2011-09-22 / The Walrus Says



Congratulations to islander Laura Rossi Totten who this month makes her book publishing debut as a contributor to “Make Mine a Double,” edited by Gina Barreca and published by the University of New England Press. The book is about women and their complicated relationships with cocktails, drinking and feminism. Laura’s chapter, “Moms’ Club,” is about motherhood and reviewers have called it “funny” and “fresh.”

“Make Mine a Double” is touted as a collection of witty, intelligent and provocative pieces from a diverse community of voices including such luminaries as Fay Weldon, Wendy Liebman, Amy Bloom, Liza Donnelly, Nicole Hollander, Beth Jones and Dawn Lundy Martin.

Laura, who moved here after living in New York City for a decade, has over 20 years of book publishing and public relations experience. She is the founder and president of Laura Rossi Public Relations (www.LauraRossiPub licRelations.com). Laura and her husband have twins and she lives and works from her home. For additional information about the book, visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ pages/ Make- Mine- A- Dou ble/159626997428730.


Island artist Jullian Barber reports that the Newport Art Festival at the Newport Yachting Center that had been postponed because of Tropical Storm Irene has been rescheduled for this weekend. The show’s hours are Saturday, Sept 24, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 and free for children under 12.


John A. Murphy, Jim Gallivan and Skip Kingsley of Wickford reported in with last week’s poser. Jim wrote, “’I’m Sorry,’ performed, as I recall, by Brenda Lee, backed by the prolific Anita Kerr Singers. Late ’50s or early ’60s.”

I’m sorry, so sorry,

That I was such a fool,

I didn’t know,

Love could be so cruel.



Kudos to former Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, 23, of Kentucky who was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of 36 fellow warriors under attack by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan. We sometimes forget there are others like him who everyday put themselves in the line of fire for all of us.



Each night he would find her there,

Swinging in the coconut tree,

And the monkey gay at the break of day,

Loved to hear his chimpie say.


Want to add more warmth and love to your home? The Potter League for Animals in Middletown is holding a Catapalooza sale Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With over 75 cats on its adoption floor the league will offer all cats 7 months and older for a special $25 adoption fee. They are all spayed/neutered, vet examined, vaccinated, treated with flea/ tick preventatives and come with a cardboard carrier, cat collar, ID tag and a bag of food.



The Jamestown Arts Center and Save the Bay will present “A Narragansett Bay Inspired Photography Exhibit” with an opening reception and slide show on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the center on 18 Valley St. Beer and wine will be served at 6 p.m. and the slide show by island photographer Onne van der Wal will begin at 7 p.m.

The exhibit will consist of photographs by Michael Eudenbach, Daniel Forster, Diane Harrison, Amory Ross, Cory Silken and van der Wal. Questions? Call 662 -3839.


John Andrews writes, “This week, with Irene safely behind us, we remember again the Great Hurricane of Sept. 21,1938. There are certainly a lot of stories among the old timers about that nameless storm, ranging from humorous to deeply tragic. My mom’s (Connie Andrews) is neither, but it is distinctive. She was out sailing in it, and was shipwrecked on Prudence. For those of your readers who might like to hear her tell the tale, she was recently interviewed by Dick Gordon on a nationally syndicated public radio program called (appropriately) The Story, and the program is available on the web at: thestory.org/archive/ the_ story_ 082611_ full_ show. mp3/view.

(As a loyal son, I did ask if she wanted to join me for a sail during Irene, but we concluded sadly that as the launch service was unavailable that day, we’d have to forgo the idea.)”

Thanks, John.


On Friday, Sept. 22, at 9:04 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time, the sun will cross the celestial equator and move south. At that time, the Earth’s axis of rotation is perpendicular to the line connecting the centers of the earth and the sun. It will then be autumn.

John Yeats said it best in his poem “To Autumn.”

“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;

To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,

And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;

To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells

With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,

And still more, later flowers for the bees,

Until they think warm days will never cease,

For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.”


Be true!


Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or email me at jtnwal rus@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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