Health, Science & The Environment

Nature
6:30 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: June 17 - 23, 2014

Credit Terry Dunn / Flickr Creative Commons

From the middle of May until early July, the days are the longest of the year.

And the abundance and the lushness of these days may have us wonder if life is not actually measured in quantity, measured like the longest days.

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Nature
10:55 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: June 10 - 16, 2014

Credit Cindy Cornett Seigle / Flickr Creative Commons

Walking the path that follows the cliffs along the river near my home, I often think about the people who lived here thousands of years ago.

They must have found this place an oasis of shelter, water, fish, and game in the middle of the harsh virgin forest. I imagine them making camp along the limestone outcroppings, keeping their fires and defenses close to the stone, bathing and playing in backwaters, picking berries, hunting deer.

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Drug Abuse
11:58 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Dayton’s East End Takes On Heroin Epidemic

East End Community Services provides a wide range of social services to Dayton's east side.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Accidental overdoses, including those caused by heroin, continue to rise in Ohio and in Montgomery County. Now a local non-profit is joining the fight to turn those numbers around.

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Energy
11:12 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Ohio Plays Ping-Pong With EPA Carbon Regulations

Coal is shipped by barge down the Ohio River.
Credit MoToMo / Flickr

A bill that puts the state’s renewable energy standards on hold for two years is headed to Ohio governor John Kasich’s desk. That comes just as the federal government has proposed new limits on emissions from power plants.

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Nature
6:15 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Poor Will's Almanack: June 3 - 9, 2014

Credit David Craig / Flickr Creative Commons

I have recently paid attention to the fact that my solitude is always an accompanied solitude.

Last year, I took part in several group walking meditation sessions in the woods. During these walks, I found that was I flooded with images from the path and the season, and with associated images of people I once knew and events evoked by the trees and plants, and I realized that the group experience only compounded another type of experience, that of being accompanied by other inhabitants of the landscape of my mind.

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