Reflections by Dot Cutter

Veneers and Inlays

Reflections – October 2017 On a recent foray into an antique store I was drawn to some unusually beautiful pieces of furniture. Most were solid wood, rather than veneers — mahogany and cherry predominately — displaying stunning grain and strikingly beautiful patterns in the wood. Imagine the excitement a furniture maker must feel when encountering […]


Hunters and Jumpers

Reflections – September 2017 What youngster hasn’t longed for a horse sometime in his/her youth? I know I did. Living in a small city, opportunities for riding were few, but my love for these magnificent animals never waned. However, it wasn’t until college that I had the opportunity to ride with any consistency. Our university […]


Facades

Reflections – August 2017 In rocky regions of the world, stone buildings have a history of great longevity. Churches in particular often display great artistic beauty carved into or affixed to their solid stone facades. In homes and other small buildings constructed of stone, they carry a unique charm all their own. In the United […]


Seasons in God

Reflections – June/July 2017 Lifting the shades in our bedroom, I was greeted to yet another gloomy morning with puddles from last night’s rain. Still, it wasn’t the gloom I focused on. For against this grey backdrop the beauty of spring had come dancing in like a dainty fairy princess garbed in delicate shades of […]


Springtime Trickery

Reflections — May 2017 Does your mind ever play tricks on you? Mine does, especially in the early springtime. Snow has disappeared. The grass has greened up nicely. Forsythia bushes and daffodils wave in the breezes. Ah yes, this is at last what I’ve been waiting for! And, I muse, soon the blossoming trees will […]


Taking the Plunge

Reflections — April 2017 “Taking the plunge” sounds mighty impulsive, doesn’t it? And on occasion it truly is. But usually it is the final decision that we see after a period of vacillating between two opposing options and perhaps much preparation. Numerous examples come to mind from ordinary to outlandish. Along the Maine or California […]


The Rewards of Listening

Reflections — March 2017 Winter enthusiasts were jubilant this February when New England received a major snowstorm, depositing more than a foot and a half all across the region. Skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers all flocked to their favorite spots in the great outdoors. Not to be outdone in the fun department was […]


Snowflakes

Reflections — February 2017 Winter is a time when, for generations, young children have delighted in making paper snowflakes to decorate windows, bulletin boards, book jackets and probably a host of other objects. There is an almost a magical quality about them, something akin to butterflies. Sparked by imagination and creativity, great variety emerges making […]


The Best Things in Life Are Free

Reflections — January 2017 Opening the mail in January after the flurry of Christmas spending for gifts can be quite the shock! All those “sales” and “deals” can easily add up to an astounding amount of money. And cheap, reasonable, or expensive are all relative terms, proportional to available income. Sometimes reality hits hard; other […]


Joy Comes in the Morning

Reflections — December 2016 It was a cold day with a strong howling wind resembling a relentless roar. The sky looked menacing as dark clouds fairly flew by. Random snowflakes swirled around intermittently, interrupted by the momentary ray of sunshine peeping through the clouds, only to be overtaken, obscured, and reinforced by more clouds. Freshly […]