A wide shot of the Andes Mountains with a snow covered Mt. Ausangate in the center. The 2020 team of eleven are hiking in the foreground on a beautiful day.

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The 2020 team in Peru poses in front of the beautiful Rainbow Mountain.
02 May
2021
Exploring the value of emotional intelligence

"Emotions can get in the way or get you on the way" -Mavis Mazhura I’ve heard it suggested recently that emotional intelligence

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A stone cairn on a green hillside with cloudy sky in the background.
25 Apr
2021
Some of my waypoints during a difficult journey

“Somehow we’ve come to equate success with not needing anyone Many of us are willing to extend a helping hand, but we’re very

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Randy plays with a Guide Dog on the beach, with words "Celebrating Canine Heroes - Big News" superimposed
17 Apr
2021
Celebrating Canine Heroes–And Our Big News!

We intended to release this video for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Canine Heroes Event in June, but post-production we were inspired to add

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Randy in a blue sweatshirt, wearing headphones, using a keyboard, sitting in a gray chair next to a fireplace.
04 Apr
2021
Taking time for blind technology

Usability is a measure of how easy it is to use something, while accessibility relates to whether the something can be used by anyone,

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28 Mar
2021
Now presenting our latest video production

"People often say that motivation doesn't last Well, neither does bathing—that's why we recommend it daily" —Zig Zigler Zig has a

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Boston Billiards logo
21 Mar
2021
A pivotal partner in reaching our peak potential in 2021

We experienced the setbacks resulting from Covid-19 and the year 2020 reality which did not spare the charity 2020 Vision Quest Despite the

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Autumn, a black and tan lab in the grass next to an empty harness.
13 Mar
2021
What fuels your determination and resiliency?

As someone with fairly ordinary physical gifts, I have been asked many times how I have frequently accomplished things many might

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Poster of Quinn and Randy climbing a mountain with the following words superimposed: Climb Your Mountain. Trust, Commit, Persevere, Build Your Team, Believe and Achieve, Reach Your Peak Potential.
28 Feb
2021
The winter of our discontent? A mountain climber’s tale

“Now is the winter of our discontent” is a quote that was popularized by William Shakespeare in Richard III, and also the title of John

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Randy and Brent on a sunny day, taking a pause from biking and doing a fist bump. Randy wears a tie-dye shirt and helmet and Brent's shirt is blue.
21 Feb
2021
Fireside Chat #2: Join us with Dr. Brent Bell from the University of New Hampshire

When: Saturday, February 27 at 7:00 pm Where: Sign up here for free access to the Zoom link My friendship with Brent extends back to

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A corner of a room with green walls, with a window and a small table that contains a statue of a young child playing a lute, and also a recorder and some candles.
13 Feb
2021
Morning methods to better my day

"Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to

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Randy in a Patriots jersey stands in his living room, beside a wall of Patriots celebration photos and a lifesize Tom Brady cutout (Patriots football player) that is poised to throw a football. Randy is looking back at the cutout, posing like he's ready to catch the football. 
07 Feb
2021
Tom Brady tosses lessons for success

Organizations often invite speakers with the intent of extracting secrets, subtle or otherwise, for their success Success may be measured

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Screen shot of Michelle Brier, brown-haired woman, speaking to the audience.
31 Jan
2021
First Fireside Chat Warmed a Cold Night in January

People often say that motivation doesn't last Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily - Zig Ziglar Friday,

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Randy running on a rainy street in the Boston Marathon, with a tee shirt that says 1st Boston Blind Runner, #Miles4Quinn, 2020VisionQuest.org
24 Jan
2021
The many faces of the word, “Resolve”

“It's an unfortunate fact that I'm easily discouraged But the fortunate truth is I'm stubborn as hell and near impossible to sway in my

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Randy stands in a room with green walls, in a plaid button-down shirt and red tie, speaking into headphones, mid-gesture.
17 Jan
2021
Our virtual school presentations adapt for today

"Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games” – Babe Ruth More than a decade of presenting in schools allowed us to adapt

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Two masked women walk down a path with a long practice harness between them.
10 Jan
2021
Guide Dog Update and Training Innovations during COVID-19

I’ve been without a Guide Dog for a little while now and folks continue to ask me regularly about it Guide Dogs for the Blind is

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Randy in Patriot Santa hat and 2020 Vision Quest/Gate City Strider Shirt runs on his treadmill
02 Jan
2021
Running out the clock on 2020 earns a respite

On the final day of 2020 I stepped onto the treadmill for a 62-mile run which was relatively short for me this year It brought my total

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Randy, Tracy, and Nama all pose in a snowy yard. Randy and Tracy are wearing Santa hats (Randy's being a Patriots version). Everyone is smiling and looking festive.
20 Dec
2020
My Christmas Card to You

“Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want but the realization of how much you already have” --Anonymous “Now is

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Randy sits cross-legged on his treadmill wearing his Patriots jersey (number 54), looking up at a small statue of Buddha, appearing contemplative.
07 Dec
2020
Deeper introspections on 54 miles run on my treadmill

Don’t pray for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs ― Buddha Before I even begin my attempt to run 54 miles on my

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Golden retriever puppy with a green sign saying "Guide Dog Puppy" in front of a wooded background.
30 Nov
2020
Giving my gratitude for the matching grant announcement – Coming on Dec. 1

It has been difficult to witness the significant, though understandable, impact of COVID-19 on the fundraising side of our charitable

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A Thanksgiving cornucopia of fruits and gourds of the season, surrounded by candles, with a bright sunlit window behind it.
23 Nov
2020
A very 2020 Thanksgiving

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life It turns what we have into enough, and more It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to

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