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, April 25, 2012
Many a great idea was deemed to be crazy at first. This just may be one of them.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
After reading the article, by Craig Semon, I had a vision of a playground with a dozen or so nine years olds gathered around the slide. One kid, at the top of the slide, spins around and starts kicking those coming up the ladder, "You can't use this slide until I've had my turn!", the kid yells as they kick the air. "Besides, you don't know how to use it the right way! Only I do!" Then the kid sits at the top of the slide, refusing to budge.
Every playground had one. One kid that thought they were the best, and made it small town career of making it known to everyone else. They also made their feelings known about how everyone else was a ineffective dork, and would sooner eat a bug than give anyone else a chance to prove otherwise.
They say we change, as we leave childhood, and become a grownup. We mature. We evolve into what our environment has taught us, our family has shown us, and our friends show by example. For some, all these influences can do more to change us in a negative way depending upon what examples they experience. For others, positive examples spawn positive results.
As with most life lessons, this one is simple as well.
Another life lesson is when one way is blocked, and an obstacle stands in the way, someone will go around the other way, climb up the front of the slide, and clear the way by kicking that obstacle in the butt.
Playground, or boardroom, one has got to play well with others. Otherwise, all that will be on their minds will be planning , and figuring how to remove the obstacle in their way, and all that energy will be wasted. When that happens you can be sure little will be done as a group, and the kid on that's on top of the slide will realize this, and may even strike out on their own.
It's cliche, but too true to ignore, playing well with others fosters great success for all.
Creamer, Dowling clash over leadership in Sturbridge
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
8am: Bus will promptly depart The Center at Hobbs Brook Mall
(110 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA - Old Navy Parking Lot) to NYC!
11am: Arrive in New York City
11am - 1:30pm: Shopping on 5th Ave/Sightseeing in Times Square/Lunch on your own*
1:30pm - 2:00pm: Make your way to the theater for your show
5:45pm: Meet at Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway at 50th Street to board the bus
6pm: Depart NYC back to Sturbridge, MA!
9pm: Arrive in Sturbridge, MA!
* = Suggested lunch restaurants: Heartland Brewery, Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Cafe,
Toloache, Oceana, and The Palm
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Now, every once in a while I am either directed to, or stumble upon, something that is too good to pass up, and it just may coincidentally go hand in hand with a recent "good idea" conversation. Yesterday I had one of those instances, but this time I had been oblivious, and had to be shown by Mary.
"Did you see the freezers for sale at Shaw's?", Mary asked yesterday morning.
"Freezers?", I asked, "They're selling their freezers?"
"No, Wally, they are selling small freezers for the home for $150, and with the purchase you get $160 in coupons", Mary said slowly so I could understand.
I still didn't get it, but I told her I would look next time I was in the store.
It's funny, but the next time we were in the store was about thirty minutes later.
Mary took me to just beyond the produce section, and there in the aisle were two small freezers stuffed with food representing the freebies that came with the purchase.
We took the freezer home, and the two of us took it to the basement and set it up beside the washer and dryer.
$150 for the freezer. $160 dollars worth of coupons. If I use every one of those coupons I would come out ahead by $10.00. Can't beat that deal.
Sometimes, no matter how much you say you are aware of the world around you, you still have to be taken by the hand and shown what you're missing.
Happens with lots of things, not just freezers.