Reflections by Dot Cutter

Thanksgiving for Road Closures

Reflections – November 2018 When we first moved to Connecticut, a dirt road and wooden plank bridge across the Scantic River provided us with a dandy little short-cut home. There were but a few homes along that road, yet it cut off several miles of driving. In time, the town considered improving the bridge and […]

The Growing Season

Reflections – June/July 2017 It’s been awhile since I’ve seen my gardens. Freezing temperatures put the gardens to bed in November, which set up a dicey situation for new lilies and other bulbs which were shipped late. Snow and ice enveloped them throughout the long, relentless winter. Perennials were slow to emerge this spring and […]

The Gift for All Seasons

Christmas Eve Service

Reflections – December 2017 For a child growing up in the Northeast before the era of interstate highways, traveling by car could be quite the l-o-n-g proposition. As an only child, my parents were spared those inevitable backseat sibling squabbles, but boredom and incessant questions of “how much longer” plagued them for sure. However, those […]

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 […]


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 […]