Right Whales and Laughing Gulls

Go see the Right Whales! Hundreds are currently off the coast of Provincetown and you can easily view them from the beaches. I had an idea of where best to see the Right Whales after reading several bulletins and articles but very fortunately, we ran into Schooner Adventure Captain Stefan Edick on Provincetown’s main Commercial Street. He had seen them earlier that morning and suggested exactly where to go. After having a quick bite at a favorite lunch spot, Spiritus, we followed Stefan’s advice and headed straight to Herring Cove. There they were, feeding about 1500 feet or so from shore, dozens and dozens. We stayed for awhile and then checked out Race Point Beach. Here they were even a bit nearer the shore, by the Old Harbor Life Saving Station. Perhaps we saw Hundreds, and it was a beautiful sight!! Right Whales feed along the surface of the water, spout lots of snot, and tip their tails when diving. The whales were too far off shore for my camera’s range to get any spectacular shots but it was super fun nonetheless. Also feeding with the whales were Northern Gannets, Laughing Gulls, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Herring Gulls.

These two were swimming together for about half an hour; perhaps they are a mother and calf.

Five at once!

If home this week for school vacation, a day trip to Provincetown to see the Right Whales would make for a wonderful adventure. I don’t think the Center for Coastal Studies is open to visitors at this time of year, but many of the shops are open (including the always interesting Shell Shop). We had dinner at the bar at a very favorite restaurant, Fanizza’s, with lovely views of the beach (there isn’t a bad view from any seat at Fanizza’s). Our fresh seafood dinners were fabulous. Tom had the cod, I had whole belly clams, and they were the perfect end to a perfect day.

A pair of seals swam very close to the beach; they appeared puzzled by so many folks watching the whales and at that, seemed to decide not to come ashore.

Right Whales could still be seen after sundown.

Rare White Whale Calf Found Dead

Basics of Meditation

Cape Ann Wellness

Thursday, April 20 6-7 PM



Join experienced meditation teacher and Gloucester native Pat O’Brien for a practical “how to” session. You will get clear guidance and tips on meditation based on age old Buddhist wisdom. Pat is a long time practitioner of Baptiste yoga and meditation teacher. This workshop will be accessible to all and you’ll leave brimming with newfound confidence.

Pat O’Brien, Ph.D., is the director of The Mindful Clinic, a Harvard Medical School trained immunologist, and clinical research scientist. She spent half of her career as a corporate executive in biotechnology companies, has been practicing meditation for 20 years and various forms of Hatha yoga for 18 years. Dr. Pat is a Baron Baptiste Certified yoga teacher; she teaches meditation, yoga classes, and private therapeutic one-on-one yoga.
Dr. Pat’s teaching emphasizes connection with the true self and healing. Although educated in traditional medicine, Dr Pat has long been passionate…

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Long Beach photographs stir wonderful memories and comments from Ann O’Neil, 81 year old GMG reader from FLA

Ann O’Neil, a Good Morning Gloucester reader, spent some 30 years on Long Beach (about 1940-1970). After spotting her former family cottage flying by in one of the Long Beach animations I recently posted, she was inspired to comment and share:

My house, then #45, is on the front row right about in the middle of the beach.     It now has grey shingles, one story with an open porch that runs the whole length of the house.      There is a walk from the back road on either side of the house which gave us 2 good sized side yards.The house looks completely different than when we owned it.   It had a porch also but it had a railing that ran the whole length.   Now it’s more like a deck…It had 2 big bay windows under the porch roof, painted white with dark blue shutters. 

We sold it in 1969 to the Sullivan family (Archie and Naomi) but I don’t know who owns it now. I am the last of my family…I had 2 brothers…Tommy and Charlie… and a sister Mary.  My brother Charlie owned # 63…I live in Fl since 1991. Long Beach will always have a very warm spot in my heart…they were very, very happy years.   I’m 81 years old now and I still think about my childhood summers…fabulous times. I thank you so much, again, for putting those pix on line…I can get a quick glimpse of my home when the second grouping goes by.  I had many albums of pix and slides taken at the beach but they got lost in a move years ago.”

Despite Ann’s vivid recall, I didn’t identify the correct house at first. I thought it was closer to the old Chicataubut Inn. I’ve been documenting the architecture over the past few years and had an inkling, especially after Ann’s clues of one story, fire break and large lot. Was it this one?



It was! Ann responded:

“oh, how great.     It’s the second pic, the one with the stairs leading to the beach in front of it.   In fact, I can’t tell if they’re the same steps, but my Dad made one of the sets of steps.   He was afraid the ones that had been installed were not secure so he made his own…He bought the home from Mr. Darcy who had built it himself in the early 30s I believe.    My Dad bought it in 1942…I was 7 years old and I still remember the excitement.   My folks had rented there for 4 years before finding that house.   There were several people trying to buy it, but Mr. Darcy chose my folks cause he liked my Mom and the fact there were 4 kids who would live there.   He had had a  daughter who passed at a very young age.    She was an avid reader and the wall between the living and dining rooms was all bookcases..loaded with kids books.   My sister and I were in heaven because we were readers too.   My sister was 12 at the time and read at a high school level…I was way over the level for my age too…I won’t bore you with any more, but I want you to know, again,how much I appreciate this.   Brought a huge smile to this old face.    Please let me know if you put anymore pix of Long Beach on line…ok?   I love them. Thank you again.”

Thank you, Annie, for harnessing a social memory. I’ve pulled out a few photographs focused on the home and site so it’s easier to look without it flashing by. Now the address is 92 Long Beach. The continuity of place is remarkably unchanged. Here’s to families, summertime and reading!













Earth Day April 22nd

Earth day should be everyday. This year we are having a major clean on Saturday April 22, 2017. The One Hour at a Time Gang will be doing Main Street. We can meet at St. Peters Square and work our way up Main Street and Rogers Street. Remember we will be starting at 9:00 am til 11:00 for this clean up. If you would like to volunteer please let me know at
donna@circleconsulting.com or contact me through Good Morning Gloucester. Please check out the flier below. Hope to see you all there. Please pass on that cigarettes butts are trash and littering. Please dispose properly. Thank you.

Pet of the Week- Nene

Hi… I know everyone could use a Buddy… lucky for you, that’s my aim in life! So, a little more about me, my name is Nene and I am about 3 years old (I lost my day planner during all my shuffling around, so I’m not exactly sure of my birthdate), I’ve had to find a new home since my previous owner lost their home and could no longer keep me. I walk nicely on the leash (and the veterinarian said I was a little plump so I could use a walking partner), I get along nicely with the other dogs and love to play with my toys. 

I am a busy fellow with a stronger personality so would love a dog experienced home with children in their teens and older. I don’t take up too much room and, I don’t make too much noise, well I will do some alarm barking to let you know visitors have arrived. Make a boy’s dreams come true and take me home with you… I do have a luxating patella which makes me a special needs adoption. Luxating patella’s are pretty common in small breeds. As long as you watch my weight (I’ve already lost 3 pounds!!) and do not enroll me any Olympics, we should be good. The shelter of course always recommends you monitor the condition with your own veterinarian. To see all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website: capeannanimalaid.org

Checking off the Boys’ Bucket List….Dolphins.

The boys have been dying to get in the water with dolphins for quite a while now.  We were so happy to make that happen for them down in the Bahamas this week…thanks to a pretty epic Easter gift from their grandmother, “Nammy.”

If you’re ever in the Bahamas, I highly recommend the UNEXESO Dolphin Experience.  It was a day my boys will remember forever.

I just used Fiverr to hire someone to create an 8×8 GMG stencil for me and ship it to my house for $10

I just used Fiverr to hire someone to create an 8×8 GMG stencil for me and ship it to my house for $10. @Alicia Cox used Fiverr to pay a guy $5 to create a musical intro for The Alicia Unleashed Podcast. There are a ton of services that you might think were too costly for you to have done but there is probably someone on Fiverr that can get the job done for you for $5. I highly recommend it!  

Here’s a link to Fiverr, you can have little gods created for $5 and pretty much anything you can think of

Check out the stencil I had made(total turn around time 4 days delivered to my house)-

Poetry at the Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Community

Poetry Workshop at the Cape Ann Museum

Saturday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In this workshop, former North Andover poet laureate Gayle Heney will teach participants how to write poetry using the Museum’s collections as inspiration, concentrating on the new exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. As time allows, participants will be introduced to poetry prompts, stanzas, quatrains, ekphrastic poetry and experimental poetry. Depending on interest, discussion of the editing process and the option to read/perform may also be included.

 $10 CAM members/ $20 nonmembers (includes Museum admission). Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email info@capeannmuseum.org. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (978) 283-0455 x10.

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May 5th Blood Drive at Our Lady of Good Voyage – The Gloucester Knights of Columbus is hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross at Our Lady of Good Voyage Hall on May 5th from 1 pm to 6 pm. To make an appointment please call 1-800-733-2767 or go to: http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp