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This month, it’s what you think about us
America’s Favorite Family Happens to Be English
12 Our new feature asks: Was anyone listening last month?
15 Downton Abbey: It still excites and attracts audiences
everywhere; will it be showing up in a neighborhood near you? 24 The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center restoration project is on track; we take a look at the progress
Home & Décor
30 A review of the Greenwich Winter Antique Show 34 Locating peace and tranquility is easier than you think.
A Renovation of Historic Proportion
Tiverton, Rhode Island is the place to look
38 From art to business, and the return to art—growing can be
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Artist profile: Who’s doing what and where
48 Leading by example—the Women’s World Cup at Killington
attracts record crowds
30 The Women’s Skiing World Cup at Killington Attracts Record Crowds
Home and Décor
It may be winter but the spring/summer forecast has arrived
76 A toast to you and yours; but, is that such a good idea?
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78 How high interest rates will go is anyone’s guess
79 Addressing the use of turn signals in relationships—it could
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OBSERVATIONS “No, you can’t always get what you want… but if you try sometime— you just might find— you get what you need.” THE ROLLING STONES
ith each New Year comes the hope and dreams of health, wealth, and success; this year should be no different. It’s a time to reflect on the people, events, and experiences we’ve enjoyed, and conduct an inventory of these interpersonal riches. The past year has presented challenges— most of which were not predictable—but as always, the New Year allows us to reset the clock, so that we may attempt to reach the level of satisfaction we all desire. From all of us to all of you, Happy New Year. We’ve been receiving a great deal of mail and wanted to share some of it with our readers. It’s always nice to hear from people who are either featured in our magazine or follow it; thank you for taking time to acknowledge our efforts. 10 JANUARY 2018
“On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Historical Association, Inc., I would like to thank you so much for highlighting the Military museum in [your] November issue. The article is wonderfully written, complete and thorough, with an awesome color display of the different areas of the Museum and the memorabilia therein. Such recognition is extremely important to our organization and much appreciated.” Joseph Langlois, President Fort Tabor-Fort Rodman Historical Association, Inc.
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WELCOME O ver the last 14 or so years, we’ve noticed that there have been times when not long after our issue hits the streets, a ripple begins in the pond of public opinion. In response to our reporting we often receive phone calls, letters, or emails from readers—mostly positive—thanking us for our efforts or sharing additional information they have regarding our content. However, at times there are some in the media who pay us a compliment when we
hit a nerve. (That’s what it’s called when publication B decides to rewrite facts as they see them—but uses the same or similar storyline found in publication A.) Then, there are occasions when we’d like to update a story, correct a mistake, or simply thank those who might not otherwise be recognized for their achievements or contributions. It is for these reasons we have launched our new page, “Looking Back.” Each month we hope to add something to the dialogue we’ve started. Regardless of where this new focus takes
us, we hope you will enjoy this new effort, while we attempt to keep it interesting and enjoyable. Looking Back at December 2017
Allow us to begin with a look back at our story entitled “Street Graphics: What Is the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990?” from our December 2017 issue. The genesis of the piece was the result of the proliferation of street art, graffiti, or if you prefer, outdoor murals. They are found in almost every town in Continued on page 42
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Americaâ€™s Favorite Family Happens to Be English BY STEVEN CHAN
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causing reflection on a society built with tradition and protocol; it was also a time when our beloved television characters had performed their final act. Downton Abbey has proven to be a powerful influencer; it became part of nearly everyone’s life—viewer or not. Regardless of where you found yourself—work, social events, or the local pub—there were always admirers huddled together, engaged in a discussion about the potential outcome of the weekly cliffhanger. Today, it is being revived and continues to draw attention and praise from the most unlikely spectators. The actors, humanly frail and believable, have become part of our extended family; they have taken on realism which allowed
us to escape the trappings of our modern-day routines and bask in the fantasy of old-world privilege and decadence. The thought of the dressing gong going silent saddened followers. They knew their favorite program had reached its limit, yet they longed for more dinners, conversations, and drama—all of which made the program a legacy during its short run. With the knowledge that the public yearned for more of the story, entertainment executives felt obliged, and so they honored the public with another course of entertainment. In October, NBCUniversal announced the creation and opening of this television phenomenon’s very own tribute, Downton Abbey—The Exhibition.
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illions upon millions of fans, from every part of the world, tuned to PBS—for six seasons—so they could spend countless hours fixated on the lives of television characters living in an English country home known as Downton Abbey. Filmed at Britain’s Highclere Castle, American audiences never seemed to become weary of tales of how Edwardian-era life encompassed the English aristocrats and their servants during the period. The multi-award-winning series concluded in 2015, just as the Crawley family and their staff were “moving into a new world.” It was during the first few decades of the 20th century that change was forced upon them,
above: typical edwardian table service. left: lady edith crawley, played by laura carmichael, and one of the servants, jimmy kent, played by ed speleers right: servants’ dining hall gossip and socialization among help took place
It opened in New York City on November 18, at the former Lee’s Art Shop on 57th Street. The traveling exhibition—currently housed in the Victorian-era building, is filled with films, props, gowns, and artifacts which connect fans to all aspects of the television show, as well as an important time in history. The US debut (with a limited engagement) is much more than a quick tour of a soundstage you may have experienced in a West Coast studio. Rather, the interactive event is choreographed with visitors in mind, so that each step a guest takes not only brings back pleasant memories but allows discovery and a better understanding of those who lived over a century ago. According to a press release obtained before the tour, the producers explained that the exhibit is designed to transport fans “on
an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey…it peers into the world of the Crawleys and those that served them below stairs. From Mrs. Patmore’s hectic kitchen and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters to the family’s glamorous dining room and Lady Mary’s bedroom, fans will get the chance to walk through some of the series’ most recognizable and beloved sets. Visitors will even come up close to over 50
of the show’s official costumes worn by their favorite actors including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, and Dame Maggie Smith.” But, there is more to the exhibit if you know where to look. Many of the rooms throughout the three floors of the “new” house contain displays, kiosks, and surround-around soundstages showing clips that offer a wealth of information and insight JANUARY 2018 17
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For those lacking a sense of adventure, we have an unsupported and highly speculative guess as to where the next stop may be for what Michael Edelstein, president of NBCUniversal International Studios, calls a “multi-milliondollar, museum-quality experience.” Rumors are circulating—according to sources with close ties to Downton Abbey— that The Exhibition is planned to move to New England. And, what better place than where the storyline of the show is mentioned? You may recall that actress Shirley MacLaine plays Martha Levinson—the mother of Lady Cora—who was an American, married to the Earl of Grantham. While we are not completely certain of this claim, there may have been a disparaging comment made by Violet,
the Dowager Countess played by Maggie Smith, when referring to the manufactured wealth and lifestyle of competing Newport’s— new money and the lack of heritage. It will be interesting to see what city becomes the new home to America’s favorite television family and their story; we pray for good judgment. H For more information about attending the event in New York City, or to monitor announcements regarding future tours, visit downtonexhibition.com. in the kitchen: sophie mcshera (daisy mason) and lesley nicol (mrs. patmore). top right: costumes from the show at the exhibit. bottom right (l to r): martha levinson played by shirley maclaine, harold levinson played by paul giamatti, and charles carson played by jim carter
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into life and society for those with status and those fortunate enough to live within the confines of the castle. Details, although sometimes overlooked, are important and may be found by taking the time to examine letters, clothing, and even the proper placement of tableware. Quickly, it becomes obvious that attention to detail—to an extraordinary extent—is how the writers, designers, and everyone else involved in the production of the series captured the fascination of an appreciative audience. The Exhibition will be open in NYC through January, so there is time to visit and perhaps take in an afternoon tea at the nearby Whitby Hotel, which is one of many sponsors of this special event.
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MATTHEW GOODE AS HENRY TALBOT, MICHELLE DOCKERY AS LADT MARY, ALLEN LEECH AS BRANSON AND BRENDAN PATRICKS AS EVELYN NAPIER (NICK BRIGGS)
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MATT BARBER ATTICUS AND LILY JAMES AS LADY ROSE. (NICK BRIGGS)
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PHYLLIS LOGAN AS MRS HUGHES & JIM CARTER AS MR CARSON (NICK BRIGGS)
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NEWPORT ARCHITECT MOHAMAD FARZAN
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A Renovation of Historic Proportion Rhode Island community continues with the $18 million restoration of its famed Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center BY STEVEN CHAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCKI SCHOTZ
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f you ever have an opportunity to meet Newport architect Mohamad Farzan, of NewPort Architecture, consider this advice: Clear your mind of any preconceived notion regarding his profession. Do not anticipate Farzan to resemble a stereotype, one often mistakenly conceived due to previous experiences with personalities that have become complicated by the assembly of design, creativity, science, and physics, or a lifetime of praise which tends to inflate egos. Farzan, a tall, quiet man, possesses an attractive and humble demeanor. With a kind smile and calm voice, he speaks volumes of his work on one of Newportâ€™s most impressiveâ€” as well as challengingâ€”restoration projects attempted in decades, if not centuries, in the City by the Sea. JANUARY 2018 27
Inside the gutted lobby, amidst a crumbling ceiling, a newly installed elevator shaft, steel-beam supports, and a view of the new state-of-the-art stage, the dusty shell of a building—once the gem of Washington Square—is now the main office for the people responsible for rebuilding this historic theatre. When asked his opinion about such an intensive and arduous project, Farzan succinctly shared his vision of the job entrusted to him and his firm. “We have two missions: to preserve the building because of its historic nature, and to make it work as a 21st-century performance space for the next generation. We are restoring history and renovating [space] for world-class performances.” Farzan is wholly committed to this task and takes pride in its progress as he points out the many hidden but important pieces it has taken to get this job this far along. Of special interest and what is the frosting on this soon-to-becompleted cake, is the rooftop garden, a concept created by Board Chairperson Alison Vareika. Taking in the vast views of the harbor and entrance to the city, Vareika and Farzan joined together in creating what will be the most extraordinary indoor/outdoor spaces in town. Celebrating 150 years of histoRY
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After the Civil War ended, and in decades that followed, leading performers and public intellectuals such as Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edwin Booth, John Barrymore, Mary Pickford, Wild Buffalo Bill Cody, Frederick Douglass, and John Philip Sousa, were among the many personalities to appear on the Newport Opera House stage. The facility also housed important social and political movements such as a meeting place for abolitionists and the suffragettes. In 1929, the building was renovated and turned into a popular movie house only to be expanded later into a three-screen theater. But, over the years its beauty and usefulness turned frail and unsightly and didn’t reflect the vision many had for the area. In 2002 the local community decided that the theatre had potential, and a charitable non-profit organization—the Newport Performing Arts Center—was formed, with the purchase of the deteriorating building to follow. Much has been accomplished during phase one and phase two of the restoration project. With another $6 million needed to complete the endeavor, its target date for completion is quickly approaching. With all hands on deck, and a focus to reach the financial goals necessary to meet obligations to rebuild the Opera House, never has there been a more important time for public involvement. In a press release, Vareika said, “I realized how old the building was and that it was a national treasure [and] in danger of being lost …it was a historic preservation…these [old] buildings are for bringing economic, community activity, tourism, and educational opportunities to the communities they serve.”
Much has been accomplished will bring comfort and awe to since demolition began. both patrons and performers. When asked his opinion about such an intensive and Structural supports, rebuilt Executive director of walls, electrical, plumbing, and the organization, Brenda arduous project, Farzan succinctly shared his vision HVAC have all been installed; Nienhouse thoughtfully of the job entrusted to him and his firm. yet, there is much more to explains what the future holds “We have two missions: to preserve the building be done. for the Newport Opera House because of its historic nature, and to make it work Playing a key role in keeping upon its completion this year. as a 21st-century performance space for the next the ball rolling to meet a dead“We look forward to serving as line for 2018 is Construction a premier venue for Newport generation. We are restoring history and renovating Superintendent Bob Murgo, …we aim to open for 2018 and [space] for world-class performances.” of Farrar & Associates. When look forward to showcasing asked about his view of the job, world-class performing arts he responded, “I have a lot of year-round—theater, dance, pride in this project. The renovation is challenging with the style music, classical, jazz, [and] events—as this jewel-box gem of of the building, and its historical significance is definitely a key historic Newport shines bright again.” H factor in the pacing of this restoration.” Attention to detail is necessary when doing preservation The Newport Opera House Theater & Performing Arts Center work. When possible, original doors, moldings, windows, and is actively engaged in restoring and renovating the historic 1867 architectural elements are saved and reused. Even walls are being Opera House Theater in downtown Newport into a 700-seat salvaged wherever possible so that the group may receive historic venue for year-round programming of live performances that preservation tax credits. The same holds true for the exterior; few will serve as a cultural asset, economic driver, and educational who pass the newly completed façade of the building will realize catalyst locally and in the region. The theater is among the 10 that each brick has been replaced or restored individually. oldest surviving opera houses in America and the oldest surviving Work remaining on the Opera House includes the grand theater building in Rhode Island. For more information, visit staircase, dressing rooms, seating, and every other element that operahouseri.org.
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The Prestigious Greenwich Winter Antiques Show Excites and Impresses
he most pleasant events of the holiday season seem to be those which involve the opportunity to meet with friends who have been absent. Moreover, itâ€™s always a pleasure to be introduced to new faces, many of whom share similar interests in a plethora of activities or careers having similar connections. Year after year, our staff members have been invited to the popular and well-respected Greenwich Winter Antiques Show. In the past, there was always a scheduling conflict; however, this year the team was determined to attend the opening gala and preview party on December 1, entitled Antiquarius. At a glance, some would be put off by the distance from Boston to Greenwich. But, in reality, the location is ideal for anyone having access to rail service or who wishes to be in proximity to New York City while enjoying the civility this coastal community offers over the weekend. The red carpet opening was to benefit the fine work the Greenwich Historical Society is known to perform, along with the generous outreach of services they deliver to the local community.
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Making the trip was adventurous on all levels; many well-known and favorite exhibitors made it a point to stock their pop-up showrooms with an abundance of outstanding furnishings, silver, art, and accessories for tasteful decoration and interior design. In attendance were familiar names like Georgian Manor Antiques of Fairhaven, Mass.; Knollwood Antiques of Thorndike Village (Palmer, Mass.); Leatherwood Antiques on Cape Cod; and Village Braider Antiques of Plymouth, on the South Shore. The red carpet and champagne opening captivated and enchanted the throngs of smartly dressed guests. Once introductions were complete, followed by words of appreciation for a long list of committed volunteers (and a year’s worth of effort), patrons and well-wishers were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres, gourmet catering stations—provided by Marcia Selden Catering—and a long list of choice libations. The show is produced for the Greenwich Historical Society by the highly respected antique exhibitor and event promoter Frank Gaglio of Rhinebeck, New York. With extensive knowledge and unmatched experience, his effort in working with Opening Night co-chairs Holly Cassin, Mimi Moulton, and Susan Sleeper, along with the entire leadership committee—who contribute a sense of style and sophistication to this elegant antiques show and sale—made this event most memorable. This year, a special thank you is due Debra L. Mecky, executive director and CEO of the Greenwich Historical Society. Through her leadership and selfless enthusiasm, Mecky is successfully navigating the membership to reach clear and defined objectives. She has successfully adopted the task of sharing the Greenwich Historical Society’s mission and message to those well beyond this community, and as a result, will pique the attention of other groups looking to emulate their success. The dedication of Greenwich membership could serve as a guide regarding how cooperative efforts are the building blocks of a community’s foundation. H
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Hidden from view, Nanaquaket remains one of the most idyllic neighborhoods in Rhode Island. BY JAMES HOLDEN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCKI SCHOTZ
f there were ever a community which defined the term “FarmCoast,” it would have to be the land mass which extends from the newly-built Sakonnet Bridge to the beacon known as Sakonnet Light. From these two landmarks, the sea, ponds, rivers, fields, and farms coexist to create a large community—based on acreage—that offers a small and local feel which hasn’t changed since the original settlers arrived. Those who first discovered the area found Native Americans living along the coast due to the fish and other seafood which was in abundance, as well as the wild game they hunted in the dense forests that surrounded them.
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As time went on, newcomers continued to make a stake in the area dotted with islands, inlets, and trails leading to neighboring settlements. Tiverton and Little Compton were also places where locals were called to arms so that they might defend their homes and way of life during the Revolutionary War. Much has been written about the fortification and struggles the colonists endured during the period. As odd as it may seem, the landscape hasn’t changed since then; many of the roads and buildings are intact, along with their enduring tranquility. Of particular interest is the peninsula known as Nanaquaket. Tucked into a fold between the Sakonnet River and a pond which separates the neighborhood from traffic and sight, this peaceful location isn’t known to many.
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Here you’ll find gracious mansions, winding driveways, water views, and nature as it was intended to be found— undisturbed. This month’s home, located at 299 Nanaquaket, is a perfect opportunity to own a home nestled in an enclave of historic properties and history. Built in 1956, this completely renovated colonial, located on a corner lot, was built to last. A walk through the home provides evidence that it is a solid structure and the materials used were the best available. The same holds true for the work done to remodel the house to modern day standards. Thoughtful consideration went into all aspects of its rehabilitation so that someone interested in the property need only to move in and begin enjoying their home immediately.
Amenities that shoppers are looking for are present: two beautiful stone fireplaces—both wood-burning—bright and clean hardwood floors, built-ins for added storage, windows which allow light to flow in all living areas, and an updated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite counters. There is also a nicely designed powder room with easy access from the living room, library, and kitchen. Upstairs are three bedrooms with the master suite boasting a frameless shower enclosure, and the bedroom bright and airy resulting from a loft ceiling. For convenience, a washer/dryer combo is right where you need it most. The two-stall (attached) garage by way of a spacious mudroom is an added benefit when the weather doesn’t cooperate. But, when the sun is out, you’ll want to be on the outdoor patio complete with a grape
arbor, slate deck, and outdoor shower. The neighborhood is grand—quiet and reserved, with a pleasant blend of homes of different periods found along the walkable paths and streets. Due to the area elevation, water views abound and make a daily walk an inviting treat. The combination of a well-built and upgraded home, settled on a lot surrounded by old-growth plantings, and close to Newport, Providence, and Boston,
makes this one of the best offerings on the market and deserves more than a glance. An in-person tour will be all it takes for you to see the great opportunity that awaits. H 299 Nanaquaket is offered at $569,000 by William-Raveis at 911 Main Road, Westport, Mass. For additional information or to schedule a showing, contact Ellie Wickes at 508-636-3100 or email@example.com.
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WHEN ART BECOMES A BUSINESS ADVENTURE Elizabeth Benotti Continues to Grow
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here is nothing like staying at home for real comfort,” Jane Austen wrote in the novel Emma. To ceramic artist Elizabeth Benotti, a comfortable home is one that is adorned simply with meaningful items. Comfort is about having less stuff, and the stuff you do have is quality and can be cherished a long time, she says. Everyday objects aren’t ordinary to Benotti. They should mean something, she says. “Take a mug, for example. It’s the first thing you grab in the morning,” she says. To have a mug that is beautiful and well-made is so much more meaningful. “I swear it makes your coffee taste better.” It’s this ethos that drives how the central
Massachusetts native spends her days: making beautiful, handcrafted homewares to warm the households they enter. Using clean, pure porcelain clay, she creates everyday items with her simplistic style. From central Massachusetts, Benotti has grown her business from humble beginnings—a 15-by-15-foot studio in her parents’ basement. Today, she has a newlyacquired 2,100-square-foot space to house her growing operation. Benotti studied ceramics at the University of Colorado before heading to California for a nine-month residency program. It was there she realized her ability to pursue art as a career, which was a much more intriguing profession than the office jobs she had worked while honing her craft.
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her full-time operation, from staying organized to managing her website.
“I love color,” she says, adding that she loves seeing color in the world and wanted to produce that in her work. “I like creating patterns [in the designs], but to not make them distracting, I balance with color.”
“I went to a show in San Francisco, Bazaar Bizarre,” she says. “There were a bunch of young people selling their stuff. I thought, If they can do it, I can.” Eventually, she moved home to Massachusetts and took up shop in her parents’ basement, converting her conceptual college instructions into functional art she could sell. “I was just making whatever I wanted to make,” she says. “I like cooking and growing…and am always playing around with process and function. Functional art just makes sense to me.” Once she had a base of products, from ceramic cups and bowls to flower planters, she headed out to craft shows like Boston’s famed SoWa Open Market as well as retail shows. She began to meet other artists and build a customer base. She also set up an Etsy shop to gain an online presence. A year later, she moved out of her parents’ basement into a bigger workspace, which she eventually outgrew as well. Several years ago she made her way to Maine and set up shop in 600 square feet of an old mill building. As her business grew, she began to educate herself by taking classes in branding and wholesale, and three years ago she became a full-time artist. “I didn’t see any other way to do it,” she says of starting her own business. “I have to represent myself…The freedom and flexibility to work for myself was appealing.” She also added that all the years she was a temp and worked in offices helped her with the business tasks that came with launching
Reaching the masses
Benotti credits a lot of her early success to her shop on Etsy, which helped her gain exposure both in the press and with shop owners. Etsy is an online marketplace for all things handmade that launched in 2005. Similar to eBay, the site caters to artists and craft makers, connecting the seller to the buyer through its ecommerce platform. According to its website, there are currently 45 million items on sale on esty.com from 1.9 million active sellers. The site also boasts 31.7 million buyers and has goods from the casual weekend crafter to full-time artists, like award-winning Spanish illustrator Valero Doval and well-known British illustrator and animation director Julia Pott, who is based in Brooklyn. Benotti opened her Etsy shop in 2008. In August 2015, she attended the New York Now trade show through an invitation by Etsy, and it proved to be a pivotal move in her career. New York Now is a bi-yearly wholesale product and innovative designs tradeshow that showcases gifts and home décor to retail stores. “I pulled my stuff together and went,” she says. The event, which she has now attended five times, has brought in a significant amount of wholesale businesses. To date, she says, her wholesale numbers make up 70 percent of her sales, with retail bringing in only about 30 percent. This is a major shift from when she first started. In early 2017, she celebrated her success by hiring a part-time employee to help her with production. “I have to have a clean room before I can get to work,” she says. “Meaning, I have to fill all orders before starting new projects.” She found she was spending all her time filling orders and no time on new creations. “It’s a struggle to find that balance.” Her employee helps fill orders more quickly by using a slip casting technique, which utilizes plaster molds to easily make copies of her pieces. With two kilns, two slip casting tables, and one large work table, she was once again running out of room, especially due to the fact that the one-room space housed her work area as well as the shipping and business area. The overcrowded space was
also home to an orange vinyl couch that she explains she refused to get rid of, even though it was taking up a lot of space. “It’s a cool couch,” she says, adding that it was a particularly exciting vintage find when she was living and working in New Hampshire—before her move to Maine— and it was perfect for work-break naps. The couch represents a sanctuary space—a nook that she fixed up in her signature simple and homey, yet chic and sophisticated style. Rather than get rid of her couch and sacrifice her nook, and to make room for her expanding business operations, Benotti signed the lease on a 2,100-square-foot space this past December. Esthetically pleasing
Benotti’s designs are clean and simple, are informed by process, and follow geometric patterns. She uses glazes for adding colors of grays, greens, blues, and pinks; she also paints some designs with a brush and uses carvings to create herringbone and other detailing. “I love color,” she says, adding that she loves seeing color in the world and wanted to produce that in her work. “I like creating patterns [in the designs], but to not make them distracting, I balance with color.” Her colors and designs are neutral and are neither masculine nor feminine, she says, so they can fit in the average person’s home. “It’s about trusting that if you have an odd idea, it will work,” she says, adding that she loves using fingerprint texture with her painting. “It makes it look handmade, like you can relate it back to the maker.” Luckily for Benotti, there is still a desire for handmade and small batch goods. It’s been a niche market that has held on despite the rise of big-box and discount stores. But with the help of ecommerce sites like Etsy, the artesian movement has received a much-needed surge in customers as buyers are dazzled by the hip creations and reminded of the value these creators bring to the marketplace. At this point, staying small isn’t an option for Benotti. She has plans to continue to expand her business, particularly her wholesale production. She says her goal is to get her wholesale business self-sustaining so she can focus on new designs and experimenting with her craft. For more information about Elizabeth Benotti Handmade Ceramics, visit elizabethbenotti.com. JANUARY 2018 41
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America; some add beauty to the landscape while others are deemed criminal. Naturally, a variety of factors play into each category, but for our article, we grouped the entire body of work into one category— namely, street art. The piece was timely because of a landmark court case—which was decided in New York, regarding the 5Pointz building and a group of artists who sued the owner for covering up years of their paintings without notice. But in truth, our article was focused on the copyright protection of creative work, weighed against the rights of property owners. Since our release of the thoughtprovoking feature (and our pointing out the legal ramifications of those walking down the path of copyright protection), we’ve noticed an elevation in interest among many other publishers. Some have come across as a bit defensive, while others are specific about the interaction of government agencies and artists working together to fill voids in underutilized public spaces.
ARTIST KEN RICHARDS Winter Exhibition
Saturday, December 30, 2017 2:00 - 10:00 PM Cork Wine & Tappas 90 Front Street, New Bedford, MA Ken Richards is a self-taught artist who has been painting professionally since 1992. He now lives in Mykonos, Greece and New Bedford, Massachusetts. “I want my paintings to go beyond the mere representation of light, shape and color to reveal the emotional rhythms, impressions and sheer delight in what the planet has to offer.” Artist Ken Richards will exhibit his recent paintings featuring New England landscapes and local scenes, as well as favorites from his extensive travels.
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n May 24, 1864, says Langlois, who explains that there are also on the banks of the many photographs on the walls throughout Ashepoo River in the museum. “When people bring in pictures South Carolina, a of their fathers, husbands, we put them up.” small crew of solRun solely by volunteers; the museum is diers set out in a completely free to the public. Open daily rowboat on a rescue from 1–4 p.m. all year round, the doors close mission that would later earn them the only four times a year. highest military award for bravery during “It’s a very special place,” says Langlois. combat—the Medal of Honor. “We appreciate donations, but it’s not Private William Downey, an Irishman who required.” joined the US Army from Fall River, Mass., The Fort Taber association formed iniin September 1863 to fight on behalf of the tially in the early 1970s with plans to open North in the Civil War, was among those who a museum and preserve the Civil War fort. volunteered. The boat crew set out to rescue According to Langlois, the association went some 200 Union soldiers stuck on a stranded into a state of suspended animation until steamer, the USS Boston. The ship was reportit was resurrected in the late 1990s when edly stuck on a sandbar, and the boat crew the city took an interest in the cause. New managed to get them to shore amid heavy fire members got involved, and the board started from a Confederate battery. meeting again in 1999. The building where Today, Downey is buried at Saint Mary’s the museum resides is owned by the city and Cemetery in New Bedford, and his Medal shared with a yacht club. Before the 2004 of Honor is displayed at the Fort Taber-Fort opening, the city rehabbed the space and Rodman Military Museum. It was donated to board members filled it with the first items. the New Bedford museum two years ago on “It was a meager display, but people loved Most recently, foundpart an author, Isaac onlysays took a week before wasmost whitewashed Veteran’s Day andwe became of the thouit,” Langlois, addingitthat people Kaplan, who drew a parallel to our story in his over. We don’t know anything more, sands of artifacts found at the museum since hear about the museum through wordand of piece called “IfinYou Artwork, Can You couldn’tand confirm reason for the cover-up, its conception theBuy latean 1990s. mouth bringthe in their items to be disLegally It?”making, Interestingly, he touches upon but the “One timingwoman of this came act raises eyebrows. Years Eat in the the museum finally played. in with medals of the issue of who owns artwork after you buy To our point, we never attempted causeif opened its doors in 2004 with a modest colher father and also a photograph. Shetoasked it, and to what extent can you abuse, damage, a debate or make some feel like it was time lection of 20 two-shelf photography units and we would put the picture up.” change it—even to It getwas thethen longthat knives by reporting the one display case. eat it, if you so determine. theout museum began to He astutely points out—as we did—the facts of art ownership. The purpose was “At that time we wondered how we would accept and encourage people to bring in protections granted by the 1990 Visual Artists to inform andofmake public that fill the room,” says Fort Taber/Fort Rodman photographs their the loved onesaware in uniform. Rights Act (VARA). He too puts the public when someone is allowed to paint or “tag” Historical Association President Joseph In 2009, the city expanded the space on notice,“People that regardless of handshakes and property—personal public—the property Langlois. in the area have been very to make way for newordisplay cases. The good feelings, the law is the law when it owner is entering into a protected agreement kind in bringing in 1,800-square-foot comesitems.” to art ownership. with that person who will legallywas own the these addition made Since our piece was released, we’ve finished work. RON PLOURDE, VOLUNTEER These donated artipossible through a received notices From our point of view, we did donation our job; facts range from and the comments from the substantial public about the issue. As a result, we took we’ve informed the public, artists, and Revolutionary War from Bank of America the next the stepOperation and sent a photographer out property owners what the playing field looks through as well as two grants. to record instances that our readers brought like. Now it is up to them to sort it out. Iraqi Freedom and Today, there are about to our attention. It will be interesting 40 to monitor whether Operation Freedom volunteers and an Accompanying this update, you’ll find a or not our article will be pulled out of that Enduring (Afghanistan) 11-member board photo all of of a large warehouse in New Bedford, a dusty file years from now as Wars, which is a keepand the used museum Mass. with an artist’s signature and a evidence in a copyright battle, or have some tribute to local veterans running. copyright next to his name. It was bearing on settlements offered to a group and servicesymbol members. In addition to the nearly 13 years ago this work was completed that today is a creative partner, but tomorrow “The museum has a museum, the fort is a and personal protectedtouch fromin a “paint-over.” a plaintiff. real destination in its own It wasn’ttolong We would like to thank ourThe readers addition the before we were directed to right. fortfor is their only another work that had been applied to a input and assistance with this update; historical artifacts,” open for specialwe’ve events building along the SouthCoast. In this case, it enjoyed investigating the topic further. H
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issing an Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup Event taking place in your backyard once is acceptable; but when it happens two years in a row, we begin to wonder if you possess an innate fear of experiencing too much fun and excitement. It took place in 2016, and then again— just weeks ago—while the turkey was still warm on top of the stove. International (women) athletes—the best competitors in the sport—began to arrive at the brown landscape and winding roads of New England, only to be mesmerized by the artificial winter created by the snow guns and their operators at the Beast in the East— a.k.a Killington Resort in Vermont.
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Excited fans watched the course from elevated viewing stands, a private VIP enclosure, or from the free access areas where the jumbotrons provided an extreme view of every turn these elite athletes made while racing down an icy course at breakneck speeds. Everyone present could undoubtedly feel the roar and vibration of cheering crowds, the surround sound of cowbells ringing, and the groove of the music which penetrated all generations. We witnessed spontaneous dancing break out throughout the village, followed by big smiles, grand laughter, and flags waving. There were friendly exchanges taking place among strangers who seemed to focus on a single interest. It seemed ironic that all these people with such broad backgrounds could instantly put aside any differences they may have, and suddenly find commonality which linked them together in a somewhat odd harmony. It’s been estimated that this event can shoot somewhere between $15–$20 million into the arm of the local community by the time the receipts are counted; with that under advisement, who says money doesn’t buy a little happiness? We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 Cup—no excuses next time around. H SEE OUR PICTORIAL ON THE NEXT PAGE
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he Woman’s World Cup offers one of the most thrilling sports events to come to the east coast. While electronic media uses the most innovative technology to bring the excitement of the weekend to spectators of the race (at the bottom of the hill) as well as viewers in their warm homes, nothing can duplicate the intensity of the sport and the effort of the athletes on the race course. We’re pleased to provide this pictorial of the weekend as captured by photojournalists of Lucki Schotz Photography. Their access to the mountain and the finish line allow them to share moments that are frozen in time but will be remembered forever. We hope you enjoy this additional content reserved for our digital subscribers. H
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Exceptional Entertaining Elegant ideas for a meal worth celebrating
elighting guests in unexpected ways is the hallmark of exceptional entertaining. With a little creative flair, you can elevate your menu to impress guests with every course. A savory appetizer is set off beautifully by fresh, sweet grapes in this Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini. Festive, bright, and refreshing, grapes are a versatile ingredient that take dishes to the next level, making them ideal for special occasions. Not only are grapes a smart choice to keep on hand for healthy snacking and everyday eating, the vibrant colors and flavors bring extra life to a basic protein.
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For a unique twist on a main dish, try dressing up chicken with an elegant addition like fresh grapes, as in these Seared Chicken Breasts with Grapes and Artichokes. The secret to a winning dessert is presentation, and the vibrant colors of red, green, or black grapes lend just the right look to these tasty Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Cream and Grapes. Whatâ€™s more, the juicy sweetness offsets the tartness of the lemon for an explosion of flavor perfection. For more recipes like these, visit GrapesFromCalifornia.com.
Grape and Goat Cheese Crostini Serves: 8 2 Cups quartered green, black, or red California grapes (or a mixture) 2 Teaspoons lemon juice 2 Teaspoons honey 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves 1 /4 Teaspoon kosher salt 1 /4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 16 Baguette slices, thinly cut on diagonal 8 Ounces fresh goat cheese In medium bowl, combine grapes, lemon juice, honey, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Spread each baguette with goat cheese and top with grape mixture. Nutritional information per serving: 200 calories; 9 g protein; 23 g carbohydrates; 8 g fat (36 percent calories from fat); 4.5 g saturated fat (20 percent calories from saturated fat); 15 mg cholesterol; 340 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.
Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Cream and Grapes Serves: 6 4 Large egg whites Pinch of salt 1 Cup sugar 2 Teaspoons cornstarch 1 Teaspoon vanilla 2 /3 Cup heavy whipping cream 1 /3 Cup lemon curd 11/2 Cups halved California grapes chopped smoked or tamari almonds (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. With electric mixer on medium speed, in large bowl, beat egg whites and salt until firm peaks form. On low speed, add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until meringue forms stiff peaks. Whisk in cornstarch and vanilla. Divide meringue into six 4-inch circles on baking sheet. With large spoon, make indentations in middle of each. Place baking sheet in oven and lower temperature to 300 F. Bake 30 minutes then turn off oven and leave baking sheet inside another 30 minutes. To serve, whip cream to soft peaks and stir in lemon curd. Dollop onto meringues and top with grapes. Garnish with almonds, if desired. Nutritional information per serving: 350 calories; 4 g protein; 58 g carbohydrates; 12 g fat (31 percent calories from fat); 8 g saturated fat (20 percent calories from saturated fat); 55 mg cholesterol; 90 mg sodium.
Seared Chicken Breasts with Grapes and Artichokes Serves: 4 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (8 ounces each), butterflied lengthwise into 4 cutlets Salt and pepper to taste 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 Cloves garlic, minced 1 Leek, white part only, halved and thinly sliced 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano 11/2 Cups quartered artichoke hearts, frozen, or jarred 1 /2 Cup dry white wine 1 /2 Cup low-sodium chicken stock 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 /2 Teaspoon lemon zest 2 Teaspoons butter 3 /4 Cup green California grapes 3 /4 Cup red California grapes 2 Tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, to taste. In saute pan over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add chicken breasts and sear 3-4 minutes per side. Remove chicken and set aside. Add remaining olive oil to pan, along with garlic, leek, and pinch of salt; cook on medium heat 2-3 minutes to soften leek. Stir in oregano, artichokes, wine, chicken stock, lemon juice, lemon zest, and butter. Simmer 2-3 minutes then add chicken back to pan, basting each breast with sauce. Add grapes and simmer 3-5 minutes, or until grapes are just soft and chicken is cooked through. Stir in fresh parsley and serve. Nutritional information per serving: 320 calories; 26 g protein; 23 g carbohydrates; 12 g fat (34 percent calories from fat); 3 g saturated fat (8 percent calories from saturated fat); 70 mg cholesterol; 390 mg sodium; 5 g fiber. Courtesy of Family Features and California Trade Grape Commission
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AN EDIBLE APPROACH TO DÉCOR ot only do fresh grapes’ lively flavors make for exceptional dishes, their vibrant colors can also enhance your table in other ways. Lend natural beauty to your décor while providing your loved ones with a healthy snack option with these creative ideas: •A rrange grapes in bowls, on platters, or draped from a cake plate for attractive and edible centerpieces. •D ress snacking grapes up for the occasion by dipping clusters in liquid gelatin. Roll them in sugar, spices, and finely chopped nuts to make a “frosted” finger food with a hint of crunch. •C olorful grapes lend a pretty pop when used as a garnish to decorate serving plates.
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ALCOHOL GOOD OR BAD IS UP TO YOU BY ROB SAINT LAURENT, MEd
mericans like to drink. In 2014, the US ranked in the top 25th percentile of 191 nations for alcohol consumption by the World Health Organization, at roughly nine liters per person annually.1 The National Institutes of Health’s 2006 National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions in Americans aged 18 and over shows 30 percent of us abstain from any alcohol; another 30 percent average less than one drink per week; yet another 30 percent average roughly two to 15 drinks per week; and, critical to the industry, one-tenth of US adults or 24 million people down nearly 74 drinks per week.2–3 Regarding binge drinking, the 2016 National Health Interview by the CDC’s Survey National Center for Health Statistics revealed that 25 percent of Americans, or some 80 million people, aged 18 and over engaged in at least one episode of heavy drinking over the past year, defined as four or more drinks in one sitting for women and five or more for men.4 Not surprisingly, the CDC also states that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, about 728 people a day become a drunk driving statistic—a rate 200–300 percent higher than the rest of the year.5 In fact, Colorado-based manufacturer Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. relates that New Year’s is the most hazardous holiday. What’s more, many US cities are now dreading what’s come to be called “Blackout Wednesday” (otherwise known as Thanksgiving Eve), which has eclipsed both St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve in alcohol sales.5 But while the sobering effects of alcohol abuse are well-documented, is there a basis for healthy consumption? LEARNING CURVE
In 1991, Morley Safer of 60 Minutes boosted US red wine sales by 76 JANUARY 2018
40 percent after reporting on what French researcher Serge Renaud, MD, PhD dubbed the “French Paradox.” Essentially, it was observed that that people in France are mysteriously able to eat a diet high in saturated fat, as do Americans, yet exhibit low risk of cardiovascular disease which was attributed to daily red wine consumption. Said Morley, “If you’re a middle-aged American man, your chances of dying of a heart attack are three times greater than a Frenchman of the same age. Obviously, they’re doing something right—something Americans are not doing. Now, it’s all but confirmed…alcohol—in particular red wine—reduces the risk of heart disease.” We later learned that French eating habits (smaller portion sizes), the polyphenol plant compounds in the skin of red grapes, and other lifestyle factors such as more fruits/vegetables and olive oil also play a role in reducing their cardiovascular risk. Additionally, we learned the French have higher death rates from liver cirrhosis at more than 12 liters per capita annual alcohol consumption. Nevertheless, we’ve observed for decades that moderate daily drinking can lower overall mortality, first identified in 1926 by biologist/researcher Raymond Pearl and then expressed as a “J”-shaped curve by Ronald F. Unzelman, MD. The veracity of the relationship was confirmed by Arthur Klatsky, MD in the 1970s, along with a large body of other disease research—albeit not doubleblind randomized controlled trials.6 In one such analysis, results from 34 previous studies were pooled which looked at drinking habits of more than one million people and nearly 100,000 deaths. It was found that up to two drinks per day in women and four drinks daily in men was linked to lower all-cause mortality than no drinks at all, with consumption of more than this amount progressively increasing one’s risk.7 In this case, lowest risk was seen with about one-half drink per day.
Though these findings are common, confusion has persisted from informal use and incongruent meanings of “drink” and “moderate” alcohol consumption. Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health notes that while the meaning of these terms can even vary in the scientific literature, a drink is generally regarded in the US to mean either 12 oz. of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of hard liquor, each containing about 14 grams (17.7 ml.) of pure ethyl alcohol.8 Still, wine expert William Gaffney, MD writes that many drinkers don’t understand (or choose to ignore) what constitutes a drink, believing its volume is greater than it really is—called the “over-sizing effect” in drug abuse research.6 Because alcohol’s effect on the body is dose-dependent, many consumers need to downsize their idea of moderation. The latest consensus, according to Harvard, is no greater than one to two drinks per day for men and one for women. For a dose of reality, consider the following table (adapted from Gaffney):
STANDARD DRINK UNITS (US)
EQUIVALENT NUMBER OF DRINKS
Beer or Wine Cooler (12 oz., ~5% alcohol)
• 12 oz. = 1 • 16 oz. = 1.3 • 22 oz. = 2 • 40 oz. = 3.3
Malt Liquor (8 oz., ~8-9% alcohol)
• 12 oz. = 1.5 • 16 oz. = 2 • 22 oz. = 2.5 • 40 oz. = 4.5
Table Wine (5 oz., ~12% alcohol)
• 1 bottle (750 ml. or 25 oz.) = 5
80-Proof Spirits (Hard Liquor) (1.5 oz., ~40% alcohol)
• 1 mixed drink = up to 3 or more units depending on liquor type and recipe • 1 pint (16 oz.) = 11 • 1 fifth (750 ml. or 25 oz.) = 17 • 1.75 L. (59 oz.) = 39
TONIC, POISON…OR BOTH
The use of wine as a healing tonic traces back millennia, its link to health accepted for more than 5,000 years. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, wrote that “wine is fit for man in a wonderful way, provided that it is taken with good sense by the sick as well as the healthy.” In the medieval period, German physician Paracelsus, considered the father of modern pharmacology who stressed wine’s tonic value and created the word alcohol, said that “whether wine is nourishment, medicine, or poison, is a matter of dosage.”6 Fast forward to 2007, a team led by JH O’Keefe at the University of Missouri’s Mid America Heart Institute confirmed this relationship between low-dose alcohol and positive health effects. Examining prior
research on over one million individuals, they found that mortality risk reduction for many common diseases such as cardiovascular and diabetes is dependent on drinking behavior (that is, a J-shaped curve) and beverage choice. It appears that ethanol alone confers protection by increasing insulin sensitivity and HDL cholesterol levels while lowering triglycerides, and possibly by reducing inflammation and abdominal obesity often implicated in metabolic syndrome.9 Echoing the ancients, they learned that red wine has a greater heart-protective effect than beer or spirits. Although a holiday toast may be fine, they also saw that binge drinking can increase cardiovascular and overall mortality risk, even among otherwise light drinkers. PROCEED CAUTIOUSLY
The bottom line, says Harvard, is safe consumption amounts to a balancing act. “Moderate drinking lies at the point where health benefits of alcohol clearly outweigh risks.” In other words, alcohol can be both good and bad depending on volume and, thus, underlying motives. Daily low-dose drinking versus infrequent drinking is advised.9 That said, O’Keefe et al. and Harvard don’t recommend starting a drinking habit for several reasons: There are other ways of reducing chronic disease risk (for example, exercise), the lack of randomized data, and the risk of problem drinking. Also, evidence links even moderate alcohol consumption to breast cancer.8 And now, the British Medical Journal reports a possible 300-percent increased risk for dementia (versus abstainers) from just 14–21 drinks per week in a 30-year study of 550 UK workers, along with no cardiovascular protection from very light drinking of one to six units per week.10 The researchers contend the J-shaped curve may be flatter than once thought, using better study methods. For those who do decide to start drinking, Harvard recommends keeping it moderate and supplementing with at least 600 micrograms of folate daily to offset alcohol-induced deficiency—a possible cause of breast and other cancers. But starting for medicinal reasons must be carefully weighed against such factors as family history/genetic predisposition to addiction, pregnancy, existing liver disease, etc. One’s healthcare provider can help in evaluating these factors. “Because each of us has unique personal and family histories, alcohol offers each person a different spectrum of benefits and risks.” 8 H http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/global_alcohol_report/msb_ gsr_2014_3.pdf 2 Ingraham, C. (2014, September 25). Think you drink a lot? This chart will tell you. Washington Post. 3 https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA70/AA70.htm 4 https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/alcohol.htm 5 Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. (2014, November 21). Alarming Stats Show Holiday Drinking an Issue for Many. PR Newswire. 6 http://www.princeofpinot.com/article/1177/ 7 Di Castelnuovo, A., Costanzo, S., Bagnardi, V. et al. (2006). Alcohol dosing and total mortality in men and women. Archives of Internal Medicine, 166(22), 2437-45. 8 https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/alcohol-full-story/ 9 O’Keefe, JH, Bybee, KA, Lavie, CJ. (2007, September 11). Alcohol and cardiovascular health: the razor sharp double-edged sword. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 50(11), 1009-14. 10 Godlee, F. (2017). Better research flattens the J-shaped curve. British Medical Journal, 357(j2755). 1
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KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR HIGHER INTEREST RATES IN 2018
BY TIM HAYES
ne big f law in the discussion about the congressional tax bill is the lack of understanding of the additional revenue from the sale of new government bonds to the public that will be required to fund the government. Such bond sales would result not only from the loss of revenue from the tax cut but also the necessity to sell more bonds to the public to bankroll the government as the Fed reduces its balance sheet. More public bonds for sale will push interest rates higher, which could result in the following: 1. Investors who own bonds will see them drop in value. 2. Real estate mortgages will become more expensive. 3. Higher interest rates could eventually cause the stock market to fall and push the economy into a recession. Why more bond sales are needed
The current deficit is around $440 billion. This means the government spends $440 billion more than it receives in taxes and sells $440 billion of US Treasury notes and bonds to make up the difference. The Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan group of experts, estimates that the new tax bill will reduce revenue by 78 JANUARY 2018
approximately $1 trillion over the next 10 years, or $100 billion per year.1 So, in order to fund the government that is to pay for military spending, education, veterans’ benefits, energy and environment, housing, etc., $1 trillion of new bonds sales will be needed. Adding to those sales, the Fed recently announced a reduction of its balance sheet. This means each month the Treasury’s account held at the Fed—that is, the government’s checking account—is reduced by the value of the maturing treasuries not reinvested.2 In 2018, the Fed plans on not reinvesting $240 billion of maturing bonds ($360 billion in 2019).3 Add that to the $100 billion loss of revenue from the tax cuts, and the government’s checking account drops by $340 billion. This, at current levels of government spending, requires an addition of $340 billion of bonds for sale to the public ($460 billion in 2019). Moreover, with the Fed owning about $2.5 trillion in treasuries, the US government—that is, the public—is on the hook to the Fed in the form of higher taxes or more bond sales for whatever amount the Fed decides to reduce this number by. Tax cuts, plus the ending of QE, could get you the perfect storm:
1. Requiring additional bond sales to fund the government
2. Causing interest rates to spike 3. Resulting in a reduction in the demand for consumer and business loans 4. Driving the economy into a recession 5. Crashing the stock market The housing market is particularly vulnerable
A combination of rising mortgage rates, the inability of some people to write off parts of these higher rates, and the Fed no longer purchasing mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to support the mortgage market, could cause housing prices to fall. Stopping the reinvestment of MBS also means there is less money in the economy to purchase the extra government bonds for sale. H Pramuk, Jacob, and John W. Schoen. “Senate tax bill will fall $1 trillion short of paying for itself after economic growth, congressional analysis says.” CNBC, November 30, 2017. https://www.cnbc. com/2017/11/30/senate-tax-bill-would-still-add-1-trillion-to-thedeficit-after-growth-congressional-analysis-says.html 2 Federal Reserve Bank of New York. “Statement Regarding Reinvestment in Treasury Securities and Agency Mortgage Backed Securities.” September 20, 2017. https://www.newyorkfed.org/ markets/opolicy/operating_policy_170920 3 Ihrig, Jane, Lawrence Mize, and Gretchen C. Weinbach. “How Does the Fed Adjust its Securities Holdings and Who is Affected?” Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2017-099. Washington, D.C.: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 2017. https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/feds/files/2017099pap.pdf 1
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Relationship Turn Signals BY ANDREW AARON, LICSW
he way many people drive suggests that the use of turn signals is optional. Failing to use turn signals is not only illegal but is frustrating to other drivers, a lapse in roadway etiquette, and also dangerous. The lack of communication from a leading vehicle planning to brake and turn risks serious collisions. A similar pattern unfolds in love relationships when partners make unilateral decisions that affect the other without first consulting him or her. Feelings of being disregarded commonly result, while the act also robs an uninformed partner of choice. Keeping the partner informed about future choices is more than just polite; doing so demonstrates consideration and respect. Being informed of future experiences provides a sense of control over one’s life direction as well as security and emotional safety. Loving effectively includes care to protect a partner from being hurt, regardless of whether the hurt is major or minor. The strength of a relationship bond or “glue” between romantic partners may be either weak or strong. Weak relationship bonds are often characteristic of a relationship in which hurtfulness is common. While failing to consult a partner tends to be on the less egregious end of the hurtfulness spectrum, causing only annoyance and aggravation, a good and loving partner seeks to avoid and eliminate all negative impacts. While no one can be perfect in it, ridding a relationship of disappointments and inconveniences is sure to build more relationship satisfaction, a good thing. Where there is the repetition of insensitive, unilateral choices, usually there also is a pattern of other kinds of hurtfulness. Each emotional injury does not reside in isolation, but each joins with older, residual hurts to generate an emotional “field” of pain. Every injury adds to the accumulation of emotional distrust, building an injured partner’s truth that “I cannot trust you to protect me from feeling hurt.” Failure to consult a partner about a matter in which he
or she is impacted, behaviorally states, “You are unimportant.” The pain is not softened if its cause seems unintentional. An unfortunate relationship truth is that each hurt neutralizes at least a dozen loving gestures, so that a careless lover may effortlessly travel away from love in the injured partner’s heart. Many lovers avoid seeking input due to the concern that doing so will give up control. “My wife is not my boss,” or “I don’t want him to run my life,” are the worries raised by those who commit these lapses in care. How would this approach affect the New England Patriots if Tom Brady refused to tell his wide receiver which play will be run? The team will lose! Every couple is also a team who loses every time the partner is not on the same page of the playbook. Greater communication will only become a relationship habit if the other partner avoids using instances of consultation as an opportunity to gain control. One who reacts to a request for input with criticism, or hijacks the issue by telling the other what to do or how to do it, is sure to find that requests for input stop happening. The suggested guideline is clear: If the partner will be affected by a choice, the safest, most loving practice is to seek consultation. Offering a chance for input is NOT asking permission, as in the way a child with little power seeks permission from the parent. Instead, seeking consultation is a considerate, loving effort to include the partner, hopefully, an equal, in decision-making. To say, “Honey, I am thinking of doing this…do you have a problem with it?” Or “What concerns do you have if I handle this situation this way?” Another option is: “I just want you to know that I am planning to… are you OK with it?” It is like using your turn signal on the road of your relationship. H Andrew Aaron, LICSW is a sex and relationship therapist who practices in the New Bedford Seaport. JANUARY 2018 79
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Brookings Institution. Jan. 13, 2018 | “Art in Public Places” with Stephanie Fortunato, Director of the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism of the City of Providence. Jan. 20, 2018 | “The Future of Museums” with Roger Mandle, Museum Consultant and former President of RISD. Jan. 27, 2018 | “The Scoop: The Fate of Newspapers in the Digital Age” with Edward Achorn, Editorial Pages Editor of the Providence Journal. Feb. 3, 2018 | “The Stories Behind the Art of Edward Hopper” with Carol Troyan, Curator Emerita of American Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts. Feb. 10, 2018 | “Jazz Age Design: America Goes Global Then and Now” with Sarah Coffin, Curator and Head of the Product Design and Decorative Arts Department at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Feb. 17, 2018 | “Drones: Technological Future of Unmanned Systems” with John Jackson, Professor at the Naval War College. Newport Art Museum 76 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI newportartmuseum.org Individual or Series Subscriptions available. Nathaniel Philbrick Jan. 13, 2018 Liberty Hall Marston Mills Public Library 2150 Main St. Marstons Mills, MA nathanielphilbrick.com Lecture / Q&A / Signing Elephants and Sustainable Agriculture in Kenya Jan. 17, 2018 Blacksmith House 56 Brattle St. Cambridge, MA ccae.org Mary Rowe | Expedition Advisor, Earthwatch Institute. Reducing Stress through Meditation Jan. 24, 2018 Newport Public Library 300 Spring St. Newport, RI newportlibraryri.org With Dr. Alan Post. Please register.
An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic Jan. 26, 2018 The Providence Athenaeum 251 Benefit St. Providence, RI providenceathenaeum.org With Author Daniel Mendelsohn. Book signing follows program. Registration required. KENNETH C. ZIRKEL
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Blithewold Supper Club: Game Night Jan. 18, 2018 Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 101 Ferry Rd. Bristol, RI; blithewold.org Savory sauces and lean meats with low environmental footprint. Chef Anna Kelly. $80 non-member. Dinner and drinks included.
15th Annual Winter Wine Spectacular for Easterseals NH Jan. 25, 2018 Radisson Hotel Manchester 700 Elm St. Manchester, NH es.easterseals.com Over 1,800 wines with winemakers from all over the world. Fine food from the area’s best chefs. SPECIAL EVENTS Boston Wine Festival Jan. 12–March 30, 2018 Boston Harbor Hotel Boston, MA bhh.com Receptions, brunches, dinners, and seminars.
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Northeastern Poultry Congress Jan. 12–14, 2018 Mallary Complex Eastern States Exposition West Springfield, MA easternstatesexposition.com Great youth program. Newport Skating Center 4 Commercial Wharf Newport, RI newportskatingcenter.com COMEDY Kate & Casey Jan. 12, 2018 Wage House 560 Mineral Spring Ave. Pawtucket, RI wagehouse.com Kate Teichman and Casey Regan.
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