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"Buy Nothing Year" 2 Roommates Saved $55,000 and free time on leisure rather than chaining self to cliche: work hard, burn money

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Forbes: The Buy Nothing Year: How Two Roommates Saved More Than $55,000
A little over a year ago, Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz, a 31-year-old accountant in Calgary, began analyzing his monthly spending. What he saw, he says, was eye-opening: “I was spending so much every month, no matter how much I made it never seemed like I was getting ahead. It was typical lifestyle creep.”

Around the same time, his good friend Julie Phillips, 29, a communications advisor at the University of Calgary, was about to move into a new apartment when it fell through. “Geoff said, ‘You can move in with me, but I only have a bedroom for you to rent,’” she says. “The rest was packed with his stuff. So I got rid of over 80% of my stuff within three days.” (She was thinking she might move in a year and if so, she’d have to get rid of many of her belongings then.) But then she had a meltdown. “I was like, ‘Oh my god. What did I do?’ And then I was like, ‘Why do I need things anyway?’”  read more »

We're what we eat and do. Fitness at own choice: father of 4 fr 50lb overwt to ultraman; Queen actress Mirren, 69, in Bikini

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University gymnast. She's five feet tall and weighs 100 pounds. Gymnast dominates American Ninja course that would break you in two


From fat to ultra-fit father of 4 - "Finding Ultra" author Rich Roll explains how he went from couch potato to being dubbed one of fittest men in the world.

*update* July 23, 2014
The Queen actress, Helen Mirren, 69, to Staying Bikini It's no secret that Helen Mirren has a hot bod, but how she stays trim certainly is.

The Queen actress, who turns 69 on Saturday, revealed that when she needs to tighten up her waistline she actually follows a Royal Canadian Air Force exercise plan... from the 1950s!

"I'm not very fit at all actually. Just this morning I started my exercises, which I haven’t been doing for months, maybe years. I do a thing that leads me into exercise. It is the Royal Canadian Air Force exercise plan; it is 12 minutes and they have charts you follow… Each day, you have to do the exercises within the 12 minutes and until you can, you can’t move up," Mirren recently told reporters, according to her publicist.

"It is the exercise I have done off and on my whole life. It just very gently gets you fit. Two weeks of doing that and you think: 'Yeah, I could go to the gym now.'"  read more »

World Oceans Day, June 8th: little things we can do everyday to save our oceans, the life support system of Planet Earth


Skip the plastic, save a fish. Texas-sized ocean garbage vortex found in Pacific, plastic sea trash doesn't biodegrade


More Ocean Graphics on PInterest

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June 8th is World Oceans Day

Oceans are the largest ecosystems on Earth, they are the Earth’s largest life support systems. To survive and prosper, we all need healthy oceans. Oceans generate half of the oxygen people breathe. At any given moment, more than 97% of the world’s water resides in oceans. Oceans provide a sixth of the animal protein people eat. They’re the most promising source of new medicines to combat cancer, pain and bacterial diseases. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce the impact of climate change.  read more »

Food Education [Infographic]: nutritious lunch cuts absence by 15%, eating w/ family 5 days/wk 40%+ likely to get straight As/Bs


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[Daily Infographic] - The first time I ate a fresh pear, I was roughly twelve years old. The flavor concerned me, and I asked my mom if there was something wrong with it. You see, I grew up on Hamburger Helper, Kraft macaroni and cheese, and Dole fruit cocktail in heavy syrup (still a favorite of mine–the maraschino cherries!). It wasn’t till my twelfth year that my parents finished grad school and finally had the time and money to introduce fresh foods into mine and my sister’s diet. It was a bit of an adjustment. Even at school we were used to eating processed foods.

My sister and I still give our younger brother and sister a hard time for being born a decade after us and getting to take advantage of dad’s newfound love for cooking. This is something that I talk to my dad about a lot, and he says that not finding ways for us to eat healthier earlier is one of his biggest regrets. It has taken me a while, but I have slowly but surely introduced every variety of food into my diet and learned how to cook along the way. Eating and preparing fresh foods brings me so much joy and keeps me healthy. The infographic above discusses the importance of educating children on food, and not just any food, real, healthy food.
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Photos: "still alive?" "defying gravity" "chicken farm" "vinegar cancer test" "female martial artist" "goth festival"...

matador gored by bullNimes Pentecost Feria, France: brave French matador Juan Leal vs. bull

bridge collapse: into river but atop the car
Luck. Atop a car that fell into the Skagit River: the I-5 bridge collapse

 Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ 2013Defies Gravity. ‘Dancing With The Stars’ finals: 20May2013

Chicken Farm, Pennsylvania
chickens provide the fertilizer on this Pennsylvania farm: the Chesapeake Bay

a simple vinegar test for cancer
simple vinegar test slashed cervical cancer death rates by 1/3: study of 150,000 women

Left: visitors of a Wave-Gothic meeting arriving in Leipzig, Germany; Right: martial artist Michelle Yeoh stunning at 2009 premiere of Vengeance
(L) Martial artist Michelle Yeoh stunned in a sexy nude Roberto Cavalli gown at the 2009 premiere of Vengeance. (R) Wave and Goth Festival: Leipzig, Germany;

Roger Federer at the French Open
Roger Federer set a new standard of excellence in men's tennis: 2013 French Open  read more »

Nature's Law. Gentoo penguins can reach top speeds of 22 mph, swimming! Even squirrels know to avoid GMO foods!

A gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother stands with her chick in Antarctica.

’even squirrels know to avoid GMO foods!’

emperor penguins swimming

an emperor penguin loses its old feathers (the fluffy ones) as new ones grow in underneath
Once a year, penguins experience a catastrophic molt. (Yes, that’s the official term.) Most birds molt (lose feathers and regrow them) a few at a time throughout the year, but penguins lose them all at once.

Gentoo penguins jumping out of the water
Gentoo penguins “porpoise” by jumping out of the water. They can move faster through air than water, so will often porpoise to escape from a predator.

Bornwild Penguin

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Most penguins swim underwater at around four to seven miles per hour (mph), but the fastest penguin—the gentoo (Pygoscelis papua)—can reach top speeds of 22 mph!  read more »

Unlikely? Farm brought to city yard: 400 species of plants, 6000lbs food, 1900 eggs, 25lbs honey, fruits year round, solar roof

*update* 13 March 2013
For urban gardeners in New York City, the mildness of this winter has produced some startling results. We do not fear the snow -our gardens are now snug below their customary winter blankets.A late crop of beets was pulled from the soil in early January...And kale, one tough Brassica, keeps giving and giving to the roof-top gardener.
Boston’s 1st rooftop farm - 40,000 square feet of soil atop the Boston Design Center “There are acres of rooftops, blacktop, in cities that are sucking up heat... so we’re using more energy to cool down cities". this amazing green roof that produces food and has these great environmental benefits, helping to mitigate climate change.

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Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year.

From 1/10th of an acre, four people manage to get over 90% of their daily food and the family reports earnings of $20,000 per year. (AFTER they eat from what is produced). This is done without the use of the expensive & destructive synthetic chemicals associated with industrial mono-cropping, while simultaneously improving the fertility and overall condition of the land being used to grow this food on. Scaled up to an acre, that would equal $200,000 per year!  read more »

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