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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Randy and his friend Tom on the top of Mt Washington, with a blue sky with wispy clouds
12 Jun
2021
Setting expectations — In general and on the Rockpile!

Whatever happens in the world is real, what one thinks should have happened is projection We suffer more from our fictitious

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Black dog with red cape against a blue sky background
08 Jun
2021
Our video tribute to the GDB Canine Heroes Event from June 6

“Heroes don’t always wear capes” – Andrea Randall Guide Dogs for the Blind just held their June 6 gala celebrating the canine

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Black lab lies on a white blanket on the floor and gnaws on a bone.
31 May
2021
The “swirl” of our first week home

"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity Life is eternal We have

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Randy in a black commencement robe and gown, wearing a Patriots mask, with Swirl the black lab in a harness at his side, next to the Dean also in a black robe and black mask. 
23 May
2021
Commencing with a tremendous honor at the University of New Hampshire

My own graduation with Swirl was barely complete when I processed beside Dean Mike Decelle to the platform from where I would provide the

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Randy, smiling man in a light purple shirt, sitting and smiling on a bench with a black lab in a harness sitting beside him looking at the camera.
16 May
2021
Working and welcoming the new “employee”

"Coming together is the beginning Keeping together is progress Working together is success" --Henry Ford Those following the daily video

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Black lab lies on a white blanket on the floor and gnaws on a bone.
11 May
2021
Meet “Buddy”

Randy is out on the West coast, and we are pleased to share that he met his new Guide Dog today! It's best described in this note from

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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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