KCT Thought of the Week, February 21, 2014

“The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” T.H. White, ‘The Once and Future King’

 A gray day in Maine:  Photo by Shannon Hartmann

KCT Thought of the Week, January 10, 2014

"Among the old wharves, seines and lobster pots, with the smell of sedge and salt, sit the philosophers.  'What do you do winters?' asked an inquisitive summer girl of them.  'It must be very lonesome so far away from everybody.' 'Lonesome Miss?' and he slowly lighted his pipe.  'Oh, no. I find plenty to do.  I go over to the store and some days I sit and smoke, and some days I only sit."  The Wave, midsummer edition, 1905 as told in "Kennebunkport, The Evolution of an American Town" by Joyce Butler

Ice Covers the Cove:  Photo by Robert Dennis

KCT Thought of the Week, November 29, 2013

"As I go in under the trees, dependably, almost at once, and by nothing I do, things fall into place.  I enter an order that does not exist outside, in the human spaces.  I feel my life take its place among the lives--the trees, the annual plants, the animals and the birds, the living of all these and the dead--that go and have gone to make the life of the earth."   Wendell Berry, in "A Native Hill", "The Art of the Commonplace"

Following the Trail of the Smith Preserve:  Photo by Bud Danis