Author Archives: FirstUniversalist

Gardening by the Sea – June 2018

As I write this, we are remembering our loved ones and friends who have served to defend our country and those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The … read more.

Notes from the Building Team – June 2018

The Building Team has a long report in the Annual Meeting Report (May 20, 2018) explaining our “timeline” – the progress we’ve made, and where we stand now.

As I write this, we are (still) waiting for the Town Planning Board to review our “site plan.”  (First … read more.

Notes from the Building Team – May 2018

We (Architect and Building Team) have moved forward, while awaiting the “go ahead” from the Planning Department of the Town of Southold.*

Drawings and 3-D architectural models and other information have been shared with the Board and the membership (at Board meetings and at the informational membership … read more.

Gardening by the Sea – May 2018

Happy Spring – finally!  I am writing this column on Earth Day.  The theme of this Earth Day is “End Plastic Pollution!”  It is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.  We celebrated at our church service this morning with story and song.  I brought in … read more.

Thoughts on Spirit – May 2018

The “Otherness” Quandary

A recent article in The NYT, “Wired to Be Besties,” revealed scientific evidence that we are by nature inclined to befriend people who are most like us.  The more “otherness” we sense, the less likely we are to become close.  If you think … read more.

Thoughts on Spirit – April 2018

Our Acorn-ness

I collected acorns from an early age.  The adage, “Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow!” spurred my boyhood imagination.  I mused on the little nut’s pregnant potential, on the idea that everything it could ever become was contained in this little shell in the … read more.

Thoughts on Spirit – March 2018


In January’s column on “Respect,” I concluded that having respect for others cannot be legislated or mandated, but rather requires cultivation from within.

… not an easy task!  And, to the extent we were not shown how by our parents and teachers in our formative … read more.

Thoughts on Spirit – January 2018


A 65-year-old comedienne from Brooklyn recently riffed on “sexual harassment,” “When I was a girl just starting out, we called it ‘going to work.’”  The audience roared.  It’s a quip chock-full of the history of gender relations, which gives us all much to consider.

We … read more.

Thoughts on Spirit – December 2017

Grouchy About Gratitude

It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  I woke up this morning realizing that I’ve been feeling kinda grouchy… at least since Thursday.  I wanna blame it on the turkey, which was even a little drier than usual, despite having been cooked by Whole Foods … read more.

Thoughts on Spirit – November 2017

A Positive Perspective Helps

Maintaining a positive perspective on current national and world events is difficult at best.  There is much to concern us.  But it seems important to me to strive to develop a healthy, positive perspective in the face of our concerns.  A gloomy, … read more.