Just Breathe …

Cape Ann Wellness

Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit

Feeling overwhelmed or worried? Breathe …, and experience the calmness and release of tension. The simple act of breathing can slow us down physically and mentally and allow us to be more present in this moment.

Meditation becomes as simple as following the breath; a form of mindfulness.

Photo © Karen Pischke/ Niles Beach. Gloucester MA.

Mindful breathing can be done quickly and easily and offers positive physiologic and behavioral benefits. Benefits include decreased blood pressure, decreased stress, relief of tension (emotional and physical,) improve memory, focus and attention, improved mood, increased immune response, improved relationships, increased empathy and compassion.According to the American Psychological Association, 75% of people regularly experience physical symptoms of stress. Mindfulness meditation, breathing and other forms of relaxation can elicit the relaxation response and decrease symptoms of stress.

One study concluded that carrying out a simple mindful breathing meditation for…

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LAST DAY TO ORDER SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION OF “Super Blue Blood Moon Over Gloucester”

LAST DAY TO ORDER SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION OF “Super Blue Blood Moon Over Gloucester”

Dear Friends,

If you would like an 8 x12 print of the “Super Blue Blood Moon Over Gloucester’s UU Church” photo, please place your order by emailing me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com, commenting in the comment section of this post, or facebook messaging me. We are printing a limited edition at 95.00 each, which includes shipping and tax. The image will be a giclee print on fine art hot press paper.

We will accept checks or cash. Place your order by February 8th and payment must be received by February 15th. The limited edition images will be printed that week and mailed immediately. Your order is not placed until you have received a confirmation of payment.

If this system works smoothly, I think we’ll do the “We Love You Too Snowy Owl” or Piping Plovers “OctoPop” next 🙂

Thank you all so much for your interest ❤

Gloucester UU Church

From our Friend Charles Nazarian:


This Sunday, February 11th, three children’s choirs will combine to present a festival concert at the Gloucester UU Church at 4:00pm, hosted by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.  We are late getting out the publicity but hoping that our partners will be able to help using their email, blogs and social media.

More info is available on the GMF web site.

Thanks for your help in getting the word out for this family-friendly event!


Charles L. Nazarian, president

​Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation​

​​​10  Church ​Street

 Gloucester, MA 01930



Workshops, Classes and Coaching with Nadine Boughton

Workshops, Classes and Coaching
with Nadine Boughton

Exploring the Feminine, The Rising

Sunday, March 4, 1-4pm   $70 Gloucester

Untitled-1Many traditions mark the rising of spring in mid-February when a thrumming begins deep in the earth. Feminine archetypes speak of “the Return.” What was buried through the winter now begins to wake and rise up. Shoots of green return, sparks of revelation appear. In this workshop we’ll listen to what is rising in us and how we might engage with this part of the creative cycle. There will be space for writing and voice; poetry and image; and sharing in a supportive circle of women.

Writing from the Body

Wednesdays: Feb. 28, March 7, 14, 21; 10am-12pm $200 Gloucester

Words live in the body, rise up from the marrow. Writing is full of physicality, the hand moves across paper with each breath and our voice carries an aliveness whether written or spoken. This is a writing series to foster the unbridled and embodied voice. Through prompts and poetry, silence and sound, we’ll discover what is cooking in the body’s imagination turning toward Spring.

Creativity Coaching for Art and Life

Individual coaching for those seeking support in defining a project or moving forward an existing project, such as art or writing. Support as well for those desiring to move beyond stuck places in their life. Life as collage, bringing resolution and harmony to the pieces we endlessly shuffle. Practical, playful, grounded, transformational.

Spring Rising

Poetry reading with Nadine Boughton, Mary Cole and Patrick Doud, Sunday, March 25, 3pm. Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester

Nadine Boughton, M.A., is a collage artist, writer/poet, coach and teacher.   Her art is represented by the Trident Gallery in Gloucester and is exhibited, collected and published internationally. Her writing has been published in literary journals and trade books. As a creativity coach Nadine’s work draws from her twenty-five plus years as a psychotherapist, birth doula, and her long study of spiritual traditions and the iconography of the Feminine. Nadine holds an M.A. in Expressive Therapy from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

To register or for further information please contact Nadine



Bob Davis aka Johnny Carwash, David Brown, Dave Mattacks, Dave Sag and guest appearance by Josh Davis 8:30pm Tonight @ The Rhumb Line 2.8.2018

Thursday at the Rhummmmie: We ride the big wave with Johnny Carwash! That’s Bobby Davis with the tan and pineapples on his shorts, whanging away at all your favorite beach toons. Plus he’s dragging in his hand-picked surfer dudes to help out waxing your pineal gland. That’s Dave “Chip” Brown, Dave “Cubby” Mattacks, and Dave “Dave” Sag. Special guest appearance by Josh Davis on the tonsilphonium. Surf’s up!

Dave Sag



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


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Meeting tonight @Sawyer Free Libary

IMG_20180131_081835.jpgCommunity Development Block Grant (CDBG) Meeting

Thursday, February 8

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Sawyer Free Library, Friend Room
2 Dale Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

This meeting is an INFORMATIONAL PUBLIC HEARING to address any questions and explain the CDBG RFP requirements and to obtain the views of the citizens of Gloucester regarding the CDBG Program. The Grants Division of the Community Development Department will be seeking proposals from qualified organizations, agencies, or individuals for its Program Year 2018 (PY18) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The CDBG Program is designed to promote safe, sanitary, and affordable housing, encourage handicapped accessibility, improve public facilities, support social service and job training activities, provide economic development assistance, and improve the living environment for low- and moderate-income residents of the City of Gloucester. The 2018 CDBG Program is expected to be funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding of proposals is contingent upon receipt of funding from HUD.

Design of Mine a fashion boutique at the West End in Gloucester, MA is open for business during the winter. Come visit!

Going on vacation to a warmer destination, or not ?
The Flutter Shawl is a perfect accent piece for any wardrobe…just throw it on and go…
Day or evenings out…beach cover and more…
Come see our beautiful selection of silk, silk like, polycotton blend. We also have beautiful velvet burnouts. Oh and don’t forget the bling!

Design of Mine
33 Main Street
Gloucester, MA
New Winter hours through March

Sunday & Monday 11am-5pm 

Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays *Open Feb 13th & 14th for Valentines Day♡

Thurs, Fri and Sat 11am-5pm

Owner/ Store manager Melissa Tarr






like on facebook https://www.facebook.com/thefluttershawl/

Call (978) 491-7495
or visit us online @ http://thefluttershawl.com/

Check out the many ways to wear right here >



Life Meets Death

This is another photo I’m extremely proud of , after planning and waiting for 10 days during my lunch breaks and after work I️ finally got the image I️ wanted.. this was captured all in one shot,, this is not a composite by any means..this image won best in show at the Magnolia Library art show in 2016.

Nichole’s Picks 2/10 + 2/11

Pick #1:  New England Boat Show

February 10th – 18th, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Tickets are $16 ($14 for a limited time) for ages 13+


Pick #2:  CAM Kids: Valentine Printmaking Workshop with Coco Berkman


10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.     Youth and Family Programs


Hand print your own animal themed Valentine’s Day cards in printmaker Coco Berkman’s family workshop! Participants will leave with a set of cards. Ages 6+ / Free for families. To register call Education Coordinator Kirsten Vega at (978) 283-0455 x16 or email kirstenvega@capeannmuseum.org.

Learn more about Coco Berkman here.

Image from http://www.capeannmuseum.org/events/valentine-printmaking-workshop-cam-kids/

Pick #3:  Salem’s So Sweet Festival


Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Festival – Feb. 9 through Feb. 11, 2018

Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of CommerceDestination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses invite you to attend the 16th 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!


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

Hello, Operator?

From the 1947 Flicker yearbook, a full page ad seeking “girl graduates” to fill positions as telephone operators “helping to win the war”.

To a girl graduate

And here are some of the potential candidates for those jobs from the same yearbook:

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It’s worth a reminder that telephone operators served as emergency dispatch in those days prior to 911. This is a YouTube video used in training telephone operators in the 1940s:

Thanks to all you “girl graduates” who stepped up into such positions.

Astrophotography Program at Feb 9 Gloucester Area Astronomy Club Meeting

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Image Copyright © 2018 Phil Orbanes, GAAC

As I write, it’s yet another cold, grey day, but GAAC has the perfect antidote to February — on Friday night, February 9 at 8:00pm, we will bring you our annual evening of astrophotography.

Five of our best astrophotographers will each show off a handful of favorite pictures they’ve taken of galaxies, nebulae and other astronomical objects, and will tell you what each one is, how big and far away it is, and any interesting issues they had getting the shot.

This event is always a colorful, fun and exciting evening, one that will leave you with a new appreciation of what these folks do, as well as a lot of new knowledge about the strange, distant and compelling objects they photograph.

Come early to see friends old and new, grab a good seat and some great goodies, and share some terrific conversation and some…

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Cape Ann Community

Children’s Choir Festival Makes First Gloucester Appearance on Sunday

Nearly three dozen young voices will be joined in song on Sunday, February 11th  beginning at 4 p.m. in the 10th annual Children’s Choir Festival.  It will be held in the Sanctuary of the historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the green at the corner of Middle and Church Street.  This is a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy!

The singers, ages 5 through 18, are from three Episcopal churches, St. John’s of Gloucester, Christ Church in Andover, and All Saints Church in Chelmsford, assembled to give them an opportunity to sing as part of a larger ensemble in a grand space with a bigger audience than their home choir situations permit.

The works will range from the famous Shaker Tune, “Simple Gifts,” through religious melodies, spirituals, and a work, ‘The…

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