Restoring Calmness ~

Cape Ann Wellness

Restoring calmness in our lives is essential in staying balanced through the lens of Ayurveda.

Take a moment to jot down a few things that help you to feel relaxed, calm and/or peaceful.

Here are a few of Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC favorite things to staying balanced in mind, body and spirit:

Walking outdoors

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”


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For the past several days there has been a remarkably tolerant Snowy Owl feeding and perching on the rocks at Atlantic Road. Perhaps she (or he) is the same Snowy that has been noticed on the backshore over the course of the past month. I write tolerant because this Snowy was perched about fifteen feet from the sidewalk and neither traffic nor birdwatchers seemed to faze her much. As word has gotten out, her fan club has grown, so much so that there was a bit of a traffic jam today. Every several hours I stopped by to check on her whereabouts. At 2:00 today, she had only moved about a foot from where she was at daybreak. By sundown, she had flown up onto the rooftops of an Atlantic Road resident.

Many thanks to Kate for all her text alerts letting me know when the Snowy was on the backshore!

Early morning and the Snowies face and talons were bloodstained, which is a very positive sign that she is feeding well. Snowy Owls wintering over in our region eat rabbits, rodents (lots of rats), songbirds, and ducks. Being good stewards of the Snowies means not applying rat poison around your home or business. There are several methods equally as efficient in killing rats as rat poison. When a bird of prey such as a Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, or Bald Eagle ingests a rat that has eaten rat poison, the raptor becomes sick and will usually die.

The Snowy spent the better part of the day mostly dozing, preening, cleaning her talons, and puffing her feathers for warmth. At one point she pushed her face into a snow patch but I couldn’t tell if it was to drink or to wash.


For a moment the Snowy sat bolt upright from a loud bang in the distance, but generally, she was a satiated and sleepy owl.

Snowy Owl Fan Club Traffic Jam

Martin Luther King Volunteering at Market Basket, Saturday January 13, 2018

We will be meeting at Market Basket starting at 9:00 a.m. and collecting until 3:00 p.m.  The 3:30 p.m. shift will meet at The Open Door, 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester to unload the truck.  We will be handing out flyers to Market Basket patrons asking if they could spare a donation. I have assigned a shift captain to each time slot.  They will be assigning tasks to volunteers, providing volunteers with flyers and buttons that identify us as democrats, I will also ask that they take a picture of their group and email it to me for Facebook and possible submission to our local newspapers.  If you don’t want to be in the picture that’s fine.

Please dress for the weather, it looks to be 47 degrees (but falling fast) and raining.  Please try to be on time for your shift as you are replacing someone else.  Most importantly remember to have fun!  We are fortunate to live in a great community of very generous people making this project a pleasure.  Attached is the schedule  please look for your name under a specified time slot and you will see the name of your shift captain.  For those of you not on the schedule, you expressed an interest and I welcome you to join where you can.  One last thing, at the end of this signature you will find my phone number, please take that number down and put it in your phone in case there is an issue.


Catch a Ton of Tuna

Shift Captain: Bernadette Merenda
Dave Marro
Donna Ardizzoni
Nicole Altieri
Jackson Altieri
Suzanne Newman
Florence Williams
Jane Marchurs
Rosie Sagall

Shift Captain: Liz Murray

John Van Ness
Dylan Benson
Peg Leeco
Meredith Fine
Roz Smith
Joan Sweeney
Christy Park
Pat Doran

Shift Captain: Susan Only

Sean Recroft
John Recroft
Tom Denman
Mark Williamson
Ivan Williamson
Michael Wheeler
Candice Wheeler

Bernadette Merenda
GDCC Public Service Director

Tonight! Toni Lynn Washington, Mike DiBari, Steve tube one! & Dear Ol`Dave, too : ) Davesag’s blues party 8:30pm The Rhumb Line 1.11.2018

Toni Lynn Washington
Mike DiBari
Steve tube one!
Dear Ol`Dave, too : )
Davesag’s blues party
The Rhumb Line


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Nichole’s Picks 1/13 + 1/14

Pick #1:  New England Auto Show

It’s that time of year again!


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Pick #2:  MLK Day Free Admission to Zoos

Monday, January 15th


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo will offer free admission on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. At Franklin Park Zoo, guests are invited to write messages of hope and peace on the mural that will be located within the Tropical Forest Pavilion.

This is a wonderful opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while learning about fascinating wildlife from all over the world.

Please note: Last admission will be at 3:30 p.m.




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

Backyard Growers Presents: Fermentation Workshop

Cape Ann Community

Cropped Ferment

Join Backyard Growers as we partner with Pigeon Cove Ferments at our two-part fermentation workshop learning all about the benefits of fermentation!

Part 1 will be held at Backyard Growers where we will learn more about lacto-fermentation and the benefits of incorporating fermented food into our diets. All ages welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: this workshop will be at Backyard Growers’ office: 271 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Part 2 will be held at Pigeon Cove Ferments kitchen where participants are fully engaged in the sauerkraut making process and will leave with their own jar of homemade kraut. All ages welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: this workshop will be at Pigeon Cove’s kitchen: 10 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA, 01930

If you have any questions, contact: or 978-281-0480

Hope to see you there!

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One Less Critter in Joe’s Yard

While recording the podcast Wednesday morning from Joey’s kitchen, we noticed these tracks in the back yard.  Anyone know what critter makes these tracks? They aren’t very big–I should have placed something there so you could judge the size.

Before you go to too much trouble, perhaps it doesn’t really matter what critter this is because I noticed the tracks come to a dead stop. Upon closer examination, it appears this guy fell prey to a hawk or other flying predator.  Despite the poor quality of the photo taken in the shadows, I think you can see what looks like claw marks at the end of the line of tracks.


Circle of life.