I am very excited to be giving this new talk “Beautiful Birds of Cape Ann,” which was created to celebrate the Rocky Neck Art Colony’s upcoming exhibit “For the Birds,” opening on January 28th. Please join me for the exhibit’s opening and for the talk. I hope to see you there!

Kim Smith Bird talk Rocky neck (1)
Bird Exhibit Rocky Neck Art colony (1)

BEWARE: Best Buy & GeekSquad Phone Protection Plans are not as they seem

brandA couple of years ago, we got a new phone at Best Buy and they urged us to get the GeekSquadPlan Warranty for $9.99 a month. We were told that if anything happens to the phone (lost, stolen, damaged … anything), it will be replaced. “Really, anything? You mean if it’s dropped and the screen breaks, you’ll replace it?” we ask. “That’s right.”

Sounded like a decent plan, so we went for it. Now we’ve been paying $9.99 a month on our Best Buy bill for about 2 years and guess what, the screen cracked when the phone was dropped. So …. we walk into Best Buy and ask for it to be fixed or replace.


Turns out there is a $150.00 deductible we were never told about. Now, we’re fairly careful people when it comes to signing contracts. We read them and we have lawyers read them if we’re not quite sure what they mean. But when you’re standing in a Best Buy store and the guy says they’ll replace the phone if anything happens to it and then there’s a little spot on a tiny checkout screen with a check box next to it asking if you agree, are you really going to say, “Hold on a minute, let me have my lawyer read this?”

But it gets worse. Having been scammed already by Best Buy and GeekSquad, we decided to check the fine print on-line for other protection plans and for the $8.00/month phone lease plans you can get through various carriers. As we expected, all of them have complex paragraphs that basically say you are gonna pay full price for this phone (around $600) unless you return it in 2 years in perfect condition.

Do you know anybody with a 2-year-old phone in perfect condition?

Caveat Emptor!




Pet of the Week- Pepper


Look, I am cute with my bright sunshine yellow eyes and little white spot!   I am a sweet and mellow lady.  I love to lounge around in a nice sunny window and just watch all the activity outside. I like nibbling on cat grass that folks are kind enough to grow for kitties like me here at the shelter.  I enjoy petting on the head and scratches under my chin. My name is Pepper and I was wondering if you could be my shaker of salt!  Visit for more information about Pepper and all the other animals waiting for homes here at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter.

GMG PSA- Don’t put herb balls in your vagina

Women putting herb balls in vagina to ‘detox their wombs’ have been warned of dangers

US firm claims its small ‘holistic’ herb packages ‘aid to correct’ endometriosis

Women are being warned about the dangers of a “womb detox” product after health experts said it could cause irritation and even toxic shock syndrome. 

 US firm called Embrace Pangaea is selling “Herbal Womb Detox Pearls” online, claiming the products “aids to correct” conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts and thrush. 

The pearls – small balls of perfumed herbs – are sold in one or two-month packages, with packages on sale for between $85 and $480.

Another package – claims to promote “vaginal tightening”, which it says works by “tightening the womb” so the “vaginal canal will shrink”.

The company says the herb pearls are designed to “cleanse the womb and return it to a balance state” by flushing out “toxins”

In a blogpost, the company said the pearls could be issued in the same way natural solutions like oranges and lemons can be used to counteract a cold. 

But a sexual health expert insisted that not only were the “pearls” ineffective, but they could be dangerous. 

Dr Jen Gunter, a US gynecologist, wrote a blog post debunking the company’s claims and saying these types of products – and the herbs used in them – have not been tested for vaginal use. 

She wrote:  “Your uterus isn’t tired or depressed or dirty and your vagina has not misplaced its chakra. 

“They want no real help from you unless there is something wrong and they will tell you there is something wrong by bleeding profusely or itching or cramping badly or producing an odor.”

She explained that the vagina was like “a self-cleaning oven” and putting anything like this in the vagina for long periods of time will increase the likelihood of bad bacteria growing and causing infection. 

For the entire story click here

Tendercrop. Stands Repeating

I know that it was just about 3 months ago that I wrote about how in love I am with the new Tendercrop Farm location in Wenham, but it totally stands repeating.  Each week since, including just yesterday, I hear someone say, “Did you know that Tendercrop Farm opened a new location?”  Which tells me that all of Cape Ann is not aware yet…and they should be.

I’m lucky enough to only be about 5 minutes away when at work so I’ve been running over at lunchtime.  The other day I got a totally delicious chicken salad with walnuts and cranberries.

If you haven’t been you should really make a point to swing by!

Notes About iartcolony Gallery from Leslie Heffron

Hi Kim,
Tess Atkinson photographTess Atkinson –  She does photography on a large scale often face mounted to plexiglass and back mounted to aluminum. (Cherry blossoms)
Judith Scott LarsenJudith Scott Larsen – description taken from the gallery’s facebook page:  “Her work incorporates the figure as an empty vessel which is infused with a series of images from the history of art and science. The images are made by projecting transparencies onto the blank canvas of the human body. The projections reference various cultural inscriptions, biological patterning, and diagrams by visionaries attempting to understand the nature of our humanity.”
12190048_990096397703919_8039902911545492662_nHope you like the little owl!
EDITORS NOTE: iartcolony gallery is located at 42 Broadway in Rockport.