic supermarket and a corner bodega. […]
Funda Turns Sweet 16
Rhode Island Black Storytellers’ (RIBS) annual event welcomes in its 16thyear as the state’s premier, longest-running and only black storytelling festival: Funda Fest I have been on both sides of the stage with Funda Fest as both a performer and an audience member, and I have to say the sheer power of this viva voce […]
Wanna Arm Wrastle?
“It’s a surprising sport. There’s a lot of technique and finesse – it’s not just about muscle, although that’s important, of course.” Rick North talks arm wrestling We’ve all done it. Some of us do it in our homes, some do it in school, some do it on the weekends, and some do it every […]
Yoga: Good For What Ails You?
The art, practice and health benefits of yoga Yoga has been practiced in India for thousands of years; however, the modern practice of postures that we know as yoga is less than 100 years old. Yoga once consisted of breathing exercises (pranayamas) and meditation, spiritually grounded in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy such as non-violence and […]
I’m Sorry I Farted, But I’ve Gone Vegan
“Vegan Before Six” for those who can’t quite break up with meat My husband is a true carnivore. When we began dating, we joked that sex and bacon were tied for first place in our relationship priorities. He’s talked about roasting a whole pig in our yard and spent endless hours watching YouTube videos on […]
Polar Plunges for New Years Day!
At some point in ancient history, a prehistoric attempt to capture the strength and fearsome virility of the ferocious polar bear (in the north – or the fearsome … er, penguin … in the south) led our primitive ancestors to jump into the water in the middle of winter. Remarkably, natural selection never curbed this […]
A Chorus of Christmas Carols
Nominal Christians (or “Chreasters” as some like to call them) are often derided for the practice of showing up to church once or twice a year at the Big Masses and calling it good for another trip around the sun. Likewise, even the most reluctant of theatergoers who pay lip service to the dramatic arts, […]
This Year, Ebenezer Makes Some New Resolutions
Ebenezer Scrooge here. Whilst on my way to market this morn, I passed a new shop whose window was filled with those moving picture boxes called “televisions.” Each box had the letters “FOX” emblazoned in the corner, with young men and women talking angrily about our troubled times. One lady, a beautiful lass with hair of gold, caught […]
The Not So Great Gatsby: A Night Out With Scrooge
Dear Nick, I’ve really enjoyed my first year at Motif. 2013 has been a wild thrill ride of a year, and writing this column has been the icing on the proverbial calendar cake. I met Ebenezer at the Avery so we could decide what Christmas sites we’d see around the state. Someone had finished JR’s supply of […]