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Control

Control Some things are in our control, while others are not.  We control our opinion, choice, desire, aversion, and, in a word, everything of our own doing.  We don’t control our body, property, reputation, position, and, in a word, everything not of our own doing.  Even more, the things in our control are by nature…

Lifestyle

Empty Houses

Cape Cod and other places that are chock full of tourists in summer are incredibly empty in the dead of winter.  Last night I drove to the Cape for a quick night in Pocasset before driving to Providence, Rhode Island for an early meeting this morning.  I noticed a few things in my drive last…

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The Price of Time

The Price of Time Foggy mist is socking in Bristol, Rhode Island tonight.  I’m here to watch a basketball game, or more accurately see Ian for a couple of hours and talk to him for a couple of minutes.  The time investment is always significant when you have active kids, but I don’t mind the…

Lifestyle

Warmer Winters

We happen to be having a relatively mild winter this year.  Last year was a different story.  Next year may be the coldest ever recorded for all I know.  But on the whole the trend seems to be towards warmer winters.  I read once about the early settlers in the New England region ice skating…

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Rail Trails

Rail Trails Today I took an eight mile walk on the Windham Rail Trail with my wife.  The trail segment is four miles long and cuts through ledge and over low areas that were built up to level the rail bed.  This section of railroad was originally opened in 1849 and stopped running in the…

Garden and Home | Lifestyle

Late Bloomers

I was doing some yard work this week and stopped to consider the roses.  I have these tea roses that bloom constantly throughout the summer and well into the fall.  It’s got these masses of light pink, fragrant blooms at its peak in June.  With a relatively mild autumn, we had blooms much later into…

Habits | Lifestyle

Time Travel

As we speak cruel time is fleeing.  Seize the day, believing as little as possible in the morrow.”                                                                           …

Lifestyle

Coating to an Inch

There’s mental math that you do when you live in New England.  When the forecast calls for snow followed by temperatures above freezing, you need to decide the cutoff point where you ignore or clear the snow accumulated on the driveway.  Today is a classic case of just enough accumulation – more than a coating…

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Robert Rogers

Robert Rogers Robert Rogers was born in Methuen, Massachusetts – twenty minutes from where I currently live.  His family moved to what was then the wilderness of Dunbarton, New Hampshire a few years later.  Rogers is famous for leading a group of colonists in the French and Indian War.  There are some who will point…

Habits | Lifestyle

New Year’s Day

2019 has begun in earnest and there’s no time to waste.  Things to do, places to see, books to read, people to meet, friends and family to reconnect with, work to accomplish.  The flipping of the calendar signifies many things but it does mark change, if only in a number. “I will begin again” –…