Archives - December, 2013

14 Dec 13

By Randy Pierce

The holidays are upon us–or, since they often seem to wear folks down, perhaps the “holly daze” is more appropriate. I love the notion of seasonal cheer which often brings about the best in community interactions. However, I certainly understand the stress and challenge it may bring for some, particularly in the shopping world. So if you need something a little more than a copy of “Four More Feet” as a gift for someone then perhaps consider searching some of the incredible crafty and artistic opportunities for your gifts this holiday season.

While I have reasonable creativity, I’ve rarely been accused of being artistically talented– for very good reason. I do, however, have many friends who astound me with their creative talents. As an example, I wanted to share three in particular because of the quality of their work and for the many ways in which they have supported me personally and 2020 Vision Quest. I urge you to take a look at their pages and offerings. These are just three of the many examples; I’m hopeful that on our blog and through our social media, many others will share their own similar pages or favorite pages to help us all discover some of the wonders available this holiday season.

Jennifer Liang:

Rachel Morris:

Erin DesMarais:

While I apologize in advance to the many talented friends I have missed in this short sample, I do urge you all to share your links and gift us all with the chance to see your talents!

Happy holidays to everyone! Our “On the Path” Blog will take a two-week break to celebrate the holiday season. We’ll look forward to sharing more with you in the new year ahead!

Happy holidays from the Pierce family and 2020 Vision Quest!



10 Dec 13

By Randy Pierce

Memorial School

I freely admit that it is more challenging right now for me to sit and write on any topic without Quinn dominating my thoughts. I wanted to lean away from him this round and found a path, but due to some incredible schools and students you’ll note I didn’t get to stray far.

Just before Thanksgiving we had a trio of interactions with schools which produced a veritable cornucopia of rewards worthy of sharing with our community. Given the nature of the gifts along with that fact that December 11, 2013 is Quinn’s 9th Birthday, it seems appropriate to feature them while honoring Quinn’s Day.

We made our fourteenth visit to Memorial Elementary School in Bedford, NH and during this final time the presentations were to us rather than from us. Through a generous “Pennies for Paws” program incredibly matched by a family, they donated $1,156 to 2020 Vision Quest in honor of Quinn! Additionally the hand crafted cards in support of Quinn are clearly signs of the positive impact of this incredible pup!

Quinn sits amongst a batch of get well and thank you cards

Thank you and get well cards from students.

Sunapee Middle High school requested a pair of consecutive presentations for grades 6-8 and 9-12 in their gymnasium. Their 2013 theme of “perseverance” seemed an appropriate topic for our presentation. Yet again, we were the ones gifted, not just with an honorarium to the charity, a school sweatshirt for Randy, tasty soft treats for Quinn and a school website article, but also an incredible video slide show with musical accompaniment all in tribute to the Mighty Quinn!

Our final gift did not involve our even attending the school. Our friend, frequent hiking partner, and sixth grade English teacher, Kyle Dancause, shared our story with his class at F.A. Day Middle School of Newton, MA. While we didn’t get to meet the students directly, they were given a taste of our celebrations of life and sent along a group poem in four parts. The audio files of their reading the poem to us was a Birthday worthy tribute to the mostly Mighty Quinn!

Four More Poems Part 1

Four More Poems Part 2

Four More Poems Part 3

Four More Poems Part 4

Happy Birthday Quinn and thank you for the gift of sharing life with you!


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