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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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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A pair of feet in blue shoes with bright green laces walk a tighrope, with a city green in the background far below.
16 Nov
2020
Exploring and using our fears

“I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship” —Louisa May Alcott There’s an irony in how often we fear

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A beautiful view of autumn colors (gold and orange) in the woods
01 Nov
2020
Electing to provide a week’s worth of words for Wednesday

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind” – Jennifer Dukes Lee What can I do in a decidedly difficult week for many

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Randy stands on a treadmill, his hands held up in victory.
24 Oct
2020
Going the distance from summit celebration to ultra-marathons

“I started running for reasons I had only just begun to understand As a child, I ran in the woods and around my house for fun As a

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Nama, a black-mouth cur, sits with an eager and mischievous expression
18 Oct
2020
Growing our home and hearts before a Guide Dog arrives

“If you don’t own a dog, at least one, there is not necessarily anything wrong with you, but there may be something wrong with

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Randy runs on a treadmill on his porch, with a teammate holding a "Team With a Vision" sign.
11 Oct
2020
Setting my sights on a new goal

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming  the person you most want to be Put your

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Randy and Tracy, holding hands, gaze into each others eyes on their wedding day.
10 Oct
2020
Happy Anniversary, Randy and Tracy!

Randy and Tracy Pierce married on 10/10/10 -- 10 years ago today They spent this beautiful, sunny day surrounded by their friends and

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A colorful rock summit with a bright blue sky and a distant ridge line.
04 Oct
2020
The Path Forward: Want to come along?

“Know from whence you came If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go”  James

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