Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thinking Turns One, And He's Just Learning To Walk
I chose the title of Thinking Out Loud In Sturbridge because that is exactly what this space is all about. All those thoughts that one normally thinks, and then shuffles off to some quiet corner of ones head I choose to put out there. Why? Well, I think that a lot of those thoughts deserve to be seen by others. Exposing my inner most thoughts is a great cathartic. They are good enough to share. Then there are other thoughts that only confirm that I may need medication.
I like those thoughts the best.
After living in town for a while I wanted a venue to share the ideas I had with an audience, and maybe, if the those ideas were sound, they would gain a life of their own. Over the past year, some have, and some haven't. The speed limit situation here on the southern end of Route 148 is still a stickler, but I have come to the realization that even the most well meaning people can become paralyzed with inaction because they don't really know what to do, so they "hide" away and ignore the issue.
My intent was never to change my world, but rather to share. Sharing an idea, or thought can foster change as well. Sometimes when we hear, or read of someone that has a similar view as us it confirms that maybe our thoughts aren't too far off. I have received a lot of comments that support this. It's good to know that I am not "too far off" on a lot of my thinking.
There were other times, over the past year, when I enjoyed just being silly. As I said above, my thoughts have a way of leaking out onto these pages, the good, bad and the silly. No pretensions here.
One of the things that I most enjoy is writing about our town of Sturbridge, its past, where we are now, and where we could be in the future. Seems a lot of you enjoy those thoughts as well according the the survey currently being taken on this space. More on the survey results on a later post, but be assured, I will write a lot more on our history over the upcoming year.
What is happening here in town at the present is something that always gets a good response from readers. Writings on our environment, our woodlands, our roads, and businesses all seem to touch a nerve, as do the visions of Sturbridge in the future.
One thing I will continue to write about is the silliness, stupidity, ignorance, laziness, of folks in town whose actions either hurt us as a group, or individually. Can't help it. I think that my sense of what is right, and what is not right is quite good. Why? Well, if we ignore the questionable behavior of some, and don't react to it, then it is as good as condoning it. Someone has to speak up, and it might as well be me. There isn't another forum around that lets one express themselves about issues of behavior regarding our officials, residents, and businesses. People have to know that their are consequences to there words and actions, no matter how benign they may seem at the time. I do hope that these writings will be few. I do respond to what I see and read, and I do call 'em as I see 'em. That being said, I will also continue to recognize those that do us all proud. The individuals that are often overlooked, or get lost in the shuffle of everyday life, and sometimes yesterdays fools, can be tomorrows standouts.
Life works that way.
So, here I go onto a second year of exposing myself on the web. Wait. That does not sound good. Let's try again. So, here I go onto a second year of exposing myself on the internet.
Survey results will be posted on a future posting.
Keep up the great work!