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

Thursday, March 4, 2010

It Begins Now

It begins now.

The temperature may be a few degrees higher for a little bit longer each day. The sun is in the sky longer. The ground gives a bit underfoot, and the wet soil has a certain aroma that is unmistakable. Tips of crocuses are revealing themselves. Some are fully open. The buds on some trees are fatter than they were two weeks ago.

Sound carries differently. Snow banks are nearly gone, and don't absorb the voices of the kids waiting at the bus stop in the morning anymore. Giggles, and Bye, Mom's are heard clearer, and louder than in January. The cloud ceiling isn't as low. Sound isn't muffled anymore beneath low gray clouds, but floats up, and beyond the neighborhood now.

We begin to take our time outside. We don't rush to the trash barrel as we did four weeks ago. We saunter. We may even pause along the way, and listen. We will take a deep breath in, smell the dirt, and reach over to feel just how fat the lilac buds have become.

Open the back door, go outside. Feel it.

It begins now.

Photo: Stream on the Leadmine Mountain land.


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