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Sad reality of being a teacher these days.

Remember the days of fire drills in the schools? I wonder what teachers back in the day would think about the ALICE TRAINING (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) schools have to go through in case of possible threat of an active shooter? My daughter Abbey who is a high school teacher (not on Cape Ann) posted this photo the other day. She said they put tape on the door locks so you don’t have to look for your keys in case of a lock down. The handle itself is locked but its taped, so when the kids come and go it doesn’t lock behind them. If there were a lockdown all the teacher has to do is remove the tape and shut the door, that way they don’t have to play around with the keys. It is truly the sad reality of being a teacher these days. Next time parents are frazzled about what to do with their kids on a half day (professional day)…I hope they realize and are grateful for the training these teachers are going through to save their child.   12792125_10206077375353497_8310450808479085403_o



For all of you folks that have never witnessed THE MOVIE for 2013, please take the time to do so. You will be entertained.

(for ease of playback on a video of this length, click the play button, then pause it for a few seconds, it speeds up the loading process)

And please come out and support this years event, it’a for the NEXT STEP, they change lives…you could, too!

To date or not to date? That is the question.


Kids do not come with an instruction manual and it does not get any easier when they are teenagers! Teenagers who want to date! I would like to say to my daughter, you can date when you are 30! (actually I do) I guess it’s a part of growing up, the whole dating and crush thing in high school. We’ve all been there but when it comes to your own kids frankly it just sucks.

It’s no secret that the world we live in today is NOT the same world from even 15 years ago.
Social media and texting just came into play when I graduated high school so I cannot imagine having the outlets these kids have today. Texting, Facebook, Instagram, email etc. the list goes on and on. Have you read what these kids are texting each other when they are dating? Have you seen the pictures these kids are posting when they are dating? Trust me I’ve seen my fair share and more than I want.

What I have seen in my time as a mother is the kids who are dating have parents that are older, as in 50’s and 60’s with a teenager.  It’s the younger parents I see that are more hesitant to let their kids date. Why do you think that is? Is it because the older parents are out of touch with social media as opposed to the younger parents who are also on social media and can monitor their kids? There may be no real answer as to what age you should let your teenager date but there are definitely some factors we have today that were not there some time ago.




If there’s one thing that pisses me off about the 4 or 5 weather apps I own on my iPhone, it’s that none of them ever make me laugh. “Really” you ask? “NO” dipstick, and nobody on this planet has ever thought that either. Well…until now that is.
Don’t get me wrong, I love me some weather and l love me some comedy. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out why a website dedicated to funny viral-videos would want to cash in on the weather app game. Isn’t weather hilarious enough on it’s own? Nothing says funny like a good ole’ life smashing storm. When a hurricane or tornado hits, I bet the app gets pretty gut busting’ funny on the quick.
I haven’t downloaded it yet, so I don’t know how amazingly hilarious this app is going to be. But I sure hope it pushes out some funny weather quirkiness like this:



It’s friggin colder than a gawdamn witches ti*@y

during the Salem winter solstice parade.



Whatya you think d-bag? It’s still friggin cold!


Who cares, the Pat’s are in the Supa Bowl ya dink! And since none of yuz or ya boyz can afford tickets to Arizoner, get ya broke ass ova to ya neighbors house, he’s the one with the stolen cable ya bum!


You get the idea. Perhaps we need our own “Glosta” weather app. One that speaks to us on a local level!




It’s friggin blowin out daya, so ya nowt fishin. Go hit Pratty’s or the Nest for a pop.



Crappy, rainy, but in the 80’s…so get dressed, you have the greasy pole to walk today. And get drinkin, it’s almost noon!



Really? Look out da window a shmuck, there’s da weda right in ya face! It’s perfect out, call in sick and go to da sox game…and oh yeah..Yankees suck!



Who’s in? Any developers out there for iPhone apps?


Hey Peter Lovasco, what say you???!!!!!

A Little Help Here: North Shore Shopping Center 1970s

As was touched upon during yesterday’s podcast, I’ve been thinking about the giant holiday soldiers that once stood guard outside the North Shore Shopping Center for weeks now.  If I’m being honest here, I actually think about them each December.

Having lived in Middleton, Hamilton, Gloucester, and Rockport for my entire life I have years worth of memories that somehow include hours clocked at that mall.

Now, I’m not trying to say that the mall itself holds any special place in my heart…and, in all actuality, I’m happy to report that many months go by when I don’t ever step a foot in there these days.  While holiday shopping this year, I went to the mall exactly once.  I hit the Apple Store, J Crew, and the Gap and was out in less than 30 minutes.

That having been said, I do have very fond memories from way back when that involve that same shopping center in one form or another.  For example, I remember fondly the way my grandmother would refer to it as the shopping center rather than the mall when I was a teenager.  I have fond memories of Brigham’s…but, that could have been The Liberty Tree Mall.  Speaking of…remember that strange, silver Tree that once stood in the center of that mall?  In speaking with my mother last night to piece together my memories, she was able to tell me that that tree was at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York before being moved to Danvers.

I digress.

I did really love those big toy soldiers!

Likewise, I have such fond and vivid memories of what, in my mind, was miles and miles of Christmas decorations adorning the long corridors of the mall.  I remember holiday scenes set up the length of the mall.  Every 50 yards or so, would be a different mini village to gaze upon with the holiday wonder that kids eat up like crazy.  I also remember giant, brightly colored artificial Christmas trees.

The problem is…. I seem to be the only one who remembers those decorations.

Help me out here, would you?!  Did they really not exist?  That can’t possibly be!

My mother was able to fill me in on the rides in Kiddietowne (that evidently, according to our podcast, Joey remembers.  Or at least he remembers the train.)….but, it seems those rides closed in 1973…and since I was just 2 years old then, I don’t fault myself for not remembering them.  My mom confirmed the old grocery store….and that I did indeed get lost there once when I was little. Sorry, Mom!  She, likewise, can confirm my memories of the toy soldiers. I also managed to find a photo of those outside of Filene’s.  My grandmother always said “Filene’s” with a soft i sound like Fill ene’s.  Funny the things you remember.


After an hour of my life that I’ll never get back, I came up pretty empty handed in regards to the shopping center of my childhood memories.

Here’s a link to the rides at Kiddietowne that stood outside of where Macy’s is today.  Who would have thought?  And, for the record, for anyone with warm fuzzies about Kiddietowne, it turns out that they have reunions.  I read about the last one on their website. Sadly, it took place in 2006. I’m not sure if there are more in the works.

I also found some information on this website.  It details some of the growth, change, and development…but, doesn’t fill in any of the missing information I was looking for.  Bummer.  I barely remember it being an outdoor mall.

I think, in piecing together my memories and Joey’s memories, that maybe the decorations that I’m speaking of ultimately became part of the Enchanted Village at Jordan’s Furniture.  Thoughts?

While we’re at it…check out the photo of the old movie theater.  Not as waaaay back as some of my other memories, but man, did I clock some time there during Middle School and High School.  Open the flood gates of memories with this photo!


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Can We Start Talking About This Again?

Outdoor ice rink here in town?

We’re a big hockey and skating family for sure.  In the course of the a 9 day span last week and this week, my young boys will don their skates 11 times. They can’t get enough and have not once even hinted at wanting to skip a practice, a game, a skating party, or extra time on a sheet of ice or pond somewhere.

So, after recapping our busy weekend the other night while trying to fall asleep, I remembered some talk about turning 14-C2 into a skating rink!

I immediately realized that I must have heard about it here, on GMG, because…well, you know…where else would it have been, so I put it into the search queue and found the post I was thinking of.

Check it out here! 

We drive all over the place for outdoor ice time during the winter months when we’re unsure about pond conditions.  We’ve headed into Boston on many occasions and to Market Street in Lynnfield, but I’d much rather skate here in town…on the waterfront.

I have to admit that I’m not privy to the details so forgive me if it was ruled out for some commonly known reason, but if not I vote that we get the conversation started again!  I’ll be the first one in to volunteer some rink duty hours if it’s ever a go!

Who’s in?


Helpful or Hells No? Dining out Debate.

I’ve been thinking about this for years…as it is something that I’m conscious of and pretty particular about each and every time we go out to eat….especially with the kids.  So, here’s the question…  Do you clean up the table to help out your waiter or waitress or do you leave it as is?  Or does it depend on the degree of the mess?

I’m a big fan of doing what I can to make order of the mess.  I am admittedly more than a bit obsessive compulsive, so it is probably 60% because I feel like I honestly should and 40% because I can’t bear to not do it.

I’m a big fan of wiping down the table, stacking plates, placing silverware neatly on one dish….and even scraping leftover food onto one dish so that the wait staff doesn’t have to scrape each individual plate.  I’ve been told that I go too far on more than one occasion.

I should also add that with a very brief exception (one summer vacation), I’ve never worked in a restaurant so it isn’t out of any kind of kinship…I think of it rather as common courtesy.

On that note, when the boys were smaller…and hence messier, I was known to pick up the debris that lay like shrapnel all over the floor after the breakfast battle of pancakes and scrambled eggs.  How could I not?  But I can still hear my friend’s voice saying, “Could you please stop doing that?” as I was under a high chair picking up scraps of rejected food.

So, by the end of a fantastic evening at the Studio the other night our table was covered with no fewer than 25 dishes.  With three adults and four children..with pretty refined palates…we managed to knock down one salad, one bowl of chowder, one pizza, one fish and chips, one order of edamame, one order of chicken dumplings, six platters of sushi (don’t forget the 4 little bowls of soy sauce), four desserts (might I add those were a lovely surprise, on the house, delivered by the manager especially for the kids), tons of silverware, and a bunch of glasses.

Even with well-behaved kids who are old enough to not make any extra or over-the-top kinds of messes, the table was an absolute disaster.  I could never, in a million years, have felt ok about simply sitting there as things were cleaned up around me.  I made a meek attempt to stack, straighten, consolidate, and wipe….while simultaneously being told nicely to leave it alone by our waiter.  It is worth mentioning that the same waiter and a co-worker of his shooed me away repeatedly as I tried to help clean up the chocolate milk that Finn had spilled on the floor.  OK….I realize I just said that the kids are old enough to not make any extra or over-the-top messes….but, that was a total accident and it was a really big glass compared to his little hands!  Bygones.  In case the picture isn’t painted well enough….allow me to make it clearer….that is a FANTASTIC staff over there at the Studio.  But, I digress.

What’s your Modus Operandi when it comes to post dining dish etiquette?  I’d really like to know.  Anyone in the restaurant business care to chime in also?

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

One of my best friends in the entire world has a penis.

I could stop this post there and assume you know what I’m getting at…but, for fear you’ll misinterpret my meaning, I’ll go on.

One of my very best friends is a boy.

That may not seem blog worthy to you, but as of late I’ve been wondering how many others out there have a best friend of the opposite sex.

This friend and I have been close for almost 20 years and he means the world to me.  I’m not going to lie, in the very beginning we toyed with the idea of being more than friends, but never much did.

One night, a few years into our friendship, we were out together on Christmas Eve and he introduced me to the man who is now my husband of 13 years and the father to our two sons.

My friend is still an amazing friend and I treasure his presence in my life in ways that are kind of hard to explain.  I know he’d do anything for me and he’s brutally honest in ways that are totally refreshing.  He’s one of the most generous people people I’ve ever met…and the laughing that comes when we’re together is priceless to me.  Really, truly, priceless.

He goes away for long periods of time for work and we go months (or even longer) without seeing each other, but when he comes home I’m beyond thrilled to see him.  Through the years he’s had a fair share of long term relationships….and I’ve met them all.  Some embraced me as his good friend, sometimes realizing that befriending me was as a hall pass of sorts….some didn’t quite understand and never much liked me.  Bygones.

My husband is supportive (well, maybe tolerant is a better adjective) because I think he really understands that this friendship is something that I need and cherish…even if I can’t so eloquently explain why.  But, I am well aware, it is a luxury that he is tolerant as most others raise an eyebrow and find it more than a bit strange.

Sometimes I understand why others find it strange….sometimes I don’t.  To be blunt, the fact that he has a penis doesn’t mean I’m going to see it any more than the fact that my girlfriends having boobies and a vagina means that I’m going to be seeing those.  I have plenty of girlfriends whose private parts I’ve certainly never seen.  Right?

So, I ask you, can men and women just be friends?  When Harry Met Sally tells us “no”, but I think “yes”.

Comment please if you do indeed (or ever have had) a good friend of the opposite sex and take the poll to add your opinion.

A Question For Litter Lady and Donna ardizzoni (and whoever else wants to chime in)

In regards to the expanded bottle bill which would include water bottles, juice bottles, when you are doing your Community Clean Ups what do you find to be the worst litter items?

I have a theory that after cigarette butts, that it be styrofoam cups and plastic bags that get blown around in the wind, followed by plastic water and juice bottles that lay fallow since there’s no deposit on them.

So Donna, focus on the question, if you have time respond in the comment section to this post in list form what you see as the number






Worst litter items around town?

Not only am I all in on the expansion of the bottle bill but I’d be all in for banning styrofoam coffee cups for take out and a 2 cent plastic bag at the grocery store.

Here’s yesterday’s Bottle Bill Post-

QUESTION 2: Law Proposed by Initiative Petition Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law

Well Lookey Here- Local Gloucester And Rockport Dentists Support The Use Of Flouridation


Letter: Local dentists stand behind fluoridation

To the editor:

We, dentists of Rockport and Gloucester, favor the continued use of community fluoridation in these towns to help prevent tooth decay.

Many measures are useful maintaining the oral health of our citizens, most notably community fluoridation with its proven track record for fighting tooth decay. Manipulating drinking water fluoride levels to fight tooth decay has been shown repeatedly to be safe, effective, and comparatively inexpensive. Additionally, practically all members of our communities receive fluoridation’s therapeutic benefits regardless of socioeconomic status.

For the entire letter to the editor click here to view it at The Gloucester Daily Times website


Here is the poster from the anti Flouride folks-


Daily Discussion- It’s August 1st. Can You Ever Remember A Summer That’s Flown By So Fast???

It’s craaaazy that it’s August 1st.  Where the heck is the time flying off to?  I seriously don’t want to jinx anything but this nice dry weather has been incredible.  Is it me or has this summer just flown by?

Daily Discussion- Your Favorite Grilling Method

My boy Erik Lorden loves to cook with charcoal.  He feels that it gives better heat and flavor.  For me it’s a big PITA and when I’m hungry it’s a gas grill for me.

What type of grill do you use?  Which do you wish you used and why?

Not gonna lie those big green egg things seem like the coolest thing ever.

Now that I think of it we need to have a BBQ contest don’t we?

Where in the city can you grill outdoors without some special kind of permit and we could have a BBQ contest?

Daily Discussion- the Holy Trinity Of Kids Car Mess Stuff

imageYou may as well drive directly to the car wash to pump quarters in the super-vac if you bring any of these as a snack for your kids for a road-trip-

Pretzels, popcorn, goldfish.

I won’t even get into the hell that is yogurt sticks when they toss those aside.

What is your top three evil food items that without question get ingrained in the seating area where your youngsters ride?

Daily Discussion- What Is Proper Etiquette When It Comes To Dogs Barking In Your Neighborhood Throughout The Evening/Night?

I wonder how the thought process goes for dog owners whose dogs are outside and bark throughout the evening and into the night (like non-stop barking).

Do they much like the dog lovers whose dogs jump up on you and get your clothes all filthy think it’s cute when they bark all night outside as well?

You think those dog owners are saying to themselves “Ahhh, that sweet melody of my dog barking away at bunny rabbits in the yard all night, I bet all our neighbors love listening to our dog just as much as we do.  Isn’t it just music to your ears and oh so soothing when you’re trying to go to bed.  puts me to sleep every time”

I’m not the kind of guy that ever wants to call the po po or animal control on their neighbors.  I’d really just like them to realize that there are neighbors out there that just might not appreciate their dog barking all night the way they do.

What are your thoughts on the subject?  Have you ever encountered this and how did you handle it? Leave a comment on this post and explain what course of action or non-action you would take.

Discussion of The Day- One Week In Market Basket Boycott, How’s It Affecting You?


Have you continued to shop at Market Basket?  Have you switched over to Shaws or Stop and Shop or Common Crow? How do you find the pricing and product selection at the places you have been shopping?

How strong is your resolve to support the Market Basket Employees in the face of higher prices at other supermarkets?

Leave a comment on this post describing how the Market Basket Boycott has been for you.