Rainer Maria Rilke Quote Of The Week From Greg Bover

October 24, 2013

“The only journey is the one within.”
Rainer Maria Rilke  (1875-1926)


Rilke is regarded by many as the most significant poet in the German language. Born in Prague, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Rilke was sent to military school, but rebelled and studied the humanities at university. He became the protégé, and some say lover, of Lou Andreas-Salome, an older intellectual woman, and traveled extensively with her. He settled in Paris after the turn of the century, writing much of his best work there, including his Requiem poems.  He later lived in Trieste and then Zurich where he continued to examine the nature of life and death. In 1922 he finished his best known work, the Duino Elegies. He died of leukemia at 51 in Switzerland.  His slim volume Letters to a Young Poet, published posthumously, contains advice and encouragement to those who seek fulfillment in an artistic life. I highly recommend it.

Savour Wine and Cheese “Become a Wine Expert” ~ Class 4

Savour Wine & Cheese ©Kim Smith 2013See GMG post for the first installment of “Become a Wine Expert.”

Last week I unfortunately had to miss the third class in the series “Become a Wine Expert,” taught by Kathleen Morgan, as I had to give a lecture that had long been scheduled. Fortunately, Kathleen has generously invited me to take the red wine class with her next series of classes, which I gladly accept and plan to report about for GMG!

Renee Hansen Savour Wine and Cheese ©Kim Smith 2013

Renee Hansen and Geoff Rendall

This week’s class was very interesting in that we compared the same wine, but with different variables such as tasting wines served in different shaped glasses, wines that had been decanted versus not decanted, and wines that were chilled versus the same wines unchilled. We discussed how the wine’s vintage is critical as different years produce different results—how could it not as grapes are an agricultural product? I often find this frustrating when purchasing wine (not at Savour, of course) because the description placed next to the bottle of the wine on display does not usually match the vintage on the bottle offered for sale.

Savour Wine and Cheese chianti Classico ©Kim Smith  copy

Most red wines benefit from decanting, although with some, like Pinot Noir, it is not recommended because the grape is too variable. Chianti in particular should almost always be decanted because it is very heavy in tannins. Kathleen typically decants Chianti for one full day, although most wines need only several hours. We tried the Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2009 ($22.99), both decanted and not, and the difference was more than remarkable (the decanted being the far more enjoyable of the two).

Savour Wine and Cheese syrah glass ©Kim Smith  copy

Syrah wine glass, above, and to the right.

Wine enthusiasts often collect many different shaped glasses for different types of wines. I asked Kathleen if you were planning to only purchase one style what would she recommend. She suggests a tulip-shaped Syrah glass, with a thin crystal edge, and sturdy columnar stem. Thinner crystal for the edge of the glass is always preferable to thick glass as the glass imbues flavor as well.

Savour Wine and Cheese tequilla glass Kathleen Morgan -2 ©Kim SmithBelieve it or not, this is actually a tequila tasting glass however, Kathleen added that most Mexican people would never go near anything that fancy for tequila.

Savour Wine and Cheese wine chiller ©Kim SmithWhen bringing your own wine to a restaurant, Kathleen recommends keeping it properly chilled. This wine bottle cooler pack sold at Savour would make a practical and inexpensive holiday gift. Kathleen uses a charming trunk-inspired carry case (see below).

Savour Wine and Cheese Kathleen Morgan ©Kim Smith 2013

More great gifts available from Savour are their beautiful selection of decanters. I loved the elegant flagon decanters and think that they would make a very thoughtful hostess or Christmas present–decanters such as these would add a touch of grace to any table setting.

Savour Wine and Cheese duck decanter flagoon©Kim Smith

On the left is the duck decanter and to the right is the flagon decanter.

Kathleen’s favorite decanter is the very hefty rooster decanter, for a very touching reason. You may or may not recall that the original Savour Wine and Cheese, located on Washington Street, tragically burned to the ground several years ago. With all the destruction and mayhem associated with the aftermath of a fire, one of the very few things to survive was her rooster decanter–filled with blackened water–but nonetheless unscathed.

Savour Wine and Cheese Kathleen Morgan rooster decanter ©Kim Smith

Savour Wine and Cheese rooster decanter ©Kim Smith

Michelle demonstrates how weighty the rooster decanter feels.

The “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes are held on five consecutive evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00, at Savour Wine and Cheese, located at 76 Prospect Street. She is planning to do another series possibly this winter or spring. Kathleen provides each student with a terrific notebook with maps from every wine producing country and region, articles, recommended books and links, descriptions of wine varietals, an interesting wine aroma wheel for describing wines, and more.

To learn more about Kathleen’s interest in wine (she also has a PHD in history) see Joe’s Good Morning Gloucester interview with Kathleen here.

“Become a Wine Expert” Series Taught by Kathleen Morgan

Become a Wine Expert: White Wine

Fish on Fridays

The Fish on Fridays series is a collaboration between Gloucester photographers Kathy Chapman and Marty Luster. Look for various aspects of Gloucester’s centuries-old fishing industry highlighted here on Fridays.

This week Kathy interviews Angela Sanfillipo about winning the prestigious Offshore Mariners’ Wives Friend of the Fishing Industry Award.

Gloucester Times calls her a tireless advocate for fishermen and the fishing industry and a “constant crusader” for fishermen’s rights for the past 37 years.

GT: “As this year’s winner, Sanfilippo becomes the second Gloucester recipient to receive the honor. The first was the Times’ late fisheries reporter Richard Gaines, who was honored, along with the Times itself, for his persistent coverage of the fisheries in 2010. Past winners have included staunch fishing industry advocates such as the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and former Congressman Barney Frank.”

Full article here: http://www.gloucestertimes.com/fishing/x1612854020/Sanfilippo-saluted-with-top-fishing-industry-honor



Photos and video © Kathy Chapman 2013

Rock the Baby

Saturday Social
for the Kids!

12noon – 7pm

Saturday October 26th
Saturday November 16th
Saturday December 14th

If you family is not already registered with
Rock the Baby, contact us for registration
978.381.3074 Call /Text 24-7

If you would like to attend Saturday Social, please let us know your drop-off AND pick-up times
Please pack drinks, lunch, snacks AND dinner! for the kids
We will show a movie and have a couple planned activities for the kids.
Other than that, the kids get to PLAY!

Lunch 12 – 12:30
Movie 12:45 – 2ish
Snack 3:30
Dinner 5:45

Pay Hourly
$9 per hour (2 hour minimum fee required) *charged in half hour increments
Families of 2, $14 per hour Families of 3, $18 per hour

Sign up for the day, 7 hours –All ages
$50 for a full day ($7.14 per hour)
Families of 2, $95 ($13.57 per hour)
Families of 3, $119 ($17 per hour)

Families should schedule their spot for Saturday Socials by 1pm on the previous Saturday OR families can call ahead for drop-in care (with additional $5 fee) *Infant spaces are limited (ages newborn to under 15 months young)

Bigtime Tennis Legend Visits Small-town Manchester by-the-Sea

MAC tennis players and coaches train hard, build confidence, win championships and, on occasion, spend the weekend with a sports legend. Now through Sunday, October 27, junior and adult tennis players will have the chance to take private and group lessons with Nick Bollettieri, arguably the most famous tennis coach in history. MAC Tennis Academy Days will be conducted on Saturday from 2-5pm and Sunday from 9am-12pm for juniors in the prestigious academy program designed specifically by Bollettieri for the MAC, leading to remarkable success for the program and its players.

Bollettieri is the legendary tennis coach linked to 10 number-one world-ranked players including Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, and Venus and Serena Williams. One of the sport’s most well-respected and influential tennis experts, Bollettieri will impart his considerable wisdom as he visits with hundreds of players during his weekend visit to Manchester Athletic Club, including
many top juniors on their own tracks to winning national and international tennis acclaim.

In addition, the Boston Lobsters—the professional tennis team which now calls Manchester Athletic Club home—and its corporate sponsors were treated to a private Q&A with the energetic octogenarian whose accomplishments reach far beyond tennis. His impressive career includes flying with the Blue Angels, giving back in Iraq and Afghanistan and authoring several books, including a book dedicated to Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe due out March 1, 2014.

“This marks Nick’s eleventh year affiliated with Manchester Athletic Club’s MAC Tennis Academy,” said Todd Carpenter, Director of Tennis at Manchester Athletic Club. “Our members are fortunate to have this unique opportunity to get tips and strategy from one of tennis’s most famous and celebrated coaches.”

Manchester Athletic Club is located in Manchester by-the-Sea, MA, and is one of only 24 USTA regional training centers in the country. The full-service health club features 13 tennis courts, the Gymazing! Child Center for preschool-aged children, iXl programs for young teens, a fitness and strength training center staffed with certified professional trainers, indoor aquatics center, multiple group exercise studios, and an outdoor pool with playground.

Rocky Neck Show Features You. Are. Beautiful. Photographs

joe with a brass earring

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is presenting a solo exhibition of 30 photographs by Thi Linh Wernau, a Rockport-based artist and photographer. The work is from Wernau’s project “You. Are. Beautiful.,” featuring portraits which celebrate the human spirit and beauty in all people. The show opens on October 24 and runs through November 11.  It will feature four events during the three-week period.

Stop in this weekend, Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27 from 2-4 PM, for the photobooth event. You can have your polaroid portrait taken by the artist, and your voice can become part of the project.  You will receive one polaroid portrait to take home and one image will be added to the polaroid installation in the gallery.

“You. Are. Beautiful.” depicts portraits of everyday people with grit, grace and gravity. A wounded Marine and amputee, a stage-three breast cancer survivor or a skater are all celebrated for their own beauty and spirit. Wernau created this body of work from her travels photographing strangers and a few people she knew. The artist asked all of them to complete the statement, “I am beautiful because…” Moved by the power of a simple phrase, Wernau also included the phrase “you are beautiful” into each person’s set of portraits. Wernau’s primary mission with this project is “to spread love and kindness.”

Don’t miss these other upcoming events:

Enjoy wine, light appetizers and good company. There will also be an after-party at Short & Main in Gloucester, with 10% of food and drinks donated to charity.

Listen to a talk with Cape Ann fine-art photographers, including Paul Cary Goldberg, Judith Monteferrante and Anne Rearick. The panel will also include a special guest artist, Joseph Geary, who was also photographed by the artist for this project.

Watch the artist’s film and listen to her talk. Celebrate Veterans Day weekend with art and stories from local vets.

you are beautiful

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is located at 6 Wonson Street in Gloucester. Fall gallery hours are 12 – 4 pm, Thursday – Sunday. Visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org or www.facebook.com/ThiLinhPhotography for more information.

To The NEW Readers and Contributors to GMG from 10/16/2010. Melt down #3 or 4 or……………………..

To The NEW  Readers and Contributors to GMG from 10/16/2010. 

Melt down #3 or 4 or……………………..

Someone Wanted to know how many times I quit GMG This year. So far none, which is surprising. So far the medications working. The question reminded me of this video I did with a typical monthly pep talk Joey would give me.

This is a typical sunday morning chat/pep talk I’d  have with joey about every 3 weeks back then.

it may be a little exaggerated . but not by much.

oh yeah, joeys the one in the hat.

WARNING! There may be Crude Language Offensive to some people.


Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!! Me a Neurologist!

I seem to get on lists like this listing great and sometimes questionable job opportunities, but this one I might have to check out! Among the usual Pizza Hut Shift Managers, CVS Managment trainees, Night Life Photography Interns on the Riviera (Hmmmm..),  and of course Rent a Centers, check it out “Neurology” at a Hospital in Boston no less!! I had no idea I could be qualified for such a profession, but sign me up quick!! Mom would be so proud!

Nightlife Photography Intern – French Riviera
Party Earth • Nice
Posted TODAY! on Get Photography Jobs
Fan Photography
Focus Fan Photos • Loudon, New Hampshire
Posted TODAY! on Get Photography Jobs
Hot Job! Assistant Manager Bilingual – East Boston, MA
Rent A Center • EAST BOSTON, MA
Posted this week 
on Monster
Photographer Sales Specialist
Lifetouch • Manchester, NH
Photography Sales Specialist Turn your love of photography into a rewarding career The Opportunity: Lifetouch Church Directories and Portraits is looking for highly motivated, responsible, and
Posted TODAY! on JobDiagnosis (register to apply)
Neurology – Major Academic – Boston – NeuroHospitalist
confidential • Boston, MA
as well as competitive salary and benefits package. Great location with easy access to great schools, affordable real estate and social venues.
Posted this week on HealtheCareers.com (register to apply)
Customer Account Representative – Revere, MA
Rent A Center • REVERE, MA
Title: Customer Account Representative – Revere, MA Location: UNITED STATES-MASSACHUSETTS-REVERE Other Locations: null How’s your Quality of Life? Are you looking for a job or a real career? Do you
Posted TODAY! on JobDiagnosis (register to apply)
Real Estate Photographer
CirclePix • Boston, Massachusetts
Posted on Get Photography Jobs
Pizza Hut Shift Manager Job
Pizza Hut • Sanford, ME
Posted this week on JobDiagnosis (register to apply)

The Holmes Brothers at Shalin Liu TONIGHT – still some seats left

Friday, October 25, 8 PM
At Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport, MA

Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers– bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist, and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon–have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fan base with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and country. Their amazing three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone brings the soul and spirit of gospel music into everything they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, complimenting Wendell’s blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. 

From winning multiple Blues Music Awards to sharing stages and recordings with legends like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, Al Green, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Rosanne Cash, the band easily blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday morning’s church service. Their most recent album Feed My Soul, produced by longtime friend and collaborator Joan Osborne, is an album of friendship, loyalty, and family.

“Glorious, rootsy R&B, gospel, blues and country. Full
of soul and surprises.”

“A breathtaking and heartfelt journey through gospel-drenched
soul, blues, funk, and country.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched blues,
street corner doo-wop, ballads, R&B, country and funk. “
The New York Times

See what else is coming to Shalin Liu here

What’s Happening at Cape Ann Brewery

Sunday October 27, 2013

Barbara and Al Boudreau Jazz Quartet
Barbara and Al Boudreau Jazz Quartet

The Barbara and Al Boudreau Jazz Quartet

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jazz Session  with  Kate Barry, Zach Gorrell & Steve Lace
5:00 – 8:00

Thursday, October 31, 2013 – Halloween

henri-smith-promoHenri Smith and his band for a
Costume Dance Party
Starting at 9:00pm

Check online for latest information
Check online for latest information

Johnny Winter Coming to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre

Johnny Winter Tickets ON SALE TODAY!


For 40 years Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. He immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and his own high-energy interpretation for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold-out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments. Performing now with a renewed vigor and fire to say that he is “back” would be an understatement. In fact, he never left. He is just better than ever. Don’t miss a true living legend as he rocks the Larcom!  Tickets On Sale NOW  

Other Things Happening at the Larcom

The Slide Brothers on Saturday, November 2nd. The Slide Brothers are the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition.  The joyous music these legendary artists create extends far beyond scared steel to encompass blues, rock and soul all celebrated with a sound that is uniquely their own.  This is their ONLY New England show this year.   With Special guest singer-songwriter Michael Thomas Doyle.   

Henri Smith & his all-star band
, featuring Grammy winner Amadee Castenell bring a New Orleans Christmas to the historic Larcom Theatre for the very first time on Saturday, December 14th. The concert will feature traditional New Orleans jazz and blues with a touch of gospel, topped off with Christmas favorites. 


As Fly Amero says (in this post) the Larcom Theatre is “right down the street from us all (not ‘up the line’, which makes everyone think it’s far, far away when it’s really not)” So don’t be shy — come down the street to the Larcom Theatre for a spectacular concert!

B,C,D Maritime Gloucester’s 13 Days Of Halloween

Marine Halloween at Maritime Gloucester

Click Here For More Information on Marine Halloween Party at Maritime Gloucester Saturday 10/26/2013

Maritime Gloucester Facebook Page

The red-lipped batfish lives around the Galapagos Islands. A poor swimmer, it “walks” on the seafloor using specially-evolved fins!


The calico lobster in our Aquarium is the same species as Gloucester’s other lobsters, but she has a rare color mutation. Black with orange spots, her color is perfect for Halloween!


The devil fish is a giant ray found in the Mediterranean Sea. Named for their hornlike fins, these harmless fish can reach lengths of 17 feet!


The Dry Salvages

The Dry Salvages off Rockport had caught yet another victim - the F/V Racketeer. Despite the best efforts of salvage companies and the USCG, the Racketeer was taken off the rocks and claimed by the sea. This was unusual weather, and the captain of the whale watch boat warned passengers not to touch the metal railings because of lightning.  A famous poem was written in 1941 by Gloucester's TS Eliot about the Dry Salvages. He's very difficult to read and understand. But here's what his poem means to me: "In life, we'll all run aground sooner or later. Let's do right by our fellow human beings while we can, before the Salvages claim us too."
The Dry Salvages off Rockport had caught yet another victim – the F/V Racketeer. Despite the best efforts of salvage companies and the USCG, the Racketeer was taken off the rocks and claimed by the sea a year later. This was unusual weather, and the captain of the whale watch boat warned passengers not to touch the metal railings because of lightning.
A famous poem was written in 1941 by Gloucester’s TS Eliot about the Dry Salvages. He’s very difficult to read and understand. But here’s what his poem means to me: “In life, we’ll all run aground sooner or later. Let’s do right by our fellow human beings while we can, before the Salvages claim us too.”

Search Questions I Get


Could you please tell me where I can find the promo you ran about my new book.  I’ve been looking through today’s GMG and I can’t locate it.
Barry Stacks


Go Ahead Click The Google Search Button.  Please.  I know you have it in you.  I just know it can’t be that difficult to grasp that there is thing on the interwebs called Google that actually allows you to find things that may be posted about a certain subject you may be interested in.

If you have a thing against the word “Google” and it sends shivers up your spine perhaps you could try Bing.

Googlephobia- the fear of using a friggin search engine to find something on the internet.


I swear to Christ I get 3-5 of these questions a day.  Every day.  It’s maddening.

On top of being able to search anything on the internet there’s also a Good Morning Gloucester Search Engine.  I swear it’s there.  I promise

actual screen Shot of Good Morning Gloucester Home Page below

You can go to the homepage here- www.goodmorninggloucester.com  Bookmark it for easy reference.  The search engine is in the top right corner.

You can use it to search.  I promise you won’t get herpes or anything.  It’s been tested.