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.
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.
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?
Media nationwide reported on the May 15 ceremony near the small upstate New York village of Fort Edward marking the start of General Electric's cleanup of PCBs it had dumped in the Hudson River. One speaker at the event rightly called it "a historic day for a historic river."