Update: The Gear You Should Buy- Pocket Camera The Canon Powershot s95:Gizmodo Agrees Calling It The Best Pocket Camera

I posted this about a month ago but am editing it because a gadget blog I visit daily just named it best Pocket Camera.

Here is their article that came out today September 1, 2011


The only thing is they say it is around $400 but I see the Powershot s95 on Amazon for $369 here

People ask me all the time what camera I would buy.  As a gadget information freak I feel like I’m pretty qualified to give advice in this arena so instead of answering this question over and over again in private emails I’m going to start a series of my personally approved items that I 100% endorse.  I’ll also give you the reasoning behind why I endorse the products.

The first product up is for a pocket camera.  many of you have read my thoughts on cameras and how important I feel it is to own a camera that you can comfortably carry with you without having to lug a cumbersome bag.

Before anyone should own a DSLR in my opinion, they should own a good pocket camera.

The canon powershot s95 is not like 99 percent of compact cameras in one hugely important aspect- It contains a sensor that is 88% larger than most compact camera sensors.  while most people ask about megapixels, what they don’t realize is that the size of a camera sensor is vastly more important to picture quality than the amount of megapixels packed onto a small sensor.

Photography is all about collecting light and recording it.  A larger sensor allows you to collect more light more efficiently so you get far superior results.

Here is an article in the new York Times from technology editor David Pogue-

A Love Letter to a Camera

Dear Canon S95,

I don’t often write love letters to gadgets. But you, you’re something special.

Truth is, I’ve been searching for someone like you for years.

The Canon S95 has a sensor with 88 percent more area than most pocket cameras’ sensors.The Canon S95 has a sensor with 88 percent more area than most pocket cameras’ sensors.

The Times’s technology columnist, David Pogue, keeps you on top of the industry in his free, weekly e-mail newsletter.

See, I love the huge light sensor that’s inside an SLR. It can take sharp low-light shots without the flash. It can blur the background the way professionals do.

I just don’t like how an SLR is big and heavy and obtrusive.

What I’ve always wanted is a little camera with a big sensor. Is that so hard?

Apparently, yes. The problem is covering a rectangular sensor chip with a circle of light from the lens. Bigger sensor? You need a bigger camera. Those are the simple bylaws of physics.

But you, oh, cute little Canon PowerShot S95! I love that you’re a pocket camera, only 3.9 by 2.3 by 1.2 inches. I love your big, bright, three-inch screen, your built-in flash, your H.D.M.I. output for hi-def TV sets. I love that you turn on directly into Playback mode, without having to extend the lens.

I love the unique control ring around the dial, which I can quickly program to adjust whatever feature I want: focus, zoom, exposure, light sensitivity (ISO), aperture, even degree of color saturation (all the way to black-and-white).

I’ve had fun with your special modes, like the tilt-shift-lens simulator and fake fisheye.

I love the wink-driven self-timer. Yes, I set up the camera, walk into the scene, and then wink—the picture is taken two seconds later. Beats hunting around for a remote control. (Or I can ask you to wait two seconds after a new person—that would be me, joining the group—enters the frame.)

But above all, I love your enormous sensor. It’s 0.59 inches diagonally—88 percent more area than most pocket cameras’ sensors. And I love that you have an f/2.0 lens, a rarity among pocket cameras, meaning that you let in a lot more light.

And all of this means that you, little S95, can take amazing, sharp pictures in low light without the flash. Your designers have shrewdly dropped the ludicrous quest for more megapixels—you have 10 megapixels, just right—in favor of something that really matters, like better photos.

click here to read the entire article at The New York Times Website

So if you want to buy it, you can get a great deal on the Canon Powershot on Amazon here-


My best technically difficult shot of 2010 was taken with this camera-

Here is a video demonstrating how great it is in low light (a true test of a camera’s sensor)

Carol McAuliffe Listens to the Voice Of Reason- Produces The Perfect Lobster Roll

Hey Joey

I wanted to share my lobster rolls with you!

You are soooo correct about it being simple!  This is exactly the way your mrs does it and the only way!

They were delish!

I wanted to add it to your gmg site – but don’t know how- so you can if you like!

Take Care!

Carol McAuliffe


Parade of Lights is Saturday!

BOATS WANTED…show up, and checkin in with the committee boat at Jones Creek on the Annisquam River to enter the 2011 Parade of Lights this Saturday by 7:15. $50 of FREE fuel is you enter, and gifts for participating.  The show can’t go on with out support from out boating community to keep this annual event going. If you questions, contact Tobin from Cape Ann ’s Marina Resort at 978-283-3293.

Thanks Joey – by the way I signed up for your cigars and rum cruise…sounds like fun!

Take care, Tobin


Gloucester is one of a few towns high-lighted on Chronicle tonight

Gloucester is one of a few towns high-lighted on Chronicle tonight Gloucester resident and Chronicle’s original host, Jeanne Blake takes Chronicle to Steve Connelly’s fish market and two other Gloucester establishments: tune in to find out! September 1st 7:30 Chronicle “My Home Town ” Tape it if you’re heading out to nights on the neck!

A Gloucester-based company Jeanne Blake founded produces Words Can Work: multimedia about the public health issues kids face growing up such as bullying, obesity and substance abuse. Blake speaks nationally and consults to communities and corporations to develop programs that encourage parents and kids to talk about these topics. www.wordscanwork.com


To Stand At The Edge of the Sea

Click image to enlarge.

“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feelthe breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.”

 Rachel Carson 

Ingrid Lindmark Has Some Nice Things To Say


I really enjoyed looking at the videos along the back shore along Atlantic Ave. into Gloucester.  I have been coming to Gloucester and Rockport for years with my family.  I have walked that walk way from Good Harbor Beach to  where we stayed at the Atlantis and before that we were at a private home for years on Atlantic ave.   I felt like I was right there.  I could walk it with my eyes closed.    I have such a love for this area.  I am so glad I found out about this GoodmorningGloucester web site.   If I can’t be there, this is the next best thing.

Thank you,

Ingrid Lindmark

Poughkeepsie, NY

Dorothy Englander, Guest Artist at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery

Dorothy Englander, a resident of Albany, NY, holds an MFA from The University at Albany and a BS from Skidmore College. She has received awards for her work, which she has exhibited regionally and nationally since 1980. Her art is in  public, corporate, and private collections. She has taught painting in college and private settings.

Dorothy works in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, monotype, collage, and digtal imaging.  She incorporates abstraction with recognizable imagery in her work.

Dorothy’s Guest Artist Exhibit at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck will run from Friday, 9/2 through Thursday, 9/15 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, 9/3 from 4:00-7:00 pm.  Come by and welcome Dottie to Rocky Neck.

E.J. Lefavour


The News From Rocky Neck via Judy Robinson Cox

Hurricane a/k/a Tropical Storm Irene Mug-up

Hurricane Irene Mug-up

Click for full story and more photos by EJ on Good Morning Gloucester


Nights on the Neck



Friday, September 1 : Tom Nihan, A Small Show of New Work

Kismet Wharf / Residency Studio, 51A Rocky Neck Ave

Tom Nihan

7-10 pm

For more information, call 978-879-6211

Ruth Mordecai
Apples Hanging from the Sun, oil, 15" x11"

Ruth Mordecai : Open Studio and Sale
Saturday, September 3 and Monday, September 5

Paintings, drawings, monoprints, collages, 1980 – 2007, framed and unframed

All work priced to sell to make room for new work.

4 Terrace Lane, Rocky Neck
(up the stairs across Rocky Neck Avenue from IMAGINE. Look for Balloons on the stairs andBalloons on the porch of the third house up on the right.)

Call Ruth at 617 462 9171 for more information.

Summer Artist Series

August 31 – September 13: From Cape Ann to Tahiti
Oil paintings by Rokhaya Waring

RECEPTION : SAT, September 3, 6 – 8pm
Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave

Rokhaya Waring
Sunset, Opunohu Bay 20" x 20" , oil by Rokhaya Waring

Last June, I traveled to Moorea, a volcanic island in the middle of the South Pacific and part of Tahiti. Moorea can truly be called "Paradise on Earth". A place I had only read about was suddenly the place I stood, paints in hand. I often had the feeling there of being in a dream. I couldn’t help but think of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty or wonder where Gauguin and Matisse might have walked… My greatest challenge was seeing through its picture-postcard beauty. It is a real place, after all. On Tahiti I was drawn by the swiftly changing clouds, lush vegetation, and the colors of the ocean- the same elements I love about my home in Gloucester, Mass., on the Atlantic. As far apart as they are, each place has helped me see the other- more often contrasting though at times reminiscent.

Guest Artist at Khan Studio

Dorothy Englander, Through Sept 15
RECEPTION: Saturday, Sept 3, 4-7pm

Khan Studio / Good Morning Gloucester Gallery on Madfish Alley

Dorothy Englander
Artwork by Dorothy Englander

Dorothy Englander, a resident of Albany, NY, holds an MFA from The University at Albany and a BS from Skidmore College. She has received awards for her work, which she has exhibited regionally and nationally since 1980. Her art is in public, corporate, and private collections. She has taught painting in college and private settings.
Dorothy works in a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, monotype, collage, and digtal imaging. She incorporates abstraction with recognizable imagery in her work.

Dorothy’s Guest Artist Exhibit at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck will run from Friday, 9/2 through Thursday, 9/15 with an Opening Reception on Saturday, 9/3 from 4:00-7:00 pm.

Khan Studio, Madfish Alley | www.khanstudiointernational.com | 857-891-9054

Wedding Gifts from Sigrid Olsen Art

Love Birds

Fish and Birds have long been among my favorite motifs. The egret was, in fact, the first shape I cut out of the surface of a potato and applied to the surface of a fabric to print. It was the central icon of my company’s logo and still to this day graces many a card or platter in my gallery. And love is one of my favorite emotions. The promise of new love is imbued with such hopefulness, such optimism that the notion of an upcoming wedding grabs everyone’s heart and makes it sing.

I developed two favorite motifs long ago to honor the happy couple and can be created on a platter and inscribed with the names and date of the wedding.

NOW we also haveLove Cards: Kissing Fish and Love Birds to enclose with your gift!

Love Bird Cards

34 Rocky Neck Ave | Gloucester | MA | (978) 281.1766
Hours : Thurs-Sat 11-5 pm Sundays 12-5 pm

Music Around Town ~ August 1 – 4, 2011

This Thursday at the Harbor Loop Concert to play ~ Phat Maxx and the opening act Chelsea Berry

Opening act ~ Chelsea Berry

Photo By Louise


Thursday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party

Dave says,


Well, another summer shot to hell. I’m needing all this week to recover from last weekend’s grueling gigload. Nearly made $150 for three nights’ work. Things are looking up! We’re going to razzmatazz you this thursday with the likes of Mr. Andrew Clark, the tootin’ Torquemada of the tenor. Thrill to the dentist drill-like sorties from one of the most pre-eminent sax tootlers in the New England area. A.C.’s the man! Whether he’s crooning yer favorite toon or just outgassing to the boogie beat, you’ll find something to pray for.
Pushing the beat behind him will be one of my personal faves, Mr. Forrest “Gump” Padgett. Or, “Frosty” as we refer to him. I don’t know why. Someone left him here one night and we can’t figure out how to get him home!
Of course,all you air glitar heads will be happy to know that, yes, Greg T. will be there, too, as well as myself.





Friday – 9:30 to 12:30 ~ Down and Derby Band

Photo by Sharon Lowe

Saturday – 9:30 to 12:30 ~ Soul Force ~V~

Sunday ~ 8:30 ~ Pitch Black Ribbons




Thursday – 6:30 to 9:30 ~ John Jerome – acoustic

Friday  – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Full Circle

Saturday – 6:00 to 8:00~ CASEY HERLIHY


Sunday – 3:00 to 6:00 ~ MICHAEL KING

The Dog Bar~http://dogbarcapeann.com/welcome1.html


Thursday – 9:00 to 11:00 ~ Marina Evans

Friday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Blue Bop – featuring Marty Rowen, Dave Mattacks and Dave Brown

Saturday- 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Funbucket

Sunday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ 

Minglewood Tavern

Photo by Louise

Groovin’ at the Lat.
Live Music at Latitude 43!

September 2, 2011
Ned Nugent & The Big Babies
Ultimate Rock N Roll Band! In the Pub

September 3, 2011
Mike O’Connell Band
Southern/Classic Rock In the Pub




“Art of Alchemy”


10% of proceeds go to fund Gloucester Arts Education.

We’ll have a new artist every month. Matt

Wednesday ~ Ladies night ~ 7:00 to 9:00 ~


The Franklin Cafe ~  http://www.franklincafe.com/

Friday night – 7:00pm ~ Chelsea Berry



Cape Ann Brewing ~ http://www.capeannbrewing.com/

Thursday nights  ~ Open mic with Brian Fines

Friday night 9:30 to close~Troy and Tramack

Saturday 9:30 ~ 9:00 pm  ~ The Runaround

Madfish Grille ~ http://www.madfishgrille.com/

Thursday – 9:00 to close ~ Soul Rebel Project

Friday – 9:00 to close ~ 9:00 pm ~ Safety

Saturday – 9:00 to close ~ Richard James

Sunday – 9:00 To close ~ Jack Lee and Diversity  ~ 5.00 dollar cover charge


Topside Grille –  Events  ~ http://www.topsidegrill.com/index.php?link=events


Jazz brunch-11:00 to 2:00

Giuseppe’s~ http://www.giuseppesma.com/Giuseppes/Welcome.html

Click photo for  info and tour.

Thursday –  Saturday 8:30 pm  ~ JOE THOMAS

Sunday – 7:00 pm  ~




First Monday of the month


Gloucester Dine and Dance Cruise ~ http://gddcruise.com/menu.html


7:00  ~Jack  Lee and Diversity


Sunday Brunch – 11:00 to 2:00 ~

Monday night karaoke



Coffee House at Saint John’s ~ http://www.stjohnsgloucester.org/

7:00pm –

Pleasant Street Tea Company ~ http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gloucester-MA/Pleasant-Street-Tea-Co/69436656326#!/pages/Gloucester-MA/Pleasant-Street-Tea-Co/69436656326

The Gloucester House – http://www.thegloucesterhouse.com/



Cruiseport Gloucester ~ http://www.cruiseportgloucester.com/

Studio Restaurant ~ http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Studio-Lounge-Deck/118740858169297?sk=wall

Friday ~ 9:00 ~ Generation Gap

Saturday ~9:00 to 12:00~

Sunday – 6:00 pm ~

Antonio Gentile Memorial Bandstand Summer Concert Series ~ http://www.capeannvacations.com/festival-event.cfm?id=268

Gentile Bandstand Summer Concert Series, 32 Revere St., Gloucester, MA 01930


7:oo pm  ~ Cape Ann Community Band

Cape Ann Community Cinemahttp://www.massbayfilmproject.org/



Woodmans – http://www.woodmans.com/

Woodman’s of Essex

 Latin Night events at the Lobster Trap is Essex, presented by Franco Lazo Morales, Woodman’s Director of Entertainment.  You can expect a live music set early around 7 that will lead you into Salsa lessons and a live DJ Latino-style dance party!  Franco is from Mexico City and works as a soloist inviting along special guests, he plays a variety of Latin inspired music with a reggae flare.  Please spread the word, these events are taking place every Thursday in May with prospects of continuing throughout the Summer!


Sea Garden Restaurant at Seaward Inn – http://www.seawardinn.com/ http://www.seawardinn.com/pdfs/Seaward%20Inn_Calendar_2010.pdf

The SEAWARD INN, Rockport welcomes back Jay & Abby Michaels, The Harper and the Minstrel, Sunday Morning Live,

9:00 a.m. to Noon, September 4th. during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea.

“Celtic Harps, Flutes, Recorders, Penny Whistle, Bowed Psaltery, Guitar, Dulcimer and beautiful vocal harmonies will transport you to another place and time!

Visit blog.seawardinn.com or call 978-546-3471. There is no cover charge!

The Shalin Liu Performance Center ~ Performance Center” – http://www.rockportmusic.org/newperformance.html

10:00 pm  ~

Click the banner for upcoming events

37 Main Street, Rockport, MA

978-546-7391 or www.rockportmusic.org

Shalin Liu Performance Center,

Main Street in Rockport, MA

Old Sloop Coffee House ~ http://www.rockportucc.org/oldsloopcoffeehouse.htm

Click banner for event happenings

The Rockport Legion  Band~http://rockportlegionband.wordpress.com/

Steve Thomas, Music Director Rockport (MA) Legion Band WEB:  http://rockportlegionband.wordpress.com E: rockportband@gmail.com

One World Coffeehouse ~ http://oneworldcoffeehouse.org/

One World Coffeehouse has been hosting folk & acoustic music since  1993.  Concerts are held (more or less) monthly on Saturday night.  All concerts start at 8 PM.   Unless otherwise noted, $15 donation at the door. Handicapped accessable. Reservations:978-768-3690


Friday  – 9:00 ~

Saturday -9:00 ~

The Landing – http://www.thelandingat7central.com/index.php/calendar

Friday 8:30 pm 

Saturday – 9:00 pm  ~The Bandit Kings

Sunday 6:00 – Michael O’Leary


Up coming events



The Sawyer Free Library’s Annual Art Auction Starts Today!

You can Bid on your favorite Painting all Through the Month of September. The live Auction Will take place on October 5th 2011 including The preview party, with a lot of great food, drink and Entertainment will begin at 6pm and the live Vocal Auction Starts at 7pm. This is the time to get a great painting by one your favorite Cape Ann Artists for a great price.

Go and Check it out at the Sawyer Free Library!


Missing Dog: Rubio

Rubio has been missing since 6pm last night!

Rubio was last seen near the end of Riverside Avenue (around 10:30pm) near the forge. He is very scared and will run away from you if you try and chance him. Please if you see him, do not approach him. Please call Animal Control or Cape Ann Animal Aid 978-283-6055

Let’s get him home safe!


Joe Garland 1922-2011 RIP

A Cannon Salute, and Farewell to Joe Garland

By Gail McCarthy, Gloucester Daily Times Staff Writer

“Joseph Garland, Gloucester’s historian, spent the last moments of his life in his beloved house by the sea.

One of the last sounds he heard on Tuesday was a cannon salute, a tradition he treasured; he would often give boats passing by a round from his own small cannon.

Garland’s family brought him home from the hospital Tuesday afternoon under hospice care. He would have turned 89 on Sept. 30. But he spent his last 90 minutes of life surrounded by family.

“When we brought him into the house from the ambulance, the (schooner) Lannon was heading out to sea with a sail excursion,” said Rob Carlson, his stepson. “We got him set up in the bed, and the Lannon was heading straight into port and we fired the cannon to get their attention. They immediately changed course and came over and gave a salute, fired their cannon and we fired back for them.

“About 10 minutes later,” he said, “Joe was gone.”

Helen Garland, his wife, said the bed was set up for him to look out at the harbor and the city.

“He was peacefully aware and was squeezing my hand right up to the end,” she said.”

To read more on Joe’s passing, please click here  and for Richard Gaines’ article.

My dad was a great admirer of Joe and although he loved Joe’s books, I remember heated discussions over city policies. After my dad passed, my mom and I stopped to talk with Joe as he worked on his sailboat across the road from his house. He will be sadly missed at the Schooner Races this weekend. It was always a treat to hear his voice announcing the schooners passing by the boulevard during the Parade of Sail.

To quote John F. Kennedy-
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came. ”

Rest in Peace, Joe. The sea will always be your home.

Something Different After The Rain- Indian Pipe Found on East Main Street From Kathy Chapman

Indian Pipe found on East Main street.

The dainty, extremely delicate flowers of the epiparasitic Indian pipe appear in the fall following a rain.

Kathy Chapman


Here is some information about the Indian Pipe or Ghost Flower from www.uswildflowers.com

Wildflowers of the United States

Indian Pipe, Ghost Flower, Ghost Plant – Monotropa uniflora

When first seen, Indian Pipe seems more like a mushroom or other fungus than like a true flowering plant due to the color – or lack of color. However, it has a stem, bract-like scales in place of leaves, and a single flower at the end of the stem. 
Indian Pipe has roots through which it gathers its nourishment. The plant lacks chlorophyll but instead gets its nutrients through a mutually beneficial relationship with a fungus in the soil where it grows.

Source: http://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Monotropa%20uniflora