Lucius Annaeus Seneca, also known as Seneca the Younger, was a Roman philosopher in the Stoic tradition, holding that one’s behavior is a better indication of one’s beliefs than one’s words. Of patrician birth, he lived during the tumultuous reigns of Caligula and Claudius. In later life Seneca was tutor and then advisor to the emperor Nero, ultimately losing favor and being ordered to commit suicide for supposed involvement in a failed assassination plot.
That on a day they are mashing, when you enter Ryan & Wood Distilleries, the place smells of Maypo? You know, the hot breakfast cereal you ate when you were a kid. It was the big vat of grains fermenting with yeast and distilled water that created the smell. Bob took me on a fascinating tour of the distillery Wednesday; a photo of the still (a beautiful thing made in Germany that looks like a strange musical instrument/decompression chamber), the aging barrels and the finished product is above. I’m not much of a drinker, and more apt to drink wine if I do; but I might have to break down and get a bottle of Folly Cove Rum or Beauport Vodka one day. I have never cared for gin at all, don’t like the smell or taste of it; but the gin they make at R&W has such a lovely aroma, I might even be willing to try that.
It was really interesting talking to Bob Ryan. He is a Gloucester man, who grew up in a tough section of town, worked the piers, as his father had done, started a bank, and now has a distillery. When I asked him what prompted him to open a distillery, his answer was very profound. After recounting stories of the factories that have closed down around Gloucester, LePage’s Glue, overnight, leaving many suddenly unemployed, he wanted to show people that they can do something new. That is important for people to keep in mind, especially in a tough economy. When the going gets tough, the tough get going (the man I trained with for the Boston marathon always said that), and it’s true. As bad as things may seem, this is still the land of opportunity, and people who are willing to run with an idea and give it their best, have a much better chance of succeeding than those who prefer to wallow in the notion that things are so bad.
If you have a chance to take a tour of Ryan & Wood Distilleries, do; you will really enjoy it. If you are a drinker of rum, vodka or gin (whiskey is coming soon also – they are just awaiting labeling approval), try Ryan and Wood’s Beauport Vodka, Folly Cove Rum or Knockabout Gin. It’s made in Gloucester with great care and passion for creating an exceptional product. Also, their bottles, which are lovely, are imported from France, not China.
Click photo for a tad bigger. Took down the Christmas wreath and noticed the daffodils are starting to emerge. Spring has sprung and Daylight Savings tomorrow.
That’s weird. I straightened that horizon in iPhoto and now that it gets to flicker it reverts to crooked. Computers suck some times.
On March15, Larry Martin-Bittman will talk about INTERNATIONAL DECEPTION GAMES. A former Czechoslovakian diplomat who spent 14 years as an operative of communist intelligence, Martin-Bittman will talk about his personal involvement in Cold War disinformation campaigns, secretly manipulating public opinion around the world. After coming to the U.S. in the fall of 1968, Martin-Bittman spent 29 years teaching at Boston University. His courses dealt with international communication including a course on DISINFORMATION AND THE PRESS with the major objective of developing in the new generation of journalists a healthy degree of professional skepticism.
Larry Martin-Bittman is a distinguished writer and painter who lives on Cape Ann.
Skeptics in the Pub is held at the Dog Bar, 65 Main St., Gloucester. From 6:00 – 6:30 PM we gather to meet and order food. The program begins at 6:30.
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GLOUCESTER COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
Our pets enrich our lives in more ways than we can count.
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Learn how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes.
This 2 hour combination course will discuss the basics of safe small animal handling, basic behavior, how to better "read" animals, the basics regarding pet emergencies and how to recognize if something is wrong. This class will primarily focus on the dog and cat species. Basic first aid for domestic pets will be discussed including CPR and bandaging. Dogs will be on hand for visual demonstration and class members will be able to practice techniques at the end of the class. A must for anyone desiring to work with pets during times of disaster. Participants will leave with a better understanding of animal handling and behavior and how to better protect themselves.
2.0 contact hours available to physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, certified health officers, sanitarians, pharmacists, and EMT’s.
Joanne and I saw last night’s show. What an amazing production! 75 middle school kids totally into singing, dancing, and acting. If you go today, you’ll walk out with a smile on your face and a bounce in your step. We both loved it!
Bravo to all the teachers and kids involved in this magical show!
Here’s the information-
The O’Maley Performing Arts Department will present its final performance of “Beauty & The Beast Jr.” today, Saturday March 12, at 1 p.m. at O’Maley Middle School, 32 CherrySt., Gloucester.
Tickets ($7 adults/ $5 students and senior citizens) will go on sale a half hour before show time. Organizers will be collecting nonperishable items throughout the run of the shows to donate to the Cape Ann Food Pantry.
For more information, call 978-281-9850.