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  • It’s Martin Luther King Day, Noyac Bay is refrozen, and it’s 29 degrees out, mostly gray. I’m inside, warm and cozy. Our individual histories are marked in different ways, storms, wars, frigid winters, hot summers, presidential elections and a variety of local events, births, graduations, weddings, promotions, firings, divorces, and deaths. Our most calamitous times on Long Island are the result of hurricanes and northeasters.
  • Now comes a new threat to our Atlantic coastal fishery in the form of huge steel monuments reaching up 600 feet and moored in the seabed. They are oil rigs and wind turbines.
  • Feeders and birdbaths took on a special significance in the last few days of 2017 when the temperature outside plummeted and never rose above the freezing mark — and there is little sign of its letting up as we look into the first few weeks of January.
  • Was it a poor breeding year in the north, or did many not migrate south to our latitude? Or did some migrate farther south than usual?
  • Christmas comes but once a year. It’s the only day of the year when politicians take a back seat to everyday living and friends and families can rejoice in their absence.
  • ’Twas the night before Christmas, quiet and calm, the creatures that live here were cozy and warm,
  • Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's recent veto of a bill that would have given official status to the Montaukett Indian Nation is the latest in four centuries of affronts to the region's native peoples.
  • Land and water. The two most important things on the South Fork. In one sense, the water is on top, the land below.
  • The foliage doesn’t seem as brilliant this year as last year, but it might be that I went out too early.
  • One of my long-term hobbies is counting the vehicles that pass east and west in front of my house two or three times a day, but almost always at noon and 6 in the evening. The latter count is now in the dark, but the noon count is fully lighted and I can separate the vehicles into various categories: sedans, S.U.V.s, pickups, buses, government vehicles, and trucks of various kinds. It’s something I’ve been doing off and on since 1980.