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Museums survive on the generosity of donors who give their money, their time and sometimes their personal property. They are very appreciative of their donors and are very hesitant to complain about any gift. However, museums do not want every … more
I try not to go out into the garden without my pruners. My holster really should remain clipped to my front pocket from daybreak to sundown because, like most gardeners, I’m apt to bolt outside suddenly, mid-sentence and whenever they’re not on … more
Sailor’s valentines are often thought to have been made by sailors who had idle time on whaling ships in the 1800’s. However, most originated in what became a cottage industry from the island of Barbados. Barbados was a common port for … more
There can be no doubt about it now, spring has sprung and is making up for lost time. No sooner did the weather have us in shirtsleeves than the grass greened up, the forsythia and magnolias got dressed, and the daffodils opened with what appears to … more
Q. My husband received this plate recently from his 102 year-old aunt. The plate originally belonged to his great-grandmother. We estimate the plate to be around 150-200 years old, and it is in perfect condition. We are wondering if you can find any … more
I have a lot of plants in my garden. (One might even describe it as “Plantiful.”) In fact, I have so many plants that on any given May through October day when the lion’s share are blooming or being otherwise interesting I don’t really miss … more
Q. I have some plates with 2 inches of 22 K gold around the border. Three dealers have told me the plates in themselves are of no antique value but if you could remove the gold there could be some value. I was wondering if you knew of a method of … more
LITTLE COMPTON — A 24-hour BioBlitz, and conclave of over a dozen conservation and gardening organizations being called Nature Day, will descend upon Veterans Field on the weekend of June 13. The double-header event, expected by its … more
March came in like the proverbial lion but according to weather forecasters, it looks like it will go out like one too. If we weren’t optimists, we might wonder if we should still expect April showers to bring May flowers. No matter how … 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.