The same Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple–rock and roller to Renaissance musician 🙂

More last minute gifts

Our friends at TBT Post sent some information for last minute Christmas Gifts.
TBT Post Stocking-Stuffers $12.50 and Under!
TBT Post has great last minute stocking-stuffers while supplies last!

1. Alpaca socks- $10
2. Alpaca hats- $12.50
3. Alpaca scarves- $12.50

Plus 50% OFF everything else in our stores until Christmas!

Last Minute Gift Deal!

More Cape Ann Dining News


Need a last minute gift idea? Serenitee Restaurant gift cards are good at nine restaurants across the North Shore – including Latitude 43 and Minglewood.

Plus, if you come in between now and Christmas Eve, you can get a free ‘Around the World’ card for every $100 you spend on gift cards. That’s like two gifts for the price of one!

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A very special night… Wednesday, December 21st – 7pm ~ The 7th Annual AMERO FAMILY CHRISTMAS!




On Christmas Eve, it was always an “Amero” tradition to gather and sing in the back room of the old house
in Essex with our beloved Mother Moulty and friends. These days, what happens at the Rhumb Line each
year on the last Wednesday before Christmas is pretty much an extension of our youth. In other words,
yes… we are INDEED grown up children. This Wednesday marks the 7th go-around for us – and it really
seems to have taken on a life of its own. Festive, fun and laughing all the way, the audience joins in on
classics like “Holly Jolly Christmas” & “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – as well as a few of my, shall we
say, “twisted” numbers, like “(Have Yourself A) Willie Nelson Christmas” and “The Restroom Door Said
Gentlemen”. It’s a frickin’ blast no matter how you look at it. We urge that you arrive early to claim your
seat. It gets pretty nuts! Merry Christmas everyone! ~ Fly












For those who missed the Amero Family (Linda, JB & Fly)
on North Shore 104.9’s “Curtain Up” with Aurelia Nelson,
click the link below, choose the drop menu at the upper
right corner of the green podcast field and choose “Curtain
Up 12-18-16”…

ps: …and click this link to play/download a few of my original
holiday numbers…
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
12/28 Toni Ann

01/04/17 John Rockwell (guest host)

01/11 Sasquatch

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

GloucesterTEASE™ – Enter Contest for a FREE T-Shirt

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Little tree poetry: Robert Frost, e.e. cummings, Charles Schulz, and Jane Kenyon

Perhaps cummings and Frost inspired the Peanuts. Quotable Christmas continues with poetry below. Quotable Christmas countdown began with Mrs Miniver 

little tree by ©1920 e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

Little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid
look the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls, the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to  hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh buy you’ll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”

“Estlin” Cummings

Christmas Trees ©1916 by Robert Frost* (1874-1963)

(A Christmas Circular Letter)

The city had withdrawn itself
And left at last the country to the country;
When between whirls of snow not come to lie
And whirls of of foliage not yet laid, there drove
A stranger to our yard, who looked the city,
Yet did in country fashion in that there
He sat and waited till he drew us out
A-buttoning coats to ask him who he was.
He proved to be the city come again
To look for something it had left behind
And could not do without and keep its Christmas.
He asked if I would sell my Christmas trees;
My woods–the young fir balsams like a place
Where houses all are churches and have spires.
I hadn’t thought of them as Christmas Trees.
I doubt if I was tempted for a moment
To sell them off their feet to go in cars
And leave the slope behind the house all bare,
Where the sun shines now no warmer than the moon.
I’d hate to have them know it if I was.
Yet more I’d hate to hold my trees except
As others hold theirs or refuse for them,
Beyond the time of profitable growth,
The trial by market everything must come to.
I dallied so much with the thought of selling.
Then whether from mistaken courtesy
And fear of seeming short of speech, or whether
From hope of hearing good of what was mine, I said,
“There aren’t enough to be worth while.”
“I could soon tell how many they would cut,
You let me look them over.”
“You could look.
But don’t expect I’m going to let you have them.”
Pasture they spring in, some in clumps too close
That lop each other of boughs, but not a few
Quite solitary and having equal boughs
All round and round. The latter he nodded “Yes” to,
Or paused to say beneath some lovelier one,
With a buyer’s moderation, “That would do.”
I thought so too, but wasn’t there to say so.
We climbed the pasture on the south, crossed over,
And came down on the north. He said, “A thousand.”

“A thousand Christmas trees!–at what a piece?”

He felt some need of softening that to me:
“A thousand trees would come to thirty dollars.”

Then I was certain I had never meant
To let him have them. Never show surprise!
But thirty dollars seemed so small beside
The extent of pasture I should strip, three cents
(For that was all they figured out apiece),
Three cents so small beside the dollar friends
I should be writing within the hour
Would pay in cities for good trees like those,
Regular vestry-trees whole Sunday Schools
Could hang enough on to pick off enough.
A thousand Christmas trees I didn’t know I had!
Worth three cents more to give away than sell,
As may be shown by a simple calculation.
Too bad I couldn’t lay one in a letter.
I can’t help wishing I could send you one,
In wishing you herewith a Merry Christmas.

*Frost, winner of 4 Pulitzer prizes 1924, 1931, 1937, 1943

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What’s Up With This Whole Ugly Sweater Thing?

So, I get the whole Ugly Sweater Party phenomenon and, while I can’t say that I’ve ever been to an Ugly Sweater Party, I think the idea is super fun and funny.  Especially during the holidays!

But, I kind of thought that the idea was to find a sweater that was actually being sold as a real sweater….that is kind of over the top and/or ugly….and then wear it proudly….which is why it’s funny.

So, I’ve been surprised to run across “ugly sweaters” being marketed and sold as, in fact, “ugly sweaters”…and for more than a pretty penny.  Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?

I’m also thinking that if I were to be on the hunt for an ugly sweater, I’d be hitting consignment shops (older ones) or the Salvation Army and hunting for a true gem or a diamond in the rough (something straight out of Aunt Milly’s Teacher Holiday Sweater Collection)…not logging onto, say, Dick’s Sporting Goods and buying one all easy peasy.  Isn’t that like cheating?


Happy Winter Solstice From Tom Philbrook 


The shortest day of the year — Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5:44 am EST — the Winter Solstice. 

Mary and I wish for you a season of warmth, peace and love.


Tom & Mary

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.  —Hal Borland

Thomas A Philbrook

Yoga for Health

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Your Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and SpiritYour Bridge to Health; Promoting Optimal Wellness for Body, Mind and Spirit

Studies show that yoga offers benefits for mind, body and spirit.

For general information on Yoga – from the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health –

But with so many styles of Yoga, which do you choose?

  • Hatha
  • Kripalu
  • Vinyasa.
  • Iyengar.
  • Ashtanga.
  • Bikram.
  • Hot Yoga.
  • Kundalini.
  • Yin Yoga. ….

My Personal Introduction to Yoga – Nineteen years ago yoga was part of my ‘tool kit’ for smoking cessation. Gentle hatha yoga that focused on slow, stretching movements in synch with following the breath. The ending shivasana (pronounced Shuh-vah-sana) allowed for a deep head-to-toe (or toe-to-head, depending on the instructor) relaxation. Sometimes accompanied by a guided meditation and a warm blanket. My first session allowed for an emotional release I had not expected. Perhaps a release and letting go of my former 22 -year pack-per-day habit that…

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