The TADS Beacon

January was very busy for the TADS cause
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

So when the new year began, I thought perhaps my life would slow down and I could relax a little bit.  But January proved to be a very busy month.  I count eleven events that I attended that had to do with advancing the TADS cause … I also managed to squeeze in two business trips.

Most of my TADS events were just laying the groundwork for future efforts, or meeting for coffee or dinner to strengthen relationships.  None of them were of epic proportions … but, I have to confess: I love meeting and talking to people – so it has been a good deal of fun.

Of special note is that January marked the beginning of Project INTERFACE’s service to Groton-Dunstable.  We on TADS are quite stoked about this.  Speaking with the Director of Project INTERFACE, Margaret Hannah, she told me that they received about ten calls from Groton-Dunstable during this first month.  I hope these ten callers have found comfort from this service … and I hope many more will as well.

I spoke publicly on two occasions about Project INTERFACE.  The first was on Dr. Martin Luther King weekend at our new church, The First Parish Church of Groton.  Their practice is to have a few members of the congregation speak about their experiences in public service.  Rev. Elea Kemler – who happens to be a living, breathing saint of a woman – allowed me to borrow her pulpit for a few minutes.  She may learn the rue the day …  Also, the Groton-Dunstable School Committee invited me to their meeting on January 24th to speak about Project INTERFACE.  My thanks go to Chair Jim Frey and Superintendent Joe Mastrocola, who have been very supportive of my efforts over the past several months.

Looking back …

Three years ago, Jeffrey was preparing to travel to a faraway land – Australia – for a semester abroad.  He had a wonderful five months “Down Under” and we have many great pictures of him looking oh so very happy.  None of them are better than this picture, taken by his friend, Laura.

I’ll end this month with the beautiful poetry of Paul Simon:

Many's, the time I've been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
But I'm all right, I'm all right
I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees
But it's all right, it's all right
We've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road
we're traveling on
I wonder what went wrong
I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age's most uncertain hour
and sing an American tune
But it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest
That's all I'm trying to get some rest

God bless,

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