One Nice Thing: National Forest Week Photo Contest Winners

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The National Forest Foundation (one of my favorite non-profit organizations) has released the winning entries in this year’s National Forest Week photo contest. [Image description: A photo of trees with a river running through the middle of it, and a small island in the middle of the river. The words “National Forest Week Photo Contest […]

One Nice Thing: The Royal Institution of Science, London

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Like most museums worldwide, the Royal Institution of Science building is closed to visitors. However, they offer a weekly lecture series with speakers from various sciences providing accessible and interesting science lectures. They also have a monthly online science book club, hosted by Jennifer Rohn of, reading “great fiction books with a science theme”. […]

Kindness to Others Is Kindness to Self—It’s Science!

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Today’s One Nice Thing is also science news:  This article titled “Not so random acts: Science finds that being kind pays off” by Seth Borenstein (science professor at New York University and science writer for the Associated Press). Borenstein opens with “Research shows that acts of kindness make us feel better and healthier. Kindness is […]

One Nice Thing: Lavender Labyrinth in Shelby, Michigan

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Following up on the Santa Rosa lavender labyrinth which was last Tuesday’s Nice Thing, there’s also a lavender labyrinth in Shelby, Michigan. [Image description: An aerial photo of a labyrinth made of lavender bushes and other colorful plants.] From the website: “An arbor towers above the stone circle and surrounds an herb garden. Designed in […]

One Nice Thing: International Arts + Mind Lab COVID-19 NeuroArts Field Guide

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The International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) at the Brain Science Institute of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has created a NeuroArts Field Guide with articles and resources for maintaining and improving mental health during the pandemic through artistic activities. “Even before the pandemic, many of us engaged in art making or art appreciation […]


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