All the card games and the puzzles played, all the laughter and the story telling – the cups of coffee, the feasts and the not so festive meals and the sad times too – how many women and men, too, I suppose, laid their heads down on this ever-ready receptacle for tears and frustrations. All the checks written out for bills paid and budgets which were never adhered to and letters written to sisters in far off places and my own letters and thank you notes written only a year ago thanking friends for their offerings of sympathy at the sudden death of my beloved husband. I sit at this great table alone a lot of late – but I am not really alone – I run the palm of my hand across the smooth surface of this golden oak destined to be my source of great comfort and what a joy to sit here and feel the energy of the life this table has known. I am overwhelmed at the treasure I have here in my big old kitchen with the big old rocker in the corner!


Alice Feeney
April 2, 1989

The House with a Heart

Heart shaped rocks have become a signature trademark of Alice’s House. Guests find these treasures when walking along the beach and leave them at the house to be shared with all who come to Alice’s House. Sometimes there are messages and words of love and hope painted on them.

Some are perfectly shaped hearts, others are misshapen and show signs of brokenness.

Some sit alone atop a table or nightstand, some decorate the deck and stairways to the house. Singularly, stacked, broken – they are precious gifts of the sea – meant to be cherished and shared. They are manifestations of the love that is infused within the walls of Alice’s House. When fire destroyed Alice’s House in 2012 – all that remained amidst the ashes was a portion of the chimney upon which the metal lining had melted and formed the shape of the heart. Stacks of heart shaped rocks were left along the empty and devastated site by unknown people sending their own messages of love and support.

This tradition continues with each new guest – sharing this small token of gratitude and hope.

A Collaboration of Hearts

In the Summer of 2017, Marcia Ballou organized a special gathering of local artists at her studio located in Marshfield, Ma. Donna Rosetti Bailey, Kristine Brennan, Laura Harvey, Nancy Colella, Dottie Penthany, Debbie Cornwall, Sally Dean and Mary Curran worked together painting hearts.

A Banner of Hearts

While they painted with bright cheerful colors, they remembered and wished for peace and healing for those who are struggling. As a result, the vibrant ” Banner of Hearts” was created to hang in the stairway of Alice’s House.

A Banner of Hearts