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

Monday, December 20, 2010

From An Angel Among Us, A Gift

Think back over the past ten years.  Interesting isn't it?   We either are pleased with the way the past decade has gone, or see room for improvement.  That's only natural.  Now, take the past ten years in the life of Jackie Evancho. Born on April 9, 2000, she appeared on "America's Got Talent" at the age of ten this past year.  During the past decade she, too, has had some wonderful experiences, however, I believe she has accomplished more in her short time on this planet than I could ever wish to in my entire life. Her voice is mature beyond her years. It is as if she has been here before.  She may truly be an Angel.

What she does have is a gift, and in the videos below, she shares that gift with us.  Thank you, Jackie, and from us mortals here in Sturbridge, Merry Christmas.


  1. What a wonderful treat! Thank you!

  2. Someone Needs an AngelThursday, December 30, 2010

    Wally, thank you for the beautiful videos! We are in need of an angel here in Fiskdale. Meals on Wheels desperately needs someone who is willing to deliver 8 meals to the elderly at Heritage Green daily. If there is such an angel he or she could contact the Senior Center at 508-347-5063, or Tri-Valley at 1-800-286-6640. Thanks so much!


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