For most of us, summer is a busy, sometimes hectic, but enjoyable time.
And for many of us, summer has provided an opportunity to escape from daily stress and interruptions via tweets and “breaking news alerts.” But now, as summer winds down, and we return to another phase of reality, there are concerns, often overlooked by the media, that deserve our serious attention. (more…)
“Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” are perhaps the words most often associated with our Declaration of Independence. But also involved in the Declaration were concerns regarding politics, economics and commerce. (more…)
PHOTO: TIFFANY LAUFER/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS A monarch butterfly feeds on Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium maculatum.
With so many signs of spring around us and a few summer-like days already here, most of us have probably started to think about our gardens and landscaping. Many early flowering plants have passed their peak and the sound of the lawnmowers have begun to penetrate our peaceful neighborhoods. Since this is the season of ‘things new,’ maybe we want to consider creating something different.
This is the time to break a bit from ordinary patterns and add adventure to our lives — or, at the very least, our landscaping. (more…)
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO
Colin Hoye’s April 16 letter to the editor (“It can’t wait”) brings attention to an aspect of Shelter Island that can so often be overlooked. With our all-too-busy world and ambitious lifestyles, we sometimes do not take the time to notice, no less fully understand, the ecological significance of those special natural communities such as the estuary fed by Dickerson’s Creek. (more…)
As we all know, back in 1776, our forefathers took the bold and profound step and declared our independence from England. And as a result of all that sacrifice, turmoil and tragedy, we the people created a great nation that continues to hold a leadership position in the world. (more…)