Tom Waits Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

Glad to be back from a long installation in Seattle, the QotW resumes:

“Don’t plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it, you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me – choke those little bad days. Choke ‘em down to nothing.”

Tom Waits (1949-    )


A California native, Waits is known for his distinctive gravelly voice and his superb songwriting talents. Although usually categorized as a blues musician, his music extends far beyond that genre into jazz and experimental styles. Many of his ballads have been covered by more famous artists; including Springsteen’s “Jersey Girl” and the Eagles’ “Ol’ 55.” Waits also has a 35 year working relationship with Francis Ford Coppola and has scored nearly twenty films. His unusual looks and massive cool have gotten him parts in dozens of movies, from “One from the Heart” to “The Book of Eli.” Famously anti-consumerist, Waits has successfully sued both Audi and Frito-Lay for using sound-alike musicians to flog their products. He is married to Kathleen Brennan and has three children.

Greg Bover

Good Morning Gloucester Cape Ann Giclee Photography Show Continues Through April 30th

Comsos 12 ©Kim Smith 2014 copyIf you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the Good Morning Gloucester Contributors Photography Show opening party last weekend, please do stop in. The show runs through April 30th. I promise you won’t be disappointed!2015GMG-invitePostcard

Local Business Still Going “Strong” ~ An Illustrated History of R.B. Strong Excavating

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An illustrated lecture on the history of the R.B. Strong Excavating & Sewerage Contractor, Inc.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (April 17, 2015) – The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present Who We Are Is Who We Were – Historic Businesses of Cape Ann: R. B. Strong on Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m.

Join professors Janeil Rey and Shelby Clark for an illustrated talk on the history of the R.B. Strong Company, dating back to its founding by their great grandfather Walter Cressy in the mid-1800s. From paving the original runways at Boston’s Logan Airport to their role in the creation of the Cape Ann Museum’s sculpture park, the excavation company has been “Strong on Quality” since the late 1800s. This program is free for members or with Museum admission.

R.B. Strong Going “Strong” on the Niles Pond Brace Cove Causeway Restoration


Who We Are Is Who We Were – Historic Businesses of Cape Ann is an ongoing series of presentations focusing on Cape Ann businesses that have been in existence for over one hundred years. The series launched in 2011 with Ryan & Wood Distilleries and has included Cape Pond Ice, H.A. Burnham Boat Building & Design, and the sail making, furniture restoration and fine art painting businesses located at 16 Rogers Street in Gloucester.

Niles Pond Brace Cove casueway restoration excavator ©Kim Smith 2014.

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The Cape Ann Museum tells multiple stories, all relating to Cape Ann. Founded in 1873, the Museum’s collections represent the history of Cape Ann, its people, its industries, its art and culture. For a detailed media fact sheet please visit

The Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours areTuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $10.00 adults, $8.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Youth (under 18) and Museum members are free. For more information please call: (978)283-0455 x10. Additional information can be found online at

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Today is Homie and Rubber Duck’s fourth Anniversary

Four years? Seems like just yesterday.

Homie: “You’re not from around here are you? May I show you the cove?” Solitude of the lonely Homie. Cold, lonely, rubbery, but Patriotic! A little stand offish at first. They’re eyes locked and Homie was in love. “So how many children should we have?” Homie wasn’t wasting any time. “I have a lovely nest on Milk Island.” You’re not listening to a word I’m saying!” “We could make it work!”

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Rubber Duck out on the Town at another Fred Bodin Christmas party.



I cannot believe it has only been four years since the Rubber Duck met Homie on a blustery day just like today, April 18, 2011. When I posted that first part of the Rubber Duck saga I was only joking about it being a twenty part series. Little did I know that six hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. Part I posted April 18th, 2011: (This will be a twenty part series.) Part II posted April 19th, 2011: But first, the back story. Two lonely birds: But soon the connection was made and time stopped. ” “I am so out of here!” But Homie came back of course and took Rubber Duck all over.

Sabra Hummus Recall Alert!

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Hi Joey. I first saw this on the SeniorCare, Inc Facebook page and thought it would be good to share with Good Morning Gloucester’s Cape Ann Wellness to help ‘spread the word.’

‘Sabra Hummus Recall’ due to possible bacterial (Listeria) contamination. Sabra has recalled 30,000 cases of hummus. More information can be found below –

Thanks to Gloucester’s SeniorCare, Inc. for getting the word out. Good to know!  

Eat Safe, Be Safe!      ~ Happy, Healthy Weekend,    ~ Karen

~ Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness™  Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit Find us on Facebook –

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Back by popular demand! More Frontiero Paintings

Here are some more Paintings of my Fathers and one of my older paintings I’ve listed on Ebay.

If you don’t have a Ebay account and want to purchase one of these paintings email me and if there are no bids on that painting I’ll cancel the auction for you.    contact me at:

I will only be selling small size paintings no bigger than 11″x14″ on ebay due to high shipping cost.

If you would like a larger size and different Cape Ann scene email me.

I will deliver to Gloucester and Rockport.


M.E. Productions Presents ‎LEON RUSSELL w/ guest Allen Estes May 30th 8pm @ The Larcom Theatre

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Rock and roll Renaissance man. That best describes this Music Legend. Leon Russell’s long and storied career includes collaborations with a virtual who’s who of music icons spanning from Jerry Lee Lewis to Phil Spector to the Rolling Stones. A similar eclecticism and scope also surfaced in his solo work, which couched his charmingly gravelly voice in a rustic yet rich swamp pop fusion of country, blues, and gospel.

Between his solo work, contributions to high-profile albums by other artists, and screen exposure in the Bangla Desh and Mad Dogs & Englishmen documentaries, Russell became a veritable superstar in the Seventies. Russell has won two Grammy awards, chart-topping hits and was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Don’t miss this Intimate Show with a Music Legend.

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Award-winning singer/songwriter, Allen Estes, wrote Tammy Wynette’s top 40 hit “Next To You”, “Where’d They Go” (the official song of the City of Gloucester) and songs for The Souls of the Sea musical. While working as a songwriter in Nashville, Allen practically invented the genre “Americana” and you’ll hear influences from pop, rock, folk, blue-grass and country.


Allen has produced over a dozen albums and his songs have be

en recorded by Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, Dave Mallett, Tom Wopat and The Judds. He has toured with/and opened for Bonnie Raitt, J. Geils, Tim McGraw, America, Jose Feliciano, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Tricia Yearwood, Livingston Taylor, Robert Palmer, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush and Earl Scruggs, among many others.

Winner of the Independent Music World Series New England and voted Best Independent Act of New England, Allen and his band always give a captivating performance that brings audiences to their feet.

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Tickets here >


Saturday, May 30, 2015 – 8:00 p.m.


13 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Seth McNally
Director of Booking & Marketing
Flying Monkey Performance Center
Plymouth, NH

EARTH DAY FAIR Presented by Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust and Community Partners April 26th


Presented by Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust and Community Partners

Essex, MA —- On Sunday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Essex County Greenbelt will be hosting its second annual Earth Day festival in collaboration with numerous community non-profit organizations.  This will be a fun, interactive and informative family-friendly event at Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation headquarters in Essex. The theme of the fair this year will be pollinators. Visitors will learn more about bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, flowers and how pollination is key to a healthy environment.

The event will showcase local non-profit organizations that share a commitment to building an environmentally sustainable community. Jonathan Mirin of the Piti Theater Company will be performing his original show “The Story of My Bees” at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. This 25 minute storytelling event uses puppetry, clowning, dance, music and audience participation to tell Farmer James’ comic, tragic and ultimately hopeful story. The Piti Theater’s shows give children and adults tools for helping pollinators thrive in their communities.

Our community partners will offer hands-on activities for the whole family to learn about butterflies, flowers, bees, beekeeping and pollinators in general. Visitors will get a “passport” to have stamped as they make a bee-line around the fair learning about different aspects of the world of pollination. Those who complete the passport will get a special prize!

Some of the day’s activities and partners include:

•“The Story of My Bees” puppet show at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

• Learn about monarch butterflies / Mass Audubon/Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

• Learn about carpenter bees /  Essex Shipbuilding Museum

• Discover pollinators in art and paint with watercolors / Cape Ann Museum

• Interactive activity / North Andover Wildlife Tea

• Plant seeds for your pollinator garden / Next Step Living

• See an observation hive / Tomten Beeworks

• Learn about hummingbirds / Kestrel Educational Adventures

• Explore bees and butterflies under a microscope /  Manchester Essex Conservation Trust

• Hear music from Tom “Satch” Kerans from 11:00-12:00 pm, The Tree House Charlatans 12:00-1:00 pm, and Olivia Gale 1:00-2:00 pm

• And much, much more!!

Bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. Greenbelt will offer light snacks and lemonade. For more information contact Greenbelt at or call 978-768-7241.

Since 1961, Greenbelt has been working with local individuals, families, farmers and communities to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic vistas of Essex County. Greenbelt has protected more than 16,000 acres of local land and has had a direct role in 75% of all land conserved in the last decade.  For more information about Greenbelt programs visit or call 978-768-7241

“Lovewhip” Tonight @ MinglewoodAtLat 9pm 4.18.2015 Don’t Miss It!



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25 Rogers St
Gloucester, Massachusetts
(978) 281-0223

Eastern Point Day School is having a Texas Hold’ Em Tournament at the St. Peter’s Club on May 2nd!


Looking for a fun way to support the “little school that could”? Eastern Point Day School is having a Texas Hold’ Em Tournament at the St. Peter’s Club on May 2nd! Beginners are welcomed and encouraged to PLAY!

Spread the word! Tickets can be ordered until April 28th!

Visit our event page to order tickets!

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When the Bell Rings, Whack It!

BellRing5779wmAnd when you see actor Brian Cranston of “Breaking Bad” fame wearing a shirt like this, buy it… at Bananas. There are so many similar things in that TV series that ring true, like cancer and intense physical therapy (altho’ from gunshot wounds). What a fine day to bid farewell the expert radiologists at the Lahey Clinic, and to tell them how much I appreciated their hard work in the continuing effort in saving my life. Now monthly follow-ups.




Gloucester Public School Arts Festival is a city-wide showcase that celebrates the incredible art, music, dance, and theater created in our schools all year long. This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever, with art from pre-schoolers through 12th grade, performances, an outdoor community painting project, and art displayed all along Main Street in shops and restaurants!


If you are a striper fisherman, weekly striper migration map is striper gold – Bookmark  and save it to your favorites,  watching week to week as the areas of yellow and red creep ever northward toward us is pretty cool.  I’m going to make some notes as to what things in nature on land happen at the same time and if it coincides with any type of pop in lobster landings.  What would be cool is if they super imposed average weekly water temps on the map to see exactly what effect that has.
Here’s the map from this week,  go the site and bookmark it to follow them from here on out-