Don’t you just love the name ‘Pipit?’ At first glance the American Pipit looks rather like a Plain Jane but their sweet name complements their spunky personality. I loved watching them energetically forage on the beach as they ran hither and thither wagging their tails and craning their necks chicken-like while searching for tiny bits of seafood amongst the popples and seaweed.

With a silhouette that looks something like a slender and smaller American Robin, and a facial expression to match, I was having trouble identifying the bird. I emailed John Nelson, author of Flight Calls and a recent guest on our podcast, and he knew just what they were.

The photos were taken in low light and at some distance, but you can still get a good idea of what to look for. In Massachusetts, the American Pipit is reportedly seen during spring and fall migration, much less so in winter. They breed in both the high Arctic tundra as well as alpine meadows. Their varied habitats include mudflats, sandbars, airfields, and farms.

Notice the Pipits long, long hind claws – excellent for foraging on the ground.

American Pipit range map


Angel Assist Program

Cape Ann Wellness

For the month of January, we will be donating 10% of sales of our Angel Wings 1500 mg full-spectrum CBD oil to local non-profit; HAWC. It’s mission is to create social change by taking action against personal and societal patterns of violence and oppression. HAWC provides services to victims of domestic violence residing in 23 cities and towns on Massachusetts’ North Shore in order that they may make informed, independent decisions about their futures. If you would like to recommend a local non-profit for future months, please e-mail us at angelwingscbd@gmail.com.

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Peter Ward tonight “Dave Sag’s Blues Party” 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 1.2.2020

Dave says,
Great show Thursday! Mr. Peter Ward, catarrhist xtroidinaire, joins me for a night of mystic vibrosis and brain-free paroxysms for your glistening pleasure. Pete is one of the royalty of boston blues and has a pretty good new Cd out, worth buying, I must say. Originally, Steevee Sadler was to materialize and play along, but he recently suffered a man-bun infection and is down for the count, until his personal stylist gives him the okay. So, Mr. Jon Ross, another brilliant gootarist you’ve seen here, will fill in. Steevee Bankuti drums. This will be great fun!

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


So this is the Danvers RMV (plenty of room for another branch at #GloucesterMA Crossing)

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The new Registry of Motor Vehicles is situated in a long empty, 6,983 ft’ free-standing building in the Danvers Crossing Shopping Plaza, 8 Newbury St. (Rt. 1), Danvers, Massachusetts. The Hardcover and Costco are across the highway. Businesses sharing the parking lot include Ann & Hope, Dollar Store, David’s Bridal, and Monkey Joe’s. (I didn’t know there were still Ann & Hopes.) A number of vacancies remain. The shopping center was originally built out in 1990.

Prior to this move, the RMV had landed at Liberty Tree Mall. This new branch was expected to receive 500 visitors per day. It’s open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rather than the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. broadcast ahead of time.  We have been a couple of times recently to this new one; they were quite helpful. (Make certain to arrive by 4pm on any given day or you’ll have to make a second trip. We learned this the hard way arriving for the first time at 4:35pm.) I never visited the RMV when it was in the mall. I have mostly been to the Revere location.

Reporter Paul Leighton followed the RMV Danvers relocation for the Salem News,

“The good news for North Shore residents is that the Registry of Motor Vehicles is finally planning to open a branch in Danvers after two years without one in this area. The bad news? The new place will cost taxpayers a lot more than the old one.

The registry announced last week that it had signed a 10-year lease to open an RMV branch in a former restaurant building at the Danvers Crossing shopping plaza on Route

The rent for the first year will be $350,616 — nearly 10 times as much as the $41,729 that the state paid in the final year of its lease at the Liberty Tree Mall.

A spokesman for the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, which handles leasing for the state, said the agency does not comment on lease negotiations.

Danvers state Rep. Ted Speliotis acknowledged the new lease payments will be much higher at Danvers Crossing. But he said that’s more a reflection on the great deal the state had at the Liberty Tree Mall.

Speliotis said the registry moved into the mall during tough economic times, when malls and other retail landlords were desperate for tenants. Liberty Tree even offered the space for free for the first three years, from 2010 to 2013.

“We were in the worst recession of our lifetime and the mall needed the foot traffic,” Speliotis said. “That was a once-in-a-lifetime deal.” Read the full article,  “RMV deal finally done, but taxpayers will pay” April 30, 2018: here

The Danvers RMV wasn’t busy the times we went December 2019. Still, it remains a bit of a slog* to get to that RMV (or Revere or Wilmington) from Gloucester. Having been to this new one, I’m not sure why there can’t be a branch in Gloucester as well, perhaps at Gloucester Crossing.

*Having to go 5x in the past two months plus needing to get there by 4pm makes it a slog. Revere and this are a toss up.

Gloucester Crossing

Photos below: Gloucester Crossing December 2019 looking in the direction of Starbucks (on right) and future pharmacy (free standing building on left, next to Aspen Dental)

Before the Danvers build out- What about a DMV at Gloucester Crossing post here

Sound Healing for the Soul ~

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Lisa Kawski of Sound Healing for the Soul invites you to an evening of Guided Meditation and Sound Healing for the Soul at Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC

Tonight, January 2 at Ayurveda Wellness Healing, 25C Lexington Ave, Magnolia

Everything is vibration. Vibration is energy. We connect through energy, to ourselves as well as others.

Creating ceremony, ritual and offering sacred sound is a means to connect with one’s self on an intimate and personal level. Gentle guidance through meditation invites relaxation – turning inward, expanding outward.

Listen to your heart. Let the soothing sounds of crystal singing bowls, gong, chimes and bells transport and heal you.

Sound vibration is a powerful tool to help recalibrate the body, mind and spirit. Feel yourself relax and melt away during this time dedicated just for you.

Please bring anything that will aid in your comfort, we will have yoga mat, blanket, bolsters &…

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Fish Mosaic Up Close and Personal

Celebration of culture and history is one of the most blessed facets of life in Gloucester. One of these celebrations are the mosaics on the Americold building downtown. Their origin story can be found here. Ever since the most recent one was installed, I’ve wanted to get an up close and personal view. I thought you might enjoy the same.