It worked! A month and five days. -12 lbs.

November 5-December 10. Got under my weight goal using my patented “Don’t eat like an asshole” diet. No pizza, chips, bread, cookies since that day. Limit the beer consumption on Football Sundays. One cheat day- Thanksgiving. Went from 202 to 189.6 (this picture was from before I pooped)😂

Jazz Dinner Featuring SCOLLINS-WARSI DUO at Feather and Wedge


The Scollins-Warsi jazz duo is back at Feather & Wedge! With Kevin Scollins on guitar and Sahil Warsi on double bass, they will play from their extensive setlist including selections from the Great American Song Book, modern jazz, contemporary blues and R&B.

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Thursday, December 12, 2019
6:30 PM –  9:00 PM


Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA, 01966

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Went over to Pauline’s Gift Shop on Tuesday

Went over to Pauline’s to get a couple of pairs of her great slippers yesterday.  As always her shop never disappoints, plus you can get some great gifts and of course lots of laughs.

512 Essex Avenue

Gloucester, MA  01930


Tom and T.M. Nicholas exhibit at Cape Ann Museum

Tom and T.M. Nicholas: A Father and Son’s Journey in Paint

On view: Jan. 11, 2020 – April 12, 2020

Tom Nicholas, Late Autumn, Rockport Harbor. Oil on canvas. Private Collection

Exploring 40 years of the artistic collaboration between Rockport father and son, Tom and T.M. Nicholas, will be the focus of the Cape Ann Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “Tom and T. M. Nicholas: A Father and Son’s Journey in Paint.” The Nicholas works, created in the well-known style of the Cape Ann School of Painting and curated from numerous private collections, will be on view beginning Jan. 11, 2020 through April 12, 2020.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Tom Nicholas studied with Ernst Lohrmann, H. Fisk, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has lived and worked in Rockport since the early 1960s, running a gallery on Main Street with his wife, Gloria. His work in oil, watercolor, and gouache has received numerous awards and recognitions from the Allied Artists of America, the Salmagundi Club, the American Watercolor Society, and the National Academy of Design. He was elected an Academician of the National Academy of Design and a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society.

T.M. Nicholas, a student of the Montserrat College of Art, studied with his father as well as with the respected Rockport painter John Terelak. Working out of a studio in Essex, Mass., T.M., like his father, exhibits widely, has paintings in museum collections, and has won many awards.

As part of the exhibition’s related programming, T.M. Nicholas and art historian Judith Curtis will give separate gallery talks. Curtis is a freelance writer specializing in art-related themes and is a past curator of the Rockport Art Association and Museum’s Permanent Collection. She lives on Cape Ann and is a regular contributor to the American Art Review. She has also written several books including Anthony Thieme, The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A., W. Lester Stevens, N.A., (1888-1969), Harry A. Vincent and His Contemporaries, Rocky Neck Art Colony (1850—1950), A. T. Hibbard, American Master, and two Charles Movalli exhibition catalogues. More recently, she curated – and wrote the catalogue for –Polly Thayer Starr and the Alchemy of Painting. She was also co-curator of the Strokes of Genius: Women Artists of New England, for which she also wrote the catalogue.

Cape Ann has long been recognized as one of this country’s oldest and most important art colonies and the Cape Ann Museum’s collections contain examples of works by many of the artists who came to this region, including Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Cecilia Beaux, Nell Blaine, Stuart Davis, Milton Avery, John Sloan and Anna Hyatt Huntington. At the heart of the Museum’s holdings is the single largest collection of works by early 19th century artist Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865). A native of Gloucester, Lane was a lithographer and a painter and his works displayed at the Cape Ann Museum capture the town’s busy seaport in its heyday.

The Cape Ann Museum is dedicated to illuminating the diversity of life on Cape Ann by collecting, preserving and presenting the interconnected stories of art and industry during the past 400 years.  Building on the popular and critical success of the 2019 Homer at the Beach exhibition, 2020 marks an exciting year for the Museum with the opening a new campus in June 2020 at the gateway to Gloucester.  This new campus, along with other Museum initiatives is aimed at building greater audiences and awareness of the institution regionally, nationally and internationally in anticipation of the Museum’s 150th anniversary in 2023.

As part of the Nicholas exhibition, related programming events include:

Opening Reception
Saturday, January 11, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Lecture by T. M. Nicholas & Stapleton Kearns about The Cape Ann School of Painting
Saturday, February 15, 3:00 p.m.

Gallery Talk by Judith Curtis    
Saturday, March 14, 9:30 a.m.



Gallery Talk by T. M. Nicholas
Saturday, April 4, 9:30 a.m.

News Release — from The Cape Ann Christmas Angels

It’s more than a wrapping party. It’s when the loving heart of Cape Ann comes together in the true spirit of the season.
    It begins when agencies throughout Cape Ann ‘nominate’ a special family going through some difficult circumstances during the holidays.
    The families are then contacted by one of Cape Ann’s Christmas Angels and asked about their children, and a special “Wish List”for each child.
    The ‘angels’ then work with area businesses who ‘adopt’ a family and fulfill the “wish List”.
    To be sure that Santa gets the help he needs when it comes to delivery, parents will go to the Bass Rocks Elks in Gloucester on Thursday night, December 12 from 6 pm to 9 pm.
There they will meet the donor that adopted their family, enjoy a deliciously cooked  buffet, and help the donors and community volunteers wrap the items on their childrens’ Wish List.
For more information, please contact Mimi Geloso. Mimi is, one of the Cape Ann Christmas Angels and she can be reached at (978) 879-6092.
Isn’t this a great story !!

SASQUATCH! Tonight Wednesdays with Fly Amero 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 12.11.2019


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, December 11… 7pm start
My Musical Guest: SASQUATCH!
There’s only one, ladies and gentlemen.  And they call him
SASQUATCH.  This man has written so very many memorable
songs – not the least of which is a number entitled, “Christmas 
in Gloucester”, which he’ll be featuring on the Wednesday
show this week.  So lucky we are.  We’ll see you there as we
start warming up for the holidays!  ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe!  Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
12/18 Amero Family Christmas! 
12/25 HO! HO! HO!
Looking forward… seeing you there 🙂

Thacher/Straitsmouth Island 2020 Calendar

Featuring fabulous photography by Kim Smith and Skip Montello. Only $15.00 includes shipping.

Order directly at ,click on the SHOP page or on the HOME page scroll down to Featured Products. All proceeds go toward restoration and maintenance of both islands.

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Mary Palmstrom From Ohio Has Some Great History To Share About Shute and Merchant After Finding A GMG Post About Beth Welin’s Gloucester History Sharing Program from 2015

That’s what’s incredible about Good Morning Gloucester, we have a 12 year archive of over 60,000 posts with just an incredible amount of information all searchable for generations to come!

Read what Mary Palmstrom has to say about her great, great grandfather and his brother-in-law, James L. Shute and William T. Merchant, who started Shute & Merchant back in 1862.


I’ve come across your site off and on for a few years as I did searches related to Gloucester, and some how managed to miss this 2015 item that was related to Shute & Merchant until today– maybe because it lists both names as plurals, but more likely because I just wasn’t doing a search at the right time.  As I live in Ohio, wouldn’t have been able to attend an event being held in Gloucester, but might have been able to share some material.

Gloucester History Sharing program Presented By Beth Welin

Do you remember Shutes & Merchants, Reed & Gamage or the Slade Gorton fish companies? They’re gone now but their legacy continues.
Sponsored by the Phyllis A Marine Association
Supported by the Awesome Gloucester Foundation
My great, great grandfather and his brother-in-law, James L. Shute and William T. Merchant, started Shute & Merchant back in 1862. Epes Merchant and several of his sons (Epes W., Addison and Samuel) had run  similar fishing businesses, including one operated by Samuel with his son William T., and eventually his son-in-law J. L. Shute. The two younger men opted to recreate the firm after Samuel’s death. Their fish packing firm survived some ups and downs over the years and remained in business until it merged with the Gorton-Pew Fisheries in 1907. Thanks to a find on eBay back about 1999 or 2000, I have been gathering artifacts from that firm and the Merchant Box Company, as well as other pieces of Gloucester history since then.

Won’t give you the full story, but you can learn more on a website I created a number of years ago.  — The first version was created around 2007, then decided to update the look and add more material in 2016 and due to finding some additional images, just updated some sections. Developed a section with slide shows of Cape Ann stereoviews and some sections about other fishing businesses. One item you might find interesting is on this page … the second item down … a link to a 1913 Edison film of Gloucester harbor and the fishing industry. — My real intention was a hope that others that knew something about Shute & Merchant or the Merchant Box Company might contact me with more information than I had. Hasn’t worked that way

Don’t know whether its of interest to you and others or not, but thought I’d at least share the link, and say thanks for your informative site … full of  great photos, by the way. I especially liked coming across the finalist images for the 400th Anniversary medals. As a retired art teacher who loves graphic design, was fun to see those three designs. (I’d have to vote for Beth Swan’s.) Hope the winner will be posted at some point. — After finding your site back in 2016, I added it to the links section on my site. Not sure it gets you many hits, but hope others keep finding Good Morning Gloucester.

with regards,

Mary Palmstrom

Support the East Gloucester Elementary School + Check Off Your Holiday List

Cape Ann Community

In need of a holiday gift?

Show off your Gloucester pride and support the East Gloucester Elementary School PTO with these Gloucester tees!

Click this link or search “EGS PTO Tees” on Amazon
Order by 12/13 for free Prime delivery by Christmas Eve

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