Grandma’s Rose-Colored Words

Rita Watson’s Italian Kisses: Grandma tried to avoid unkind words By Rita Watson Special to The Journal Posted Apr. 14, 2016 @ 9:00 pm Grandma believed in clichés, euphemisms and kind words. “Bless instead of curse, because curses come home,” was a favorite saying. Grandma may not have seen the world through rose-colored glasses, but she […]

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Creating your gratitude story

By Rita Watson Special to The JournalPosted Mar. 31, 2016 @ 9:30 pm We all have a story to tell, even though sometimes our stories mingle between reality and what we choose to remember. However, what determines our destiny is oftentimes the way we fashion our stories. While it is always best to err on […]

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From her Pizzagaina to Zeppole, Grandma Was Queen

By Rita Watson Special to The Journal Posted Mar. 17, 2016 @ 9:00 pm When both San Giuseppe Day and Easter would fall within weeks of each other — as with this year — Grandma would say, “I’m beside myself with all of the baking and cooking. I hope I still have the strength to stand […]

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The Pairing of Music and Art at Boston Athenaeum

By Rita Watson Special to The JournalPosted Mar. 3, 2016 @ 9:30 pm  At a recent concert, I had a taste of artistic pairings. The jazz quartet Petite Feet, from the New England Conservatory of Music, highlighted the artwork of the late Allan Rohan Crite. For each musical composition, a different artwork was projected onto […]

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Mixing Politics and Pastry

Rita Watson’s grandmother was always suspicious of pastry shops that did not have windows filled with trays of cookies Special to The JournalPosted Feb. 18, 2016 @ 9:30 pm Before moving to what we called “The Water House,” my mother lived briefly in New Haven, Connecticut, with my father’s parents. She was quite displeased by […]

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Finding the secret to lifelong love

If you are lost in a lover’s world wondering if the love in your life is here to stay, some simple clues might give you the answer. Based on separate studies, love researchers have found that kindness and generosity of spirit — as reflected in words and body language — can be powerful predictors of […]

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All about Grandma’s candy drawer

>Posted Jan. 24, 2016 @ 12:01 am Grandma loved a good party. She thrived preparing for Sunday dinners. Because of the size of the family home, most birthdays were held at the house on the water. The one party that Grandma seemed to brush off was her own birthday “I don’t even have a birth […]

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Turn 2016 into a year of gratitude

The New Year can be a time for renewal, strengthening relationships and attaining a goal. However, a sad fact about the New Year and the holidays is the escalation of breakups. If you are someone facing 2016 unexpectedly without a love, you are not alone. But even if you are with the love of your […]

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My Army Dad and the Perfect Tree

By Rita Esposito Watson / Special to The Journal / Posted Dec. 27, 2015 @ 12:01 am Although my father missed my first Christmas, when he was able to come home the next year it was apparent from photos that the celebration was lavish. A tall Christmas tree standing on a window bench was the living room […]

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Master Thieves, a relationship reminder

By Rita Watson Special to The Journal Posted Dec. 13, 2015 @ 12:01 am With all of the halls being decked with holly, couples and families are frantically searching for the perfect gift. In these days of Internet shopping and mania at the malls, we sometimes forget about gifts that can strengthen relationships. It took […]

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