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Brian Trudeau
Newtown, CT
Life liver, truth seeker, wanderer
Interests: movies, poker, beer, whiskey, cooking, spicy foods, video games, travel, adventures, hanging with friends, the beach, fishing
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I decided to begin smaller "quick posts" in hopes that I might be more successful in keeping this moving. The Sandy Hook anniversary came and went and I didn't share any reflections on that here, but maybe at a more appropriate time. We had my parents over for a small... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
Posting political comments on Facebook is almost as unpopular as posting political memes. Having written a few comments myself, I'm not sure what good it offers the writer, either (maybe some sort of satisfaction that your voice is being heard - it's like a Letter to the Editor, except the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
That's a quote from the movie, "The odd Life of Timothy Green" which my wife and I watched tonight. The choice was a whim although I saw a clip at some point and was always curious to see it. Sometimes the best outcomes come from whims! I'm not feeling too... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
Had a brief look at the date of my last post. So much has happened since 6/5! I've definitely become more nostalgic since 12/14, or maybe I just cherish the time that's given to us even more than I did before. Either way, the urge became strong enough tonight to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
Today was Tommy's last day of pre-school; his "graduation" is on Friday. Next year he'll be off to kindergarten and taking the bus; he'll still be a little boy - just a bit less of one than he is now. It has been an emotional time. This summer will really... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
During my recent trip to Detroit, I came to appreciate the reality that folks living in different parts of the country have been affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy in different ways. Take for instance the woman I sat next to on the plane. She told me she grew up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
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Dylan was the name given to the son of Ian and Nicole Hockley. He is one of the dozens of spirits that ascended to a place beyond our comprehension on December 14, 2012. We grieve for the Hockleys and all the other families for the immeasurable losses they've come to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
Tomorrow will mark one full week from my last day of employment at Ulbrich Steel. I was a full-time employee for approximately four and a half years and during that time, gained a great deal of knowledge and experience. I will value the relationships I formed for years to come.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
As mentioned in my last post, I recently finished my first reading of David Whyte, recommended to me by someone whose opinion I value highly. If it weren't for copyright laws I'd quote the whole text in one go! ...but maybe I can skirt by with a reference here and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
It's from the highest vantage point that you can see the farthest. Our lives reach these peaks at times. Sometimes we pause, take in the view, enjoy a breath of fresh air and climb back down. Other times we choose to take the leap and in doing so, learn to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
"Ms. Debbie" is our boys' daycare provider; they see her twice a week. She's a great teacher and a nurturing caretaker. One of the things I love the most about taking the boys there is that she teaches them patriotic lessons, like the Pledge of Allegiance, or singing "You're a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
This is a question my wife and I hear on occasion from our four-year-old. His beloved Nanny passed away in 2012 and his memories of her are still fresh. He has yet to come to understand the permanence of death - gentle attempts to explain it haven't sunk in. We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
When I was a young kid in elementary school, the science teacher showed us a cross-section of a tree trunk. I learned that with each passing year, the tree went through a death/rebirth cycle that produced a ring. All one needed to do was count the rings to see how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at The Heart of Life is Good
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Today is Christmas and there are so many things I want to write, but it's been a long day, a long week. It's been a agonizing week for all in our little town of Newtown, CT. Our hearts have bled and as my father put it today, we've "cried bitter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
I’ve been reading Paul Auster’s new book, Winter Journal. I’m completely unfamiliar with his other works, but I do find his writing style inspiring. This book is a sort of retrospective collection of memoirs from a man in his 60s, with a particular focus on his five senses. It includes... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
I've always been fascinated with the visceral, instinctual feeling us humans feel when it comes to the seasons and weather. It seems that at times, a glimmer of the sacred, ancestral connection to the natural world lives on. Something about a whiff of air can tell you that the seasons... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
After watching an incredibly inspiring video from the TED Conference by Shawn Achor week or so ago… http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html I’ve decided to adopt one of the simple methods for re-wiring one’s brain to be oriented toward the positive in life vs the negative. I’d like to think of myself as having... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
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Seems yet again I've let this blog slip so it's time to pick up the slack! 7/28: The weekend after the last stormy post included my cousin's Liz's wedding (credit to my Aunt Wendy for the photo below): It was really great to see the joy in my cousin's face... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
Well I've been a little slacking with this blog. Time to at least give a weather report! There was a lot of hubbubb today about the storm that was supposed to sweep through CT. Here are a few minutes of footage showing the storm front headed for us. The first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
So in case anyone's been living under a rock for the last 3 or 4 weeks (or in case years from now I forget), there's been a crazy heat wave up here in the Northeast. We had one break in the weather, a wicked storm that came through the other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
I've been busy lately but am gearing back up! I hope to have a few new posts soon. I've got a lot of old pictures and videos I'd like to upload. Most likely they won't be in chronological order! Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
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Not sure how many of you read this article (apparently this is old news - I found it via this link, dated in March 2012 - which has some extra commentary). If you take the time to read them, you may be getting a sneak peek at the future. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
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Hope everyone has a peaceful holiday. May we all have an afternoon like Tally below: Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
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[Spoiler warning] The other night I was looking for something to watch and decided to check out "The Adjustment Bureau." It was a movie I was mildly interested in so figured, no big loss if it turns out to be a bust. In a nutshell, Matt Damon's character is a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at The Heart of Life is Good
Great ideas. If you use a little imagination you can turn anything into a game. Last night we were eating at a restaurant and had three little cars. We killed about 10-15 minutes just counting down 3-2-1 and flipping them over with our fingers. Anyone who could do a complete flip got a point. Our 4-year-old was totally into it.