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Waiting for…Foliage–it Finally Arrived!


Fall in full color at Silver Lake, Bellingham, MA

Like many in New England, I have been looking forward to taking in the stunning display of foliage that is an annual tradition around here. Usually happens around the first two weeks of October. But as we moved our way through this blessedly cooler month of the year (yeah!) I, and others like me, kept saying, “Hmm, not much foliage this year.” I heard other comments like, “No reds, just some yellow, so disappointing.” Continue reading



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Effective Partnerships and Strategic Volunteering for Businesses

Video interview with Jan Miele of Benchmark Advisory Group. We talked about strategic partnerships, effective volunteering, and Easy Walks. Thanks to Jan and the Benchmark Advisory Group for inviting me back to chat again.

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Going to Church for a “Make Your Own Storybook” Walk

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Folks of all ages got outdoors for a Make Your Own storybook walk in Westwood

Christine and I have teamed up for more adventures than I can count over the years, but this was the first time we worked together to bring the “Make Your Own Storybook” Walk to the church where she now works. We planned it for foliage season, and couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. Continue reading

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Repairing the Bike Path — From the Seasonally Occupied Territories . . .

Great article by Martha’s Vineyard resident Susanna Sturgis, about her local bike trail, and what it takes to keep these wonderful trails in good repair. (Marjorie)


“Infrastructure” comes up in political conversations a lot these days, and with good reason: infrastructure is crucial to the smooth running of any enterprise, but it often gets short shrift when it comes time to budget money for it. Why? Well, one reason is surely that when infrastructure is in good repair, it’s invisible to […]

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by | October 22, 2018 · 2:35 pm

Stretching our legs at Mt. Ward, Marlborough


Late afternoon sun on fallen leaves in the woods, just short of the top of Mt. Ward

Catherine used to live quite nearby and was a willing walking buddy as I researched trails to include in the several Easy Walks books I’ve published. But she moved closer to family, and we hadn’t had a chance to see each other. Yesterday we finally made a date to meet, have lunch together and explore a nearby trail, Mt. Ward, Continue reading

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Leaf peeping in the Berkshires


Stream flowing out of Riga Lake

We headed out the Masspike this past weekend, hoping to avoid the leaf peepers of Vermont and New Hampshire, and indeed, the traffic was surprisingly light this past weekend. So light that we just kept going, much farther west than we originally planned. We ended up all the way in the Great Barrington area, crossed into Connecticut and got some great views. Continue reading


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Along the Blackstone River-Woonsocket, RI


Along the Blackstone River in Woonsocket, near the MA border. On the left is a remnant of the Blackstone Canal

I had heard of a new section of railtrail at Coldspring Park, off Harris Avenue in Woonsocket, but last we looked, it was not obvious where the trail might be. When we stopped by today, it was easy to find the trail, and quite easy to walk alongside the river for about a half mile, all the way to the Massachusetts line. Continue reading


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Foliage Season–Silver Lake is Glowing


Bright colors light up on a sunny morning at the lake

Bellingham’s Silver Lake features an island in the middle of the lake, a perfect backdrop for foliage viewing. Continue reading


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Fall Rains Leave Their Mark–Full Rivers, Multitudes of Mushrooms


In the midst of the rushing waters of the Blackstone River, a small maple holds on, displaying its fall color, regardless

We have had an unusually wet fall already, and the local rivers are showing the effects. Most rivers we drive by are high. On a recent bike ride along the Blackstone River Bikeway, when we came to the Pratt Dam in Cumberland, RI, Continue reading

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Upcoming Make Your Own Storybook Walk, Rice Reservation, Westwood


Fall is coming–encountering fall leaves along the trail at Rice Reservation in Westwood

It really helps, when leading a group of folks, to have some idea of where you are leading them! While not always possible, it allows us to flounder about, make mistakes with smaller audiences, and figure out strategies in a more relaxed manner.

And so I stopped by First Baptist Church in Westwood, MA, 808 High Street (Rt. 109) which is blessed with access to a portion of the Lyman Pond/Rice Reservation property, right out the back door from the church parking area. We have planned a “Make Your Own Storybook” walk there Oct. 21, 12:45, right after church. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, please call the church office 781-461-1730 or contact Pastor Christine  Continue reading

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