Monthly Archives: July 2012

Video- Secret Swimming From Kenny MacCarthy

My podcasting buddy Kenny MacCarthy who runs his blog shares a secret spot for your dog to take a cool dip. Dogtown has lots of trails, carved rocks, ghosts and history. It’s also "dog heaven" on a hot day.

As I was doing some research for a work project.

Came across some very interesting and obscure information and fun information.  Enjoy Donna

Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5.00 corresondence course.

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Barry Manilow wrote many jingles including “I am stuck on Band Aid”

Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can and his ashes were buried in one in 2008.

Boxes of Animal Crackers have a string on them because they were designed to be a Christmas Ornament on the Christmas Tree.

The guy on the Quaker Oats label name is Larry.

This is one is gross, but to appease the dairy’s lobby and keep butter sales strong, several states used to require margarine to be dyed pink.

Dead Seal Washes Up On Good Harbor Beach Photos from Roving Reporter Sista Felicia

Gaze Into My Crystal Ball

Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery will be offering a unique and otherwordly experience to Rocky Neck visitors this weekend – psychic readings with Joy.  Guest psychic, energy healer and Feng Shui consultant, Joy Kasmer, comes to us from Salem, MA where she has worked at Laurie Cabot’s and The Psychic Center at Pickering Wharf.  She will be at Khan Studio Friday from 4:00-9:00pm, Saturday from noon-6:00pm and Sunday from noon-8:00pm.  If you’ve never had a reading or energy healing and always thought you would like to, or if you have and it is time for an update, come on by and meet Joy.  Special Guest Psychic Reading Rates are 15 minutes for $25 and 30 minutes for $45. 

Joy’s readings are a lovely mix of angel readings, pendulum, crystal therapy, psychic intuition, mediumship and channeling. It’s important to know that psychic readings reveal the most probable outcome based upon the intentions, thoughts and desires of individuals involved at that moment in time.

E.J. Lefavour

Interview with Lyda Kuth, Director of Love and Other Anxieties

Love and Other Anxieties is having it’s Gloucester premier at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Monday night. I loved the film–hearfelt, poignant, and funny–I think you will too! Come join us Monday night.  Tickets include dinner and the screening of the movie with Lyda.

Kent, Lily, and Lyda

Kim Smith: We’ve been friends now for at least ten years, when I helped you with the interior design of your home.

Lyda Kuth: I had heard about you—you had been in the film business early on as a set designer, and then you turned interior designer. As soon as we met, I felt we had a shared sensibility, which made working together such a pleasure.  I remember you encouraging me to use a fabric for a couch that I was afraid would be too “busy” for my taste.  But you encouraged me to be bold, and you were absolutely right.

KS: When I saw Love and Other Anxieties in Somerville, I thought it was so beautiful and heartfelt. You speak about your marriage with Kent in such an open way. Everybody who is married asks the kind of questions you ask. It’s a story that everyone can relate to, certainly anyone who is married or in a long-term relationship.

LK: The film is intended to be provocative, and perhaps allow people to voice some things that don’t often get voiced.

KS: I love that your film has examined marriage so intently, by examining yourself, but in such a way that feels universal.  One of these themes is wondering what life will be like after the kids leave home. Is anticipating the empty nest part of why you made Love and Other Anxieties?

LK: Yes, but what’s funny about that, this was largely unconscious at the outset. Over the course of making the film, which took five years from start to finish, it became blatantly obvious. I realize that one of  the things I hope audience members take home is that there is a “second life” that starts to happen after your kids leave home, and it can be equally as rich.

KS: Seeing your daughter Lily on screen, getting ready for prom, reminded me so much of what it felt like for me, when my daughter Olivia was a senior and I was telling her how wonderful college would be but thinking, “Oh my god, she’s leaving and what will our family unit feel like with one is person missing?  We’ll never be a whole family again.”

LK: Did any of your anxieties about this turn out to be true?

KS: I haven’t told this to many people, but at the same time that Olivia left for college, there was a massive Monarch migration through Gloucester– something that only happens every ten to twelve years. I was amazingly transported out of myself and began writing about and  photographing the butterflies, which then led to my learning how to film as well.

LK: Isn’t it interesting how the title of your book, “Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities!” alludes to fresh beginnings and reflects what lay behind the creative work we each took on, in one way or another? I wasn’t consciously aware that the imminent departure of my only child was motivating me.  And yet some part of myself was preparing me for this transition.  It’s reassuring to know there is something at work, mapping the next step, at a deeper level than my “ruminations,” which are generally circular in nature!

KM:  The other aspect of your life, which also finds its way into your film, is your long time role as director of the LEF Foundation, based in Cambridge.  When we met, you had already been introduced to Gloucester and the Cape Ann community through having supported artists including Henry Ferrini and Dana Salvo.

LK: Yes, and what stands out for me is having the photographer Dana Salvo introduce me to the wonderful, rich tradition of the Feast of St. Jospeh, and being invited into people’s homes to see their alters and to be part of their tradition. I’ll never forget it.

KS: Yes, it is an extraordinary experience.  And Henry Ferrini’s father was the poet laureate of Gloucester; and now Henry, in addition to making films–which is what LEF supported–has co-founded something right in my neighborhood, the Gloucester Writers Center.

KS: Do you foresee having chatting time after the screening at Cape Ann Community Cinema?

LK: Absolutely. The Cape Ann Cinema is just the right kind of place to screen my film– an intimate and somewhat informal setting that allows for conversation.  I’m really looking forward to it!

Tickets include dinner and a screening of the movie with director Lyda Kuth.  Love and Other Anxieties at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Monday July 23, at 7:30 pm, 21 Main Street, Gloucester.

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