The “Calm” Before the Storm

While the snow came later than expected, a full-blown winter storm was definitely in the air. We took a little tour of Rockport from Old Garden Beach, to Bearskin Neck, to Long Beach, and down Eden Road just before the storm blew in.  As we were driving home, the snow began to come down fast and furious.

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Quote of the Week

 

After a long hiatus this one just cried out to be shared:

“The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February…Spring is too far away to comfort even by anticipation, and winter long ago lost the charm of novelty. It is the very three a.m. of the calendar.”

Joseph Wood Krutch (1893 – 1970)

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A Knoxville native, Krutch received an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and then a doctorate in English Literature from Columbia. From the 1920’s to the 1950’s he was the theater critic for The Nation, a prominent magazine of the time, and also published well received biographies of Samuel Johnson and Henry David Thoreau. It was his study of the latter, and a move to Tucson, that lead to his own nature and conservation writing for which he is perhaps best known, including The Desert Year in 1951 and The Great Chain of Life in 1956. There is a cactus garden at the University of Arizona named in his memory.

 

This timely quote was stolen from the Sawyer Free Library’s excellent February newsletter which can be subscribed to here. My thanks to the uncredited author.

Greg Bover

GHS Senior night Boys hoop & Winter Cheerleaders

Tuesday night was senior night for Boys Hoop and Winter Cheerleaders despite the fact that the game was canceled due to the leaking roof.

Nichole’s Picks 2/11 + 2/12

Pick #1:  Salem’s So Sweet Festival

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival – Feb. 10 through Feb. 12, 2017!

Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses invite you to attend the 15th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping…don’t miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year!

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Pick #2:  Karen K. and the Jitterbugs at The Cabot

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Tickets are $13.50 for adults and $8.50 for children

KAREN K. & THE JITTERBUGS

9:30 Valentine Making
10:30 Show

Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day concert with Karen K and her imaginary friends, the Jitterbugs: Bumble (the bee who doesn’t like to sting), Stinky (loves playing outside, refuses baths), Hop (working on his patience and self control) and Slug Bug (he needs a LOT of naps).  Named “Best Kindie Band in Greater Boston 2016” by Mommy Poppins (41,000 votes), Karen and her band were also called “power pop that makes them fun for the whole family” by The Boston Globe!

Before the show, join your child in making a Valentine for a “Community Helper” from your town!  We’ll have all the makings for Valentines, plus mailboxes for the staff at PAWS New England, the local Fire and Police Departments, Public Works and more.

Pick #3:  CAM Kids: Be Mine, Valentine at the Cape Ann Museum

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11

11:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.Youth and Family Programs

Families are invited to take a look at Victorian Valentines from the Museum’s collection and create a variety of cut paper cards. This event is free for families.

Get inspired! Take a look at some valentines from the Museum’s collection here.

CAM Kids is generously sponsored by David and Lisa Rich.

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As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Gloucester MA: bracing before winter storm

High tide is scheduled for 9:30AM– winds picking up just now with small fluttered white caps on green grey sea. All a calm beauty before 7am this morning.

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Smile and Express Gratitude: It’s Good for Your Health

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A Smile Has Health Benefits for Mind, Body and Spirit. Research shows that the simple act of smiling, even when you don’t feel like it activates the brain’s neural messaging system with a variety of health benefits. No prescription needed, and no adverse side effects.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”      – Thich Nhat Hanh

How Smiling Affects Your Brain.  ‘Feel good’ neurotransmitters are released.

  • Release of dopamine (mediates pleasure in the brain, improves focus and attention.)
  • Release of endorphins (natural pain relief.)
  • Release of serotonin (improves mood.)
  • Muscle relaxation (relief of muscle tension.)
  • Lowering of blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Neuropeptides are also released (decreases stress and inflammation.)

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