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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Generosity: A Macro Approach

While speaking with a former colleague of mine last week, our conversation covered many interesting topics of which one in particular, “generosity,” really peaked my interest; mainly because it triggered something that’s been on my radar long before I retired from teaching this past year. I shared with her that I’ve begun the process of researching possible destinations abroad where I hope to volunteer my time and effort this coming
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Taking a Step Back

I’m not quite sure of the reason I’m doing so, but I’ve been taking a step back a lot lately and simply observing others as they go about their business. It seems to be one of those things that’s necessary at this moment in time. It allows me to “take the pulse of my surroundings,” if you will, without thinking too much about it — not engaging anyone in conversation,
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Climate Local Now: Seven Apps for Sustainable Living

by Brianne Briggmann Are you using your smartphone to reduce your carbon footprint?  If not, it’s time to take out your device and open up the App Store. There are so many apps out there to help you lower your footprint by acting locally or engaging globally. With a little help from your smart device, you can easily do your part to get involved in climate action and promote a
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Climate Local Now: Leatherbacks to Land Dwellers: Stop with the Plastics, Already

Did you know May 29 was International Plastic Free Day? Perfect timing, right at the beginning of summer picnics, BBQs and clambakes to pledge living “plastic free.”     Looking back, I remember many a picnic with zero plastic. You could walk the beach and never find a single-use plastic bag. Not invented! Not until 1965, in Sweden. I was in high school. Just think, no sea turtles had ingested any plastic
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: A Return to the Farmhouse”

“Working with obstacles is life’s journey. The warrior is always coming up against dragons. Of course the warrior gets scared, particularly before the battle. But with a shaky, tender heart the warrior realizes that he or she is just about to step into the unknown, and then goes forth to meet the dragon.” It’s a passage from renowned Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön’s book titled: The Wisdom of No Escape, where
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: A Salve for Their Wounds

“The most effective way to show compassion to another person is to listen to them. Once we know how to listen to our own suffering with compassion, we can listen to someone else with the same compassion, and our listening is like a salve for their wounds.”  It’s a passage from a series of books known as “The Mindfulness Essentials” written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the
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Climate Local Now: Bailing Out with Buckets… Of Money

by Mark Haubner In the early stages of the great changes brought about by climate disruption, we are seeing the retreat of insurance companies away from flood zones in the coastal regions, and away from fire zones in the mountain regions. When a private enterprise is free to walk away from a market segment, the result is that the government (and by extension, the taxpayer) is forced to assume the
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Climate Local Now: Keeping Our Riches in the Community

Pictured Above: Southold Town's yard waste composting is just the tip of the iceberg of the types of composting that can be done by municipal governments. by Mary Morgan Keep here or truck away? Making the case for keeping our riches in the community I’ll admit it....I’m swayed by my home gardener friends, healthy-yard advocates and pollinator-pathway champions crowing about their compost bins. Why do they love compost so much?
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Are You A Thinker, A Talker or a Doer?

Okay, it’s time to take a very unscientific poll, one in which I won’t be collecting ballots, nor will I be able to tabulate the results. It’s simply a “self-reflection” survey, where I challenge each reader to ask themselves, “Which of the following do I consider to be my modus operandi when it comes to ‘getting things done’ – am I a thinker, am I talker, or am I doer?” 
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Making an Impact Some Other Way

During a recent conversation I had with a former colleague, I was asked how things were progressing with my transition from preschool educator to full-time freelance writer, and if I had any thoughts of returning to the classroom to “finish up” the path I was on. I hesitated but for a moment before replying, “Not to the classroom per se, but hoping to make an impact in some other way.” 
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Haven’t We Suffered Enough?

When you hear the word “suffering,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For many of us, the response would most likely be something along the lines of enduring a form of physical pain. What we might not realize is that suffering is actually a generic term that encompasses multiple layers of discomfort and oftentimes is not at all the result of a physical malady.  Of course, how we