Hello Astronomy Friends and Paul T. Morrrison, All my photos from after the peak of the eclipse (around 3:05) have beautiful violet or green crescents, and swirly aurora borealis-like colors in the clouds around the sun. Even a bird that flew through the scene has a rainbow light shining through its wings. I wonder why is this? Thank you if you can help.

The bird is blurry, but you can see the rainbow effect.

first look Solar Eclipse 2017 #CapeAnn

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viewers react first look August 21 #SolarEclipse2017 #CapeAnn, MA, 1:50PM. Exciting despite location outside of total solar eclipse path

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DIY eclipse viewers and glasses

You don’t need to,”Get your body back.”

Cape Ann Wellness

…because it never left.

Happy successful sportswoman raising arms to the sky on golden b

After having a baby there is so much pressure for a mom to bounce back to her pre-baby body right away. Magazines and internet articles use terms like,”get your body back.” What they don’t seem to understand is that your body didn’t go anywhere. You didn’t have a child and then suddenly start going about your day as a floating head. In fact you should feel more connected to your body than ever.
It grew a life and brought it into this world. Go you!

As moms we have so much on our plates. We work (if you stay at home believe me I know you put in plenty of work), we take care of the kids, and we try to take care of ourselves. Unfortunately self care often becomes last on the list of things to do. Is it our fault or are there just not…

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Kay Ellis Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser 

It only a week away so if you don’t have your tickets it not to late, just go to  It will be a beautiful night out in the harbor she loved, remembering the joy she brought to us all.  The fund shares her vision by giving scholarships to local students wanting to pursue careers in the tourism and hospitality business.

Solar Ec_ipse…

Everyone is ready for the Solar Eclipse…even Howard’s Flying Dragon Antiques in Essex!   The question I’m getting a lot today is… where do I plan on photographing the Eclipse.   Now I know it’s disappointing, but I will not be flexing my shutter today.   Unless you have a really good (and costly) Solar Filter you shouldn’t be either!   Just as the sun will be dangerous to your sight without proper solar glasses, it too will fry your camera sensor without the proper filter on the lens.  If I wasn’t working today I’d head down to the Fisherman’s Statue and hang with the Gloucester area Astronomy Club and take a peek through their awesome setups!!   In any event if you are like me, stuck inside the office, live stream from NASA is next best thing…no glasses or filters needed!  Enjoy!  (Eclipse starts 1:29pm, Peak 2:46 pm, Finished 4:00 pm)


Rubber Duck PSA: Solar Eclipse Peak on Cape Ann 2:46 PM

The eclipse. Just my suggestion. Skip the glasses. Have lunch under an oak or maple tree and marvel at all the little crescents dancing on the ground. I might go nuts and lay a white blanket out but that’s about it. The effect might even be better under an oak chewed up by gypsy moths.

My one preparation is making sure the colanders are clean. And a white sheet.

But don’t forget one thing. It is STEM that allows you to do this unconcerned that the sun might not come back. Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math. A lot of math.

Without STEM the dragon eats the sun and you must sacrifice a virgin to get the sun back. And around here we might be a little short on … nevermind.

First nibble: 1:30 PM
Peak: 2:46 PM
Last nibble: 3:55 PM

EXTRA EDIT: Cape Ann, GAAC, Gloucester Area Astronomy Club announcement. No eclipse glasses? No problem. Stop by the fisherman statue on the Gloucester Boulevard Monday afternoon between 2:00 and 3:30 and view the eclipse through one of our specially-filtered scopes.

Pet of the Week-Gracie

8.21.2017 Pet of the Week--Gracie

Gracie here! I’m a bit of a chubby gal with an absolutely stunning face, as you can see. Some things I enjoy include being brushed and getting pet. I love sitting next to my people, preferably while looking out the window and watching the day go by. I’m not a huge fan of being picked up (which is probably easier on your back anyway!) but I can be very affectionate when I want to be. Basically, I like to choose the time and place for some attention. I’m considered a Super Senior and my Superpower is lounging, because I love to find comfy spots to relax in. If you think your lifestyle would be a good match for mine, come on over and meet me!  To see all of the available dogs and cats at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our

Gloucester Smiles – The day after the wedding


I encountered this very happy couple on Roger Street.  They were walking home, carrying wedding gown ect.. after spending their wedding night at Beauport Hotel.  She is a local business woman (Saltwater Massage Studio)

Truly a very very happy couple sporting a Gloucester Smile.

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Congratulations !

Annoying Snoring or Sleep Apnea? Ask Your Doctor.

Cape Ann Wellness

Sleep apnea was recently mentioned by Joey on the Good Morning Gloucester podcast.  Joey shared his personal struggle as he recently tried to adjust to wearing a sleep apnea mask and joked good naturedly about how the mask can interfere with “sexy time.” I thought this a good opportunity to help increase awareness about sleep apnea risk factors, potential negative effects on health, and possible treatments.

CPAP mask

The CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask shown here looks a bit like a medieval torture device, yet can have life-saving benefits.

Sleep Apnea a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Loud snort or choking sound often signifies breathing has begun again. Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. (National Institutes of Health.) More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. (American Association of Sleep Apnea.)

Types of Sleep Apnea – The most…

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