I think I speak for many in wishing Carolyn congratulations on her new job with the Baker administration. We in Gloucester are so fortunate to have been the beneficiary of the gifts and inspiration she has brought to our community. The new Massachusetts Governor’s administration is so fortunate to have Carolyn on their team. We wish the Kirk Family all the very best!
After whining to you all and my physical therapist, I didn’t feel half bad this morning. I asked my PT to take it easy with me, because I had muscle pain for the past 5 days. I rode the bicycle and did some side stepping. She asked me to try “free-walking” down the hallway without holding onto anything. It came easily, and I sauntered 120 feet with no sweat. She was very surprised. Last September, four months ago, I struggled to walk 20 feet.
You should have seen my boys’ eyes when we told them that we were renting a car for our weekend getaway to New York City….and then pulled into the Maserati Dealership…and then moved right along to the waaay back of the lot to the rental agency to pick up our mad minivan.
I’m still laughing.
But, really…who do they think we are?
Thatcher and Finn have become more than a little obsessed with cars lately. While a part of me is super impressed with how much they know, part of me could handle a day off from answering questions like, “What do you think goes faster? A mustang or a corvette?” or “Would you rather have a fast little sporty convertible or a big 4WD SUV?” “Well, what if you lived in Florida? What if you lived in Alaska? What if you lived in Australia” (Oh, for the love of God). Then there’s, “Which do you like better? A Bugatti or a Ferrari?” I had to Google Bugattis. Or the more elaborate, “If you had a mega yacht what type of car would you put on it to drive around all of the islands you visit?” Ummm. Hmmmm. Good one.
Sometimes I get caught up in it and actually select my answers carefully….you know, because someday it might matter. Other days, I just answer absentmindedly (don’t tell them…please). Last week my mother was in the car with us and Finn announced, “There’s Nammy’s (their name for my mom) favorite type of truck!” as he pointed to a massive Dodge Ram. I looked at my mom with a raised eyebrow and she whispered, “Sometimes its just easier to give them an answer.”
She’s right. They’re relentless. Always have been.
That having been said, they do love their cars….and they would be as happy as the Autobahn is fast just driving around looking at cars (and boats). I know a couple of kids who will be attending some lawn events at the Lars Anderson Car Museum this summer, for sure.
So, while we didn’t actually take one of the Maseratis to NYC, the boys insisted that we give them some time on the lot to take photos and ooh and aah their little hearts out.
While they were running around all awestruck, I took a second to look around too. In doing so, I learned a few things. First of all, Maseratis cost a shit load of money! Secondly…and insanely…many of the cars on the lot were actually SOLD. What? To Whom? And thirdly, Maseratis cost a shit load of money. That bears repeating.
I always remember today is Little Christmas, because it’s Grandpa Joe’s Birthday (grandpa Capt. Joe, with the Wharf )! Did you know today that today is also the Roman Catholic Holiday called the Epiphany? On this twelfth day after Christmas, Sicilians call this this Roman Catholic holiday of the “Epiphany/ The Three kings day”, ” Little Christmas.” In New Orleans Three kings Day is Celebrated with the Traditional Kings cake. Below is my Sista Felicia “King Cake” recipe posted last spring… I always knew my grandfather was a king! Happy Birthday Grandpa. You will be forever in our hearts. Enjoy!
Happy Birthday Grandpa !
Mark your calendar…Fat Tuesday will be celebrated on March 4th this year. Fat Tuesday is often referred to as “The Last Hurrah” marking the end of 2014 Carnival season. It’s the last day of eating sweets and rich foods before the fasting ritual of Lent season begins! King Cakes are traditionally made throughout all the days of Mardi Gras season. Every year I prepare this sweet treat for my kids, and each year we crown a new king or queen. The jeweled crown charm shown in the photos below is a charm my twins found in their very first “King Cake” given to them by my mother in-law Marsha, 12 years ago. I encourage you to whip up this sweet cake for Fat Tuesday this year, and indulge in it’s rich sweetness!
Formore photos and Mardi Gras King Cake recipe details~ …click see more
Abby here and I am an Extended Stay Club member at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter. That means I have waited far too long to meet my Mr. or Mrs. Right! I love sleeping at the foot of your bed and following you around the house. I am a big fan of long walks, tummy rubs, toys and a good snack. I am not interested in making any canine friends and need a home with no other dogs. I am looking for a dog experienced family; maybe you can make my dreams come true? For more information on adoptable pets and upcoming events visit www.capeannanimalaid.org
Marine Forecast :
Tue W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt… Becoming SW 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less. A chance of snow.
Tue Night W winds 5 to 10 kt…increasing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 1 foot or less. A chance of snow.
Pod Cast Weather :
Hourly Forecast :
COLD WEATHER REQUEST TO RESIDENTS
THE ROCKPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ROCKPORT COUNCIL ON AGING ARE ASKING RESIDENTS TO REGULARLY CHECK IN WITH THEIR ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS.
THE WINTER MONTHS BRING ADDITIONAL HAZARDS TO SENIOR CITIZENS , WHICH INCLUDE SNOW AND ICE, HYPOTHERMIA, AND POWER OUTAGES.
CONTACT THE ROCKPORT POLICE DEPARTMENT ( 978-546-1212), EMERGENCIES 911, AND THE COUNCIL ON AGING (978-546-2573) FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE AND REFERRALS TO OTHER AGENCIES.
“To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that
eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth
together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold.
An Illinois native, MacLeish attended Hotchkiss, Yale, and Harvard Law,
where he was an editor of the Law Review, but only practiced for three years
before marrying and decamping to Paris to join the expatriate community of
the 1920’s, where his friends included Hemmingway, Stein, Dos Passos,
Fitzgerald, Parker and Benchley. During this time his poetry began to be
published and he was awarded the first of three Pulitzer prizes for his
writing. He was Franklin Roosevelt’s controversial choice to be Librarian of
Congress, and although he lacked formal training in Library Science, he is
credited with transforming the Library of Congress from an out of date
backwater to the literary archive of record is still is today. He was
instrumental in establishing the post of Poet Laureate, and was a founding
representative to UNESCO. He returned to Harvard in the late forties and
taught there until his retirement despite the opposition of Joseph McCarthy
and other Red Scare proponents. In addition to his multiple Pulitzers, his
writing garnered a National Book Award, a Tony for one of his plays, and an
Academy Award for a documentary. In 1977 Jimmy Carter recognized his
contributions to literature with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Lights of Love raised more than $14,500 to support Addison Gilbert Hospital’s cancer program and provide special care packages to new cancer patients.
Lights of Love was launched in 2008 by Gloucester residents Shawn Wilson and Sue Kyle as a tribute to Cape Ann families whose lives have been touched by cancer and as a symbol of their gratitude for the exceptional patient care Sue received at the Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center at Addison Gilbert Hospital. This year’s event was a tribute to Sue Kyle, and was presented in honor of long-time Addison Gilbert Hospital colleague Tina Ketchopulos. Over the past eight years, Lights of Love has raised more than $130,000. For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.beverlyhospital.org/locations–services/locations/addison-gilbert-hospital.
The O’Maley Middle School Vocal Performance club sang festive holiday carols during the event.
BAKE FOR GOOD: KIDS
In King Arthur Flour’s FREE Bake for Good: Kids Program, nearly 500 kids from Gloucester, Massachusetts will LEARN to make bread from scratch. They will discover that math, science, reading, and baking know-how add up to delicious bread! Kids are excited to take ingredients and their new skills home to BAKE two loaves; one to keep and enjoy and one to SHARE with The Open Door food pantry.
COMING TO Gloucester, Massachusetts
SCHOOL: O’Maley Middle School
WHERE: 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
WHEN: Thursday, January 15, 2015 – 8:45AM and 9:50AM
TEACHERS SAY THAT KIDS LOVE TO LEARN, BAKE, SHARE
“I cannot tell you how fabulous the program was… I have been receiving emails and personal calls from many of the teachers who couldn’t say enough about how much their students enjoyed the program.”– 5th Grade Teacher
Police Chief Leonard Campanello announces that The Gloucester Police Patrolmans Association represented Gloucester Police Department at the weekend services of slain NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu.
Five officers from Gloucester Police Department made the journey to New York to pay their respects to their fallen brother officer.
“We were very humbed to take part in the memorial services for Officer Liu,” Chief Campanello said. “I would like to thank the officers of the Patrolmen’s Association for making the trip to New York and honoring our fallen brother. We hope that our involvement, and the involvement of so many law enforcement agencies in this service, shows how police remain strong for each other and for the public in the aftermath of such a tragedy.”