As a native New Yorker, now transplanted to Maine with my husband Theo, I find the less hectic pass, the gentleness and kindness of the people, and the beauty of the natural setting here very special. We live in a small neighborhood surrounded by fields, hillsides, woodlands, near the ocean – in an area where our bees are as well accepted as the chickens many people keep and the horses and cows nearby. I can work, tend my too large garden and vegetable garden, enjoy yoga and walking, and help a little with the bees.
As a young child, I loved the extensive woods near our house in a yet undeveloped area of the NY suburbs, where I could wander for hours, as I grew to love the woods and native plants, and eventually began cultivating them, enjoying gardening and design. Professionally, I became a landscape architect, practicing in NYC and Westchester in urban and suburban environments, while raising, with Theo, five daughters. The bees, established by Theo about 35 years ago in Westchester, fitted naturally into our garden and lives, as we respected the seasons and the vicissitudes of raising these fascinating creatures. Our children were always at home with the bees as were their friends, accepting the power the bees had over our lives. Theo became drawn to apitherapy, worked with Charles Mraz, and joined AAS in the 80’s. I was welcomed on the Board in 2001 when I agreed to serve as Treasurer. Having served on other non-profits, and run my own business, I was willing to take this challenge, which became absorbing as I began interacting with the interesting board members and AAS members. While not an apitherapist, I contribute to the organizational aspects of AAS, as well as holding the necessary fiduciary responsibility, one that few people really want to do. Always an avid traveler, I have found the apitherapy connection has led Theo and me to even more travelling, and meeting new people involved with beekeeping and apitherapy, through both AAS and the wider apitherapy world where Theo functions. And I have to say that I have enjoyed the benefits of our pollen, propolis and honey, as well as the stings for my troublesome back. I have become an advocate of apitherapy.
I travel with Theo to NY monthly to continue my well-established NY landscape architecture practice (and to visit the big city and see friends), and I have a small landscape practice in Maine. Theo and I are nearer our daughters and their families in Maine and Boston, travelling occasionally to Minneapolis to see our youngest daughter. Since the late 1960’s, we have spent time with all our family, mostly in summer, on a beautiful Maine island in the Penobscot Bay, where one of our daughters, an artist, lives year round and where we have a simple cabin we cherish. It is off the grid, right on the water, and is a place to daydream, read, kayak, walk, gather berries, swim in quarries, and eat lobsters. I am delighted and renewed every time I go there, being far away from the cares of everyday life.