Reflections by Dot Cutter

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 […]


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 […]

Light and Shadows

Reflections — November 2016 New England’s autumn colors can be absolutely intoxicating. The variety of shadings within the spectrum is not only stunning but nearly endless. No wonder thousands of people flock to the area each year to take in this radiant display of God’s glory. It’s as though creation itself is singing the splendor […]

Silver Linings

Reflections — October 2016 My grandfather was an avid photographer. His photos were primarily color slides and movies of vacation venues near and far, family activities, and local points of interest — mountains, lakes, and rivers — at all the seasons of the year, and the accompanying nature sightings. For him the background was as […]

Details and Precision

Reflections — September 2016 The Olympics in Rio have just closed, yet the excitement and awe linger long after those closing ceremonies and the flame is extinguished. For each athlete, regardless of their specialty or the outcome, participation in the Olympics represents the culmination of countless hours of commitment to detail and precision. We see […]

Fireflies and Sparklers

As a child, each 4th of July I eagerly anticipated my family’s short walk to one of our city’s parks where a fireworks display captivated my attention. Upon returning home, the adults would enjoy Farmer’s Sodas on the front porch while I entertained myself on our front lawn with sparklers and catching fireflies in a […]

The Everlasting Wellspring

Springtime is perhaps my favorite season of the year. Beauty and fragrance surrounds us. But have you noticed how it doesn’t always measure up to our expectations? Sometimes it comes roaring in with great exuberance, fairly kicking winter off the stage with its sunshine and warmth. Other years, it’s like a sleepy little kid on […]