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To Organic or Not?

Do you eat Organic Foods? All the time? Occasionally? 

What is the difference, other than much higher prices?

Here is a chart that one Organically Inclined realtive sent to try to convert us:
  


This is a link to a Facebook page with this chart and ideas on Organic Living: https://www.facebook.com/liveOrganic?ref=stream

But here is a better (in our opinion) source, the Mayo Clinic:

Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious?

Discover the real difference between organic foods and their traditionally grown counterparts when it comes to nutrition, safety and price.By Mayo Clinic Staff
 

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Tired of Polar Vortices, Snow, Ice - Let's go to Rio for Carnival 2014 or to Israel for Purim!

Packages are still available, but the sites are clogged..so be patient!  You know you have always wanted to go see CARNIVAL RIO ~ Mardi Gras (in Fabulous New Orleans style) on Steroids! Remember at Carnival in Rio de Janerio, almost anything goes at this Huge Celebration before Lent begins. Whoo Hoo! Let's go!


 
To find a list of events, dates, etc., we had to go to the UK, as Rio's sites are just too, too busy to load!  So here you go from the Telegraph: 


Rio Carnival 2014: details and guide
The Rio Carnival 2014 will take place from February 28 to March 4. Our expert introduces the best samba schools and street parties and offers tips on finding glitter for your costume!



When is Rio Carnival?

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Microloans - Kiva.org - Investing in Our Heroines & Heroes from 14 Countries!

Recenly we received repayment of about $50 on past loans that we had made to fellow citizens around the world. So we re-invested that and more into these inspiring entrepreneurs:

Meet 30-year-old Fatmata from Torkpoi town, Bo Southern area in Sierra Leone. She is married and has a six-year-old child. In 2007, Fatmata established her general store business. She began her business because she wanted to generate income to support her household. She works at the business from morning to night. She says that despite the hardship, she wants to educate her children.
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Steve Jobs will appear on a US postage stamp in 2015 - The Verge

By Carl Franzen - The Verge

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Many of his creations reduced the need to send physical mail, but late Apple founder Steve Jobs will still get a fitting tribute from the US Postal Service: his likeness will appear on a postage stamp beginning in 2015, according to a document obtained by The Washington Post. Other deceased icons receiving their own stamps that year include Elvis Presley and famed Tonight Show host Johnny Carson.  ...more

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This Kid Inventor is Using LEGOS to Change the World - The Good News

By Ellen's Good News - The Good News


Some see LEGOS; others see opportunity. Twelve-year-old Shubham Banerjee sees both.


The 7th-grader from San Jose, CA has taken it upon himself to create a new Braille printer that's 82 percent cheaper than others on the market, and made entirely from a LEGO set. He's dubbed his device "Braigo," and he's ready to make a difference.

"I've been loving LEGOS since I was 2 years old," Shubham tells the Good News Blog. "And in the mail that came to our house, I noticed those posts that said, 'Help the blind people with donations.' I had no idea about Braille, so I asked my parents how blind people read and they said Google it."

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Hope you will get Presidents' Day Off!

Why do we have this Holiday? It used to be Feb 12th for Abraham Lincoln's Birthday and Feb 22nd for George Washington's! Did the newer Presidents get their noses a little out of joint, as people did not declare their Birthdays National Holidays? Is it PC for Presidents...like no grades in school, so everyone will feel successful! Are All Presidents Great and Worthy/Deserving of this Tribute in their honor? Is it a tribute to all American Presidents or more a Winter Holiday for Kids, Teachers, Banks, the Post office and Sales or is it for us? 



Well, here is what the all-knowing Washington Post says about this Holiday:

How did this holiday come to be ?

Washington’s actual birthday, Feb. 22,  became a U.S. government holiday back in 1885. In the early 1950s, there was a movement led by a coalition of travel organizations to...  Read More

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Writers ask for monarch butterflies' protection - AP

Associated Press 



MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dozens of scientists, artists, writers and environmentalists on Friday urged the leaders of Mexico, Canada and the United States to devote part of their meeting next week to discussing ways to protect the Monarch butterfly.

A letter to the three leaders signed by more than 150 intellectuals, including Nobel literature laureate Orham Pamuk, U.S. environmentalist Robert Kennedy Jr. and Canadian author Margaret Atwood , notes the Monarch population has dropped to the lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Obama are meeting in Toluca, near Mexico City, on Wednesday to discuss such matters as economic competitiveness, trade and investment, entrepreneurship and security.

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Did you see the Beatles Tribute? Wow!

It was magical for people of all ages!


#Beatles50 SweetDreams all ~ THE BEATLES - I Saw Her Standing There - 1963:youtu.be/8aPRy1QPMxA via@youtube

Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the tribute was non-stop fun all night long!

All the Stars were out in force! Johnny Depp and Sean Penn paid homage to the Rock Star Heroes, who set the pace for a New Generation, breaking all molds, records and barriers!
 
Pharrell and Stevie Wonder were awesome! Julian Lennon and Yoko Ono were also integral to the celebration ~ 50th Anniversary of Beatles' Introduction to America on the Ed Sullivan Show. 

Paul and Ringo reminded the crowd that The Beatles would Always include John and George, too!  Yellow Submarine, Sgt Pepper's Band and Hey Jude seemed to be the favorites for the evening, as everyone was singing along! In fact, people...  Read More

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NASA is now accepting applications from companies that want to mine the moon - The Verge

By Adrianne Jeffries

moon surface wikimedia

NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moonfor valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals.

Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies will win a contract to build prospecting robots, the first step toward mining the moon.

The contract will be a "no funds exchanged" Space Agreement Act, which means the government will not be directly funding the effort, but will receive NASA support. Final proposals are due on March 17th, 2014. NASA has not said when it will announce the winner.

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At 63, The World's Oldest Wild Bird Just Had A Baby - Business Insider

By Jennifer Welsh



Ann Bell/USFWS

At 63 years young, the oldest wild bird that we know of, Wisdom the Laysan a lbatross, has had another baby!

Almost exactly a year after her last chick was born, the new baby started cracking out of its shell. Refuge workers first spotted the baby bird on Feb. 4, according to the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service (USFWS). 

The birds live on the on the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the  Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, in the Hawaiian  archipelago . They arrive every year to mate, build a nest, lay an egg and incubate it, then hatch and brood their chick. The birds mate for life and take turns sitting on the egg. 

It takes 365 days to lay and incubate the egg, then raise the chick. The albatross only lays one egg a year and then usually takes a breeding year off. But Wisdom amazingly, usually has a new chick each year. ...more

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