Letting in the Light

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IMG_1029.jpgIt’s no secret, that as New Englanders, we are innately deprived of vitamin D in the winter. We don’t get as much sun as some places in the world, and we get more than others. It’s a middle ground. Which means we have a responsibility to take advantage of the sun we do get.

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then these long months help grow our love for the sun exponentially. Our lack of vitamin D and sunshine is precisely what inspires our love for sunlight. Especially in the cold dark depths of winter. It’s helps us appreciate what we have, while we have it.

See more: https://www.grandbanksbp.com/blogs/blog/letting-in-the-light

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#GLOUCESTERMA DEEP FREEZE SEA SMOKE GOOD HARBOR BEACH, TWIN LIGHTS, EASTERN POINT, BACKSHORE, TEN POUND ISLAND, NILES POND

My fingers froze and I had to call it quits yet despite the bitterly cold five degree temperature and biting wind, day break brought blue skies and beautiful sea smoke all along the backshore, from Gloucester’s Ten Pound Island Lighthouse to Rockport’s Twin Lighthouses.

Take heart friends -today is the last day of January- only 48 more days until the spring equinox!

Fresh wild animal tracks crossing Niles Pond

 

Winter Safety Tips

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This morning’s bright sunshine on the dusting of snow while beautiful, is deceiving.  The temperature at 9 a.m. in Gloucester MA was only 4º!  Todays  weather forecast predicts a high of 18º.

‘Polar Vortex.’  The National Weather service describes this as “a large area of low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth’s poles. It ALWAYS exists near the poles, but weakens in summer and strengthens in winter.”

The Bright Side. I actually feel lucky, considering what parts of the midwest are enduring  – dangerously cold temperatures of subzero, up to 40º below with the wind chill factor in some areas. Many businesses and schools are closed. At 40º, exposed skin can suffer frost bitewithin 5 minutes of exposure.

Check on Elderly Family and Neighbors. Being outside or even in a cold house can lead to hypothermia, a body temperature of 95°F or lower. Hypothermia can cause many health problems…

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Willie ” Loco” Alexander Tonight @ Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm 1.31.2019

 

Thursday at the Roomline: Ta-Da! It’s Willie “Loco” Alexander time! Been awhile since the King of School St. rapped his knuckles on our collective pianos.. With BillyClub Loosigian, and Steevee Chagrug, the titterer behind the drums. We stole Fats Domino’s laundry and picked out the good shorts worth playing.

Dave

 

 

 

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

http://www.therhumbline.com/

Design of Mine has been busy creating their Funky Flannels ~ Get em while they’re hot!

Don’t settle for “boring” Super Bowl Wear, get in the game with our Funky Flannels …one-of-a-kind handmade, and repurposed .
20 more shirts just hit the floor and are selling fast !!
Come on down so you don’t miss out !!

 

 

Design of Mine
33 Main Street
Gloucester, MA
978-491-7495

 

Hell has frozen over

HELL, Mich. (WILX) – You know the old saying, “It’s a cold day in Hell.” Well, it’s been more like a cold week in Hell… Hell, Michigan that is.

Businesses in the small town about 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor are closed down for the next couple of days.

It’s so cold there that people are using snowmobiles to get to an emergency warming center at the local saloon.

The people living there, however, love all the cliches about their small town.

Nia classes on Cape Ann This Week: Moving to the Music of The Beatles!

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nia flyer shout out graphic beatlesNia to The Beatles!

If you are like me, you love to sing along to the Beatles’ music and of course, dance!  Here is your chance to have a little dance party with all the music you love, like Hey Jude, Revolution, Lady Madonna and more.
We will take the movements from our latest routine and put them to the fun sounds of the Fab Four (Ringo, John, Paul and George not Harry, Meghan, Kate and William).

Not sure what Nia is all about? Here is a video from founder, Debbie Rosas on Nia.

https://youtu.be/zEonMeXoB7E

Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes – body, mind, emotion, and spirit.
Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.

linda31Want to try Nia?

Class on Thursday…

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EAST GLOUCESTER 5th GRADE FUNDRAISER AT JALEPENOS!

5th Grade Jalapenos Fundraiser


Wednesday, February 6th at 4pm to 9pm
Eat well, have fun and help out the EGS 5th grade class. EGS receives 10% of all food proceeds (dine in or take out).Hosted by East Gloucester Elementary School PTO

Raffles also!!

Take a break from cooking for the night!

ROALD DAHL’S HEARTBREAKING LETTER TO ANTI-VAXXERS ABOUT THE DEATH OF HIS DAUGHTER FROM MEASLES

Aren’t you relieved Massachusetts isn’t a “personal exemption” state?

The very tragedy of it all is that before this anti-vaccination craze took hold, by the year 2000, measles had been eliminated from the US.

The following are the nineteen states that allow for personal exemptions: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Vermont.

From the IFLScience website –

By james Felton

January 28, 2019

Every week there seems to be a new story of anti-vaxxers taking the irresponsible step of denying their children life-saving immunizations and their children paying the price.

Last week there was a measles outbreak in an anti-vaxxer hotspot in [Clark County Washngton], where 18 children aged between one and 10 years old contracted a potentially life-threatening illness we developed a vaccine for over 50 years ago. There have been similar outbreaks in Europe over the last few years, with at least 35 dying in 2017.

How must this trend of voluntarily not vaccinating your children look to someone whose family member had measles before the vaccination was widespread? The answer is in this heartbreaking letter from author Roald Dahl, written in 1986, 24 years after his 7-year-old daughter died of measles.

Everyone considering not vaccinating their children should read every word of it.

MEASLES: A dangerous illness

“Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it.

Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.

‘Are you feeling all right?’ I asked her. ‘I feel all sleepy,’ she said.

In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.

The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her. That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.

On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.

It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness. Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk. In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.

Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year. Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another. At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections. About 20 will die.

Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles. So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?

They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.

So what on earth are you worrying about? It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised. The ideal time to have it done is at 13 months, but it is never too late. All school-children who have not yet had a measles immunisation should beg their parents to arrange for them to have one as soon as possible.

Incidentally, I dedicated two of my books to Olivia, the first was James and the Giant Peach. That was when she was still alive. The second was The BFG, dedicated to her memory after she had died from measles. You will see her name at the beginning of each of these books. And I know how happy she would be if only she could know that her death had helped to save a good deal of illness and death among other children.”

Measles vs. Chicken Pox

Ocean Optical fun browsing for new eyeglass frames

Everyone was so nice at Ocean Optical, 127 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester, Mass., and my mother in law found some great new frames. There’s a 75% sale going on right now. I’ll post a before/after soon.