Snow Goose Beak and Tomia
If I had thought about the answer to that question when I was five, I would have said yes, most definitely. At that time, our family was living on a lake in north central Florida. A friend’s unruly pet goose chased me home, nipping my bottom all the way to our front stoop!
The jagged points in the serrated-edge jaw of the Snow Goose are not called teeth because teeth are defined as having an enamel coating. There is a special word for the points and they are called tomia. During the Mesozoic era birds had teeth. Over time, birds developed specialized beaks suited to their diets. Bird beaks do the job teeth and lips once did. The Snow Goose’s tomia are not as tough as teeth but are perfectly suited to slicing through slippery grass.
The super graphic below, found on wiki, illustrates types of beaks and how the different shapes relate to the bird’s diet and foraging habits.
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Artists-in-the-Kitchen Maria Cracchiolo, and her parents Domenic and Nina Damico, demonstrate how to create beautiful bread in shapes symbolic of Saint Joseph and inspired by nature. Watch as Maria, Nina, and Domenic artfully shape angels, a carpenter’s saw, San Giuseppe scroll, Saint Joseph sun, snails, flowers, butterflies, grapes, and more.
Saint Joseph altar bread is available by special order at Caffe Sicilia. Call to place your order at (978) 283-2345.
As you will hear Maria’s story unfold (while deftly shaping the dough), her family’s tradition of making the Saint Joseph altar bread began several years ago, for a very heartfelt reason. In 2010, her young daughter was facing a very serious operation. Maria had never made the special Saint Joseph altar bread, but decided that year to make it her devotion to Saint Joseph. Maria taught herself how to shape the bread, finding inspiration in old photos of altars, and also from images, which she found online, of bread made in Sicily. Maria lived in Italy for five years, attending art school and studying fashion design. When I write “Artists-in-the Kitchen” you’ll see why after viewing the video.
Both of Maria’s parents, Nina and Domenic, were born in Sicily and grew up celebrating the Feast of San Giuseppe in the Sicilian tradition of feeding the poor and orphaned, and welcoming all who came to their table. Thank you Maria, Domenic, and Nina for graciously welcoming me into your Caffe Sicilia’s kitchen!
Beautiful Saint Joseph Altar Bread Created by Caffe Sicilia
Kim Smith Event for Essex County Greenbelt, Thursday March 5th: Planting An Essex County Pollinator Garden
Please join me at the Essex County Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation headquarters on Thursday, March 5th, from 6:30 to 8:30. I will be presenting my pollinator garden program. The event is free.
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I look forward to seeing you!
Painted Lady Butterfly and New York Ironweed, Gloucester HarborWalk Butterfly Garden
From the ECGA website:
Our second session to our pollinator film/lecture series will feature local designer, writer, filmmaker and gardening expert Kim Smith. Kim specializes in creating pollinator gardens, as well as filming the butterflies that her plants attract. She will present a 90-minute slide show and lecture about how to create a welcoming haven for bees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Native plants and examples of organic and architectural features will be discussed based on their value to particular vertebrates and invertebrates. Kim will also discuss specific ways to be sure your gardening practices are not harming pollinators. There will be time for questions from the audience about particular problems and quandaries they may have with pollinators and their gardens.
To learn more about Kim Smith’s work, visit her website here. This lecture will take place at our headquarters on the Cox Reservation in Essex, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GORGEOUS JUVENILE SNOW GOOSE IN GLOUCESTER!
Many thanks to Michelle Barton for alerting us about the Snow Goose at Good Harbor Beach. Michelle and Chris Anderson’s son, Atticus, has a superb eye for identifying rare and unusual birds that are migrating through our region. It was the Barton-Anderson Family who first alerted us to the Snowy Owl in our neighborhood this past January.*
Snow Geese mate for life, breeding during the summer months in the Arctic Tundra. Their annual journey from summer breeding grounds to winter home is a roundtrip of more than 5,000 miles, and they are oftentimes traveling at speeds of up to 50mph! There are four migratory corridors, or flyways, in North America. From west to east, they are the Pacific, Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic. Gloucester is a special place where we are centrally located in the Atlantic flyway.
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A male King Eider is currently on the backshore. Two gentlemen from Carlisle were kind enough to allow me to look through their scope and Michelle Barton reports that it was there on Friday, too. The eider can be seen while standing at the small cleared space on the side of the road, across from The Elks at Bass Rocks. The King Eider is a spectacularly colored bird and is too far offshore for the capabilities of my 200mm lens but here is a beautiful photo from Wiki Commons Media. King Eiders forage on seabeds up to 82 feet deep and I imagine that is what the diving eider spotted this morning was doing. Happy Birding!
A wonderful time was had by all at Passport’s Restaurant’s superb “New Wines” pairing event. That’s Passport’s owner and chef Eric Lorden in the photo above. Don’t let the guise mislead; Passport’s has fabulous salads. The front of Eric’s t-shirt is all about oysters.
Each course of the four-course “New Wines” dinner was superb; the service provided by Nicole, India, and Sally was top-notch (and always so welcoming), and the new wines paired were exquisite. Several of the favorites-of-the-favorites were the Beef Bracciole, especially enjoyed by my husband, and mine (if I had to choose) was the exquisitely-cripsy-on-the-outside-sweetly-tender-and-richly-flavorful-on-the-inside Jerk Duck Leg, accompanied by a delightfully zippy mango salsa, and served with yummy mashed sweet potatoes.
Nick DiFazio from MS Walker was our sommelier and he did an outstanding job describing the wines. Tohu’s Sauvignon Blanc is a fabulous blend of grapefruit and other citrus flavors, and the Lamberti Prosecco–light, fresh, and sparkly, not overly sweet. The absolute knock out of the evening was Brazen’s Zinfandel. More than just a big bold red, the undertones were richly mellow and tasted wonderfully of dark cherries and was very chocolatey!
The new wines are a great addition to Passport’s stellar wine list and we are looking forward to trying them with the usual delicious dishes on the main menu, as well as with Eric’s fabulous nightly specials.
Yesterday morning’s exquisite sunrise from Pirate’s Lane.
F/V Freemantle Doctor Heading Out
The sun’s light at daybreak coming up over the harbor after the snowstorm lent a golden glow to all. I find our neighborhood–the people, the architecture, the boats, the sweet little robins–to be a never ending source of inspiration. See panoramic view of Smith’s Cove sunrise, posted yesterday.
I keep trying to find different ways to show the increasing amounts of snowfall in this most historic of snowy winters and think the panoramic view lends itself well.
There are only a handful of reservations remaining for Passport’s Wine Dinner tomorrow, Thursday, night. If you’ve not yet been to one of Passport’s special wine and food pairing dinners, GO!! You will have a wonderfully enjoyable evening of four fabulous food and wine courses for the unbelievable price of only $35.00. This month’s event features several new wines that are being added to the Passport’s wine list.
Call to make your reservation today because after Eric goes to market tomorrow, they will not be accepting any more reservations. 978-281-3680. Dinner begins at 7:00pm.
I hope to see you there!
TS Eliot’s Restless Ghost Finds Home in Seaside Idyll
The Guardian UK
February 14, 2015
By Robert McCrum
Last September, listeners to National Public Radio, the US equivalent of Radio 4, heard an elderly New England widow, Dana Hawkes, describe how, at home in Massachusetts, her late husband would sometimes say “he used to see TS Eliot’s ghost.”
TS Eliot at his house, 18 Edgemoor in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Photograph: © Estate of T.S. Eliot
There is something apt in this claim. The author of Four Quartets and Murder in the Cathedral, who was born in St Louis on 26 September 1888, but lived and died in London, has always projected a rather spectral persona.
From his haunting recitation of The Waste Land (“Unreal city …”) to his cadaverous alter ego, Old Possum, and his fascination with clairvoyants such asMadame Sosostris, Eliot has always been a sombre, other-worldly figure in the literary landscape.
In his afterlife, as an Anglo-American literary giant with a long shadow, the poet’s psychic exile has never been quite fully commuted. Despite a memorial stone in Poet’s Corner and the kind of instant recognition known to Shakespeare, Keats and Wordsworth, TS Eliot has no shrine to equal Stratford, Hampstead or Grasmere.
Even in his native America, Eliot has remained homeless. In New England, Concord celebrates Henry Thoreau. Emily Dickinson is remembered in Amherst, and Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem.
In contrast, the founding father of Modernism and author of The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock, seems remote and unaffiliated. For all his British citizenship and membership of the Church of England, Eliot has become strangely rootless.
But now, 50 years after his death, and two years after the passing of Valerie, his beloved second wife, Eliot’s ghost is being appeased. The Observer has learned that, in a remarkable coup, the poet’s estate has just acquired the Eliot family’s summer house by the sea, in Gloucester, Massachusetts. READ FULL STORY HERE
18 Edgemoor, Eastern Point ~ Photograph: © Estate of T.S. Eliot
Not only has the estate bought the house (for $1.3m), it plans to use it to promote Eliot’s life and works to his American readers. Reihill said: “By this time next year we hope to offer up to six poets, essayists or playwrights at a time a peaceful retreat to work on their projects. We’d also like to work with institutions of higher education to make it a centre for weekend symposia on Eliot or on poets and poetry related to him.”
View from the porch at 18 Edgemoor
Shared on FB by Eastern Point Lit House co-founder Chris Anderson.
If you don’t know the story, from Rob’s Go Fund Me page: As Rob was leaving at the end of the night and getting into his car to go home, he noticed that a man he had to escort out of the establishment earlier in the evening acting strangely in the nearby parking lot. Rob being the guy that he is turned around because he had realized that some of his fellow co-workers were still inside closing up and he did not want to leave them unattended or in harm’s way. Rob payed the ultimate price and ended up getting shot in his leg at point blank range. Shattering his femur and just missing his main artery, changing his life forever in more ways than one. Read more here: ROB MCNUTT
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