Celebrate ‘Earth Day’ on Cape Ann – Tomorrow, April 22

Cape Ann Wellness

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind & Spirit

‘Earth Day’ is Tomorrow – April 22nd! Celebrate on Cape Ann!

Andrews Point GMG 3.2015

Tomorrow is the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, what many consider to be the beginning of the environmental movement.


Spend the Day in a Healthy Way ~ Celebrate and Enjoy Nature on Beautiful Cape Ann!

Sun Setting on the Annisquam River Sun Setting on the Annisquam River

  • Walk, mediate, dance, or sing as you enjoy one of the many beautiful beaches – Wingaersheek, Good Harbor, Long Beach (Gloucester,) Cape Hedge, (Rockport), Singing Beach (Manchester)
  • Sit and meditate or gather shells at one of the smaller beaches – Plum Cove (Gloucester,) Niles Pond, Black and White Beaches (Manchester) Front and Back Beach (Rockport) or along the salt marsh (Essex.) Enjoy diverse nature, animal and bird life.
  • Kayak or canoe the Essex or Annisquam Rivers. (*Be prepared for cold water temperatures!)
  • Bike along Route 127 or Bass Rocks, a favorite place for…

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Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015Under the command of Captain LT Nolan Cuevas, Gloucester’s USCG new Cutter, the Key Largo, powered through the harbor before docking at the Jodrey State Fish Pier.Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -10


Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -5Brandon McCampbell Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Executive Officer ©Kim Smith 2015Executive Officer Brandon McCampbell reports that the crew of the Key Largo is the same as the crew that operated the Grand Isle. Approximately 32 days ago, they picked up the Key Largo in San Juan, then onto Miami, then to Charleston, before arriving in Gloucester. Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -7

Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 ©Kim Smith 2015 -3Key Largo Coast Guard Cutter Arrives Gloucester April 21, 2015 -2 ©Kim Smith 2015Interestingly, I asked Executive Officer McCampbell what the symbols mean that are painted above the Key Largo sign, each with a red X. The seven snowflakes represent seven cocaine seizures and the plant, marijuana seizures.


Kestrel Education Adventures and CACC Presents Film: Antarctica: A Year On Ice

Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team writes ~
Our good friends at Kestrel Educational Adventures are partnering, once again, with Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, to present a very special film. Antarctica: A Year on Ice was filmed throughout a single year.  It is the creation of long time Antarctic researcher and amateur film maker Mark Anthony Powell.  This award winning documentary is an intimate look at human life on the vast ice sheet of Antarctica.  The film incorporates extreme weather, the hilarious antics of a multinational isolated human population, and the joy of spring.
This spring we are proud to be hosting Dr. Allyson Hindle for a discussion, bonus wildlife film footage, and Q&A following the film Antarctica.  Allyson is an animal physiologist who studies the adaptations of species that permit them to live in extreme environments, such as Antarctica.  She was studying a few of these species onsite while the documentary was being filmed.
Saturday April 25th, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
21 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
There will be free snacks provided, and additional snacks and drinks available for purchase through the theater.  Please purchase tickets in advance and arrive early, as seating is limited.
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Powerful Artworks Created by Boston’s Homeless and Disabled Artists

ArtLifting Exhibition at Lexicon Gallery

Opening Friday, May 8, 2015, 6-8pm. Artist talk.
Show Saturday May 9 – Sunday June 21

Lexicon Gallery, 15 Lexington Ave., #1, Magnolia, MA 01930


“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime”

Please join us in welcoming ArtLifting to Cape Ann for a celebration of powerful art by homeless and disabled artists. A selection of ArtLifting originals will be hosted by LEXICON GALLERY from May 8 (opening) through June 21. During the opening, one of the artists will be sharing his very powerful story. 

ArtLifting provides artists the opportunity to earn their own income. By earning an income instead of receiving a handout, artists feel empowered which has a domino effect on every aspect of their lives. Artists gain self esteem plus resources which translates into finding housing, gaining employment, and getting out of bed each morning. It creates hope.

Originals, prints, and products such as hand painted cell phone cases will be available.

Don’t miss this inspirational show.

Brand new Martha Davis video and podcast — you saw and heard them here first!

Martha Davis and Ruby Rose Fox just keep on surprising us with wonderful new music and collaboration.  Check out this video from their concert in New York last night.  Tomorrow they appear right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  Good seats left — especially in the balcony.  Get them here!

And if you missed Aurelia Nelson’s excellent interview with Martha Davis on 104.9FM radio show, “Curtain Up” on Sunday, you can listen in right here:

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“Eat Food or Die – A Plea for Help.”

Simple. Often overlooked. And my current challenge. There’s something about the cancer, the chemo, the hormone or radiation therapy, or my 14 daily medications that screwed up my eating. I can quaff water, but when swallowing most liquids and solid food I gag and burp up the clear sticky stuff. You can’t live on water alone. The only substance I can nourish myself with is supermarket brand chicken broth and rice soup. That’s the thin cheap stuff that’s 79¢ for a small can.
I was never a health food nut, but the writing’s on the wall for me (or rather the screen). Coconut milk perhaps? I can’t do spices, dairy, citrus, any more than a sliver of meat, and all bites are bird size and extra chewed.
Before I got sick, Joey C. called me Big Fred at 250 lbs. My lowest weight from cancer was 160 lbs. The height of my recovery registered 184 lbs and my doctors were happy. Now I weigh in at 171 lbs. and nobody’s happy. Please help me with your suggestions. Nothing too crazy please.
Below is the Sugar Cane luncheon I bought for my #1 Angel Donna Ardizoni. I only ate the broth from the seafood noodle soup (R). A great deal for $14. The Sugar Cane is aChinese/Vietnamese restaurant on Main Street in Peabody. Worth a visit.


Fenway Farms

Another great addition to the already fabulous Fenway Park…

High above Gate A, on the famous Yawkey Way, is the new Fenway Farms.  No, this is not some new Farm League team…it is instead the “largest organic rooftop garden in the majors.”  How cool is that?!

And, just like the beginning of the Red Sox baseball season, Fenway Farms is full of wins! Improved air quality. Win. Energy reduction. Win. A teaching opportunity for local youth. Win. Fresh, organic produce to be used within the ballpark concessions and the EMC Club. Win.

Those Red Sox are always thinking.

Read more by checking out these two articles.




Meet Sorellanza and Come Hear Us Sing (to You) from Our Hearts

Sorellanza2015Friday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

24 Broadway, Rockport

Sunday, May 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

Annisquam Village Church

820 Washington Street, Gloucester

Saturday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Ascension Memorial Church

31 County Street, Ipswich

Sunday, May 10th at 4:00 p.m.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

48 Middle Street, Gloucester

Tickets: $12/$10 Seniors & Students

Sorellanza has been entertaining audiences for nine years with an eclectic and upbeat repertoire. Their program ranges from Renaissance to Broadway, sacred songs, rounds, Beatles, and pop. Patti Pike directs the chorus. As part of our community outreach program, Sorellanza has invited a talented high school singer to join the chorus. Audiences will enjoy her youthful addition to the Sorellanza sound.


People that refuse to use Google are maddening!

Let me clarify.  I know this topic has come up at least a dozen or so times,  maybe a hundred times on the blog.

Don’t believe me? GOOGLE the phrase: GoodMorningGloucester “Google is your friend”
Actually,  Let me Google the search results for you,  here-


But it is beyond frustrating when the same people ask you the simplest questions via social media which require more keystrokes to actually type the question than it would to get their answer had they simply typed the subject into Google.

An example of this would be

Where in Hades is Cape Ann Giclee?


I know I’m not cracking up,  please just for my own sanity,  click on this link to Google-

Link to Google

And type in- Cape Ann Giclee address

You get the address to Cape Ann Giclee,  right? 

I’m not the only person in the world for which Google engineers designed the algorithms to give the desired search results am I? 

Am I living in some crazy Google MATRIX world where Googling  something only gives the desired results to me and the rest of the world gets exactly the opposite search results of what they were looking for?