Sure is a pretty tugboat and loved seeing the Roderick McAllister in Gloucester Harbor during Schooner Festival. On my way into Cambridge to do an installation last Thursday and there it was docked in Boston Harbor, looking good from the Tobin Bridge vantage point.

Roderick McAllister Tugboat ©Kim Smith 2015

Dogtown Days

Join the Friends of Dogtown to kick off a weekend celebrating Dogtown!

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present, in collaboration with the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library, a day dedicated to all things Dogtown on Saturday, October 17 from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Hear from expert panelists on topics ranging from artists inspired by Dogtown to the geology of Dogtown and everything in between. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please email or call (978) 283-0455 x10.

unnamed-1Whale’s Jaw, Dogtown. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives.

Dogtown Days is a celebration of the art, history, archaeology, geology, ecology and mystery of Dogtown, from the remains of its colonial settlement to its treasures along the trails through the watershed land and glacial heaths that lie at the heart of Cape Ann. Its 3,000 acres serve as the inspiration for Saturday’s panelists: Mark Carlotto, Mary Ellen Lepionka, Ed Becker, Chris Leahy, Ted Tarr, Noel Mann, Shep Abbott and Tom Halsted. Join these Friends of Dogtown as they explore the cellars of Dogtown, the Native Americans who lived there and the many insects and birds that call the habitats of Dogtown their home.

Following the Dogtown expert panel discussion, the Friends of Dogtown invite all audience members to join them for a reception with cake and ale in the Friend Room at the Sawyer Free Library nearby.


October Community Reiki Share to Help Support Children in Africa

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Tuesday. October 6th. ‘Community Reiki Share’ in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Join us in Supporting the Kangemi Charity and Children of Nairobi, Kenya. Having just returned from a sabbatical in Africa, it seems appropriate that this month’s Reiki Share is donating proceeds to an African charity.  All are welcomed to attend to enjoy a Reiki Session while supporting this worthy cause!

This month’s choice of charities was inspired by Advanced Western and Japanese Reiki Practitioner (Komyo Okuden/3rd Degree) and FOB Suzanne Sweeney, owner of Energize Body and Mind here in Gloucester. Suzanne’s mother-in-law Prafulla Ganatraa, coordinates the Kangemi Charity in Kenya, helping to feed, clothe and educate children in an impoverished area of Nairobi.

Kangemi Charity Kenya Reiki Teacher Prafulla Ganatraa helping children in Nairobi, Kenya

Suzanne’s husband Mehul Ganatra had this to say about The Kangemi Charity this is a grass-roots charity started by my mother (a Reiki master)…

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Rotisserie Chicken Tortilla Soup



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Warm up the family this weekend with “Rotisserie Chicken Tortilla Soup.” This super fast and easy to prepare soup is packed with a combination of delicious flavors that warm the body from the inside out. It’s  a perfect dish to serve family and friends at your next tailgate gathering!   

Click read more for Sista Felicia’s Step-by-Step recipe

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Ladies – Time to Get Squished! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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. Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in American women.

The Good News

  • When detected early, breast cancer has a high survival rate.
  • You can take steps to help prevent breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Awareness – HOPE

** Talk to your doctor about your risk factors, prevention advice, and screening recommendations for early detection.**

Some Recommendations for Prevention and Early Detection from the American Cancer Association


The thought of screening mammograms, needle-guided breast biopsies, or possibility of breast cancer can be very stressful and even overwhelming for some. You are not alone! Ask your doctor about supportive therapies for stress relief and cancer treatment.

Contact me here or privately for additional information on stress relief and relaxation techniques.

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Community Stuff 10/3/15

Hi Joe,

Please post this as soon as possible

Thank you, Claire Franklin

Spiran Lodge #98

Rockport, MA 01966

Spiran Lodge #98 Fall Swedish Pancake Breakfast Sunday, October 11, 2015 ~ 8-11 AM at the Spiran Hall, corner of Broadway & School St, downtown Rockport.  Includes: Swedish Pancakes, Sausage links, Fresh Fruit Cup, Juice & Coffee.  Adults $8.00 / Children $4.00,  Scandinavian Bake Table including Scandinavian Breads (Nisu) & Scandinavian Pastries.  Tickets sold at the door, while they last! 100 breakfasts prepared, so come early!


You’ve heard of Fashion Week in Milan, Paris and New York.  The models who are 6′ tall and take a size 0 are just beautiful.  However, join us on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at OUR LADY OF GOOD VOYAGE HALL and see what real women who take real sizes wear.  We might not be as tall or quite as young but we are just as beautiful and we can still work the fashion runway.  The fashions will be from Dress Barn in Beverly and Marshall’s in Gloucester.  Join us for a night of fun, fashion, refreshments, fellowship and more.  The donation will be $10.00.  Looking forward to seeing you there.  Bring a friend.