Attic Journals


This is a great holiday gift idea that is fun and also says a lot about how you care about the world around you. Attic Journals takes old books destined for the dumpster and repurposes them. Spines are carefully removed and paper is recycled. The front and back covers are then reused and wire bound into blank journals using at least 75 blank pages of twenty four pound paper stock. Each journal is unique and sometimes a bit quirky. You'll find lots of interesting old covers some abstract some very graphic. A great Idea for someone on your holiday shopping list. Go over and take a look at the different sizes and other items they have for sale.


A Walk in the Woods

Ravenswood Boardwalk
I took a walk in the woods today to try my hand at some macro photography. It was a beautiful fall day with lots of vibrant colors and textures. Take a look over at my photo album to see the rest of the pictures.

Lights Off, Everyone's Home

This Saturday at 8:30 your local time, turn off the lights. It's good for you and good for the planet. Visit Earth Hour to find more information.


Gilded Glow

Golden Light
It's time for the trees to do their spectacular display. It's one of the wonderful things about being in New England. Because our house is situated atop a hill near a river and next to a brook, we get a very specific microclimate that causes the maple leaves to turn golden yellow. As the sun arcs low across the sky the trees that surround our house filter the autumn light and give everything a gilded glow. This magic continues as all the reflected light showers the inside of the house with the same hue. It is as if mother nature is exhaling her warmth into the house to protect us from the chill of the approaching winter.

Copper Paint
An iconic landmark was open this weekend here in Gloucester that we could not pass up. The Copper Paint Factory that guards Gloucester's inner harbor was open to the public for an art exhibition featuring local artists representations of this classic building. All this to raise money for the new owners the Ocean Alliance. Here is how they describe themselves:

Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1971 by biologist Roger Payne. Led by Dr. Payne and Chief Executive Officer Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life relating particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics, and genetics. From that data we work with our scientific partners to advise educators and policy makers on wise stewardship of the oceans to: reduce pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, maintain human access to fish and other sea life, and benefit ocean and human health.

They plan to rehabilitate the property and turn it into their new headquarters while maintaining the architectural integrity of the of the buildings. This will preserve one of the classic icons of the waterfront.

We ventured over to satisfy our long time curiosity and were struck by the beautiful weathered structures and abandoned inner workings of a factory more than one hundred years old. This was coupled with an exhibit of all the unique representations the artists have created of the factory. We met many old and new friends and learned more about the Ocean Alliance. The visit also resulted in the purchase of a photographic montage that I'll have to show you later along with an artifact from the building we had to have.

There is a new album page documenting some of the things we saw while there. I will also highlight a couple of the artists we met while there in future posts.

What can you do for one hour in the dark?

This Saturday (tomorrow) from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM, turn out the lights and see what happens.
You could help save your planet.

More information here and here.
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