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Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Khalil Gibran 

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
Henry David Thoreau 

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
William Shakespeare 

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein 

Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 


About the petitioner:

My love for nature started at an early age: from vacationing in New York's Catskills and biking in the Gunks, to hiking New Hampshire's White Mountains and climbing Mount Washington, eventually moving to the "mile high state" and the Colorado Rockies. Moonlit nights, sleeping under the stars, gliding over windy cliffs, the fresh scent of pine, diving into crystal streams, drowning in the chorus of frogs and birds - all captivated me. I was touched by the glory of God; I got bit by the nature bug.

As a college undergrad I went on to study biology, animal behavior, philosophy and education. In graduate school I focused on corporate and political communications, and eventually obtained my Masters in Public Health from Yale. Most of my work involved program and policy development. I developed one of Colorado's first household hazardous waste collection programs, studied ground water quality / contamination from volatile organic compounds, wrote and produced multi-media campaigns, and measured the effectiveness of service marketing and public education. I worked on West Nile Virus surveillance, promoted health education through self-care, and sat on a Board of a Health's AIDS team. I also developed and wrote a managed care training program for one of the leading health insurers in NY, NJ and CT. 

Fast forward to 2013: 8 of the last 11 years were dominated by caregiving for my mother who was afflicted with dementia. I found a house in Concord which I specifically selected for its proximity to town, a wildlife refuge, natural surroundings, mature trees and land that was not going to be developed (Sleepy Hollow Cemetery); these were highly desirable and critical for my health and well being. I moved my mother to our home in Concord, where she died peacefully 3 years ago.

I understand challenges. I understand responsibility. I recognize the need for decompressing from stress in our daily lives. Richard Louv, author of "The Nature Principle" writes: nature can boost mental acuity and creativity, promotes health and wellness, helps build smarter, more sustainable businesses, communities and economies, and strengthens human bonds. 

Hopefully we all can find a nature connection and respite around our own homes and property. I cannot overemphasize the need for this.

Lydia Lodynsky



updated August 12, 2013     send email