Spring Cleaning for Your Health

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Spring is Just One Week Away! A welcome sight after the long winter we’ve had in New England. The mountains of snow are beginning to melt and signs of spring are finally cropping up.

Bluebird of Happiness ‘Bluebird of Happiness’.                                                          Photo Courtesy of Michael Chamness.                                        © Wings & Waves Photo Art. Gloucester MA.

Did You Make A New Years Resolution to Exercise? Have you been able to keep it, or has it gone by the wayside, like the ‘disappearing sidewalks’ that made getting around this winter more difficult? Even if you LOVE winter and winter sports like I do, the brutal winter temperatures made it difficult to get outside to exercise. Hopefully, you found…

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Cappuccino Corretto con Liquore alla Nutella



Cappuccino Corretto con Liquore alla Nutella


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Essex Salt Marsh Panorama

Essex Salt Marsh ©Kim Smith 2015Still frozen, the Essex Salt Marsh panorama was taken yesterday.

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As we were talking about salt marshes on a recent podcast, the following is information provided by the Massachusetts Bays Program:

The Essex Salt Marsh is part of the 17,000 acre Great Marsh that extends from Cape Ann into New Hampshire. Salt marshes are found in coastal areas. These unique ecosystems are formed within protective estuaries and support numerous plants and animals. Salt marshes are among the most productive lands on earth, outcompeting even the best-managed farms. Two-thirds of all marine fish and shellfish depend on salt marshes during some portion of their lives.

Salt marshes are divided into two general vegetation zones. The Low Marsh is flooded twice daily by the incoming tide and is dominated by Spartina alternifolia (low salt marsh grass). The High Marsh is flooded sporadically and is dominated by Spartina patens (high salt marsh grass). Salt marshes contain tidal creeks, pools, and islands of high ground, and serve as highly efficient pollution filters.

Nationwide, vast areas of salt marsh have been destroyed by filling, dredging, and developing upland areas. The Great Marsh has escaped much of this destruction, but it is impacted by pollution runoff and mosquito control ditches built in the 1930s, and by road and rail crossings, which restrict tidal flows to upstream marshes.




133 Days Until The Blackburn Challenge

Joey’s Christmas present was the deluxe GMG baseball cap. When he gave it to me he said, “I want to see you wear it in this year’s Blackburn Challenge.”

Joey. Mister Motivator. I did that paddle five times around Cape Ann and last year I took it off. So I was thinking instead of the GMG baseball cap I would wear a buttermilk pancake instead.

What are you looking at?
What are you looking at?

But I changed my mind. Why putter around the Cape in a motor boat when you can do it with a paddle? As of last week I am sixty years old. I already checked and there are no age brackets in the Blackburn. Not that I would have come close to even sniffing a ribbon since most of the leather and sinew paddlers in my kayak class are older than me and the last I see of them is around the Annisquam Lighthouse.

So it’s on. I have 133 days to fit into my kayak. Saturday July 25, 2015. Here is a map. Here is a timer. Here is a link to the details of the Cape Ann Rowing Club who do an awesome job on the race with food and beer at the greasy pole finish.  And the warmup is the Essex River race on May 16, 2015.

May 16. 64 days away. I’ll do that too or I’ll eat my pancake.

I'll go faster with a new hat.
I’ll go faster with a new hat.

Jefferson Starship lands in Beverly next weekend @ The Larcom Theatre on Saturday, March 21st at 8pm

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Beverly, MA.  M.E. Productions is excited to present psychedelic rock icons Jefferson Starship at the Larcom Theatre on Saturday, March 21st at 8pm .  Rising from the ashes of Jefferson Airplane, their music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism. This special show celebrates all the music of Jefferson Airplane on it’s 50TH anniversaryTickets for Jefferson Starship start at $35.

Beginning in 1974 as a break-off of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship is arguably one of the most well-known bands to come out of that decade. Their first album Blows Against the Empire was the first ever rock music recording nominated for literary science fiction’s prestigious Hugo Award. Their music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism.

Currently the band is fronted by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, also a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service, and newest member Cathy Richardson, anchoring (and some say channeling) the historic role made famous by Grace Slick. They continue to perform their iconic repertoire of hits spanning all eras of their existence, including “Jane,” “Somebody To Love,” “Miracles,” “White Rabbit,” “Volunteers,” “Count On Me” and many more.

“This is one of the most exciting classic rock shows touring today,” says Seth McNally of M.E. Productions.  “The members haven’t lost a step, if anything they are playing with more energy than ever since the addition of the show stopping Cathy Richardson…and this show is especially exciting as they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jefferson Airplane.”


Tickets to see Jefferson Starship are $35, $45, and $55 for premier seating.  For tickets and more information visit www.larcomtheater.com or call  978-525-9093.

Contact Seth McNally with Interview Requests / seth@meproductions.net / 603-554-4130






St. Joseph Coffee Time at Sista Felicia’s Day 4




Last night the dinning room table was once again filled with delectable confections! Lets just agree that this week is not a good week for dieting! On Wednesday evenings Novena Coffee mimicked coffee times around my Aunt Vinci Militello’s dining room table like they did years ago, with hilarious old stories, joke telling, and sharing of  Italian Recipes!  Outburst of laughter filled the air! late into the night.  Wednesday evening a recipe that was shared on Facebook earlier that day made with “Nutella” was the topic of our coffee time conversation. Last night  “Cumnares” Bridget Mathews and Nicloe Curcuru surprised us with two delicious treats that wowed our taste buds! Bridget Mathews whipped up a batch of the made homemade “Liquore alla Nutella,” a Heavenly Nutella Liquor we had talked about Wednesday evening. We made a toasted to friendship, before sampling our shots.  It was outstanding on its own but even more delicious when added to our freshly brewed Cappuccinos. Bridget’s Chocolate Hazelnut cordial served straight up and mixed with cappuccino, paired beautifully with Nicole’s’ homemade Spumoni Bomba! Today I created a Sista Felicia version of “Liquore alla Nutella.” 

My Step-by-Step Recipe will be shared this evening…Check back for details!




Latter this week I will share the Spumoni Bomba Recipe!

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Flowers of the St. Joseph Altar



Hundreds of fishing vessels once lined the seaport of Gloucester years ago during the fishing industries prime.  Gloucester’s Fishing fleet was comprised of dozens of family owned day boats and several offshore “larger boats,” that fished the oceans for several consecutive days, and or weeks. It was customary for fishing related businesses and vessels to supported the deep rooted Sicilian Feasts throughout our city each year. The booming industry funneled money directly back into our community in many ways.  A a child raised in a Sicilian family with direct ties to both the fishing industry, and the feasts of St. Joseph and St. Peter I experienced the strong connections and presences each had with one another. Years ago there were over 38 St. Joseph altars throughout the city of Gloucester. Each altar was draped and surrounded by gifts of fresh floral arrangements, sent by the families who owned fish processing plants, and fishing vessels from the Gloucester fishing fleet. Often the arrangements were accompanied by gifts of fresh fish for the celebratory feast day and gifts of money to help the hosting families with the enormous cost assumed with the nine day novena. A few days ago as I was placing beautiful floral bouquets that had been sent from family and friends in front of our altar I found myself reflecting back to my childhood days in front of the altar of my Aunt Vinci and uncle mike Militello, on School Street. Their altar was always beautifully lit with candles and lined with a sea of flowers.  I’m sure everyone who experienced the beauty of the gorgeous ornate altars years ago, remember looking for their families bouquet among the sea of floral arrangements in front of the altars of St. Joseph, St. Anthony, and St. Peter and the strong floral fragrance that filling the air around the altar’s.   

With deep gratitude I thank my Aunts Eleanor Curcuru, and Gina Ciaramitaro and their families, for the gorgeous matching floral bouquets framing this years altar and to friends Frank and Barbara Ciolino for the stunning arrangement of Red Roses. The flowers smell heavenly and adorn the altar beautifully. I’m truly blessed to have the love and support of so many people. Thank you all for everything you do to help me continue our families St. Joseph Tradition.  



Viva San Giuseppe!

This year we decide to display our families’ Oar carried in the St. Peter’s Fiesta Parade in remembrance of my Paternal Grandfather’s Fishing Vessel

“The Benjamin C”


Pi second approaches in 24 hours

Tomorrow morning at 9:26 and 53 seconds give or take a nanosecond you might hear a noise roll across New England. That would be the sound of nerds celebrating 3/14/15 9:26:53 AM. You may never hear it again in your lifetime. A similar sound, not quite as loud will be heard as the same nerds order their Watch on April 10, 2015.