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Michael Graziano

Hi Joy,

Great post. I am guilty as charged. The Huffington Post or the NY Times online is usually what accompanies my morning breakfast. Years ago, I gave up owning a television in the effort to get rid of some of the clutter in my head, but just last week I was thinking that the internet has replaced it as a convienent and ephemeral distraction. Sadly, living in a small studio apartment in NYC, I don't have the option of going into the backyard, or even into another room, so the computer is always there, tempting me with the promise of some tidbit of news or opinion piece that I must read NOW. Luckily, I live somewhere that I can bike to work. About three years ago, I started riding to work most days and that has made a huge difference in my life. I take the bike path along the Hudson River and arrive at the office after experiencing the wind in my face, the smell of the water, the seasonal change of the trees and flowers. I arrive feeling centered and ready to meet the day's challenges. My favorite rides are in the rain when the park is empty and the elements are impossible to ignore. Nature is indeed best mood enhancer I know. And vital to connect with when you live in the urban jungle.

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