Sag Harbor Community Notes, January 30

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I consider myself to be a realist. Or, more specifically, I’m an optimist who recognizes that there are bad things out there, but that good will eventually prevail.Sometimes my positivity is tested. Seriously tested. But just when I start to think that a situation is untenable, something just short of miraculous happens.

Last week, I learned something that made me very mad. I was beyond righteously indignant over what I considered to be downright depraved and immoral behavior (Don’t you want to know what and by whom? Ah, my lips are sealed.). But then, the most magical thing happened and the balance between good and evil was righted. I love it when that happens!

In a similar vein of positivity, something else about the goodness of people caught my eye last week when I saw this post by Gregg Schiavoni on Facebook:

“To start this year off in a beautiful way I’m participating in this Pay-It-Forward initiative: The first five people to comment on this status with an “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point in this calendar year—anything from a book, a ticket, a visit, something homegrown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise. There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.

These five people must make the same offer in their FB status and distribute their own joy. Simply copy this text onto your profile, (don’t share) so we can form a web of connection and kindness. Let’s do more nice and thoughtful things for each other in 2014, without any reason other than to make each other smile and to show that we think of each other. Here’s to a more enjoyable, more friendly and love filled year.”

Isn’t that wonderful? It made me want to go out and hug the world. Let’s all remember to practice some kindness every single day.

It’s a funny coincidence that Canio’s Books is holding a free book group meeting on Friday, January 31, to discuss the works of “Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master.” Cool. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. To learn more, call 725-4926, e-mail info@caniosbooks.com or visit www.caniosbooks.com.

In the mood for a bit of light-hearted fun? Then head to Bay Street Theatre on Thursday, January 30, for a Hayground School production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The performance is the culmination of the Shakespeare-in-Residence program at the school for the month of January.

Performance times will be at 1 and 6 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested. For additional information, call the Hayground School at 537-7068.

Over at Pierson High School, the Teachers Association of Sag Harbor will host its Yankee Doodle Circus Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, February 1, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m. at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor. Tickets are $14.75 in advance for an adult ticket, which also includes two free youth admissions. Buy tickets at the door for $18 for adults and $6 for kids. To learn more, call 725-5302 or visit www.GetCircusTickets.com.

Lastly, I want to leave you with two pieces of good news shared by our neighbors.

Maria Baum saw a bald eagle in her North Haven backyard last week. She said that he spent a good bit of time hunting for fish in the harbor.

And Tom Radcliffe saved a merganser at Long Beach. The bird, which had been shot, was being attacked out on the ice by other birds so he scooped it up and he and his wife, Jennifer, took it to the Wildlife Rescue Center. Good on ya both!

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