Aren’t you relieved Massachusetts isn’t a “personal exemption” state?

The very tragedy of it all is that before this anti-vaccination craze took hold, by the year 2000, measles had been eliminated from the US.

The following are the nineteen states that allow for personal exemptions: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Vermont.

From the IFLScience website –

By james Felton

January 28, 2019

Every week there seems to be a new story of anti-vaxxers taking the irresponsible step of denying their children life-saving immunizations and their children paying the price.

Last week there was a measles outbreak in an anti-vaxxer hotspot in [Clark County Washngton], where 18 children aged between one and 10 years old contracted a potentially life-threatening illness we developed a vaccine for over 50 years ago. There have been similar outbreaks in Europe over the last few years, with at least 35 dying in 2017.

How must this trend of voluntarily not vaccinating your children look to someone whose family member had measles before the vaccination was widespread? The answer is in this heartbreaking letter from author Roald Dahl, written in 1986, 24 years after his 7-year-old daughter died of measles.

Everyone considering not vaccinating their children should read every word of it.

MEASLES: A dangerous illness

“Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it.

Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

‘Are you feeling all right?’ I asked her. ‘I feel all sleepy,’ she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her. That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness. Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk. In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year. Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another. At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections. About 20 will die.

Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles. So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

So what on earth are you worrying about? It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised. The ideal time to have it done is at 13 months, but it is never too late. All school-children who have not yet had a measles immunisation should beg their parents to arrange for them to have one as soon as possible.

Incidentally, I dedicated two of my books to Olivia, the first was James and the Giant Peach. That was when she was still alive. The second was The BFG, dedicated to her memory after she had died from measles. You will see her name at the beginning of each of these books. And I know how happy she would be if only she could know that her death had helped to save a good deal of illness and death among other children.”

Measles vs. Chicken Pox

Visitors from Cambridge and College friends from WI, ME, and CN


College friends from Wisconsin, Maine, and Montreal Canada come visit friend.

The man on the left is the Gloucester Host.


Friends from out of state visit friend from Cambridge Mass, and come to Gloucester for the day.

One of them is a famous Interior Designer.

Gloucester Tourists-Connecticut, Maine and Illinois


This couple from Connecticut, have been coming to Gloucester for over fifty years, they are selective shoppers, and had just purchased this print at Main Street Art and Antique Shop.



These young ladies are from different part of the country, Maine, Chicago Illinois and come visit a friend in Massachusetts.

Cape Ann Artisans Tour Gets Nod As Second Best New England Festival or Event After Being Edged Out by The Illustrious Maine Whoopie Pie Festival

Best New England Festival or Event

Winner, Runners-up for the 2013 New England Travel Readers’ Choice Award Are…


Eclectic events that celebrate everything from music and art to whoopie pies were the finalists for Best Event in the second annual New England Travel Readers’ Choice Awards. All five of these annual happenings are worthy of your bucket list, but only one could nab 2013’s top honors.

1. ***Winner*** Maine Whoopie Pie Festival

Whoopie Pie FestivalMedia photo courtesy of the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival

In 2012, more than 5,000 people converged on the town of Dover-Foxcroft for the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, shattering previous attendance records. After winning Readers’ Choice honors, 2013 could be an even bigger year for this tasty annual event, which pits whoopie pie bakers against each other in competition for best traditional and best original whoopie pie honors. In addition to sampling entries for a quarter apiece, attendees can enter a variety of contests, enjoy music and participate in a variety of other fun activities. Save the date–June 22, 2013–for this quirky celebration of the official state treat of Maine.

2. Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour

Twice each year in summer and fall, two dozen artists who call the stretch of coast north of Boston "home" open their studio doors, providing visitors with a wonderful glimpse of the inspiring settings in which they work. The Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour celebrates its 30th year in 2013: Dates are June 22-23 and October 12-14. In addition to viewing diverse creations and interacting with artists, visitors enjoy spectacular coastal views as they follow this tour through the picturesque and historic towns of Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts.

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Maine Boatbuilders Show with Harold Burnham

Al Bezanson submits-

The Maine Boatbuilders Show runs from March 15th  through the 17th in Portland.  This is  what Peter Spectre wrote in WoodenBoat, “the exhibits were real boats, and the parts for real boats, and service for real people, and the folks in attendance were real boat enthusiasts.”  The show takes place in a boatyard – the Portland Company, a complex of old wooden buildings.  It takes the better part of a day to work through the exhibits.  Schooner friends of mine from “away” have been gathering there for years for a weekend rendezvous.

The show includes a program of seminars and on Friday March 15th Harold Burnham will be making a presentation on “Building and Launching Ardelle” with photos from Dan Tobyne and video from Len Burgess.  This is my amateur shot of the launch.

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The MBBS features all kinds of exhibits you won’t find at the likes of a Boston boat show.  Here is another real person who exhibits there – Mudd Sharrigan, age 86, champion swimmer and maker of seaman’s knives.  He has no website and this is the only place he exhibits.  Mudd was a legend in the early 50’s amongst us early hotrodders.  Now he lives in Wiscasset.  I sailed up the Sheepscot for a visit to his little home shop a couple years ago.  Mudd crafts every detail of these knives and sheaths by hand.

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Mudd on the right with my shipmate Jay Irwin.

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Mudd’s seaman’s knife.  He has hand crafted close to 700 of these.

                                                      (Seaman’s knife from Harley chain.jpg)Seaman's knife from Harley chaiin

This was a drive chain on a Harley before Mudd forged it.  If you want a handle fashioned from an old schooner he has a collection of remnants from the four masters, Hester and Luther Little that use to nestle in the mud below the Route 1 bridge. 

Check it out.  And if you go be sure to have lunch at the show.  Real food for real people at realistic prices.

Al Bezanson

Gloucester Born and Trained Artist Dennis Poirier


Gloucester Born and Trained Artist Dennis Poirier’s Artwork

 is now being shown at

The Walsingham Gallery

 Featured Work of the Week

by Dennis Poirier

 En Plein Air Painter

“En Plein Air”

is a French expression meaning “in the open air”

 and describes the act of painting out of doors.

New Small Works, acrylic, 6×6, $325.

 poirier-golden glow harborpoirier-longhaired sheeppoirier-schooner cruise

 when it snows…

you can be certain Dennis Poirier will be painting in it.

 poirier- winterafternoon at the gristmill

Winter Afternoon at the Grist Mill, Oil, 24×20

Being a native of the Northshore of Massachusetts,

 Dennis  respects the change of seasons

 and is inspired to paint on location in all of them.

 Poirier-bright winter morning

 Bright Winter Morning, Oil, 20×24

 His work is distinguished by 

 his special affinity for describing the colors and

 patterns reflected in newly fallen snow.

   poirier-lighthouse view

Light House View, Oil , 8×10 

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From Gizmodo- Life Isn’t Always So Rosy for Green Towns


Read the entire post from Gizmodo here

Initially, they applauded the erection of three wind turbines. Now, the inhabitants of Penobscot Bay island, Maine, rue the day the $15m wind facility was built a mile from their homes, due to the sheer noise the 123-foot blades make.

The NY Times has looked into the concerns of people from locations such as Penobscot Bay and DeKalb County in Illinois, where wind turbines have resulted in unbearable noise pollution—as well as lost value in properties.

For the Lindgren family of Penobscot Bay, they supported the idea at first, but soon realized after the turbines arrived that their peace and solitude—the reason for moving out of the city—had disappeared.


I am always skeptical of hugely expensive green energy solutions and the money they do or don’t save folks.  It’s easy to automatically agree with whatever the environmentalists say because who wouldn’t agree with doing what is best for mother earth, right?  The problem with this line of thinking is that generalizations are made and automatically taken for truths without any real in-depth analysis.  Politicians are reluctant to piss off their tree-hugging constituents and you get shitty legislation and tax breaks for things that don’t make financial sense.

Before I go any further I should say that I am not against green technology and am not against doing good for our environment, the point that I’m trying to make is that I just wish there was more analysis, especially financial analysis of the paybacks for these projects.

It’s much like the foodies who all grab onto the sustainable seafood lists which black-list species such as cod and hake without ever really understanding that some of the fish they have on these lists are thriving, like codfish.  But one of these bananaheads says it and they all fall in line behind them repeating the green doctrine from the first person on down. It gets repeated and sure enough if they say it enough it becomes taken as a truth. 

Drives me nuts.

There is something to paying extra for a green energy solution that could take an individual with a modest lifestyle off the grid and not dependent on oil or gas, but does anyone believe that for all of modern living energy needs that some solar panels and windmills will power industrial societies?  My gut tells me that it is a fantasy but I’ll be honest in telling you that I just don’t know enough. 

I will take the word of folks that were in favor of windmills in their back yards before and now that they personally are living with them can’t stand them.  Something tells me that they are a more credible source of information than the guy from the solar panel company that is trying to sell me on a $75,000 solar panel system that he is going to profit from.

Just saying.

Rockland, Maine Lobster Trap Tree

Those fuckers up in Maine are touting their lobster trap tree as the largest one ever.

Well we’ll see about that!

Won’t you help out building the Tenth Annual Lobster Trap Christmas Tree?

To Help-

Friday, November 27, 2009 at 9:00am

Gloucester Police Station Plaza

Let’s show these no good Mainer rat bastards who’s boss when it comes to building lobster trap trees!

Maybe we could get a bet going between public officials from each community.  Hmmmm, what local politician believes in our tree enough to step up?

Stay tuned.


Rockland, Maine Lobster Trap Tree, originally uploaded by Kadance.

Picture from Kadance