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Q. My wife and I bought this converted kerosene chandelier at the Brimfield Antique Fair and wondering if you can tell me anything about it. It does not have any markings or labels identifying who made it. A. Gas lamps were introduced in … more
It has been many years since I stayed up late enough to properly celebrate the turn of the New Year and even longer since I belted out the first verse of Auld Lang Syne. Nonetheless, I appreciate the annual reminder to toast old friends. My garden … more
Q. I bought a collection of old children’s blocks at an estate sale. They have pictures of animals and the alphabet on them. Much of the writing is worn off, but some have rhymes on them. A couple blocks are missing a side. I think they are … more
It has been my habit in the weeks before Christmas to offer garden-y gift suggestions pulled directly from my own wish list. I’m doing it again but with a twist. I haven’t made a list this year; I am well supplied with garden tools, my … more
Q. I have a vase that is stamped “Regina Gouda Holland” with some numbers written below. It is 10” high. Can you tell me anything about it? Gouda pottery (pronounced “Howda” in Dutch) is named after the town where the factories … more
Lest we become completely overwhelmed and demoralized by horrendous events happening around the world, the news media have also been reporting, as they usually do around the holidays, on the benefits of gratitude. According to one article I read, … more
Every time I walk around the yard or through the neighborhood with the dog, I see something blooming. Lots of things, in fact, not just mums. Without a killing frost there’s nothing to say, “quit it already” or “don’t bother trying.” … more
Q. My mom and dad are moving into a small condo and have lots of furniture they bought in the 1960’s, as well as pieces from my grandparents. I know “Mid Century Modern” is in and selling for high prices but I feel guilty selling it. I know my … more
A little over a month ago I received an email from a Master Gardener on Cape Cod who mentioned at the end of the note an intention to go right out and plant Eremurus bulbs. She said foxtail lilies had done well in her garden and she was determined … more
Those of you who have baseball fever right now may want more than just your lucky socks on while you watch the games. Saint Rita has been touted as the patron saint of baseball since 2002 when the movie “The Rookie” with Dennis Quaid was … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.