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Six Powerful Words

  If my memory is correct, at some time in the fall of 2006 I watched a 20-minute video that profoundly mixed my emotions with the intensity of a Ninja blender. The video featured a soft-spoken and eloquent man whose presentation motivated me to take an immediate inventory of my life’s perspective. That man? Dewitt Jones, a National Geographic photographer. The title of his video? Celebrate What’s Right with the World. After watching this video, I immediately began applying the

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I Left The Woods

I had known about Thoreau’s quote about going to the woods where he documented and chronicled his experience (for two and half years) in the book, Walden. I have been to Walden Pond in the quaint town of Concord, MA several times. I swam in its waters, hiked its trails, and channeled my inner Winnie-the-Pooh while doing a lot of nothing but soaking up its magnificence. It’s a spiritual place for me. Recently, I learned of Thoreau’s thoughts about leaving

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Walking Away with Pride

I spent an afternoon by myself getting back to the earth and enjoyed an uneventful stroll along the unmarked footpaths of a state forest. I came upon this ambitious plan-in-progress of a beaver. This artwork of Mother Nature made me pause and reflect. Why did the beaver start this project? How long will it take to finish? What made it choose this tree versus the one closer to the river bank? What will the finished dam look like? I returned

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Next Chapter…

Shortly after sunrise on a late spring morning, I walked to the end of the dock at my sister’s and brother-in-law’s house. After seeing the name of their boat, Next Chapter…, a heaviness of emotions consumed my chest. The quiet activity of Cornfield Creek provided a perfect backdrop while I contemplated life and sipped my coffee in the comfort of an Adirondack deck chair. I watched a bonded pair of osprey alternate nest and possible egg maintenance duties. A variety

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Same Scene, Different View

As I looked across our backyard, a blanket of dying leaves nearly covered the green grass that hadn’t encountered a first frost. It was a peak-week of glorious colors in southeastern Connecticut’s fall foliage season. Why are dying or dead leaves attractive to so many leaf-peepers? Just because they display more brilliant colors than full-of-life leaves? Same leaves. Later in the calendar. Different view. Yes, they are a blessing to some, and a curse to others. Homeowners: “I have to

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A Shepherd for Charity

I received a Facebook message on October 16, 2019 from the animal control officer in our little town of Ledyard. “Hi Peter. I just want to put a bug in your ear. There is a Samoyed at Norwich Animal Control. They got custody of her today. Her owner died. She came in with a cat; seems like a sweet girl.” I immediately called our animal control officer on her personal cell phone. “Can you pull her from Norwich?” “Yes, I

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Remember. Rebuild. Rejoice.

I had never seen a more horrific display of destruction. It was one mile wide and six miles long. Standing in the midst of a barren flatland, I turned 360 degrees and I saw, but more importantly, I felt the devastation! I stood in the streets of Joplin, Missouri – the town which suffered an EF-5 tornado at 5:41 PM, Sunday,  May 22, 2011. In less than 30 minutes, a tornado took the lives of 160 people and destroyed many more.

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“Do Nothing, yet nothing is left undone”

The above quote from the Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tzu, fascinates me.   What? Why? It doesn’t make any sense!   Paradox (n): a seemingly contradictory or absurd statement that expresses a possible truth.   Consider this:   The heart does not try to perform the job of the lungs. The sun does not attempt to shine during the night. Autumn leaves die and fall to the ground to feed the soil beneath them. Tulips do not attempt

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(dressed in) Blue Angel

I believe angels surround us and they present themselves in the most unlikely circumstances. I am blessed to have witnessed the example I feature in this post.   The Coast Guard Academy (CGA) Bears’ Men’s Basketball team squared off against their formidable Division III opponents, the #7-ranked MIT Engineers. Being a supporter of the Bears, I was cautiously optimistic, but hopeful they could win.   Early in the game, Coast Guard’s team-chosen captain took an elbow to the head splitting

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Servant Leadership

There are leaders who strive to be in a position of strength and upon reaching their goal, they command respect. These people are known as leaders-first. There are also leaders who humbly accept the nomination of their peers to help guide them toward their goals. They are known as servants-first. Of course there are leaders who are not well-skilled to handle the responsibilities of their position and would feel more content in being a follower. And there are those who

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