Posts By: Chris

Zigging and Zagging through Spencer

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Because of weather and life events, it’s been a few weeks since Annie and I have hiked the Midstate Trail. Today we got back to it, picking up the trail at a spot Annie hasn’t hiked yet, beginning at Browning Pond (in the photo, above) and ending at Sibley Memorial Stone. It was a beautiful hike… Read more »

Hiking to Crow Hill

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For some reason, I love Crow Hill. I’ve only visited it a couple of times, and when I’m on top I surely don’t want to go near the edge. (Stupid fear of heights issue for this hiker.) But it’s a really cool lookout and I think it’s great that there is a place for people to… Read more »

Hiking the midstate trail through Ashburnham

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Today was the second leg of the Midstate Trail. We started at the parking lot of Mt. Watatic and ended where it crosses route 12 in Ashburnham. We (Annie and I) walked mostly through forest, on cushy pine needles in some places (a welcome respite for tired feet), up a couple of mountains / hills… Read more »

My next hiking adventure – the Midstate Trail

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Today my new fall hiking adventure began. Last year it was hiking all the trails of Mount Wachusett. This year it’s hiking the Midstate Trail. And if we don’t finish it in the fall (it’s 93 miles total), we’ll finish it up in the spring. As long as we keep on hiking, that’s all that… Read more »

See it that way

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Life is beautiful. If you see it that way. Life is ugly. If you see it that way. The way we see the world is a reflection of what is inside. People are beautiful. If you see them that way. People are ugly. If you see them that way. The way we view other people… Read more »

They said

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You’re ugly. You’re weird. We don’t like you. They said. Really? Why did you do that? You’re supposed to do it this way. They said. Don’t! Leave that alone. No, you can’t try that. They said. Be a good girl. Do what you are told. Stop asking questions. They said. Quit daydreaming. Focus. Get this… Read more »

I come to the garden alone

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I was in my garden today. And the song, “I come to the garden alone” came into my head. I sang the verses I knew. Then I just kept asking “why?” And I knew I didn’t have to say more than that one word. Because it encompasses it all. I even started to type out… Read more »


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You lied to me today. You know it. And I know it. I watched you like a fish stuck in a net slowly wriggle free with a few words here a few words there. Finally, you breathed a sigh of relief as the net fell away. Only you didn’t escape. I let you loose. You weren’t… Read more »

Rich man, poor man

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In all these years I’ve lived a privileged life, I never realized something until watching two documentaries the other day. One, called Human. The other called Living on One Dollar. Both can be found on YouTube. The realizations were about poverty. I remember my days of scraping to get by. Of working really hard to… Read more »


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Some days, I feel so lonely. It’s a chore – a literal chore – being so different. I have to make myself separate meals, because everybody else I know eats dairy and eggs and meat and wheat…and fat and processed foods and sugar. I’m the only one at the party not eating the cake. I… Read more »