KCT Thought of the Week, July 22, 2016

"With your child, look at objects you take for granted as commonplace or uninteresting.  A sprinkling of sand grains may appear as gleaming jewels of rose or crystal hue, or as glittering jet beads, or as a mélange of Lilliputian rocks, spines of sea urchins, and bits of snail shells." ~ Rachel Carson"The Sense of Wonder"  "A Place Called Maine"

Searching for Treasures in Stage Harbor:  Photo by Tom Bradbury



KCT Thought of the Week, July 8, 2016

"Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there. It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said." ~ Ray Bradbury in "Fahrenheit 451: A Novel"

Summer’s Beauty in Kennebunkport: Photo by Robert Dennis

KCT Thought of the Week, July 1, 2016

"Stand firm, ye boys from Maine, for not once in a century are men permitted to bear such responsibility for freedom and justice, for God and humanity as are now placed upon you." Private Theodore Gerrish, 1882, Thomas A. Desjardin in "Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign"
Battle of Gettysburg, July 1 – 3, 1863

Celebrating the 4th of July: Photo by Robert Dennis

KCT Thought of the Week, April 8, 2016

"A path is little more than a habit that comes with knowledge of a place.  It is a sort of ritual of familiarity.  As a form, it is a form of contact with a known landscape.  It is not destructive.  It is the perfect adaptation, through experience and familiarity, of movement to place; it obeys the natural contours; such obstacles as it meet is goes around."  ~ Wendell Berry, in "A Native Hill", "The Art of the Commonplace”

A Section of the “Learning Trail” at the Emmons Preserve:  Photo by Tom Bradbury

KCT Thought of the Week, March 11, 2016

“Ours is a special place, a town of great beauty, a community where the present and past blend, reminding us that what we hold dear was once loved by an earlier generation, as it will be by those who will follow.  The roads they walked, the fields they worked, the homes in which they lived and loved, the scenic vistas, the forests, the islands and beaches on which they played, have been left to us and are now ours to enjoy.  We are now the stewards of this wonderful land.  What will be passed on to our children is in our hands.  Whether we are a native, newcomer, or a visitor, we share a common love of this place, and a common responsibility to retain those special features around which this community has grown.  Even as our town grows, its’ essential character can be forever preserved for all to appreciate.  That is what the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust is all about.  That is why we ask for your membership support.” ~ Tom Bradbury

A Beauty for All to Enjoy:  Photo by Robert Dennis