Last night we had dinner at the fabulous Franklin and were delighted at how beautiful (and lively) was Main Street. The restaurants were bustling, the roads relatively easy to travel, and parking was without problem. Don’t be reluctant to venture out and dine at any one of your favorite Main Street Gloucester restaurants on these bitterly cold nights, you won’t be disappointed!

Main Street looks beautiful at night in the snow, straight out of a scene from a Charles Dickens novel.

Tom and I love having diner at the bar at the Franklin. Grace, all the crew, and the waitstaff are always so welcoming, and Stefano D’Amico is one of our very favorite bartenders around town.


Stefano not only works at the Franklin Cape Ann, he also does commercial and residential duct and vent cleaning. You can reach him at 978-281-3398 or 978-479-4231.

Usually I have the Franklin’s wonderfully flavorful marinated and grilled calamari for dinner–but panko crusted sea scallops were one of the specials last night–I tried it and you must, too. I don’t think I’ve ever had scallops cooked as perfectly!
When you go to the Franklin you MUST try their desserts–I can’t go there without having the orange crème caramel. You will love it, I promise. ❤

The Franklin Cape Ann is located at 118 Main Street and opens daily at 5:00pm. Sunday through Thursday dinner is served until 10:30; on Friday and Saturday evenings until 11:30.

storm clean up | Gloucester Stacy Boulevard promendade paths are ready for you!

The sidewalk path is plowed, and the oceanside parallel path is nearly completed.  Gloucester DPW says they’ll “have 6-8 Bobcats with snowplows running all weekend–city’s and city contractors.” I’m sure there’s still much to happen and clear. Still, isn’t it amazing how many roads are spic and span, and that trash pick up was just one day held off?

CLEAN UP AFTER STORM Stacy Boulevard sidewalk snow plow on ocean path-dogwalker out and about didnt miss a beat GLOUCESTER MA IMG_20180106_105912

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CLEAN UP AFTER STORM Stacy Boulevard sidewalk snow plow two walking paths GLOUCESTER MA IMG_20180106_110028


Underway last night was a massive towing operation with at least half dozen Tally’s hookers moving the frozen cars off site. Curious as to where the cars were being towed, we followed one truck to the Blackburn Industrial Park, to a lot a few doors down from, and on the same side of the street as, the old Cape Ann Medical Center.


Cars were immersed in seawater during the flooding that took place during the Bombcyclone weather event. I hope so much the cars were not destroyed and can be restored. David Rasa photo of the flooded cars at the Gloucester High School parking lot.

Who Do You Think You Are?


You might be wondering what all the hype is about DNA testing for family history research and ethnicity.  Ancestry and 23 and Me made a big push over the holidays and lowered their prices considerably as an incentive.  I’ve had great good luck meeting new cousins as a result of DNA testing (many of them with Gloucester connections).  When I share the stories with family members, I realize there are misconceptions about what DNA testing can tell you.  I’m no expert, but I can share my own experience.

The biggest surprise for people hearing about new cousins as a result of testing through Ancestry is that the test results can connect you with actual people in addition to giving you an idea about ethnicity.  Time and time again I heard “You mean it connects you with people too?”  Yes, it connects you with potential cousins and it’s glorious when that happens!

Ancestry test results not only provide you with potential cousins and that famous pie chart for ethnic background, but also with historic context about migration patterns of people that share ethnicity.  Mine are Irish fishermen who settled in Gloucester and Ancestry could provide some historical background into the common factors that forced the Irish out and how they may have found their way to Cape Ann.  This kind of knowledge greatly enriches the stories of the ancestors I’ll never get to know personally.

Ancestry DNA testing usually costs $99 but is often discounted, especially around holidays like Mothers Day and Fathers Day.  If you are considering it, I’d wait and watch for discounted pricing, perhaps as low as $69.  If you decide to have DNA tested, I encourage you to further consider adding family tree information so that potential cousins (like me) can contact you!!!  I’d love to meet you, Gloucester cousin!

This link seems to provide some good general information in DNA testing if you are interested.

Gloucester UK article about Gloucester MA “bomb cylcone” storm

Bomb cyclone: If you thought snow in Gloucester, UK, was bad, think about Gloucester, Massachusetts. They’ve got floods AND snow by Ed Stilliard

“…Homes evacuated and without power, motorists abandoning cars in the snow and temperatures well below freezing. That Armageddon-sounding tone might sound like Gloucestershire under snow last week, but that is just a snap-shot of life in Gloucester, Massachusetts, right now…”

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New Year Journey ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Happy New Year!

What’s your journey going to look like this year?

Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC works with a large percentage of clients that burn the candle at both ends and don’t understand why they are getting sick.

Life is not a race. We need to stay in the moment, experience and enjoy where we are…being kind to our bodies, health and those around us.

To lead a simpler life is not a step backwards but a step forward in your overall health.

Let 2018 be the beginning of your journey to stop, look and really listen when someone talks to you…also pick one item off your to do list and DON’T DO IT! Do something for yourself like taking a walk in the outdoors (get out of the gym) or sit quietly for 20 minutes and sit with your thoughts.

If you have too much time on your…

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Rose Bowl parade photos floats plus UMASS band

Warm up with some photographs of the Rose Bowl parade specific to Massachusetts taken by Pauline Bresnahan. She made sure to find the Rose Bowl Float featured in the Gloucester Daily Times.  Pauline writes,

“Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Rose Bowl parade. The City of Burbank float is the one that was featured in the Gloucester Daily Times article. I love the flyover photo. It always gives me chills. I did not know until I got there that the UMASS band was in the parade. Their first appearance and they had the largest band in the parade with over 400 members…The Rose Bowl parade Theme this year was Making a Difference. Even a heart on the Poster. I think I was meant to go! The Grand Marshal was Gary Sinise, who played Sgt. Dan in Forrest Gump movie with Tom Hanks. He was just in Afghanastan with Gen. Milley, one of the Generals I met this year. Small world.” – Pauline Bresnahan



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