Pepper Pot Soup is also called the “soup that won the war.”  That would be the Revolutionary War.  On December 29, 1777, the Continental Army was freezing in camp at Valley Forge.  Conditions were terrible and the army lacked sufficient warm clothing, medicines, and especially food.  Fearing for both his men’s health and morale, General…

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GIVING GREEN You can give a gift to the National Heritage Corridor this year by reducing your carbon footprint during the holiday season.  Consider these suggestions: Purchase recycled gift wrap.  You can identify it by the triangular “recycled” logo. Reuse gift paper that was carefully unwrapped and saved.  An iron set on the lowest temperature…

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December 21st is the winter solstice but it is also the 413th birthday of Roger Williams (1603).  Known for founding what would become the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Williams was a man who believed in the separation of church and state, and in the inherent right to religious freedom. Roger Williams spent…

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On night flights into Green Airport from the south and west, the contrast is amazingly clear.  How the glow from urban centers, shopping plazas, industrial parks and suburban housing projects light up the landscape like uniformly placed holiday ornaments.  How that glow intensifies in major metropolitan areas.  And how suddenly it is gone as one…

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I always think of my Mom this time of year.  She used to start writing notes to friends and addressing Christmas cards the first week in December.  She had the most beautiful handwriting, having been schooled in the Palmer Method.  Even her quick “scribbling” was an attractive conglomeration of swoops and flourishes. The history of…

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