WELCOME SWEET HARBINGERS OF SPRING

WELCOME SWEET HARBINGERS OF SPRING

A sure sign spring is on the way with these three singing their way onto the scene! 

While the trees have yet to leaf out, late winter is a terrific time of year to observe songbirds. Singing their love songs and courting, establishing and defending territories, and nest building endeavors are more easily seen in the leafless trees.

Mourning Dove kismithdesigns.comMourning Dove with air-puffed feathers to keep warm.

American Robin kimsmithdesigns.comAmerican Robin cocking his head while looking for worms.
Red-winged Blackbird Male kimsmithdesigns.comMale Red-winged Blackbird perched on a cattail. Red-winged Blackbirds use the fluff of cattails as nesting material.

Male Red-winged Blackbird Love Song (turn up your volume)

REMINDER DOWNTON ABBEY SERIES AND SEASON FINALE TONIGHT AND CHECK OUT SARAH KELLY’S VERY FUNNY RECAP OF LAST WEEK’S EPISODE 7

downton6spoil-mary-wed2Downton Abbey, Season 6, Episode 8: Mary Has it Coming

It’s been a rough week here at my house, with bouts of flu for all five members of the family leading to pneumonia, ear infections and assorted other maladies. All of which adds up to the fact that I’ve been preoccupied and am only able to turn in a short(ish) late recap of the penultimate episode. But if any episode deserves a short and sweet recap, it is this one.

Season 6, Episode 8 was so generally awesome there is not much to say, except that it was almost (almost) like Season 1 all over again. Solid writing, substantive dialogue, more or less believable action, characters that you care about, scenes that make you cry — at least if you’re like me. Yes, indeed. I wept like a fool this week, pretty much from the middle of the episode until it ended. I even clapped a few times. And laughed. So basically, between the laughing, clapping and crying I looked like a lunatic.

So Much Awesomeness

I loved this episode for so many reasons, not the least of which was an appearance by Sgt. Willis, who has been sorely missed around Downton. Surely by now it is high time for someone to testify in the busy courts of Yorkshire, and viewers are not disappointed. Sargent W. conducts his criminal investigation outside this time, at a table placed in the courtyard for unknown purposes. As far as I can tell the table has been placed there for Sargent W.’s serial criminal inquiries, as the Sarge is no longer allowed to come inside the house. This is a good idea, as who knows who he will encounter in there and drag off to court to testify? At the very least he will interrupt Baxter in her sewing (so much sewing!) and that would probably turn out disastrously, with her agreeing to admit to a crime she didn’t commit for somebody else’s sake.

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The Many Names of Yeshua

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Yeshua (meaning “Salvation”) is the original Hebrew name of the one English-speaking people call Jesus. Jesus is a transliteration of the Hebrew Yeshua to the Greek spelling Iesous, from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus. The name Jesus did not exist during the time Jesus Christ was on Earth, and did not come into use until it was configured by the Council of Nicea of the Roman Catholic Church in the 4th century.

Yeshua has many names and titles given Him in the Bible, including: ADVOCATE, ALMIGHTY, ALPHA AND OMEGA, AMEN, APOSTLE OF OUR PROFESSION, ARM OF THE LORD, AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, AUTHOR OF ETERNAL SALVATION, BEGINNING OF CREATION OF GOD, BELOVED SON, BLESSED AND ONLY POTENTATE, BRANCH, BREAD OF LIFE, CAPTAIN OF SALVATION, CHIEF SHEPHERD, CHRIST OF GOD, CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL, CORNERSTONE, COUNSELLOR, CREATOR, DAYSPRING, DELIVERER, DESIRE OF THE NATIONS, DOOR, ELECT OF GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, FAITHFUL WITNESS, FIRST AND LAST, FIRST BEGOTTEN, FORERUNNER, GLORY OF THE LORD, GOD, GOD BLESSED, GOOD SHEPHERD, GOVERNOR, GREAT HIGH PRIEST, HEAD OF THE CHURCH, HOLY CHILD, HOLY ONE, HOLY ONE OF GOD, HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, HORN OF SALVATION, I AM, IMAGE OF GOD, IMMANUEL, JEHOVAH, JESUS, JESUS OF NAZARETH, JUDGE OF ISRAEL, THE JUST ONE, KING, KING OF THE AGES, KING OF THE JEWS, KING OF SAINTS, LAWGIVER, LAMB, LAMB OF GOD, LEADER AND COMMANDER, THE LIFE, LIGHT OF THE WORLD, LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, LORD OF ALL, LORD OF GLORY, LORD OF LORDS, LORD OF OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, MAN OF SORROWS, MEDIATOR, MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT, MESSIAH, MIGHTY GOD, MIGHTY ONE, MORNING STAR, NAZARENE, ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, OUR PASSOVER, PRINCE OF LIFE, PRINCE OF KINGS, PRINCE OF PEACE, PROPHET, REDEEMER, RESURRECTION AND LIFE, ROCK, ROOT OF DAVID, ROSE OF SHARON, SAVIOR, SHEPHERD AND BISHOP OF SOULS, SHILOH, SON OF THE BLESSED, SON OF DAVID, SON OF GOD, SON OF THE HIGHEST, SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, TRUE LIGHT, TRUE VINE, TRUTH, WITNESS, WORD, WORD OF GOD.

Scriptural Reference for painting: Revelation 19:16

“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.”

E.J. Lefavour

http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

 

Quote of the Week – Sheldon Solomon

Capture“Father time is not always a hard parent and, though he tarries for none of his children, he often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well – making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigor.”

Sheldon Solomon (c1954-     )

A native of the Bronx, Solomon was educated at Franklin and Marshall University and the University of Kansas and has taught social psychology at Skidmore College since 1980. He is perhaps best known for his development, with others, of Terror Management Theory which concerns the way we deal with death, and is the co-author of The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life. He is the co-founder of a downtown Saratoga Springs restaurant, Esperanto, and is a self-described “twitching blob of respiring biological protoplasm no more fundamentally significant or enduring than a lizard or a potato.”

(Note: I am honored to be given posting privileges on GMG and to be included in the fine group of authors who post regularly. Since September of 2010 I have been sending these quotes to Joey each week, but I will be publishing these and other random reflections myself from here on out. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome and appreciated.)   Greg Bover

“Tonno Restaurant, by Anthony Caturano chef/owner of Prezza Restaurant in Boston is now hiring for a Sous Chef and Assistant Manager.

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“Tonno Restaurant, by Anthony Caturano chef/owner of Prezza Restaurant in Boston is now hiring for a Sous Chef and Assistant Manager. Still under construction they are on target to open mid May and will be advertising soon for all staff. If you are interested in the Sous Chef or Assistant Manager position please Email: anthony@prezza.com

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Limonciello & Aranciello Bottling Night @Sista Felicia’s

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Friday night friends and family gathered to bottle & sample this years batch of Sista Felicia’s Limonciello and Aranicello for the upcoming Feast of St Joseph! 

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From left; Cousin Marisa Marcantonio Annaika Eves, Bridget Mathews,Andrea Carlson,Sista Felicia,Pat Ciaramitaro,Cousin Eleanor Tucker, BFF Dee Noble, Mo Klop

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From left; Steve Noble,James Eves, Neil Mathews

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While “Comere” Bridget Mathews and I mixed this year batches, the ladies help strain the rids from the alachol, and  prepared the bottles.

 

 

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The men snacked on freshly fried Arancini and Hot Italian Bread with fresh Ricotta Cheese, Pesto and Red Roasted Peppers, while they anxiously waited to sample all 4 varieties.  Each year 2 straight up versions of Limonciello & Aranciello, and 2 creamy versions of both lemon and orange are prepared and bottled.

 

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Neil Mathews, our official taste tester, sampled each, while bridget and I mixed and tweaked the ratios until Neil deemed it to be “Perfecto!”Several rounds of samples were enjoyed by all! 

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Chris Carlson and “Ma”

A Special Thank You to my incredibly talented friend & Creative Director James Eves Owner of Cape Ann Giclee, for the beautiful Limonciello & Aranciello Lables he created and “Feliciatized”…XO

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Local Artist Bobbi Gibb Featured in Art New England

Cap39-Woman-Runner2Leslie Heffron submits ~

Her passion may be running yet contemporary artist and sculptor Bobbi Gibb has never run from anything in her life. In fact, her existence is a series of running toward, well, everything, as fast as humanly possible. She began running at age four “and never stopped.” Running wild through the woods as a child to explore nature; running to help spark the women’s movement in 1966 by crashing the Boston Marathon disguised as a man and finishing it (“unofficially” winning it three times before women were permitted to race); running toward a career in medicine and neuroscience research; running to paint, sculpt and study the human body and its limitless capabilities; and running toward a law degree to provide for her son. Bobbi Gibb never ceases running forward and that, one can argue, is how Gibb pursues her art. Hers is a life spent in pursuit of itself, its fullest potential. For Gibb, this drive has manifested itself in an extraordinary academic career in law and medicine; in sculpture, paintings and books; and in that brazen, historic 1966 Boston Marathon run which celebrates its 50th anniversary this spring. All elements of Gibb’s existence deliver the same message: Do. Reach. Live.

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Bobbi Gibb in 1966. Courtesy of Yarrow Kraner.