Walking Together In Tomaquag Valley

By HHA Member Thomas A Helmer

Two years ago, when I completed the first edition of “Walking Together”, I knew the best Stewards of this book would be the Hopkinton Historical Association. This Non Profit organization has, for 57 years, been a true friend for the Town of Hopkinton, keeping who we were, and what we did over the past 257 years from being forgotten in the present. Your local Historical Association is doing the same thing in your town.

With the complete ownership of the Kindle Format e Book comes a new way of supporting the work and events that HHA does throughout the year, as ALL Royalties from the sale of “Walking” go to HHA.

What Is The e Book About?

The short answer is “Used Rocks”, and where they live.

The longer answer is “Walking Together” is about learning how to see our common History in the testimony of what those odd piles of stone in the forest represent. The glaciers dumped a LOT of stone all over New England. But the Hand Of Man created Structure out of randomness. The color of the builder’s hands has varied over time, but the rocks remain indifferent, equally preserving the Indigenous and Colonial Stone Structures.

“Walking Together” is just what it’s name suggests: I walk with a “Companion”, never identified by gender, race or age, in the woods where I live. The Companion and I take ten walks together, and in each one, the photos and our conversations explain the progressive subtlety and meaning of what is right before our eyes. Along the way the Companion learns to see with new eyes, wide eyes, sharper eyes, trained eyes, and finally “Eyes of Understanding”. You can’t learn to “see” the past in one hike, neither was history built in one day.

Walking together with your companions allows for growth, the same is true in “Walking Together”.

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