outdoors

GovernorsIslandSkyline
One of my very best friends died three years ago. He happened to be my grandfather, who was 96 years old. He  was ready. It was time.
stand up paddling on a lake
When summer finally rolls around and you have some extra daylight on your hands, it’s a good time to escape to somewhere wet. It could be to a beach, lake, river or even a neighborhood pool. But my advice is to skip all the places everyone goes and try something new.
Arboretum
Ronnie Gardstein dons her gardening gloves and pulls her pruning shears out of her gardening bag. A beautiful and overgrown pendula, or weeping hornbeam, is in her sights. She sits in the middle of the U.S. National Arboretum’s Asian Collections, eager to begin her volunteer work on a beautiful spring morning.
Sunset in a winter park
The winter solstice — and the shortest day of the year — will soon be upon us (Dec. 21), and not everyone is feeling the holiday spirit. Illness, loneliness, financial troubles, family problems and depression can make many dread the “most wonderful” time of the year and endanger both mental and physical health. A recent  University of Chicago study found that feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to increased stress, higher blood pressure and other health problems.
Zion National Park
Guest blog post from Lynn Addison
sunscreen-bottle
Attention men: Before you head outdoors this summer, make sure you are wearing sunscreen. Because evidently, you need some reminding. (Ok, nagging.)
300-boomer-active-sports
Boomers are embracing team sports and other fitness activities much more than aging Americans of previous generations did. They're not just walking and running and joining gyms, but signing playing basketball and signing up for adult hockey leagues.
At this time of year, all I can seem to think about is getting outside and enjoying the summer while it lasts! This article from the New York Times online just gave me one more reason to want to get out.
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