Just Picked Up My New Framed Prints For Sale Which I’ll Be Hanging At Cape Ann Coffees Saturday At 1:00PM!

Selling a mix of my older favorites and new favorites for $150 framed.

I’ll be hanging them tomorrow at 1PM at Cape Ann Coffees if any of you are around and want to come see while I’m there we can have a coffee together.

The printing was done by James Eves at Cape Ann Giclee on archival paper that is the same kind of paper used in museums, know for it’s high quality and color reproduction.

Ghosts in Gloucester – The Mysterious Noises in Gould’s Court 1884 Boston Globe

Just in time for some Halloween eve spirit, curl up with a selection of Boston Globe news columns featuring 19th and 20th century Gloucester ghost reports.

First up a 19th century Gloucester ghost story from 1884 with a title as long as the day, “GHOSTS IN GLOUCESTER: The Mysterious noises in Gould’s Court. An Acadian French Theory of Their Cause–Men Less Brave Than Women. Frequent Gratuitous Rappings Unexplained.”


“I hope we shall not hear that noise tonight,” said the wife of Stephen McKinney as she sat in an upper room of 12 Gould court a week ago. A female companion expressed the same hope, and Mrs. McKlancy continued: “We may not hear it for a fortnight; we have not heard it for the last three weeks, and–”

She did not finish the sentence. At that moment, in the hall below, was heard a rap! rap! rap! as knuckles at the door.

Boston Globe 1884

(The writer adds flourish to the dialogue as if the resident was a native French speaker. Decades later Cher Ami was around the corner. Was this area a French quarter?)

1903 Sanborn map detail from plate 17 with Gould Court Gloucester, Massachusetts

Part Two was published the following day: “THE GLOUCESTER GHOSTS. Is Mr. Henry Hatch’s House Really Haunted? A Diagram Illustrating the Scene of the Strange Manifestations. Similar Stories of ‘Old Jeffrey’ and Esther Cox*.”

“Another remarkable case was that of Esther Cox, at Amherst, N.S., a few years ago…”

With a diagram. Not much of a story but it made the front page. Could have titled this tall tale Ghosts of Ghoul court.


In 1896 ghosts were reported at Stage Fort Park: “Gloucester’s Fortress is Alive With Ghosts. Warriors Tremble at Sight of Gliding Specters. Hundreds Turned Out Last Night to See “It.” And “It” Appeared at the Armory Window.”


Writer Henry W. Harris, Jr. quick piece and good read from 1921 considers Rev. Cotton Mather’s account of the Gloucester Ghost Battles of 1692 when the militia was called out to defend Gloucester from ghosts, “war and witch fever”.

“The latter soon located three alleged spirits and fired at them, whereupon they lay down. “I’ve killed three! he shouted to the oncoming soldiery. At this the spirits rose from the place where they had laid down and fired back–under the circumstances there was nothing else for a self respecting spook to do.”

from 1921 Boston Globe article by Henry Harris considers Cotton Mather’s account of Gloucester Ghost Battles of 1692 “war and witch fever”

For more about witches in Gloucester see my 2018 post


Every decade or so there’s a piece about that ghostly place, Dogtown. This one from 1960 describes preservation efforts at the time: “Paradise for Naturalists and Bird Watchers: Cape Ann Moves to Save Romantic Ghost Town”.

“Leading the drive to save the area from dumping and real estate development are several naturalists, including John Kiernan…President of Dogtown Foundation, Inc., is Dr. Melvin T. Copeland, former professor at the Harvard School of Business Administration and author of a history of the school. Working closely with him is another of the trustees, Elliott C. Rogers. A book by the last two men “The Saga of Cape Ann” has just been published…the handiest compendium on the history and byways of Cape Ann…”

Herbert A. Kenny, Boston Globe, March 20, 1960

And from October that same year, “Want Ghost Town Dead”

First Customers At Little Red Rooster In The Former Minglewood Tavern Space

Unbelievable. I was concerned because I really like Flip The Bird. Zach and his crew actually made Little Red Rooster Better than Flip The Bird!

Amazing. Get the Slaw, Get the sweet-Hot Habanero, Get The Garlic and dill pickles!

Order at www.littleredroosterglo.com

Kate made this unbelievably delicious fall risotto dinner recipe from the Lose It! weight loss app. Here’s a link to the recipe and a free week of premium if you want to try it with me. @loseit

Healthy Fall Risotto Made By Kate Recipe From Lose It! App only 270 calories

This app is free and it is a real eye opener as far as what I could potentially blow a ton of calories eating when I could be eating lots of other things throughout the day.

It links with smartwatches, cell phones and it has a ridiculous amount of food options when you go to enter what you’re eating.

I’ve lost 7.2 pounds thanks to the accountability and awareness of the foods I’m putting into my body. For me, snacking out of boredom is my number one weight gain fail. Using this app it keeps me on track!

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Here’s the recipe from Lose it! that Kate went off of. She added chicken and subtracted red peppers.

Fall Risotto

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Risotto is a rice dish that is cooked in a broth until the starches from the rice transform into a creamy dish. The arborio rice is a delicious base for a variety of flavors.

This fall inspired risotto combines the sweetness of butternut squash with a pleasing bitter from thyme and sage. The slightly charred mushrooms make this dish a showstopper.

This can be a hearty main dish or a colorful side. Serve with chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds, or dried cranberries.

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Fall Risotto

This fall inspired risotto combines the sweetness of butternut squash with a pleasing bitter from thyme and sage. The slightly charred mushrooms make this dish a showstopper.Prep Time10 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time45 minsCourse: Main CourseKeyword: Healthy Fall Risotto Servings: 4 Calories: 270kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups mini bella mushrooms chopped
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon white cooking wine
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage minced or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 4 cups veggie stock


  • Saute mushrooms in a dry pan until one side just begins to blacken. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and add shallots, red pepper, garlic. Saute while flipping for 2 minutes.
  • In a separate 8-quart pot, add wine and cook for 1 min. Add vegetable stock to the wine and bring to a simmer. Add in rice, butternut squash, nutritional yeast, remaining olive oil, salt, and thyme. Stir well, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. In the last 5 minutes stir consistently. Fold in the rest of the ingredients including the fresh sage.


Servings 4| Calories per Serving: 270, 46.3 g carbohydrate; 5.8 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g fat; 3.2 g fiber; 300 mg sodium

Lyon-Waugh Presents 2nd Installment of a $150,000 Donation to the Gloucester Education Foundation

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being present as Warren Waugh and the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group met with students and staff at Gloucester High School to award the second installment of a three-year commitment of $150,000 ($50,000 a year) to the Gloucester Education Foundation to support the Automotive Technology Program. The gift has made it possible to add an additional educator to meet the needs of increased enrollment in the GHS Auto Tech program. Thanks to Lyon-Waugh’s support, even more students have been able to benefit from this program and pursue careers in the auto technology field. A field that continues to thrive and grow.

In addition to the monetary donation, Warren Waugh has also provided state-of-the art equipment and automobiles for students’ use in the Automotive Tech shop for hands-on practical learning. Lyon-Waugh Auto Group has hosted Gloucester High School students at several of their dealership service departments and has also sent auto technicians to GHS to share their vast and ever-current expertise.

A press release from the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group also added,

Warren Waugh, a resident of Gloucester, stated, “Lyon-Waugh Auto Group is committed to sharing our success with our workplace communities and the towns we live in.  The students that come from local towns like Gloucester are the foundation for businesses like ours. We consider it a privilege to be able to give back to our schools and help students prepare for entering the workforce through projects like this.”

Gloucester Education Foundation Executive Director Aria McElhenny commented, “We are so fortunate to have the generous support of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group. The high school’s automotive vocational program has grown and flourished thanks to Warren’s commitment to our students. There is a lot of interest in auto tech and that need is being met in a very high-level way through this generous donation.”

GMGI: The very latest

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The shift to Fall brings a renewed sense of focus and determination, as we make the push towards the end of the year.The dedicatedresearch team continuesmaking great progress on all fronts including obtaining new samples for the red sea urchin research, the Annisquam microbe study and Cod eDNA project, as well as announcing a new partnership that will pair GMGI with OceanX, an organization known for extraordinary research and storytelling.

Our virtual GMGI Science Hour returned, premiering with a talk from Dr. Bruce Walker, Founding Director of the Ragon Institute, setting the tone for a season of engaging and insightful talks.The Academy is already in its eighth week of Semester 1, and we are incredibly proud to report classes have remained safelyin-person, giving the students the full experience of hands-on learning in a working biotech laboratory.

The support from you, and our community, is palpable. We see it…

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