Riverside and Providence


I am a Rhode Islander, born in Pawtucket and growing up in Riverside. When in college at Brown University, I noticed  how small my life felt when all the schools I ever attended were on one small topographical map in a professor's office. Still, life was large with a multi-generational and emotionally present working-class family of Swedish and Irish extraction, with a rich religious life in the ecumenical movement and statewide youth work as a young leader of the United Church of Christ. Attending college--first in my family--gave expansive opportunities for international travel and a rich life of the mind.