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

KCT Thought of the Week, February 19, 2016

KCT Thought of the Week:
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart. . .
Try to love the questions themselves. . .
Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps you will then, gradually, without noticing it,
Live along some distant day into the answers.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

The Dawn of a New Day at Goose Rocks Beach: Photo by Jim Groleau

KCT Thought of the Week, February 12, 2016

A Little Town, But My Town

By Silas H. Perkins

My Town is a little town

With the breath of the foaming sea,

Where white gulls glide above the tide,

And the boats toss endlessly.

 

My town is a friendly town,

And welcomes the coming guest.

Its houses wait by the open gate

And whisper of peace and rest.

 

My town is an old, old town,

But it sparkles with youth today

As when afar under guiding star

Its argosies sailed away.

 

My town is a dreaming town

As it clings to the ocean’s side.

It lifts tall trees to the crooning breeze,

And dips in the tossing tide.

 

My town is a little town,

But, O, wherever I roam

It seems to sing like a living thing

Of peace and joy—and home!

 

A Beautiful Winter’s Day in Kennebunkport: With Thanks to Bill Lord & Don Johnson of Maine HDTV

Here's the video: https://vimeo.com/154429305 (view in full screen!)

KCT Thought of the Week, December 4, 2015

KCT Thought of the Week: “Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.”
Shirley Erena Murray in the hymn “Come and Find the Quiet Center”

Holiday Peace: Photo by Robert Dennis