The Best Day!

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From beginning to end, the pasta-making team is well cared for. When you arrive, Nina and friends have fresh bread baking in the oven and large vats of homemade ricotta steaming on the stove top. The friendships, the fun and conversation, and especially enjoyable is observing how greatly the children love to participate. From the oldest grannies to the teens, tweens, toddlers, and everyone in-between, making pasta with friends and family makes for a simply wonderful day!

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If you would like to learn more about Gloucester’s Feast of Saint Joseph Community Film and the accurate account of how the project evolved, please go to the film’s website and click on the About the Film link and the Director’s Statement link. For periodic updates about the film, you can keep in touch on the blog page of the film’s website or friend me on Facebook.



Eugene Simas and Dorothy Schobert – A love Story from the Hill


Portuguese Hill of course. A Story that has it ALL – War, Love, Italy, Portuguese and a Wedding Dress made from a parachute.

The link to this story (Written By Gary R. Mormino, Special to the Tampa Bay Times) is about two people connected by a war, from two different places, one from the mid-west the other, from right here in Gloucester.

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(This story is also a tribute to Eugene’s mother Gertrude, who was a very special lady helping my family when we first arrived here in the US in March of 1954)

Charlene Delaney Gifts Our Altar Two Beautiful Mexican Tin Milagros On Night 3 Of St. Joseph Novena 2016



Last night Charlene Delaney gifted our St. Joseph Altar two beautiful Mexican Tin Milagros. I had never seen or heard of them piror to last night, and was incredibly touched to be the recipient of such a special gift after learning that they were purchased by her late husband during their last trip together in Mexico. Charlene explained that Milagros are a folk charm offered to a saint as a reminder of a petitioners particular need or in gratitude for a prayer answered. They couldn’t be more fitting for our Altar this year.


Charlene Thank you so much.  I’m truly touched by your thoughtfulness. The Milagros are absolutely beautiful and are perfect additions to “Our Altar.” Please know, that I will treasure them forever! We are all thrilled to have you here with us celebrating St.Joseph this year!


Family Friends Jeff and Cindy Beck


My Beautiful Daughter Amanda


Sugared Lemon & Orange Citrus Crack Candy 


The Ceremonially “Cutting and Filling” of the St. Joseph Zeppole for Novena Coffee Time!


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Moses and the Ten Commandments

Moses receives the Ten Commandments

People might think that Moses went up onto Mount Sinai, met and talked with God for a while, and He gave him the Ten Commandments. In fact, Moses spent forty days and forty nights fasting on the mountain before receiving the inscribed tablets. It took another forty years for him to receive and complete the Torah, the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exedus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), upon which Jewish law is based.

People who do not spend time with God and haven’t heard or don’t realize they have heard His voice find it strange or unbelievable that others do hear Him. God’s voice is at once a quiet and thunderous noise that there is no mistaking when you hear it, but you have to be focused on Him to really hear Him. Just like with another person; if you are talking to someone and their mind is a million miles away on some other matter, they don’t hear you. There is nothing wrong with their ears, but their mind is somewhere else. It is the same with us and God. He loves us more than we can imagine and is always talking to us; we’re just not listening to Him.

Exodus 31:18

“When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.”

To refresh your memory, this is the short form list of the Ten Commandments. In actuality, the laws were not given for us to struggle to try to live up to, which is impossible, but to show us where we in our humanness miss the mark. Jesus said in Matthew 22:36-40: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, Love others as much as you love yourself. All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments.” If we truly lived by them, all the others would be automatic. Unfortunately, we can’t, and that is why Jesus came, not to abolish the law, but to the fufill it on our behalf, so that we might be redeemed. Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

1.You shall have no other gods before Me. (In addition to gods or godesses such as Zeus, Jupiter, Venus, Ra, etc., it also refers to worship of living or deceased people, money, possessions, etc. – anything that takes your devotion away from God and places it elsewhere.)
2.You shall not make idols. (An image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.)
3.You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. (Because of the greatness of the name of God, any use of God’s name that brings dishonor on Him or on His character is taking His name in vain.)
4.Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (One day to rest from work and focus our attention on God.)
5.Honor your father and your mother. (Give respect and place importance on them.)
6.You shall not murder. (Most people think they are good on this one, but many are not. To God, who does not view our actions, but what is in our hearts, many of us have murdered. I know I have killed more than one person in my heart and mind in my lifetime. God defines murder as any thought or feeling of deep-seated hatred or malice against another person. In other words, it is more than just a physical act that constitutes murder to God, who tells us that “everyone who hates his brother is a murderer …” (1 John 3:15). When we harbor hatred in our hearts for another, we have committed the sin of murder in God’s eyes. Disdain towards another person (or people) never has to be demonstrated outwardly because God looks upon the heart for the truth.
7.You shall not commit adultery. (Same as murder, it is what is in the heart, not the action. “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman (or man) with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her (or him) in his (or her) heart.
8.You shall not steal. (This includes the obvious straight out stealing, but also cheating, and things like taking care of personal business on company time.)
9.You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (This includes someone who testifies falsely against another, someone who gossips or causes trouble, and false teachers.)
10.You shall not covet (desire) your neighbor’s wife or husband, his house, land, car, job, boat, money, etc. (updated for today, as most people wouldn’t be coveting someone else’s donkey, ox, man or maid servant in this time, at least not in the US).

E.J. Lefavour

Morning Reflections on Little River

I can’t tell you how many years I’ve driven by this spot early in the morning and thought how beautiful the reflections were and continued on my way.  It wasn’t until a couple years ago I actually stopped with my camera.   It doesn’t look like much from the road, but early morning about an hour after the sun rises it’s such a beautiful, peaceful view.  Of course as in any photographic location, the clouds, the tide and the position of the sun can change the scene from moment to moment but that’s what makes capturing these scenes with my camera so special to me.  Our lives are so busy these days and if there is one thing my camera has taught me it’s that moments matter….so stop and be in the moment once in a while.   (Nikon D90, F8, ISO 100, 1/10-18-200 mm Nikon lens)

Frenchman's Pier on Little River
Frenchman’s Pier on Little River


Spring Ahead in Life

More Cape Ann Wellness News –

Cape Ann Wellness

How’s that for a corny title? Haha.

Seriously though – the deep cold has broke, and spring is here. As New Englanders that means it’s time for us to get to work. Clean up the yard, the garage, the basement, the attic.

The average American home has 300,000 items in it. So much of that is crap we just don’t need anymore. Let it go. All of those things that you’ve been holding on to, “just in case”? Not only taking up space, but your time and energy as well. Moving them. Cleaning them. Worrying about them. Sell it. Donate it. Give it to your neighbors. Throw it out. Get a fresh start.

trash That Zodiac in your backyard that is entirely de-laminated? Garbage.

The same is true for your spirit’s home – your body. Clear out the clutter this spring. A hot yoga practice is like opening the attic windows and turning…

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By Popular Demand Paul Frontiero Sr. Paintings

I’ve received emails regarding my Dad’s Paintings and if they are for sale.

Now that the weather is better I will be able to show them to anyone interested in purchasing.

I have many left that are just sitting in the storage unit not being enjoyed.

There are just so many that can hang on my walls.

The sizes of the paintings range between 5″x7″ and up

The price range is $75.00 and up

Also I’m in the market for a used car a trade would be considered.

Here are some photos of some of the paintings that are available.

You can contact me by email



Miles Kington Quote of the Week

MKKnowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”

Miles Kington (1941 – 2008)


Born to an American mother and a British father, Kington studied Modern Language at Trinity College, Oxford and began a writing career at the satirical magazine Punch. He was a member of the comical cabaret quartet Instant Sunshine for many years as the double-bassist. Kington is also credited with the invention of Franglais, a mash-up of English and French that he turned into a series of popular books.

Greg Bover

2016 Ocean Awareness Student Contest!

I was pointed to this website by a friend in Miami FL. From their site I clipped link and paragraph below about a student art contest.

Not sure anyone ’round here has heard of it but with our heritage with the sea, Ocean Alliance and all the arts you publicize on Rocky Neck seems like there might be some interest from someone-

“We invite middle and high school students from around the world to participate in the 2016 Ocean Awareness Student Contest! The theme is Making Meaning out of Ocean Pollution, and it challenges you to research, explore, interpret, and say something meaningful about the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans. 

This year, we challenge you to focus on ONE type of ocean pollution and “make meaning” of it through art, poetry, prose, or film.

Rob Paterson

A panorama of this morning’s DST sunrise

Usually when I try a panorama on sunrise the horizon is chewed up. Maybe because DST I drank less coffee this morning.
Usually when I try a panorama on sunrise the horizon is chewed up. Maybe because DST I drank less coffee this morning.

If you click twice to embiggen, the horizon is just a wee bit chewed but what is causing most of it is that there were two oil barges out about ten miles and they were replicated a few times as the software tried to cope.

DST means Take Your Christmas Wreath Down!

I will turn off my creepy Santa in the Attic if you take your Christmas wreath down. I moved back to New England 46 years ago and still haven’t figured this tradition out. Are you supposed to leave them up until Easter? Let’s start a new tradition and take them down when you leap forward. Gloucester Winter flags on Stacey Blvd. Take them down. Don’t wait until summer!

Creepy Santa Stays lit until wreaths are gone.
Creepy Santa Stays lit until wreaths are gone.
At 6:41 AM this morning, 16 minutes before sunrise the Rockport Breakwater was on fire. My little iPhone hardly captures  the conflagration.
At 6:41 AM this morning, 16 minutes before sunrise the Rockport Breakwater was on fire. My little iPhone hardly captures the conflagration.
By 6:57 AM when the sun rose after leaping forward  the fire was out.
By 6:57 AM when the sun rose after leaping forward the fire was out.