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Joseph Satto
Joseph A. Satto is the founder of, a real estate firm/lifestyle blog where he shares the experience of owning a place in the Catskills. He regularly posts articles on the organic food movement, eco-tourism and golf.

Entries by Joseph Satto

Is That Dog Fur on Your Canada Goose Jacket?

(154) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 9:52 AM

This morning, I was struck by the irony of a young woman walking a dog while wearing coyote fur on the collar of her Canada Goose jacket (yes, coyotes and domesticated dogs are part of the same Canis family). Although I let blissful ignorance prevail, I imagined a...

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Finding Zen in a Catskills Bonfire

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 4:53 AM


Flashback to the early 80's. I'm eleven years old, living in a non-descript Long Island suburb with a simple chore; rake and bag a half acres' worth of leaves. Nailed the raking part, the disposal, some would argue, not so much. I never...

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The Breakers, Palm Beach -- Making Locally Sourced Food a Priority

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 2:08 PM

I recently booked a weekend stay at The Breakers to attend a Palm Beach wedding. My initial thought, ugh. Fancy people, fancy designer clothes, fancy everything, not really my scene. My wife, on the other hand, was ecstatic. Across the board, it was exactly her kind of fancy....

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4 Great Golf Gifts for Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 9:54 AM


GameGolf: ShotLink for Everyman

Game Golf's digital tracking system is the next best thing to having a team of volunteers following me around to register the distance and location of every shot. In the past, I tried to keep track of...

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Can a 15-Inch Hole Save the Game of Golf?

(11) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Photo: Paul Abell/AP Images

Golf is hard to learn and impossible to master. For me, this is part of its charm. In my teens, I became obsessed with swinging like Ben Hogan and to that end would hit balls into a net for...

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CO Everywhere: Real-Time Travel Porn At Your Fingertips

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Travel junkies, beware. CO Everywhere, a mobile app that launched this week, is likely to become addictive. It has for me.

The premise is simple yet powerful; organize the world of geo-tagged publicly shared content into real-time, customizable location feeds. Its a new and very useful spin on...

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On the Precipice of Quitting, a Golfer Discovers Hope

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 12:12 PM

You arrive on the first tee filled with excitement, anticipating a flawless performance. Four hours later, you walk off the 18th green utterly deflated, wondering why you waste your time playing this game. Sound familiar?

For me, this recurring collision between high expectations and inconsistent execution is followed by...

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Guilt Free Golf In Costa Rica

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2012 | 9:04 AM

I'm an avid golfer that regularly pontificates about environmental conservation. Golf courses, with their use of fertilizer and chemicals, aren't exactly good for the Earth, which means I've had a guilty conscience for some time.

While on vacation in Costa Rica I discover a way out of my predicament: an...

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An Organic Coffee Plantation With A Secret Ingredient (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 7:00 AM

"Wine is love, coffee is passion," Leo Vergnani's words, not mine. A chemistry student turned coffee guru, he is one of the guides at Finca Rosa Blanca, an inn and organic coffee plantation located on the outskirts of San Jose, Costa Rica. Twenty-four years in the coffee business...

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Playing Paparazzo on Costa Rica's Wild Peninsula (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 7:10 AM

On the Osa Peninsula, located in the deep south of Costa Rica, an astounding array of wildlife plays forgetful host to the travelers passing through. As the vast abundance of species go about the daily business of eating and avoiding being eaten, they barely recognize visitors' existence, which is a...

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A Dog Dominated Weekend In Newport, RI

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 5:29 PM

In need of a relaxing weekend escape from NYC, my wife and I decided to head up to Newport. The night prior, our dog Paco chewed away a lump on his tail, leaving a fresh open wound. Apparently he heard the debate about getting left behind and decided that drastic...

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A Wake Up Call From Maldivian Turtles and Mantas

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 3:17 PM

Irony is often cruel to newborn sea turtles. After hatching, they make a mad dash from sand to sea. The hitch: instead of being equipped with feet designed for running they are outfitted with flippers perfect for swimming that turn out to be an incredibly inefficient means of overland transportation....

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I Don't Regret Losing My Surfing Virginity To The Maldives

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2011 | 11:46 AM

"Paddle a bit faster."

This is the sage advice from Chris Prewitt, my surf guru, as a wave is about to have its way with me. I'm in good hands. Chris, a former competitive surfer and global wave-chaser, possesses a commanding calmness and gobs of patience, both helpful virtues...

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Failure Guaranteed: 8 Tips for Avoiding Success

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 9:27 AM

An important person once said, "A life full of success is a life less lived" -- or maybe I just made that up. There is plenty of success going around, so here is a quick guide to counter that movement and keep things balanced in the world.

1. Don't...

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Slow Food, Caribbean Style

(4) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 1:55 PM

Striking turquoise seas, impossibly soft sand, staff that seems like family, local and organically sourced food... huh? Discovering Hermitage Bay in Antigua shattered a few preconceived notions that I held about the slow food movement. I always assumed that this progressive approach was primarily...

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An Open Letter to My Facebook Friends: Status Update - FAIL

(7) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 4:19 PM

Dear Friends,

I'm tired, and its not for lack of sleep. Wading through the sea of status updates is hard work. And while most of you use status updates to share important achievements (via mySomeday, for instance) and life events, media that is humorous or meaningful and, of...

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A Blackberry Addict's Accidental Intervention

(40) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 12:41 AM

As it slipped from my hands and gravity took charge, I simply thought, "This is bad." My cat-like reflexes attempted a save but ultimately failed, and there lay my Blackberry at the bottom of what seemed like a very deep body of water filling a very deep porcelain toilet. What...

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Manhattan vs. Brooklyn: And the Best Place to Live is...

(3) Comments | Posted August 10, 2010 | 11:49 PM

"Why would I visit Brooklyn when I live in the center of the universe." A popular refrain of many Manhattanite friends and a view I shared up until recently. Having been a West Villager for many years, I am intimately familiar with the ethnocentrism bred by living with cobblestone streets,...

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5 Steps To More Intimacy...With Your Food

(12) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 11:24 AM

It started out like any other day. A simple to-do list: Bring dog to groomer, pick up laundry, buy some eggs. It was only when I arrived at the dairy aisle that it got more complicated. Here were my options:

A. Cage Free
B. Free Range
C. Farm...

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From New Year's Resolutions To Reality: 5 People, 5 Tips, Real Results

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2009 | 12:40 PM

It's that time of year again: gingerbread lattes at Starbucks and a bunch of self-proclaimed 'experts' bestowing hackneyed advice on how to make your New Years resolutions stick. As an alternative, I decided to interview a few members of the mySomeday community that actually achieved their goals to...

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