Author Archives: E.J.

For those who like hearing about God From EJ

editors note: I promised EJ we would share for those that would love to follow her on her new blog that she could share the link before she left us.  Here’s her post-

I have started a blog called God’s Morning and would love for you to visit and share. It is for people who love God, Christ, the Holy Spirit and desire to know and walk more closely with Him.


Love, EJ

Dear GMG Friends

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After over five and half years as an author on GMG, the time has come for me to take my leave and follow a different path. I love Gloucester and have truly enjoyed being a part of GMG, getting to know and love fellow authors, friends of the blog and, of course, Joey and his family. We had many great times on Madfish Wharf at Khan Studio and the GMG gallery, during weekly mug ups, art openings, Nights on the Neck, get-togethers for no particular reason except to get together, Rocky Neck plunges, group exhibits in various places, Christmas parties at Fred’s and more. GMG is made up of a great, unique and talented group of contributors and devoted readers.

As has become obvious, to the great chagrin of some, after being a silent Christian spending too much time in the world and not enough time with Him, God has clearly called me to come out of it and focus only on Him, to be prepared for the times we are coming into. During the course of my posting of the Revelation Series, which Joey graciously allowed me to do, even though it was viewed by some as religion, many readers contacted me, some on blog, many off, to say how grateful they were for the “voice crying out in the wilderness”. When you have a deep and abiding love of someone or something that you cannot talk about, you have no choice but to leave. Imagine if Donna could not talk about her grandkids, Felicia about her cooking, St. Joseph’s Feast or St. Peter’s Novena, Kim about her butterflies, or Paul about RD. For those who despise, disbelieve or just feel they have no need of God, you can feel safe again on GMG.

To those whom God is calling and would like to stay connected, please email me at I intend to start a blog for sharing and discussions centered on God, His abundant blessings on us, and how He is calling us in these times. He is doing a work in Gloucester—calling His to stand up, be counted and come together. This is not about religion or Church—two institutions of man that have in large part miserably failed God in his courtship with mankind—it is about the most important relationship we can have in life. Anyone who is not turned off by God, feel free to come by the Hobbit House and visit any time.

To those who say “good riddance”, know that you are still loved, and no offense is taken. I and other believers in Gloucester continue to pray for all of Cape Ann and beyond.

Wishing all the best to everyone in GMG land, EJ

PS Those organizations and others for whom I have done postings, such as Cape Ann Forum and Rocky Neck Art Colony, please contact Joey so he can direct you on what he needs for future postings.

Old Pung Gets a New Keel

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I wish I had gotten a photo of the rough hewn board this beautiful finished piece of work started from. Larry Dahlmer  created the keel in two pieces–the one shown will go in the stern of Old Pung. In the first photo, you can see him underneath the boat preparing to install it. I found it amazing that Larry does all this work wearing open sandals.

E.J. Lefavour

Bird Mancini and T Max at the Cultural Center

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T Max has become a well known fixture here in Gloucester, and many of you may have caught great performances by Bird Mancini during Nights on the Neck in years past, or at their prior Beatles performance with T Max at the Cultural Center. Great musicians and a performance you can’t help but reminisce and move to.

E.J. Lefavour

On Homosexuality Post Deleted and editors comment replaced)

Joey writes-

I have deleted EJ’s writing and replaced this with my response that I posted to the people on Facebook that think I greenlighted or agree with EJ’s comment.-

You all realize that this wasn’t written by me and that I wasn’t even aware of it til I saw a comment about it and as soon as I saw it and I addressed it in the comments on that post.

I know EJ and I know she does not have bad intentions. She crossed the no religion line that all our contributors are explained when they get on board. She was wrong to do that. If you know her you know she’s anything but a bigot and is one of the most loving people you’d ever meet. I KNOW she did not mean to offend although she clearly unintentionally has. We had a conversation about this and will not be posting her religious views again.

You can read my comments on the post that I wrote on it as soon as I found out about it and know that I did not write nor condone her writing this post. I do believe that people trying to paint her as racist or bigoted simply don’t know her. She’s got something going on with her God. It’s her thing and GMG will not be the forum for her to preach about it. I ask that the people that profess to live tolerant, accepting lives be tolerant of EJ.

I’m disappointed that she wrote what she wrote on GMG knowing our policy but I’m not going to go into hysterics about it either. It is being taken down and replaced with this,  my comment explaining why it was not approved by me nor condoned by me.  

Our contributors post on their own and I generally don’t see their posts til the next day.

Tin Can Sally at Gallery 53

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Gloucester’s Tin Can Sally to show at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Daily, 10:00-6:00 PM

Tin Can Sally is the second artist in the Summer Artist Series at Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck. Her show opens on Wednesday, June 8, with the gala opening reception on Saturday, June 11, from 6-8 pm. The public is invited.

Tin Can Sally (Sally Seamans) creates birds, fish, jewelry, collages, mobiles, and more from printed tin containers of all shapes and sizes. She finds tins at yard sales, flea markets, antique shops and serendipity. She is a tin hunter/gatherer. Some of the tins she uses are olive oil, cookie, coffee, tea, candy, biscuit, soy sauce, mustard, ethnic foods, popcorn and sewing tins. “I greatly appreciate any tins that are kindly recycled my way,” says Semans. She is also known as Sally Seamans of Gloucester, MA


Rocky Neck’s Excellent Music series to feature Guitar Master Kinloch Nelson!

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June 18, 2016 8:00PM

Tickets available on line at and at the door, $25, $20 for RNAC Members

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gloucester MA, June 3, 2016 —The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) is thrilled to welcome guitar master Kinloch Nelson for a solo concert at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Many will remember Kinloch when he stunned Gloucester’s infamous Rhumbline a few years ago with his phenomenally entertaining virtuosity and style!

Kinloch has been playing guitar for fun since 1956, seriously since 1968 and professionally since 1973. Born in 1950, Kinloch grew up during the high point of broadway-to-the-movies musicals, the blooming of TV with its youth-focused American Bandstand and emphasis on cowboys and Indians, the heyday of AM radio and the beginning of “underground” FM radio. The ever-expanding music landscape in these years served as the backdrop to Kinloch’s guitar explorations, and the foundation of a 45 year performance career playing folk, classical, R and B, rock, country, ragtime, and jazz music in bands, ensembles, and as a solo performer. Over the years Kinloch has played with such notables as Tom Paxton, Amos Garrett, Buddy Guy, and long-time influence Danny Gatton.

Recently Kinloch has been an in-demand player at the Healdsburg, Montreal, Newport, Miami and Woodstock Guitars Festivals. He can be heard as guitar demonstrator on the websites of noted guitar builders Ken Parker (Parker “Fly” Guitars), Bruce Petros (Acoustic Guitar Magazine award winner), Julius Borges (founder of Newport Guitar Festival), Bernie Lehmann, Bryan Galloup and David MacCubbin. Kinloch can be heard on Heartland Records, BKNjr Records, and Sampler Records. This is an evening of music not to be missed!

Hobbit House Studio is Open

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For the time being, Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6:00 or when the open flag is out, or my door is open. Come by and see the Revelation Series paintings. As everyone who has seen them says: “They are amazing and profound.” Also, the new book “Revelation of Unspeakable Love” is here, for anyone interested in learning more about the Bible, without having to wade through the whole book (although everyone should). Come by and see and visit.

E.J. Lefavour

Gallery 53 Opening Party, May 28th

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck

53 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Gallery hours, Daily, 10:00-6:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays ‘till 9:00 PM

Gallery Opening May 25, 10-6; Opening reception, May 28, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck Announces Opening Party on Saturday, May 28

New season presents artist demos and 8 new members

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck opens for the season on Wednesday, May 25, followed by a festive opening party on Saturday, May 28, from 6 – 8 pm to celebrate the new season and welcome seven new gallery members. Save the date! The public is invited to visit the gallery on beautiful Rocky Neck in Gloucester, MA to meet the artists and enjoy an array of beverages and delicious edible treats.

The gallery welcomes eight new members: Deborah Barnwell, jewelry; Pam Courtleigh, assemblage; Rob Dieboll, painting; Gail Gang, painting; Ellen Garvey, blown glass; Kathleen George, painting; Shana Holub, ceramics, and Cornelius Sullivan, etching. See our Facebook page and web page for more pictures and further information about the upcoming season full of surprises.

On the same Saturday, May 28, our first Summer Artist Series artist holds her opening reception at the gallery, as well. The abstract paintings and mixed media of Kathy Soles, former Goetemann Artist in Residence on Rocky Neck, are on display in the Ann Fisk Room at Gallery 53 from May 25through June 7. The Gallery 53 SAS (Summer Artist Series) this year is exciting with seven incredible artists showing their work. See for detailed information.

The season also includes a series of artist demonstrations on Saturdays, from 1-3 pm. Please join us and watch how art is made up close and personal. A schedule and full list of participants is available on our web page

The Rocky Neck Art Colony, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, nurtures excellence in the arts through exhibitions, workshops, residencies and vibrant cultural events for its members and the public. Long renowned for its luminous light, this harbor and coastal location has been a magnet for some of the most revered realist paintings in American art and a catalyst for the progressive ideas of artists from Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Milton Avery, and Nell Blaine, among many others. Today Rocky Neck continues to attract artists and art lovers to a thriving creative community. For up to date information visit

Did You Know? Sterling Hayden

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That Sterling Hayden (1916-1986) was a famous actor from the 1940’s-1970’s, who stayed on Rocky Neck for a time and liked to eat at Sailor Stan’s, where he sat in the middle booth?  Rocky Neck artist, L.A. Dahlmer, recalls sitting across from Hayden at the popular Rocky Neck breakfast spot. Hayden returned to Gloucester in 1983 for the release of Joseph Garland’s book Down to the Sea: The Fishing Schooners of Gloucester, the introduction of which he had written.

I just love this quote from Sterling Hayden’s book: Wanderer: “To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… cruising it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

‘I’ve always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can’t afford it.’  What these men can’t afford is not to go.  They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of security. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine – and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need – really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That’s all – in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, and preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life?”

He dropped out of school at 16 to go to sea and ended up in Gloucester, where he worked as a Grand Banks fisherman and learned the art of sailing. He was mate on Irving Johnson’s Yankee on its noted circumnavigation in 1937. He was navigator on the Essex-built schooner Gertrude L. Thebaud under Captain Ben Pine in the 1938 Fisherman’s Cup races v. the Canadian schooner Bluenose. Partly due to the intense media coverage of those races, he was discovered by the press: his photo in the Boston Post captioned “Thebaud Sailor Like Movie Idol” led to modeling opportunities in New York and a call from Paramount Pictures. After captaining a voyage to Tahiti, he signed with Paramount in 1941. The blonde, 6-foot, 5-inch actor thrilled audiences in some 60 films. Dubbed the “Beautiful Blond Viking God” by Paramount Pictures, he is best known for his roles as General Jack D. Ripper in “Dr. Strangelove” (1964), for which he was nominated by BAFTA as “Best Foreign Actor”. Other noted roles were a corrupt cop in “The Godfather” (1972), Roger Wade in “The Long Goodbye” (1973), Leo Dalco in Bertolucci’s “Novecento” (1976), and a comedic turn as the CEO in “Nine to Five” (1980). He often expressed his dislike for acting, stating that he only acted to pay for his sailing. Utilizing his love for the sea and knowledge of sailing, he also authored the best-selling 1976 work “Voyage: A Novel of 1896”. He was married three times with six children, and died of prostate cancer.  Hayden was a genuine adventurer and man of action, not dissimilar from many of his movie parts.

This is a repost of an old Did You Know post from years ago that I recently came across. His words, and the fact that he liked Sailor Stan’s, needed to shared again.

E.J. Lefavour

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