Okay – granted, this photie was taken in 1966, just as I was turning 19… but my general configuration has not changed much, I’m pleased to say. And my motto remains the same. Dogtown is a section of Gloucester, Massachusetts, on the island portion of Cape Ann north of Boston. It is a very strange & highly charged area which was called The Commons Settlement when a handful of Gloucester residents moved there some 300 years ago. By 1834, it was completely abandoned. It covers around 3000 acres & is a desolation of scruffy growth, plantation, & the huge erratic boulders of glacial terminal moraine. It is also compellingly beautiful. Economist Roger W. Babson’s ancestors lived here, & he & other Babsons retained ownership of a large portion of the land, which he set up as a wild area, a small wilderness containing the Babson Reservoir, the island’s chief water supply. It is very easy to get lost in Dogtown, though maps are now widely available. Such maps always show ’Babson’s Boulders’, one of which is seen here. In the 1930s, Roger Babson had several boulders carved with motivational legends such as this, my favorite of which is ‘Help Mother’. MY mother took this pic of me as I languished, never trying, on This Rock.