Author Archives: E.J.

The Tyacks Need our Prayers and Support


Nate and Amy Tyack of Essex were pregnant with their first child…then found out they were actually having twins! But complications arose. Amy started getting sick, and was in abnormal pain. The babies were having complications, and at only 28 weeks were born via emergency C-Section. Liberty was born 2.2lbs and Prairie was born 0.8 lbs. They both have a long road ahead, which is now made much harder.  Amy’s pain would not subside, and after more tests over the next couple days, the Tyacks were given some unimaginable news.  Amy has stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her liver and more. She has amazing faith in God, and is going to fight it with everything she’s got.  But Nate, Amy, Liberty and Prairie need our support. They need our prayers. This is going to be a very difficult battle, and anything we can do to ease their burden and lessen the distractions of provision would be a huge blessing.

E.J. Lefavour

Pavillion Hotel and Other Cool Old Gloucester Photos

pavillion hotel_mike DiLascio

I never knew there was once a Pavillion Hotel, apparently at Pavillion Beach.  I guess the new hotel is just history repeating itself.  Mike DiLascio sent me this link to share with GMG readers.  There are a number of really cool and interesting old photos of Gloucester.  In memory of Fred Bodin.✓&keywords=gloucester+massachusetts#

E.J. Lefavour

Rocky Neck Plunge 2016

rocky neck plunge 2016

Nice day for watching and photographing the plunge.  Good turnout of watchers and plungers.  Very Poor GMG turnout.  I guess we’ve all just gotten too old and soft, except Donna and her crew of course.  Marty and Barbara were also there watching and photographing.  Happy New Year everyone!

E.J. Lefavour

If you Believe


Then this is what Christmas day and this season is about for you, and I wish you a blessed and joyous Christmas. If you don’t believe, I wish you a joyful season of celebrating what you believe.

This painting is a somewhat unique representation of the well known manger scene. Mary is gazing at Jesus with awe, amazement and a little concern because, although he is holding her finger, he is not looking at her.  Instead, he is gazing out of the painting at me, at you, at the world that he came to redeem.  Even as a little infant, His Godhead knew why He was here.  Oh come let us adore him, Immanuel “God with us”.

E.J. Lefavour

Stinky Dead Whale on Back Shore

stinky whale

While walking the back shore a couple of days ago, I encountered a really bad smell just before Land’s End Lane.  I just had to investigate what it was, and found this small dead whale on the rocks.  He’s been there a while.  I couldn’t help but wonder if he might have gotten stranded around the time Martin Del Vecchio got that great right whale video, and maybe that whale was trying to help out this youngster who was in trouble caught up on the rocks.   We’ll never know, but it was sad to see it.

E.J. Lefavour

Time to Take the Plunge

rocky neck plunge 2016 call

Rocky Neck Plunge – New Year’s Day 2016.  A great way to start the new year, whether you plunge or just come by to cheer on others taking the plunge.  Bring along some donations for The Open Door Food Pantry, and come by the Cultural Center after for some warming fare and camaraderie.

11:00 am.  Stevens Way
Please bring canned goods for The Open Door
Peanut Butter
Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Apple Juice
Cash or checks also welcome

RNAC Holiday Festival and Season’s Best Cookie Competition

seasons best cookie competition

Season’s Best Cookie Competition

at the Rocky Neck Art Colony Holiday Festival
The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
6 Wonson Street, Gloucester

Saturday, December 5, 2-4 pm

Sample the contest cookies and cast your vote for “People’s Choice”
Judging begins at 2pm.

Hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn, wine and other snacks will be served.

Any Ideas? I am Really Curious

any ideas

These very strange looking objects were out on the horizon Sunday afternoon off Brace Cove.  Anyone have any idea what they might be?  These were two distinct, very large things quite a distance away from each other.  They don’t look like any kind of tanker or ship I’ve ever seen.

E.J. Lefavour

Call for the Best Cookie Bakers

RNAC cookie competition

A Call for Cookies!
3nd Annual RNAC’s “Season’s Best Cookie Competition”

Saturday, December 5, 2:00 – 4:00PM
At The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

The 3nd Annual Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival will feature the annual “Season’s Best Cookie Competition”. Any kind of home-baked cookie may be entered, except chocolate chip – everyone makes good chocolate chip cookies – as we are looking for competitors to come up different, unique and prize-winning entries.

To enter the competition:

  • Please email to Kristie Bernard: with “cookie competition entry” in the subject line and your name, type of cookie you plan to enter, and your phone number in the email body.
  • Entries will be limited to the first twelve unique cookie entry submissions received (we want to have diversity and be considerate of the judges’ waistlines).
  • Please be prepared to bake at least three-dozen cookies, for the judges and party attendees to taste.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded, as well as a popular ballot vote (new this year! come vote!).

  • Cookie drop off will be between 11:00AM – noon on Saturday December 5th, the day of the contest. If you need alternative arrangements, please email Kristie.
  • Judging will begin at 2PM.
  • Winner will be announced around 3PM.

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

murder of crows

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

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