KCT Thought of the Week, January 13, 2017

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." ~ Melody Beattie
Grateful for Another Day in the Kennebunks: Photo by Stacey Link

KCT Thought of the Week, December 30, 2016

The Night After Christmas
“When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:...
. . .To find the lost, To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry, To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations, To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.”
Howard Thurman

A Prelude to Winter: Photo by Robert Dennis

KCT Thought of the Week, December 23, 2016

“I will light candles this Christmas, Candles of joy, despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch. Candles of courage where fear is ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest- tossed days, Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens.
Candles of love to inspire all my living, Candles that will burn all the year long.”
Howard Thurman

Christmas Light in Cape Porpoise Square: Photo by Robert Dennis

KCT Thought of the Week, December 9, 2016

“I am wishing you this day a happy Christmas. I would send you those gifts, which are beyond price, outlast time, and bridge all space. I wish you all laughter and pure joy, a merry heart and a clear conscience, and love which thinks no evil, is not easily provoked, and seeks not its own. I wish you the fragrance of flowers, the sweet associations of holly and mistletoe... and fir, the memory of deep woods, of peaceful hills, and of mantling snow which guards the sleep of all God’s creatures. I wish that the spirit of Christmastide may draw you into the companionship with Him who giveth all.” ~ Victorian Christmas wish from Church of England’s, Bishop Remington.

The Joyful Gift of a Kennebunkport Christmas: Photo by Robert Dennis

KCT Thought of the Week, October 21, 2016

“The more often we see the things around us - even the beautiful and wonderful things - the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds - even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.” ~ Joseph B. Wirthin

Appreciating the Beauty of Fall in Cape Porpoise: Photo by Robert Dennis

KCT Thought of the Week, October 7, 2016

“Those fleeting but sacred moments immersed in nature help us see our small lives in much larger context. They remind us—in poet Mary Oliver’s words—of our ‘place in the family of things.’ All of our work to protect significant lands and care for them is part of a continuum of giving and receiving that extends across generations and among species. We do this work because we recognize the need to sustain this reciprocity, to keep that greater whole thriving.” ~ Tim Glidden, President of Maine Coast Heritage Trust

A View from the Learning Trail at the Emmons Preserve: Photo by Lisa Linehan

KCT Thought of the Week, September 30, 2016

To laugh often and love much:

to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children:

to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends:

to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition:

to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation:

to know one life has breathed easier because you have lived. . .

this is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty at the End of the Day: Photo by Robert Dennis