Into the Berkshires and up to Mount Greylock

GreylockSummit-2In the Universe or Mystery that some folks call God, we found the Berkshires leisurely hiding in the hills and trees and valleys of our Roads Less Traveled. We set out on this Fall Get-Away with the purpose of being in nature. It is there that our spirits are renewed. It has always been both of our recipes for spiritual renewal. It is partly what drew us to each other. We’ve known each other now for about 12 years and married for eight. It feels like we’ve always been together and yet such a short time at the same time. The “we” for those of you who don’t know is myself, Connie, and my wife, Joyce. Our other traveler with us is Rusty, my 5 ½ pound Chihuahua, who has now seen the Smokey Mountains and several parts of the Appalachians, including the White Mountains and now the Berkshires, and in particular, Mount Greylock.

Since this is the first official week of fall, the leaves have only hints of turning colors with a spot here and there. There is the promise of all our New England autumn in all its glorious colors. I’ve often said that New England is God’s country, and it is especially true when dressed in its multi-colored coat of brilliant leaves.

WWI Monument-2Our Roads Less Traveled this week, has taken us into small town America, as well as the breath-taking views seen only from the top of a mountain. We negotiated hairpin turns after hairpin turns on our drive up the mountain. There were many scenic views along the way. On top of Mount Greylock is a WWI memorial and monument. It is a striking monument, somewhat like a pyramid with a great ball on top. I saw it in the daytime, but I understand it lights up at night as a beacon of hope and thankfulness.

Mount Greylock was one of the CCCs (Civil Conservation Corps) projects, which was part of the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fix for the Great Depression in the 1930s and 1940s. It employed young men 18-23 at first and expanded to employ young men from 17-28. It was run much like the military. There were no frills, but fed and housed in military style.

I always like being reminded of our history as we travel. Last year, we went to Campobello Island, which was the summer home for Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt. It’s even better when I feel we’ve connected our trips. It’s probably just a hangover from homeschooling. My youngest daughter, Erin, was schooled at home through high school. Looking for learning in everything we did became a way of life. And Joyce and I have continued that by visiting Presidential Libraries and Museums.

Beyond historical connections, our connection with nature is essential. We drove through many of the forests in the western part of Massachusetts. Although with a GPS, it is hard to get lost, it is easy to search for something that doesn’t exist. We were looking for food, which took us on a rural road through farmlands full of the remnants of corn fields, bales of hay, and both cattle and horses. I’m sorry to report that the restaurant we searched for was not there, but it was a beautiful ride and certainly took us into places we would never have gone otherwise. Mistakes and wrong turns are only opportunities to see what exists outside the well-marked roads.

From Williamstown to Great Barrington to Mount Greylock to Lee to Shelburne Falls, we have explored in and around and through the Berkshires. What connects these experiences are probably the trees. There is nothing like driving down roads where you suddenly feel you are in the understory of a forest. It makes me wish I could get out and explore what exists in the thickets beside the roads, but then maybe imagination is better than reality. At any rate, exploring and hiking and those sort of physical activities are not easily done any more. We require paved, even surfaces rather than the uneven, rocky or hilly terrain, especially with Joyce’s unsteady gait at present. The surgeon is scheduled, and we’ll see what he says about her torn meniscus and what might be going on with her hip replacement.

Although our ability to hike and get up-close-and-personal with trails and trees and other plant life and animals of various varieties, visiting nature can still be done driving. We even took most of our photos without leaving the car. We drove to the summit of Mount Greylock and drove quite a few scenic byways. All-in-all, we are returning to home, feeling spiritually refreshed, which was our purpose!

The Berkshires and Norman Rockwell

There is something special about a fall vacation. It is a throw-back to when the children had to go back to school, so the vacation season was greatly compressed. However, since my wife Joyce retired, we have enjoyed a wonderful vacation each fall since. Last year, we went to Lubeck, Maine, and over into Canada to Campobello Island, the summer home for the President and Eleanor Roosevelt. This year, we chose to explore the Berkshires. Although I’ve been in Maine about a dozen years, I’ve never actually been to the Berkshires.

Today, we enjoyed the Norman Rockwell Museum. His paintings are so iconic of the mid-nineteenth century. Those who are part of the Baby Boomers probably remember seeing the Saturday Evening Post. It was a favorite at my house, although I was too young to have read it, the covers always stuck with me. Seeing his style of art makes me a bit nostalgic for the simpler times.

Oh yes, those times, when I was still just a kid, and I had few duties other than to play and explore the world around me. Norman Rockwell, captured that, as well. Naturally, not having studied art, I had missed some of what made his paintings so enjoyable by so many people: he captured expressions on people’s faces. This was missing from previous eras of portrait painting! The picture was always so formal and featured the person more expressionless. Compared to Rockwell paintings where expressions are so vivid and manifest a wide variety of moods, it’s obvious why Norman Rockwell was sought after. He captured the innocence of America. He showed us an America where childhood for most were filled with wonder and naivety. He showed us up-beat art at every turn.

While Rockwell also illustrated books, I believe it was his cover art for the Saturday Evening Post that truly boosted him into the winning spotlight over and over again. Rockwell captured the essence of humanity for a mostly white readership. But don’t hold him up as a racist, because he was not. He captured the little African-American girl who had to be escorted to her newly assigned school during integration in 1964. He also captured our ethnic diversity in a painting that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1961, which he called the Golden Rule. Rockwell’s own words, “I wanted to include people of every race, creed, and color, depict them with dignity and hope,” were an affirmation to his dedication to global peace and harmony.

He was a prolific illustrator and portrait painter. Just to see the walls lined with Saturday Evening Posts at the museum moved me. My family nor I did not know Norman Rockwell. I probably would not run in his same circles should he be alive today, but he brought art to the people in the Twentieth Century in a manner that still lives on past his own life and into the Twenty-First Century.


Becoming a JV Partner

A JV or Joint Venture Partner can be a lucrative opportunity for both partners. Whether your list is big or small, you can still partner with others. But just because you don’t have a big list does not mean you cannot partner with someone who has a big list.

When you have a small list, partnering with people with larger lists can help you grow your list. However, if your list is small, you can also partner with other people with small lists, you’ll just need more partners.

Why partner with anyone? Well, extending your reach is always a plus. If you’re launching a book or holding a tele-summit or a single webinar, having partners to spread the word is always a positive way to begin.

How do we get the partners? We ask, like I am asking now! Will you be my JV Partner?

Who am I to be asking:

Connie Dunn is an award-winning author, speaker, and educator. She spent nearly 30 years as a freelance writer, writing for magazines and newspapers, including a regular column on small and home-based businesses, so she understands the entrepreneurial world view. She also worked for publishers, such as Prentice Hall as a Developmental or Content Editor. She has been an Indie Published author since 1981. She has published more than 30 books in paperback and Kindle, including children’s books, poetry, non-fiction, and she is currently working on a mystery novel for adults. Connie is available as a speaker on a variety of topics. You can find more about her books and work with writers at and Her latest offering is The 3-Hour Book Project, which is an ONLINE project with two 90-minute Webinars (the teaching part) and two group coaching calls (the problem-solving, all questions answered part).

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I am also available to talk about Why Entrepreneurs Need to Publish a Book, if that fits with your podcast, teleseminar, tele-summit, webinar, Blog Talk Radio program, etc. I would also be glad to write a guest blog for your blog, if that fits for you, as well.

Calling All Entrepreneurs!

Tony Robbins, motivational speaker, coach, and published author, says, "Leaders anticipate. Losers react." Which one do you want to be?

Naturally, we all want to be a LEADER not a loser! So, how do we anticipate? Let's look at how that can be manifested into your business? If we anticipate, we expect or predict. We might even take action to be prepared.

Be prepared for what? Being SUCCESSFUL!

One easy way to move toward success is to become known as a knowledgeable person in your field. How do you prove that? PUBLISH a book.

Publishing a book is not as hard as it sounds. In fact, most entrepreneurs have written the material for their book many times over. You can find out how to write your book without even leaving the comfort of your home with The 3-Hour Book Project.

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Did you know that most SUCCESSFUL Coaches, such as Tony Robbins, did not become successful until after they published a book? As a matter of fact, Tony Robbins worked for Jim Rohn, who was a successful motivational speaker. He credits Rohn for teaching him the ropes, but the fact remains that until Tony published his first book, no one knew who he was or what he knew. Once Tony showed that he was knowledgeable by publishing a book, his business took off.

Was it simply publishing a book? No. What comes from publishing a book is what really makes a difference. You see, there is a shift in how you are viewed after you have published a book, because you suddenly become a “Published Author.” That title holds a lot of prestige. Now that you’ve become an AUTHOR, radio and TV talk show hosts are interested in interviewing you. With the onset of the Internet, we now can multiply the possibilities for getting yourself known. Podcasts, teleseminars, panel discussions, internet radio (Blog Talk Radio), and other opportunities help spread the word about you and your message.

Want to join the ranks of CELEBRITY Authorpreneurs? An authorpreneur is simply an author, who is an entrepreneur or an entrepreneur who becomes an author. First, you need to write that book. Here’s how:

Still not sure? Read on…

Entrepreneurs who publish a book gain the following benefits:

  1. It gives you CREDENTIALS.
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But what really keeps people from writing their book is simple:

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I, Connie Dunn, promise to teach you everything you need to know about writing your book in two 90-minute Live Webinars and two 60-minute group coaching calls. This is a total investment of 5 hours of your time and it is spread out over two weeks: November 10 & 17 are the teaching Webinars; November 12 & 19 are the group coaching calls. Here’s how to register – simply follow this link:

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