Summer in Massachusetts always seems to be getting shorter while the oppressive New England winters drag on and on, until just one last blast of frigid wind cuts through you and you finally decide to move some place warm as soon as possible. Of course that really only applies to those of us who have no interest in skiing, the winter Olympics or snow at all for that matter.  And yet even we enemies...

I just searched our local paper The Hometown Weekly which covers the communities of Medfield, Dover, Sherborn, Westwood, Walpole, and Needham, MA for Memorial Day events in our area.  I learned that flags have been placed on the graves of veterans by local groups throughout our area.  All have ceremonies planned to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Every Memorial Day, in tow...

He was there at the breakfast table in the morning, deftly wandering between our legs in the hopes a hand holding a piece of bacon would appear at dog level. He was there at the door, his tail snapping back and forth like a whip, when I came home from school. When I was ill or had a particularly bad day, somehow he was aware of it and would approach me hesitantly, his tail down, barely wagging.  ...

Where do we put our anger?  Where do we direct it?  What do we do with the hatred that simmers to a boil when it is revealed that a precious eight year old boy lost his life on a crowded Boston sidewalk cheering on marathon runners with his father, mother and sister?  How do we get that heartbreaking image to make any sense? Right now, we don’t.  We grieve and we slowly rally together and circle o...

As I was cleaning out the garage recently I came across my father-in-law’s battered old hockey skates. The pair of blades, tattered laces knotted up in a bow, was hanging on a rusty nail off to the side of my dartboard. Just looking at the skates instantly reminded me of a conversation I’d had with him during Thanksgiving dinner. As the kids sat in front of the television playing video games he wa...

This is a story about Bob and his $10,000 window. About a year ago, when oil prices  skyrocketed, Bob decided it was time for a new window. He had one old window that was  leaking air and he knew it was driving up his heating bills. “Better get that replaced before winter,” he thought to himself. Bob called five contractors to get bids. Two were local companies with a lot of signs in his  neighbo...

Sometimes you just have to shrug your shoulders and let things go. We all face times in our lives when the easiest thing to do would be to lose your temper and take it out on someone else. It’s natural. But a little patience and a bit of human kindness are so much more respectable. The other day, on my way home from work, I stopped off at the supermarket to pick up a few things. As I was waiting ...

I hope everybody had a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.  I’m very thankful that the Masters Touch team could take a few days off to enjoy some time with their families and remember all of the service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the great freedoms we have.

Doug

What am I going to be doing when I’m 70? Who knows, but I bet it will be fun! Today I bought a new mountain bike (new to me, anyway, it’s a 1999 Cannondale, full suspension, if you are keeping score.)  I’ve had the same mountain bike since 1997, purchased at Fat Dog Bike Shop in Westwood.  That bike and me have been to the end of earth and back – well, at least around the block several times.  It...