Can You Buy Love? Adopt a Pet

APCI’s holiday classic for our animal friends and the selfless volunteers who rescue them

by Aggie Perilli

The $295 my husband Michael and I paid to adopt a 15-pound Poodle Bichon Frise named Raphie from the Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, covered the cost of vaccinations, deworming, neutering, and medication for the prevention of kennel cough and other infections. That’s what our veterinarian charges for vaccinations alone.

The Last Chance Ranch had rescued Raphie from a high-kill shelter, where he lay in a fetal position in a far corner of his cage.

Geothermal Townhouses Turn Lawn into Regenerative Woods & Meadows

communicating with nature

by Aggie Perilli

The Grandview Chase Condominium Development (GCCD) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, owns approximately 27 acres of rolling lawns bordered by a field with a stream running through it. Over the past two years, GCCD board members Mark Wiker and I pursued a federal grant to transform GCCD’s unsustainable field of lawn into beautiful, regenerative woods and meadows.

Rewarded for our initiatives, this past spring, the GCCD townhouse association received a grant worth $66,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to restore GCCD’s riparian buffer with native trees, meadow grasses and rain gardens or, in this field, hundreds of wildflowers.

Happy New Year!

“Blessed is the season which engages the
whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

– HAMILTON WRIGHT MABIE

APCI’s acclaimed artist and animator Jeff Bedrick captured the spirit of the season in A Christmas Carol, the above oil painting reproduced by Elms Puzzles as a high-end, hand-cut wood puzzle. Jeff’s inspiration came from the classic tale written by Charles Dickens to open the hearts of the fortunate so they’d seize the day and return the love. Dickens’ tale about the redemptive power of the human spirit remains as transformative today as it was in 1843, when A Christmas Carol was first published.

Prevent Disasters: Replace Nuclear Power with Clean Energy

communicating with nature

by Aggie Perilli

In August, I was dismayed to write about 14 significant events or near misses at nuclear power plants in the United States last year. Near misses raise the risk of accidents that can be lethal for area workers, neighbors and the environment.

While writing that post, an earthquake underscored the imperative of replacing nuclear power, as well as fossil fuels, with more cost-effective renewables that are safe and clean.

Last year’s near misses occurred in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina (three times) and Virginia.