Five Things You Might Not Know About the Capitol Christmas Tree – National Forest Foundation

Beginning in 1970, the U.S. Forest Service has provided a tree to the U.S. Capitol to celebrate the holiday season. Learn more about this unique and festive tradition.

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5 Ancient Stoic Tactics for Modern Life | The Art of Manliness

Stoicism emerged as a philosophy, a way of life — similar to a religion, really — most famously in ancient Rome somewhere around 50-100 AD (even though it was Greeks who pioneered the thinking). Two millennia later, the philosophy is enjoying a revival of sorts, and it’s not hard to understand why. The primary goal […]

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Dan Rather, An Unlikely Essayist, On ‘What Unites Us’

Equally optimistic and concerned, the longtime television news anchor — now a Facebook phenomenon — has written a book that doesn’t hide his love of country.

Editor’s Note: I’ve followed Dan on Facebook and Twitter over the past year, and he speaks truly, openly, and in defense of an America and American values I believe are core to our nation’s history, traditions, and democracy. Worth a listen to his views, if you get the chance…

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This is the conversation about race that we need to have now | IDEAS.TED.COM

The great evil of American slavery wasn’t involuntary servitude, says public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson. It was the ideology of white supremacy used to justify it — and it’s an ugly part…

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Forest Bathing Melds Nature With Mindfulness To Improve Health : Shots – Health News : NPR

  Clare Kelley practices "forest bathing" along the edge of an urban forest on Roosevelt Island, in the middle of the Potomac River. In contrast to hiking, forest bathing is less directed, melding mindfulness and nature immersion to improve health. Allison Aubrey/NPR

Clare Kelley practices “forest bathing” along the edge of an urban forest on Roosevelt Island, in the middle of the Potomac River. In contrast to hiking, forest bathing is less directed, melding mindfulness and nature immersion to improve health. Allison Aubrey/NPR

If hiking is about a destination, forest bathing is about an immersion of the senses into the natural world. It’s a wellness trend, and studies suggest several health benefits.

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Blue Ridge Parkway: A nearly 469-mile photo op

Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway There is no lack of breathtaking vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Near Asheville, the 450-mile stretch connects the Shenandoah with the Great Smoky Mountains.(Photo: jaredkay, Getty Images/iStockphoto)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parkway carves a path of stunning beauty through the southern Appalachian Mountains.

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