In Dogtown, Gloucester, MA.. for That Auld Yin by artwhiz47

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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.


boulder, dogtown, north shore, cape ann, gloucester massachusetts, babson

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  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    True words - on a rock. ‘Why not?’ — as a wise woman I know often types.

  • Ha ha, & thanks, Maureen. And thanks for favoriting this piece of the rock, & you can interpret that any way you want….

    – artwhiz47

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Super bit of nostalgie Sheila and I remember 66 very well …

  • Thanks, Tom – yes, Way Back Then… I had already been married to Ray for a year when this was taken; child bride & still going strong!

    – artwhiz47

  • jazzdevil
    jazzdevilover 4 years ago

    Brilliant motto!

  • Thanks! These mottoes are carefully cleaned up & preserved by locals. There are also cellar holes with numbers to identify their 17th- & 18th-century owners, & other peculiar artefacts. And blueberries. This day we met not another soul – as is often the case in Dogtown.

    – artwhiz47

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    You are the coolest person on Earth! You make me laugh and smile like none other. As soon as I see your pennings, I know I can look forward to a sweet dose of your medicine. I adore you!

  • Wowie! Thanks, Lee-Anne. I have a good time as frequently as is humanly possible! And I do love to write, as you have noticed….

    – artwhiz47

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    A classic piccie, Sheila! That havering Auld Yin has now been answered! Ah, yes, the halcyon days of the 60’s. Momentuous times!

  • Thanks, Mike – I suspect the Auld Yin will find some other new slant to this, though if I slant any more, I’ll be awa’ the Crow Road.

    – artwhiz47

  • Edengirl
    Edengirlover 4 years ago look super cool there.

  • Ha! And believe me, I was…. Thanks.

    – artwhiz47

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago

    Rock on Sheila, this is great.

  • Oh, hello… & maybe boo & hiss. But I do my best. Thanks, Jase!

    – artwhiz47

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Love it, great fun picture. I was born in the May that year.

  • Yikes! I could almost be your mother! So whilst I was reclining on this rock, you were squawking in your nappies…. Just as glad I didn’t know you then. Thanks for the comment!

    – artwhiz47

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Nice to see the oldies Sheila, must bring back memories for you, neat teenage pose here, and a most interesting read!!!

  • Thanks, Larry – I’ve been known to recline on rocks throughout my life; just never got over it….

    – artwhiz47

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    LOl, nice one Sheila.

  • Heh & heh; we all get over it eventually…. Maybe the ‘Help Mother’ rock would’ve been more appropriate for you in them daze.

    – artwhiz47

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