good-harbor-beach-gloucester-waves-copyright-kim-smithAs one bank of clouds departed, another soon took its place. The waves were wild and wooly but the surfers were out in full force at GHB and Brace Cove.back-shore-good-harbor-beach-gloucester-waves-copyright-kim-smith

Pretty Spindrift Wave

Not for the faint of heart–from where I was standing way across on the other side of the Cove you could hear the roar of the waves slamming Brace Rock–would you ever try this?surfers-brace-cove-back-shore-gloucester-waves-2-copyright-kim-smithsurfers-brace-cove-back-shore-gloucester-waves-copyright-kim-smith


Jim Dowd shares the following very excellent article about Lyme with important guidelines.

Visiting physician sheds new light on Lyme disease

On a visit to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Dr. Nevena Zubcevik challenged conventional diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases.

“The conception that the tick has to be attached for 48 hours to inject the bacteria is completely outdated,” she said. “There are studies that show that an attachment of 15 minutes can give you anaplasmosis, 10 minutes for the Powassan virus, and for the different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi, we have no idea.”


This past Friday, Dr. Nevena Zubcevik, attending physician at Harvard Medical School and co-director of Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown (SRH) traveled to one of the nation’s front lines in the public health battle against Lyme disease to speak to a group of Martha’s Vineyard Hospital physicians. “I wanted to do this presentation by Skype because of all the ticks you have here,” she joked.

Dr. Zubcevik was at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (MVH) to speak at grand rounds, a weekly meeting of clinicians, which on this day was open to the public, resulting in an overflow crowd at the Community Room just off the hospital lobby.

Over the course of the hour, she shared the most recent findings that she and her colleagues have made on the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease, in particular on the 10 to 15 percent of patients who suffer long-term symptoms, defined by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). She discussed the protean nature of tick-borne diseases, the importance of public awareness, and the urgent need for the medical community to step up its game.

“Graduating medical students and doctors really aren’t educated about the gravity of this epidemic,” she said. “There’s a gap there that needs to be filled. We’re all responsible to educate our young doctors about what this entails.”

Dr. Zubcevic said the recent revelation that actor, singer, and songwriter Kris Kristofferson was cured of dementia once he was properly diagnosed with Lyme disease should be a lesson for medical professionals on how pervasive the disease is, and how often it is overlooked.

“Sudden-onset dementia should really be a red flag for Lyme [disease], especially in people with compromised immune systems,” she said.

“Everyone over 50 has a compromised immune system.”


When good fences make good neighbors, and Robert Frost was here thanks to Walker Hancock


Photo without irony. For irony scroll down to see the poem, Mending Wall, by Robert Frost, and for Hancock’s portrait of Frost.

Update: shortly after posting and thanks to Good Morning Gloucester facebook feed and readers, there may be more information coming on the outside-r artist who built such a great fence design. Please send in more information soon. And here is some! Danny Diamond writes: “I painted this octopus (and the rest of the fence) back in October. It belongs to  Jon Just Jon and Lisa Bouchie. The octopus was painted entirely with low-pressure spray-cans.” And Lisa Redbird adds:  “…conceived by Lisa Bouchie, built by Mark (Girard) of Spotless Monkey and spray painted by Danny Diamond. A true artist collaborative…”

Mending Wall

1914 poem by Robert Frost, American poet  (1874-1963), first published in anthology North of Boston

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To  please the yelping dogs. The gaps I made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.
I let my neighbor know beyond the hill;
And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
We have to use a spell to make them balance:
“Stay where you are until our backs are turned!”
We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
Oh, just another kind of out-door-game,
One on a side. It comes to little more:
There where it is we do not need the wall:
He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
My apple trees will never get across
And eat the cones under his pines,  I tell him.
He only says, “Good fences make good neighbours.”
Spring is mischief in me, and I wonder
If I could put a notion in his head:
Why do they make good neighbors? Isn’t it
Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
That wants it down.”  I could say “Elves” to him,
But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
He said it for himself. I see him there
Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
In each hand, like an old stone savage armed.
He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
He will not go beyond his father’s saying,
And he likes having thought of it so well
He says again, “Good fences make good neighbours.”

Robert Frost sat for Walker Hancock, Gloucester resident, esteemed sculptor and one of the country’s Monuments Men. Frost walked our local woods.


Artist: Walker Kirtland Hancock, (b.1901-December 30, 1998)
Sitter: Robert Lee Frost, 26 Mar 1874 – 29 Jan 1963
Date: 1969 bronze sculpture cast after 1950 original (collection Amherst)
Dimensions: Without socle or mount: 16 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 10 inches
Collection: National Portrait Gallery

The Robert Frost Farm, Derry, NH (home 1900-1911)

Friends of Robert Frost, So. Shaftsbury, VT

Frost Place in Franconia, NH

Robert Frost Society established in 1978

Robert Frost collection at Amherst College (on the faculty for 40 years; also University of Michigan, Middlebury, Columbia, Harvard, and Yale, among other places) Hancock’s sculpture is in this collection. Sculpture of Frost by artist Penelope Jencks was unveiled in 2007

Robert Frost collection at Dartmouth College (alumnus)

A Frost Bouquet: Robert Frost, His Family, and the Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, a digitized rendering of the 1996 exhibition at University of Virginia

Victor E. Reichert Robert Frost Collection, University at Buffalo

Audio of Frost reading poems, Part III includes Mending Wall or here read and listen to Frost’s voice as he recites Mending Wall:

One Hour at a Time Gang Clean Up

Hi kids:

 Hope everyone had a great holiday season. 

 Saturday clean up            

 When:                  Saturday January 7, 2017

Where:                 Moorland Avenue, starting near the Back Shore

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

 Please bring gloves and pickers.

 Thanks all and stay well.





Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at the Rhumb Line – 7pm ~ Guest Host: JOHN ROCKWELL!







Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 – 7pm



















Happy New Year! The amazing John Rockwell hosts the
Wednesday show this week in my absence (I have a private
performance elsewhere). It has been a while for John, so
do come and cheer him on. He is pure joy onstage! …and
I’ll see you all next week! ~ Fly
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!
01/11 Sasquatch

01/18 Jeff Frasier

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Boston Public Market

How, seriously HOW, have I never gone here before?

I remember all of the hubbub when they were in the planning stages and when they were getting ready to open…but since then, July 30th 2015 to be exact, I hadn’t made it in.

Well, that changed just before Christmas.  And now I CAN NOT WAIT to go back.

Cheeses, chocolates, produce, pies, cannoli, cupcakes, fish, figs, salami, sushi, meats, muffins, wine, wheatgrass….oh my!

Cooking demonstrations, cooking lessons, wine tasting, and more.


Pigeon Cove Ferments and Backyard Growers Present: A Two-Part Fermentation Workshop!

More Cape Ann Community News-

Cape Ann Community


Fermented foods have been receiving a lot of attention in health food circles lately, and they deserve it! We’re kicking off our monthly workshop series with a Fermented Food workshop presented by partner Pigeon Cove Ferments. Come learn how to turn your surplus garden veggies into these healthy and tasty ferments in our two-part workshop on January 11th and 18th at 6pm! Tickets are limited and you don’t want to miss this!

Follow the links below to reserve your spot!!

Part One    |   Part Two

We look forward to seeing you there! Visit our workshop page below for more information.

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Cape Ann Symphony Holds Annual Meeting

dsc_8343-1The Annual Meeting of the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra, Inc. will be held at the Gloucester House Restaurant, 63 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at 7:30pm. The purpose of this meeting is to hear reports of the past year’s activity by the Music Director, President, Treasurer, Manager and Board Officers. The meeting is also convened to elect Directors and Officers for the period from January 18, 2017 through January 19, 2018. The meeting will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 6:30pm. ($36. per person/ cash bar). It is not necessary to attend the reception in order to attend the Annual Meeting. For further information please contact David Benjamin, Business Manager, 978-281-0543.

Cape Ann Symphony Photos by Jeph Ellis

Treetop Yoga B-I-N-G-O

More Cape Ann Health, Fitness and Wellness News-

Cape Ann Wellness

Commit to your yoga practice in 2017 and join us for a game of Treetop Yoga BINGO!

HOW TO PLAY: Grab a BINGO card, they are available at our front desk. Complete a square and get it initialed by our staff or teachers.  As you complete a row, you win prizes! It’s that simple.


Complete One Row: WIN a Treetop Yoga reusable water bottle

Complete Two Rows: WIN a FREE class for you or a friend

Complete Three Rows: WIN $25 Treetop Yoga Gift Card

Complete the Whole Card: Receive 50% off a Jade or Manduka yoga mat and a chance to WIN a $100 Treetop Yoga Gift Card


Treetop Yoga Studio 
Come as you are, we’ll meet you there
3A Pond Road, Gloucester MA   978 282-YOGA

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