Tuesday, March 14
The only thing that frustrates me more than the flippant use of the term "fake news" is watching people who post regular lies on social media use it about others. How many times have you seen someone post a story from five years ago as if it's new? Or post a meme with no basis in reality just to make their point, not even bothering to verify for accuracy? Yet those same people seem to be the first ones screaming about the "fake" mainstream media.
And many times it's not just posting...more
Wednesday, February 15
Life before parenthood was fairly predictable. Life since our first son was born has been anything but. My wife and I have learned firsthand that children say and do the most inexplicable things.
I thought you might enjoy some of these phrases we never thought we'd have to say to our children:
• Never, never lick the toilet brush.
• You shouldn't put hot pizza on your face.
• Do not put brussels sprouts in your ear.
• Keep your mouth off the library...more
Saturday, January 21
Much of the discussion since my story about the Pawtucket Red Sox looking at the Apex property for a possible new stadium has revolved around an alleged dearth of attractions in the city and its downtown. I'm pretty sure many of the comments are being made by people who haven't been in Pawtucket in 10 or 20 years, but there have also been a number of...more
Wednesday, January 4
I like Jae Crowder as a player, but the petulant little tantrums he throws whenever he feels "disrespected" by fans are so old. I'd venture to say that if Bill Belichick coached the Celtics, Crowder would already be gone or coming off the bench.
First off, I was at this game, Section 306, row five, and I heard no cheers...more
Tuesday, December 27
Did you know that 48 percent of parents plan to count down the last 10 seconds of 2016 with their children at 9 p.m.? Or that 30 percent of Americans fall asleep before midnight on New Year's Eve? Or how about that 20 percent of all charitable contributions are made in the last 48 hours of the year?
WalletHub is out with a great new infographic showing some fun facts related to the New Year's holiday. Did...more
Saturday, December 3
One of my favorite activities is to ask simple questions in response to people's crazy assertions on Facebook. Usually it goes something like one of these: Do you have any examples? What story are you referring to? Where did you hear that? Nothing accusatory, just the basics.
The responses are often hilarious and ridiculous, proving again and again that we're living in a world where facts are things to be sniffed at. A New Yorker Cartoon had it right. "I'm sorry, Jeannie, your answer...more
Thursday, November 24
As you prepare to shop until you drop, we hope you'll check out The Breeze Holiday Gift Guide to see what local businesses are offering this holiday season. Just click the arrow to read right through. You supporting our advertisers makes it possible to put out this great paper each week.
Monday, November 21
Heading into work this morning, I decided on a whim to check Lite Rock 105 to see if the Christmas music was on yet. Sure it's three days before Thanksgiving, but worth a shot, right? And there it was, some hokey holiday song that I didn't even like all that much, but left it on for the rest of my ride in.
I'm the guy who listens to Christmas music from Halloween through January, but I certainly understand that's not everyone's cup of tea. I've heard all kinds of opinions on this...more
Monday, November 21
Obvious statement of the year: Patriots fans are spoiled.
While fans of other teams are wondering how they'll find their quarterback of the future or moaning about their defense resembling swiss cheese, the Pats have racked up a record of 8-2, most recently beating the 49ers by a score of 30-17 on Sunday.
Yet the first comment I read on Monday morning is from a Patriots fan who didn't find the win convincing enough. Another agreed, saying they should have won by much more....more
Friday, November 11
Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump handily in Rhode Island, 53.8 percent to 39.5 percent, but the president-elect would have won locally if the only communities to vote were 10 of the 11 covered by The Breeze.
Clinton had 53,139 votes from all 11 cities and towns covered by the paper, compared to 47,164 votes for Trump. Without Pawtucket factored in, Trump would have held the edge, taking 41,359 votes to Clinton’s 38,676 votes.
Of the 11 communities, only four went Clinton’s way...more