End of the World

At 54 degrees S, Ushuaia Argentina is the southernmost city in the world. This view of the city faces south, toward Cape Horn,from across the Beagle Channel.


Tomorrow our little expedition embarks on a small ship to cruise the Straits of Magellan,Beagle Channel and other fjords of Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn.We will have no internet access (now there’s a REAL adventure) so I will be unable to post for about 5 days.

It’s 9:51  PM and still very bright outside so I guess I’ll just have to grab a beer and wait for bedtime.


GloucesterCast 108 With Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/14/14 #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast 108 With Kim Smith and Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 12/14/14

Topics Include: Guests Kim Smith and Toby Pett, Host Joey Ciaramitaro, Toby’s Attractive Nurses At Salem Hospital, GMG HOLIDAY Party (bring booze not food) is December 19th , Melissa Cox On The Stripper Pole, Those People That Come To The Party Just To Eat the Food and Not Socialize, Congratulations To Brian O’Connor and Family On Birth Of His First Masculine Child, Thanks To Leslie Heffron For The Nice Cards, Thanks To Jess and Dennis Alves For The Dinner Dealer Deck Which Ellen Landrigan Won,Middle Street Walk and the Awesomeness That Is The Art Haven, Art Haven Buoy Auction January 23 At Cruiseport, Art Haven, Cape Ann YMCA and Maritime Gloucester, Men’s Night Thursday Dec 18th, Pinoli Opening December 18th, Mark McDonough and His PR Person Samantha Porter Get Social Media, Breaking The Pinoli News, Breaking  The La Trattoria News, Passports Restaurant 20% Off On Gift Certificate Purchases, Joey’s Top Local Gift Ideas, Bex’ Micro Lobster Trap Tree, Group Text Messaging Hell, Kim Asks A Facebook Question Shout Out To Sefathia and Lillian LoGrasso, Whole Foods Lynnfield Review,(J Pace, Sclafanis and Virgilios) >Whole Foods, Describe The Ultimate Meatball Based On Size, Ingredients and Cooking Method, When Having Pasta With The Zugu Do You Mix The Zugu In Before Serving Or Ladle the Zugu on Top, Crack Cocaine Romano Cheese, GMG Christmas Holiday Party December 19th At Bodin Historic Photo.


GloucesterCast Podcast New Subscriber Contest #5 Will Win A Copy Of Sista Felicia’s Cookbook. A Copy Of Sista Felicia’s Cookbook Will Go To One Of The First Ten New Subscribers To The GloucesterCast. Subscribe For A Chance To Win Here
To Purchase A Copy Of Sista Felicia’s Cookbook Order Here Winner Needs To Pick Up Cookbook At The Dock

Nichole and Toby, Madeline drawing Podcast 107 ©Kim Smith 2014

Electricity Update #10


Here are some of the bulbs they gave my mom -notice the same kinds?-



Here are the boxes of bulbs that were replaced with bulbs that provide the same or not better light but only used 10 watts of power and replaced bulbs that were drawing 65 watts of power.  I could see that for aesthetic reasons some people when these types of bulbs came out  might not have wanted to replace bulbs with the squiggly weird looking ones but now they make them to look just like regular lightbulbs AND you can get these bulbs for free that they are charging $15.99 each for at our local grocery store.  AND the guy comes out and installs them all for you.  AND you’re already paying for these kinds of ungrades in your Energy Efficiency Charge on Your Electric Bill.  What kind of idiot wouldn’t want to take advantage of all that AND save money every single month going forward with the 6 times more energy efficient bulbs?


Boxes of bulbs at a cost of $15.99 that were replaced free of charge at my Mom’s House-



Parts 1,2,3 Here
Electricity Update #4: Free Home Energy Assesment With Kevin From Next Step Living
Electricity Update #5: Video Walkthrough- Energy Efficiency Assesment and Free Stuff At Mom’s House
Electricity Update #6 Energy Saving Ideas
Electricity Savings Alternative Home Energy and Comfort Update #7- Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth

Beautiful, Beautiful Lynn Swigart Photos of Gloucester and Other Favorites at Trident Gallery

Don’t miss Lynn Swigart’s show of stunning photographs, many from Gloucester, along with other favorites, currently on display at the Trident Gallery through January 4th.

Trident Gallery will be open late and serving refreshments on Thursday night, the 18th, for Men’s Night, which also coincides with the opening of Pinoli. You can check out the Lobster Trap Tree next door to Trident, see Lynn’s photos, shop local, and have dinner at Pinoli (or any of the other fabulous dining establishments on Main Street). Sounds like a wonderfully fun night out to me!


Carousel, Geneva

Every single image in the show is beautiful and gorgeous, but my favorite amongst the favorites is this chromogenic print titled “Carousel, Geneva”

Eleven Days Before Christmas Carol Countdown ~ Oh Happy Day by Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples

“Oh Happy Day,” sung by Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples, is one of my favorite songs at Christmastime and it was a delight to discover this video of fantastic early footage of Aretha Franklin performing at Detroit’s New Bethel Baptist Church, the church founded by C.L. Franklin, Aretha’s father.

Please send us your suggestion of favorite holiday music. We would love to include in the Christmas Carol Countdown!

Mavis Staples will be performing at the Shalin Liu on February 20th!

Karen Pischke Is Signed Up For Her Cape Ann License Plate


For Information On How To Get Your Cape Ann License Plate-



LICENSE PLATE APPLICATION (pdf) DOWNLOAD > Print, Fill Out, Mail Back to the Chamber

Proceeds from the license plate will be used to benefit promotion, economic development and education initiatives for Cape Ann and the Cape Ann communities of Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Rockport.

After an extensive design submission and voting process, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the winning design for the Cape Ann License plate. The winning design was chosen after nearly 2,000 votes were received from the Cape Ann community through online and ballot voting. The design was created by local Rockport artist, Annalei Babson, from Coveside Designs.
Download the Cape Ann License Plate Application or fill out the online form below to reserve your application:

Cape Ann License Plate Online Application

Show your love and support of Cape Ann by proudly driving this beautiful and symbolic license plate!

Dr. Silvester R. Smith has Announced his Retirement as Podiatrist

Dr. Silvester R. Smith, DPM has announced his retirement as Podiatrist, ending a 60-year career.

Dr. Smith started his practice in 1954 at 1 School Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He ran his business solely as Podiatrist, Receptionist and Accountant. He had many long-time patients where he developed friendly relationships and looked forward to their visits to catch up on their family and happenings in their lives. When he was not in his office, he was making house calls at many local area nursing homes.

Dr. Smith experienced a setback on in December 2008 when the Lorraine Building, where his office was situated, was consumed by fire. Although a disheartening event, he was quick to find another location at 199 Main Street in Gloucester where he has practiced the last 6 years. He enjoyed the new location as there were frequent walk-ins and lots of activity.

Dr. Smith and his wife reside in West Gloucester. He is well known in the Gloucester community. He looks forward to participating in local events such as the annual Fishtown Horribles Parade. Of the 14 times he participated walking the parade route, his favorite was the year he walked twice, once in the AMVET contingency, and then again following the parade theme “Toys of the 20s” where he pedaled his 1920s era scooter. Dr. Smith also participates in the annual ceremonies and parades each May and November in honor of the Veterans and proudly wears his uniform from his term in the U.S Army Air Corps.

Dr. Smith’s retirement takes effect January 1, 2015 where he will spend more time with family and friends and enjoying his countless hobbies including general farming activities, raising chickens, gardening, woodworking, reading, writing and creative projects.

2 Annual Bang-A-Song Holiday Jam/January Open Studio kickoff party. Monday December 15th 6pm – 9pm.

2nd Annual Bang A Song Holiday Jam and January Open Studios FlyerEVENT: 2nd Annual Bang-A-Song Studio Holiday Jam
WHERE: 72 Rogers Street, Gloucester
WHEN: Monday, December 15th
TIME: 6-9pm

WHAT ELSE: We’ll have pizza and beer for jamming, instruments and
amplifiers for eating.  Come meet Tony and Warren, sign up for a January
open studio slot, and perform your best version of “Jingle Bells”,
“Christmas with the Martians” or  “Santa’s Got an Airplane”!!!!  Kids
are welcome.



North Shore Workshop on What You Need to Know About Divorce in Massachusetts


The Divorce Center Offers New Workshop on What You Need to Know About Divorce in Massachusetts

Professionals to Discuss the Legal, Financial, Family and Personal Issues Encountered in the Divorce Process 

Newton, Mass. – December 12, 2014 – The Divorce Center, a non-profit organization of professionals from multiple disciplines providing support and education for people going through separation or divorce, is offering a new half-day public education workshop entitled “Divorce Matters for You! ─ What You Need to Know About Divorce in Massachusetts” on January 10, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Barn at 10 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA. 
The workshop will cover the legal, financial, family and personal issues that are often encountered during the divorce process. Trained professionals will provide knowledge and information that will empower anyone who is contemplating divorce or currently overwhelmed with the process, increasing their confidence and peace of mind.

The topics to be covered in the workshop include:

Legal Issues:

· Your options for the divorce process in MA

· What is Mediation, Collaborative, Litigation and Pro Se and how do they differ?

· Understanding the Alimony Law and Child Support Guidelines

· Protecting Yourself Legally

Understanding the Financial Issues:

· Taking an Asset Inventory

· What are considered Marital Assets and how are they divided?

· Do you keep or sell the Marital Home?

· What about retirement?  Will I be ok?

Family Issues:

· Dealing with a hostile spouse

· Protecting the children

· Strategies for coping with the stress of divorce

· Rebuilding your self-esteem

The workshop fee is $25 and includes light refreshments and snacks. For more information on “Divorce Matters for You! ─ What You Need to Know About Divorce in Massachusetts” and to register for the workshop, visit: http://thedivorcecenter.org/events/event/divorce-matters/.

The Divorce Center is holding the “Divorce Matters for You!” workshop at the same time and location on March 14, 2015. 

About The Divorce Center
The Divorce Center is a non-profit organization of legal, financial and mental health professionals working to empower people before, during and after divorce or separation by providing education and resources.

Since 1983, The Divorce Center’s focus has been on improving the divorce process and its impact on the family. The organization’s mission is primarily to:

· Support families experiencing divorce;

· Educate the public about divorce and its effects; and

· Help professionals improve the service they provide to their divorcing clients.

The Divorce Center offers its expertise and compassion to all those who need it — individuals and families, divorce professionals, religious groups, parent organizations, non-profit groups, and others who can benefit from the public education, professional programs and support.

For more information, visit http://thedivorcecenter.org.

Head to the Lights

I’m reaching out to the world’s greatest FOBs for some help!

My boys have been getting a kick out of watching The Great Christmas Light Fight on TV.  Now they want to go see some “epic” Christmas lights, but I’ve yet to find a fabulous neighborhood.

I have such fond memories of driving around East Gloucester and off of Grapevine Road to see the lights when I was younger and I’d like my boys to do the same.  We’re willing to drive 30 minutes or so if it’ll be worth it, so if you have any suggestions, fire away!

Thanks in advance for any and all help!

The Great Christmas Light Fight


Tree Lighting and CATA, Where Art Thou?

LobsterTree5321wmI’ve never seen the lobster trap tree lighting, but today I was determined. After the 5pm lighting, I walked to the nearby bus stop, and was ten minutes early. Twenty minutes after the pickup time, still waiting, cold and shivering with my walker, I hobbled back to the gallery. What to do? I called Gloucester Taxi (978-283-0099) for a ride home to Rockport. It cost $11 plus tip ($5). I had a nice and smooth ride with driver Scott. Although CATA is 99% reliable, keep a $20 bill in your wallet, along with the Gloucester Taxi business card.