KCT Thought of the Week, June 19, 2015

 “He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has looked for the best in others and given the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory is a benediction.” ~ Mrs. A.J. Stanley

Watching the days Pass By: Photo by Robert Dennis

KCT Thought of the Week, June 12, 2015

“In the evening Alice sat on her grandfather’s knee and listened to his stories of faraway places. When he had finished, Alice would say, ‘When I grow up, I too will go to faraway places, and when I grow old, I too will live beside the sea.’
‘That is all very well, little Alice,’ said grandfather, ‘but there is a third thing you must to.’
‘What’s is that?’ asked Alice.
‘You must do something to make the world more beautiful,’ said her grandfather.’” ~ ~ Barbarba Cooney in “Miss Rumphius”

Cape Porpoise Beauty: Photo by Robert Dennis

KCT Thought of the Week, May 22, 2015

Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield. The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when God willing, we might still have lived and loved together and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me—perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar—that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name. Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. . . . But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the brightest day and in the darkest night—amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours—always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for me, for we shall meet again... ~ Sullivan Ballou

A Memorial Day Remembrance: Photo by Stacey Bradbury

KCT Thought of the Week, May 15, 2015

“The sailor navigating the coast takes sights on outermost points. Cape Elizabeth is next outermost point to the east, and the Nubble at York is next to the west. Cape Island is the navigator’s point between, so Cape Island is watched more carefully from the outside, and looked at more often, than any other piece of land for thirty or more great-circle miles, the way the goose flies.” ~ Sandy Brook

Cape, Trott’s & Goat Islands: Photo by Dan Viehmann

KCT Thought of the Week, April 17, 2015

"The bell tower at Dochet's (and Goat Island too) was near the water on the channel side. It was built in a tall pyramid shape with the bell fastened to a framework outside, over the water. We operated the machinery by winding weights by winch to the top of the tower. As the bell struck, a weight would fall a certain distance. A clock on the machinery timed the strokes of the hammer to hit the bell." ~ Connie Scovill Small in "The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife"

The Bell Tower on Goat Island: Photo by Deborah Bauman

KCT Thought of the Week, April 10, 2015

Life Lessons from Geese
By Milton Olson

1. As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in this "V-formation", the whole flock adds 72% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
2. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
3. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the formation and another goose flies point.
4. The geese honk from behind to encourage those up-front to keep up their speed.
5. When a goose gets sick or is wounded or falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it is either able to fly or until it is dead, and then they launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with their group. 
6. Geese fly South for the winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
7. Geese mate for life. A goose must have companionship.

We Could Learn a Lot from Geese: Photo by David Jourdan

KCT Thought of the Week, February 13, 2015 - Happy Valentine's Day!

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together. . .there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart. . . I’ll always be with you.” A.A. Milne in “Winnie-the-Pooh”

The South Congregational Church on a Winter’s Day: Photo by Robert Dennis