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Back to nature: 'Forest Bathing' is the new yoga

“The idea is simple,” instructs shinrin-yoku.org, “if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.” Source link

'Forest bathing': Immersion in nature

Forest bathing occurs daily throughout the United States — many just don’t call it that.Considered a Japanese preventive health care concept, "shinrin-yoku," or "forest bathing," involves simply taking a slow, purposeful, meditative walk in nature. Breathing deeply and...

Lake County boy starts school year with new vision

A Mount Dora boy started fourth grade this week and, for him, it was a week of many firsts.Creed Pettit, 9, returned to Mount Dora Christian Academy on Tuesday and, for the first time, he doesn't need to...

Travel: Gallipolis celebrates French, Welsh heritage

GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — Land fraud seems a shaky foundation upon which to build a new settlement.But the French settlers who arrived in 1790 in what now is Ohio's Gallia County made a go of it, despite having in...

Ticket to Write: Point Pleasant full of fascinating — sometimes scary — history

POINT PLEASANT, West Virginia — This river town has a history of close encounters among clashing civilizations.The confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers was the site of the decisive Battle of Point Pleasant, fought between Indians and...

Looking Up: Keep watch for the Perseid meteors

As this is being written, Perseid meteors likely are streaking through someone's sky. The peak of one of the strongest and most popular meteor showers of the year is here.Perseid meteors put on a good show for about...

Food as medicine: Doctor’s office provides fresh produce to diabetics from meeting-room pantry

When Esther Caicedo visited her doctor's office Friday, she left not with a prescription but with acorn squash, mangoes, tomatoes, tuna and several other items to feed herself and her family.With the help of Ohio University medical student...

Podcasts to Listen To: The Harris Fantasy Football podcast and the best fantasy football...

Like the hundreds of professional football players getting ready for the 2018 National Football League season, millions of NFL fans are gearing up for the 2018 fantasy football season. Whether you run your own league or are trying...

Shayne Looper: A lesson we must learn: Words matter

Words matter. They have power. The world operates by words. Yet, experts tell us that when someone speaks, we do not exactly hear words; we think them. The process is a complicated one.Speech, like every other sound we...

The sectional part 2: Extras add up on furniture order   

A few weeks ago, I was only two mouse clicks away from ordering my family room sectional. Or so I thought. I had even confidently promised to tell you all about it in my next installment — which...

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