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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: If Not Now, When?

“When you are on a journey, it is certainly helpful to know where you are going, or at least the general direction in which you are moving. But don’t forget — the only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is.” It’s a passage from spiritualist Eckhart Tolle’s masterful bestseller, “The Power of Now,” a
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Climate Local Now: A Guide to Succession Planting in Your Garden

by Cristina Cosentino This month marks the start of gardening season on the East End. Every year is a chance to start over. Gardens are forgiving in that way, and they teach patience. We have to wait a whole year before we can try something different. Now is the time to plan improvements for this year. Planting in succession is one way to make the most out of your garden.
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Climate Local Now | Of Mice and Men: Befriending Nature’s Balance

Pictured Above: Stone walls were once prime snake habitat on the East End, but few snakes have been seen here in recent years, leading to cascading consequences up and down the food chain. by Leonard Green When I was a boy, snakes were a common sight on the island: garter snakes, northern black racers, and milk snakes. Black racers are the largest snakes on Long Island. I know they are
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: The Fearful Cocoon of Ego

by Dave Davis “Here we are with so much wisdom and tenderness, and – without even knowing it – we cover it over to protect ourselves from insecurity. Although we have the potential to experience the freedom of a butterfly, we mysteriously prefer the small and fearful cocoon of ego.”  This is quite a profound passage, if you ask me. It’s one that I gleaned from American Buddhist nun, Pema
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Climate Local Now: Gray Cobblestone or Cheaper, Smarter, Greener

The gazebo at Reeves Beach in Riverhead after recent winter storms. |. Tom Shaffery photo by Mark Haubner and Mary Morgan What Are We Thinking? More like, How are we thinking? If you do a quick search of local news sources for ‘Reeves Park Beach Pavilion storm 2024’ you will see a resident’s pictures of what massive amounts of water do to our properties.  The pavilion was constructed at the bottom of
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: The Path of Self-Discovery

by Dave Davis “When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to
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Climate Local Now: Letter From Panama, Lessons for the East End

by Leonard Green I’m in Panama, where it’s hot and dry. It’s the dry season this time of year, so that’s normal. The enormous queue of ships backed up waiting to enter the canal, however, is not normal. There’s just not enough lake-fed water in the canal for normal operations. There was a 27 percent drop in rainfall during last year’s rainy season. That has certainly contributed to the problem.
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: And Then There Is Light

I love how the transference of energy works. Sometimes, it comes to us through nature, as we walk along the beach; breathing in the salty, moist air while listening to the waves lap up against the shoreline. Other times, it arrives in the form of art or music, where we can feel totally immersed in its beauty, texture and rhythm, almost as if we are at one with the piece. And
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Climate Local Now: A Good News Round-Up — Smile and Take Action

Ready for some January good news?  Some of our favorite sources are The Optimist Daily newsletter, and the “Good News” section of the weekly Climate Change Resources newsletter, offering free doses of positivity.   Health is Wealth The above is one of my mother’s favorite expressions. Another: The best things in life are free. She lived to 86, attributing her good health to finding reasons to smile. The Optimist Daily shares Sweden’s Säg hej! (say hello!) campaign, spreading warmth
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Cultivating Our Inner Landscape

This time of year, with daylight hours rapidly dwindling and the temperature dropping, there’s a good chance that many folks may be hunkering down indoors for a bit; a “contemplative hibernation” if you will. This seasonal pause allows us more time to reflect upon what we’ve chosen to leave behind from the previous year, and more importantly, how best we might grow from those experiences. In essence, we’re tending to