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.

Headstand in a Helmet

by Aggie Perilli

During a yoga class in Buchanan Park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a passing motorcyclist saw some of us in a headstand. Leaving his helmet on, the motorcyclist dropped his head to the ground and joined us. As the motorcyclist shot his legs into the air, we whooped and cheered.

Jumping to his feet, the motorcyclist thrust his fists in the air and we whooped again. Then the helmeted stranger hopped on his motorcycle, and roared away.

We glided through the rest of our yoga practice still laughing.

Just Don’t Call Me Late for Dinner

what’s in a word?

by Aggie Perilli

Exactly one month ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that gave gay couples the right to marry. I was tickled by the New York Times article entitled You’re Making Me the Bride? A Hiccup for Gay Unions. A gay couple from the East Village had tried to apply for a marriage license early. The marriage application from the city clerk’s office offered these men two options: bride or groom. When this was brought to the attention of city officials, they quickly scrambled to update their forms.