The Bean and Daddy’s Photo Safari Slide Show

Well mammaw got the Bean her first camera for Easter and yesterday we walked around Fifth Avenue and The Naples Pier (the same pier my grandfather Captain Joe used to fish off of daily during his winters in Naples).  We spent the day on a photo safari taking pictures and me teaching her some of the basics.  I have to say that at her young age of 4 and a half she really does a pretty good job of framing her shots. 

I’ve been teaching her about trying to take pictures with the light behind you and shining onto your subjects and teaching her about some of the basic functions on the camera like the macro setting and other stuff.  She really seems to love it and I had about the best time that I’ve had down here sharing one of my passions with my daughter.  It was just great.

The slide show is a mix of pictures that she took and I took while on our photo safari together.

click the picture for the slide show

Easter Peeps and a Hundred Days

I’ve led a very sheltered life since I have never put Easter Peeps in a microwave before. I corrected this missing part of my life this Easter.

It’s true, they plump when you cook them. After about 30 seconds I thought I was going to have peep faces squished up against the door but they ran out of steam at about four times normal size.

I tried to get my daughter to pop one in her mouth right out of the microwave but she wasn’t falling for it. Here I am twisting one of the peeps head off. They are actually edible after waving. I let this plate sit overnight and it became as hard as a rock. I might be able to use microwaved peeps to plug a hole in my basement.

This plateful of peeps is so colorful I now have it hanging on a wall. Peep Art.

Changing Gears: Today marks one hundred days until the Blackburn Challenge My training regimen only allowed me to eat one peep.

No Is A Love Word- Dr Lonnie Carton Coming To Gloucester

From Courtney Karcher-
Hi Joey,

Wellspring Cape Ann Families has an event coming up I thought you may be interested in-

Join the Eastern Point Day School and Wellspring Cape Ann Families on Thursday, April 29th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a special presentation by Dr. Lonnie Carton, a CBS broadcast journalist and a nationally-recognized educator and family counselor. In a highly interactive discussion, Dr. Carton will share ideas from her book No is a Love Word about how to say no to children in a firm, fair and friendly way. Setting limits effectively is one of the most important tools of positive parenting. Dr. Carton will also answer individual questions from the audience. Please RSVP by April 27th to 978-281-7856.

The event will be held at Cruiseport

Fred Dodge brings Down East stories to Heritage Center on April 9

Courtesy photo

Fred Dodge

By Anonymous
Posted Apr 06, 2010 @ 05:43 PM
Gloucester —

Fred Dodge will tell Down East stories in the “Bert and I” tradition at the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center on Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m. The always dry, often vaguely familiar tales range from rambling stories to one liners, many of them punctuated by distinctive low tech sound effects. Admission is $10, $8 for Heritage Center members.

Fred’s November appearance was a sell out so advance purchase of tickets is suggested. The storytelling presentation will take place in the Heritage Center’s Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery, surrounded by the kind of artifacts that fill many coastal New England attics – compasses, foghorns, shipbuilding tools, old codfish boxes and the like. Free homemade cookies and soft drinks are included in the ticket price.

Fred is the brother of the late Marshall Dodge, who together with Yale classmate Robert Bryan originated the “Bert and I” stories over 50 years ago. Specializing in a distinctive Maine dialect, the pair created the roles of two down east fishermen whose boat sunk after being sliced in two by a steamer. Fred honors his brother’s memory by keeping the stories alive. He uses humor to explore the true character of crusty Yankee New Englanders.

For further information or to purchase tickets in advance, call the Center at 978-281-0470.

“Karen” by Deb Clarke

From:  Deb Clarke


This is Karen, the completed work documented in my earlier ‘wip’  in the series “Faces I Remember”.  It is finished.  During the process that brought the work to this point I was continually critiquing the work.  I kept trying to get the eyes above the one third, but my inclination was to keep cutting the ‘shape’ down.  This morning I finally decided to find the center of my canvas.  Wouldn’t you know it?  French painter Pierre Bonnard’s words critiqued the work, he said:  “There should be nothing in the center of a painting.”  Then portrait artist Helen Van Wyck words critiqued the work:  “In a portrait the eyes should be around the one third point.”  then I said:  The Hell you say!  I’m still in training!  This is Karen and this is the way I do it.  I broke the rules, yet it works.  why?  because it is didactic and self referential. so, there.

ps:  this is drawn from memory of a friend from Banana’s.



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Cape Ann Chamber Hires Matter Communications to Raise Gloucester’s National Profile

Gloucester, Mass. – The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce has hired Matter Communications, an award-winning North Shore public relations firm, to boost Gloucester’s profile as a premier destination and attract tourists and business visitors from around the country who will spend money at local businesses, strengthen the economic climate and improve the quality of life for residents.

“It’s time we stop letting others define us and take the lead in getting the word out about what a beautiful, historic and colorful place Gloucester is,” said Bob Hastings, executive director of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce. “Attracting more leisure and business travelers will strengthen all of our businesses, from tourist-based businesses along the Back Shore and Harbor to the shops and restaurants downtown and throughout the city where visitors shop and eat.”

The public relations effort, which was launched by Gloucester hotel-owners Tracey Muller of Bass Rocks Ocean Inn, Mona Faherty of the Sea Lion Motel and Jan Bordinaro of the Atlantis Oceanfront Inn, will focus on promoting Gloucester but may expand to include other Cape Ann communities.

Matter Communications, based in Newburyport, executes public relations programs on behalf of a broad portfolio of clients in consumer, high-technology and consumer-technology markets. The firm’s clients include national companies such as CVS/pharmacy, Verizon Wireless, Harris Corporation and Lexar. Gloucester residents John McElhenny and Ariane Doud will lead Matter’s PR campaign for Gloucester.

“Gloucester is the most authentic seaport in America and those of us who live here know there is no shortage of fascinating, positive Gloucester stories to tell,” said McElhenny. “There’s an untapped, nationwide market for Gloucester’s entrepreneurial businesses, scenic beauty, cultural richness and maritime identity. PR will give Gloucester a megaphone to tell its stories, attract new visitors and power the local economy.”

About the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce serves as the principal voice of business on Cape Ann. Its mission is to enhance the economic environment and the quality of life for the citizens of Cape Ann. For more information, go to

Media Contact

John McElhenny, Matter Communications

(978) 499-9250 ext. 239

Easter Morning Pics From Good Harbor Beach added to the GMG Flickr Group Pool By Joel Swan

Good Harbor Beach, Easter Morning, April 4, 2010.

See more Cape Ann Photos at

Joel Swan 

EasterMorning0022, originally uploaded by SimplyCapeAnn.

click the pictures for the full sized versions-just beautiful!