I love fall in New England. I know it may be a clique due to the hoards of vacationers coming just to visit the leaves in the place I live, but something about the leaves is truly magical. This weekend I was driving through Connecticut just admiring the rich golds and reds in the trees. The colors in fact are a result of the chlorophyll in the leaves draining and resulting in the fall pigments of red, yellow, orange and eventually brown. Fall is one of my favorite seasons simply because the temperature is perfect for a long sleeve shirt and pants, but no large jacket and gloves just yet. Winter is almost here but I can enjoy jacket less weather while I can because I know it will not last.


I never want to leave Rhode Island, it’s true. Many people will bash the smallest state in the entirety of the United States of America, but for me it will always be home and the place I will always return.

Last weekend, I took an overnight trip to Boston, MA and found that the one thing that gives me the most comfort in the entire world is seeing the “Welcome to Rhode Island: The Ocean State” on the Pawtucket/Attleboro line on I-95. If you have never lived in the state or think it’s part of New York I will give you a short briefing on my favorite place in the world.

To begin with, I should probably say that Rhode Island is a tiny state, only 37 miles wide and 48 miles long. It is sandwiched between Massachusetts and Connecticut and boasts a long Atlantic coastline and some of the best beaches on the East Coast. The colony of Rhode Island was founded by religious leader Roger Williams in 1636, when he was banished from nearby Massachusetts Bay Colony for heresy. He wished to create a colony of religious freedom, and today many diverse religions survive along with their colonial meeting places.

Rhode Island became the 13th state of the Union in 1790 and ratified the Constitution. It boasts a rich colonial history including the American Revolution battle of the burning of the Gaspee ship in Warwick. Rhode Island went on to become famous for its jewelry manufacturing center in Providence and its mill town of Pawtucket. In addition, Rhode Island has historically been in national news for a history of political corruption and scandal.

1. The Ocean

My favorite part of my state is the waterfront. I never have to drive more than 5-10 minutes to see the beautiful coastline. I live near East Greenwich Bay and grew up on the water. Not being able to see the water is not breathing in my state.

2. Everyone reads the same newspaper

No matter where you go in Rhode Island, everyone reads the same newspaper, The Providence Journal. Since 1829 when it was first published, everyone has a opinion on the Journal. Some love it and others love to hate it, but everyone talks about it. No other state has a paper that covers every activity in every city and town, even if it may be completely slanted one way or the other. Just bring up a Journal article in conversation and see what happens…

3. Snow Freak Outs

Since the Blizzard of 1978 (a decade before my birth), everyone in Rhode Island freaks out about snow. Five snowflakes can fall, and every single private, public, catholic and charter school will close as well as 75% of businesses and state offices. Snow freaks people out more than global warming or tornadoes or any other more threatening natural disaster.

4. The People (Most Importantly My Family and Friends)

Almost everyone I know lives in my state and I never want to leave. I grew up here and will always live here unless something truly life shattering happens.

My graduation from college is fast approaching and I know who the speaker for my ceremony will be in advance. However, I secretly wish it was an exciting celebrity or public figure. I mean honestly, my school is too small for a very high-profile speaker but we did manage to get to Dalai Lama to come visit us a few short years ago.

I am not sure who would be a great graduation speaker. Sure, former presidents and heads of state are pretty good speakers. After all, that is probably how they got elected to those positions in the first place. Actors and celebrities have to know how to speak well, it is basically their job to memorize other people’s words.

I would like to have some type of important foreign dignitary to speak at my graduation, preferably one that needed a myriad of security detail. I would like to learn from someone who has actually experienced the horrors of the real world and can tell me exactly how it will be when I move from the privileged gates of my university. What can a movie or music star tell me about the real working world and the political and social climate of the world I am about to be released into with little preparation?

I think I would rather have a humanitarian than  Will Ferrell. (even if he is hilarious)

Older adults always tell me that a college career is the best years in life. I could agree with that statement, because in four years I grew up a lot and experienced things that I never thought I would experience in my lifetime, let alone in my first 21 years.

I have a tendency to be nostalgic, mostly when things come to an end. After all, I did cry for the entire two hours of my high school graduation and completely ruined my makeup. Endings are hard for me, mostly because I loathe change. Change is a terribly scary and uncomfortable concept to me, but in my experience sometimes it has opened me up to new worlds I never had experienced.

Four years ago, when I walked onto my college campus as a student I was 17 years old and very sheltered. Tomorrow, my last day of classes I will walk off the campus as an independent woman who knows a bit better what she wants out of life, even if the economy is terrible and no one has yet hired her for a job in the real world.

I lived in Europe for four months, by myself without my family and friends. Living in a completely different time zone can be scary, but I learned how to adapt and live on my own terms. I even learned how to cook, even if I made the same meal every single night. After all, many apartments in Italy lack dryers, microwaves, air conditioners, unlimited electricity and not to mention hot water.

I worked for the first time in my entire life. I never held a job before I graduated high school, and now I have five jobs under my belt. Right now I work at a job I love and get to dress up every single day. I feel important and useful at my jobs and have created many wonderful relationships with older mentors who have taught me so much about living in the professional world.

I became a real writer, published and praised. I have always loved writing and now I can officially say I have written a senior thesis and various articles and pieces that I am proud to call my own. I even managed to craft my blog persona and write to you today, reaching over 750 readers so far in my blogging career.

Perhaps this part of my life is over, but there is definitely more excitement and learning to come.

Wordle: Alice and Bonnie

Today I woke up to find out that my entire town and pretty much state is under water, literally. Flooding has come to the state of Rhode Island, and will probably not clear up anytime soon. I love a good rainy day now and then (see my Leaky Boots post) but this was ridiculous. The Governor even declared a state of emergency! We even made it on CNN, MSNBC, and the Weather Channel. It was weird to see the national news covering a story right in my backyard. Even though my family did not get any water in our basement, many other families in our area had flooding or even evacuated. I normally say that Rhode Island is a state that freaks out at the first sign of precipitation but this time it actually was a legitimate concern.

The local mall is basically underwater which is completely disconcerting. See the photo below taken from the Providence Journal website.


The highway even is partly closed! I never thought that something of this proportion would happen to my tiny state.”None of us alive have seen the flooding that we are experiencing now or going to experience,” Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri said Tuesday night. “This is unprecedented in our state’s history.” I just hope that everyone stays safe and that the damage of the flood is as minimal as possible.

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