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Nature Is Medicine—Even in a Prison Cell

When one is in love—especially with something as huge and beautiful and complex as trees—there is an urge to share this emotion with everyone, especially to those who have no opportunity to experience such feelings themselves. As my love of trees and canopy biota expanded, I sought to share my connections to nature…

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Senate HELP Committee approves opioid bill with major trauma-related provisions

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Act on April 24. The approval was a major step forward in addressing the current epidemic as a public health crisis that requires collaboration among people, communities, families, states, and the federal government. With bipartisan…

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Fighting Anti-Immigrant Bias, One Family Tree at a Time

If all Americans were to trace their family history back just a few generations, the overwhelming majority would discover that they’re the products of immigration. And that would be a good thing, says the journalist and amateur genealogist Jennifer Mendelsohn. “Every American story, except for the slaves brought here forcibly and Native Americans,…

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What LA can learn from a Seattle strategy to fight homelessness: tiny house villages

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has a new proposal to use more emergency temporary shelters to get homeless people off the streets. Orange County officials are thinking about this sort of “rapid-rehousing,” too, and have considered managed tent encampments in some areas. The city of Seattle has some experience with this. Since 2015, that city has been…

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