PLANTING SEEDS BLOG: A Saturday in Beacon

Friday, November 20, 2009 -- Francesca Olivieri

At pickup at my son's school, a mother, a recent transport from England, asked about ideas for day trips out of New York City. After listening to the suggestions of apple picking in Connecticut or visiting the beach on Long Island, I could not resist putting in my plug for a trip up along the Hudson.

Having just spent the day myself in Beacon, I rattled off a few stops from our adventures on the Hudson.

BACKYARD MATTERS: When Thinking INSIDE the Box Makes Sense

Thursday, November 19, 2009 -- Ned Sullivan

Why old factories, empty storefronts and derelict warehouses are the key to the future of cities... and why they too often sit vacant.

In New York's City of Poughkeepsie -- headquarters of Scenic Hudson, the organization I head -- a former department store that sat empty for decades recently was transformed into apartments and offices.

GUEST BLOGGER: Green Inspiration

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 -- Glenn Hoagland
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Healthy landscapes trigger a sense of well-being. While biking on the Trapps Carriage Road recently, my friend Ned Sullivan and I had a chance to experience how nature supports the "re-creation" of mind, body, and spirit. Making such experiences possible was a founding principle of The Mohonk Trust in 1963.


Thursday, July 23, 2009 -- Francesca Olivieri

I have reached a milestone. My nine-, seven- and four-year-old children can all ride bikes now. Yay! Such freedom. It opens the door for all kinds of new family adventures. Plus, I recently was reminded how fond I am of riding a bike.

Planting Seeds Blog: Volunteering

Friday, June 26, 2009 -- Francesca Olivieri

I am embarrassed to say that I think about volunteering more than I actually volunteer. Good intentions, bad execution. I seem to always have excuses, perhaps legit, but still excuses. No time, too busy. And then there is the issue of getting started. What should I do? How much time is it going to take? Will it really make a difference?