Monthly Archives: November 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM CAFFE SICILA

Caffe Sicilia has a few pumpkin, ricotta, coconut cream, and pecan pies still available. They are going fast so hurry on in! Please pick up your pie orders before 8pm Wednesday night as they are closed Thanksgiving Day.

Captain Hollywood Mayor Sefatia ©Kim Smith 2015Mayor Sefatia stops in for a quick cup of Caffe Sicilia fabulous vegigie soup during her super busy day and shares a bite with Wicked Tuna Captain Hollywood Bill Muniz.Mayor Sefatia Caffe Sicilia ©Kim Smith

 Left to right Mario Balstreri (seated), Peter Zappa, our Mayor, and Peter Locontro

Caffe Sicilia Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2015

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM JOE AND NANCY VIRGILIO

Virgilios is making their usual mountain of rolls for Thanksgiving. Walk in service is available and for a large order, it’s best to let them know ahead of time. Virgilos is open through Wednesday at 5pm, closed Thanksgiving Day. 

Joe Virgilio ©kim Smith 2015Joe and Nancy Virgilio wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!Virgilios ©Kim Smith 2015

Yummm, Virgilios cookies look so inviting arrayed with Thanksgiving pies!

ALEXANDRA’S BREAD STILL TAKING ORDERS FOR THANKSGIVING BREADS AND DESSERTS!

Jon and Alexandra wish all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Alexandra's Bread still taking orders for Thanksgiving breads and yummy treats! 978-281-3064

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CALL 978-281-3064 to place your orders. 

Crazy Sky

CRAZY SKY

This was the sky on the other side of the road from where the fallstreak hole was at Good Harbor.  I don’t ever remember seeing crazy cloud formations like these before in my life.  I see them all the time now, and they just look very strange to me.  Does anyone else find them strange?

E.J. Lefavour

Murder of Crows

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Crows are very social and caring creatures, and also among the smartest animals on the planet.  (See WPBS A Murder of Crows)

When I was a girl, I rescued an injured crow and nursed him back to health.  The day after I released him in the back yard and he flew off, he returned with a mass murder numbering scores of crows, all cawing and covering the back yard, with him at the head of them.  I guess he brought them to meet me, or they came to thank me for taking care of him.  It was pretty amazing, and I still remember it like it was yesterday.

A group of crows is called a “murder.” There are several different explanations for the origin of this term, mostly based on old folk tales and superstitions.

For instance, there is a folktale that crows will gather and decide the capital fate of another crow.

Many view the appearance of crows as an omen of death because ravens and crows are scavengers and are generally associated with dead bodies, battlefields, and cemeteries, and they’re thought to circle in large numbers above sites where animals or people are expected to soon die.

But the term “murder of crows” mostly reflects a time when groupings of many animals had colorful and poetic names. Other fun examples of “group” names include: an ostentation of peacocks, a parliament of owls, a knot frogs, and a skulk of foxes.

E.J. Lefavour

Breaking news from the Magnolia Library

Post on GMG:
The Magnolia Library & Community Center has just learned that Blue Man Group has cancelled tonight’s (Nov.23) performance. Some of our Taste of Magnolia attendees won tickets to tonight’s performance last Friday night. The good news: Live auction winners who purchased tickets for tonight’s performance can now use their tickets for ANY performance through December 20! Please contact the MLCC at (978) 525-3343 if you have any questions and please share this info so we reach everyone. Thanks!

Awesome Gloucester Grant Winner

Cape Ann Youth Hockey Challenger Program was the winner at the most recent Awesome Gloucester Pitch Night, receiving $1000 from the local micro grant foundation to support skating and hockey instruction for disabled children. The money will be used to purchase adaptive equipment for the participants.

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Each month the Gloucester chapter of the Awesome Foundation solicits proposals from the community and chooses the top three to attend a public Pitch Night on the evening of the third Monday. Submitters make their case before the 20 local trustees who have each donated $50 toward the monthly award. The top vote getter walks away with $1000 in cash. Proposals to make Gloucester more awesome can be made at Awesome Gloucester.

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Gregory R Bover

This Is the camera Buy For This Holiday Season…

Stupid great deal with two excellent lenses covering near and far and it’s $453 off today for $696

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 55-210mm and 16-50mm Power Zoom Lenses

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Gautama Buddha Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

Gautama Buddha (circa 563-483 BCE)

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Although the exact historicity of his life is lost in time it is generally accepted that Siddhartha Gautama, born a prince in what is now Nepal, was a member of the warrior/ruler class who, as a mature and married man, renounced his noble life and began many years of wandering and study, ultimately rejecting the extremes of asceticism and hedonism to establish a middle way to spiritual awakening. He spent the rest of his life teaching the Dharma, or the nature of things, and expounding the Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths, the acceptance of which is said to be the route to Nirvana, the perfect peace of a mind free from ignorance, greed and hatred. He is also reputed to have said “The trouble is, you think you have time.”

Greg Bover

Phone Numbers

It came up in conversation the other day that most of us don’t know each other’s phone numbers.  True that.

I remember clearly a moment that happened YEARS ago……

A few years before our kids became a reality, a bunch of us were hanging out on July 3rd.  We were in my living room with some local friends as well as a few friends from Rockport who were home visiting for the 4th of July week.  On the 4th we all had different plans/obligations, but we wanted to meet up at the end of the day.  The questions arose, “Do we all have each others’ phone numbers so that we can track each other down?”   I, silly me, jumped up to retrieve a pad of “sticky notes” so that we could all swap numbers….   I walked back into the living room to see everyone else had whipped out their cell phones to add contacts.  I, of course, had a cell phone back then….but, hadn’t quite transitioned to the modern day way of easily saving phone numbers.  Much like some people now still jot down recipes from a website rather than taking a screen shot….or write down a child’s wish list from a store rather than snapping a photo of the toy or item.

So, back to phone numbers.  I can tell you without a second’s thought that my phone number from birth to age 9 was 774-7451.  My phone number from age 10-17 was 468-4544.  However, I can’t tell you my mother or father’s current cell phone number.  Nor can I tell you anyone else’s.  The only cell phone number I actually know is my husband’s and that is probably only because it is one number away from my own.

I do, however, know our dentist’s and doctor’s office phone numbers off the top of my head.  I could also order a pizza from two local take-out restaurants….because, I’m happy to report, they’re not simply saved in my contact list.

So, my question to you is….   In thinking of family members and good friends, how many phone numbers do you actually know?   Who could you call if you were to lose your contact list?