Autumn in the North Cemetery.

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Simple Thanks

Simple Thanks

I am thankful we all awoke this morning,
and took a breath of new day

I am thankful for the love surrounding me during the day, lying beside me at night,
and felt from beyond the walls of our home

I am thankful for a warm home
filled with laughter, smiles,
and cats that play fetch

I am thankful for the path I have chosen,
the trail that I have marked,
and what I learned
along the way

I am thankful that what I do is good,
and makes a difference in the lives of others

I am thankful for being me,
without regrets

I am thankful for being there when needed,
and when needed, someone being there for me

I am thankful for the fruit on our trees,
the water in the brook,
the change of the seasons,
and the food on our table

I am thankful that I am a father,
and thankful for understanding
when to act,
and when to wait

I am thankful for the woman I share a life with,
for family,
and family to come

I am thankful for an understanding,
and forgiving God
that placed me here

The reasons are His,
the simple thanks are mine

--W.J. Hersee
November 2009


  1. Sentimental, sweet and just nice - like you. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving


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