Babson Boulder Kindness

Photo by E.J. Lefavour

Did you know?

That millionaire philanthropist, and 10th generation Gloucester inhabitant, Roger Ward Babson (1875-1967), provided charitable assistance to unemployed stonecutters in Gloucester during the Great Depression, by commissioning them to carve inspirational inscriptions on approximately two dozen boulders in the area surrounding Dogtown Common. This boulder is the one I chose for January’s image in my 2011 Dogtown and Babson Boulders calendar because I think the message is the most important one to start out any new year with. If we all resolve to spend the New Year performing random acts of kindness, what an amazing year 2011 will be.

E.J. Lefavour


  • Thank you for your photos/paintings, comments, and informative tidbits on Gloucester history which is most enjoyable.


  • Hi Leslie – I’m glad you’re enjoying them. I went on your website, and I love your paintings! I see you live in Maine which is my 2nd favorite place in the world – I’ve spent much time being inspired up there. Where are your Maine paintings?


    • Thank you for your kind words, E.J. I haven’t picked up a brush in over four years. — Keep meaning to get back into it. I love art in all forms, and really appreciate other people’s endeavors sinced I know it’s not easy. I want to take a class from ROSALIE IANCONO of Ipswich. She did a demo for Great Bay Art Association one evening and I was very impressed with her work and style. She’s been so busy, I don’t think she’s had time to set one up, lately. Yes, Maine is a lovely state. I’m glad I’m in southern Maine and can arrive in Glouc. in a tad over an hour. We natives have to get back there or we pine for home. I’m so happy to have found GMG, so that I can enjoy the nostalgic photos/paintings, etc., and your contributions are great. “Happy Painting.”


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