Ken at the Lydia Child Bandshell, Medford, Massachusetts, 19 February 2012

We are in the middle of February now, and winter has still not decided to stay with us.  We’ve had short visits, but nothing that we New Englanders would really call a real winter.  It’s like North Carolina’s winter has decided to visit us instead.  We’ve had many days in the 40’s and 50’s, and it’s just disconcerting for us.  We keep wondering when we’re really going to get wholloped.

I was out and doing some errands, and realized that I hadn’t yet done a meditation in Medford.  As this is one of the closest towns to my house, it seems strange.  I go through there at least weekly, as it’s on a major route if I’ve to get out to I-93 into Boston.  It was a beautiful sunny day, so I figured I’d take the opportunity.

I walked along the Mystic River, which starts up in Winchester and flows down to Boston Harbor.  Most people know if from the movie, but did you also know that this is the same river mentioned in the Thanksgiving song “Over the River and Through the Woods“? Lydia Child wrote the poem that became the song, and her Grandfather’s House is right on the Mystic River, opposite the Lydia Child Bandshell that you see in the picture here.  Shows that there’re new things to learn every day, even in places that you pass by all the time.

So, have you looked at something close by to make new discoveries about it?

Lydia Child Bandshell, Medford, Massachusetts, 19 February 2012

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