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Our Latest Publication: Stretching: Pocket BookEdition

We have just finished production of Stretching-Pocketbook Edition. Size: 5 x 7-1/4."

The original book has sold 3-1/2 million copies worldwide and is in 24 languages (the latest Slovenian!), and this is the first pocket book edition in English. (Preceding this were very successful pocketbook editions in Spain and Germany.)

It has all the stretches from the original book, and slightly abbreviated programs. It will be great to take on trips, and on airplanes, to keep in a desk drawer, etc.

It is being printed right now and bound book completion is March 31. It should be in the bookstores late April-early May.

LA City Council Makes It Easier To Grow Vegetables on City Land

Photo: "Ron Finley's famed parkway 'food forest' in South Los Angeles, 2011," which started it all off.

Photo by LAGreengrounds

Article: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/blogs/la-city-council-signs-off-on-permit-free-curbside

Photos on Flick'r: http://bit.ly/1GMQjsF

Sent us by Anonymous

Monsanto's Herbicide Roundup (…probably causes cancer in humans." Duh!

From todays New York Times, Op-Ed by Mark Bittman titled "Stop Making Us Guinea Pigs"
"The issues surrounding G.M.O.s — genetically modified organisms — have never been simple. They became more complicated last week when the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, probably causes cancer in humans. Two insecticides, malathion and diazinon, were also classified as “probable” carcinogens by the agency, a respected arm of the World Health Organization…
…Nor is it surprising that it took so long — Roundup has been used since the 1970s — to discover its likely carcinogenic properties. There is a sad history of us acting as guinea pigs for the novel chemicals that industry develops. For this we have all too often paid with our damaged health.
Rarely is that damage instantaneous, but it’s safe to say that novel biotechnologies broadly deployed may well have unexpected consequences. Yet unlike Europeans, Canadians, Australians and others, we don’t subscribe to the precautionary principle, which maintains that it’s better to prevent damage than repair it.
We ask not whether a given chemical might cause cancer but whether we’re certain that it does.…"
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/25/opinion/stop-making-us-guinea-pigs.html

Colorado Woman Quits Desk Job To Become Farmer

"Working as an international conservationist, Kellie Pettyjohn routinely found herself daydreaming.
Not about garbage patches of plastic debris floating in oceans or the number of animal species threatened by deforestation, but instead, of farming.
'After working in a cubicle and writing reports, my soul was dying,' she said.
Originally from Virginia, Pettyjohn studied journalism, anthropology and geography in college. She didn’t have any type of agricultural background before dropping her dream job for greener pastures in Montezuma County. In 2010, she moved to Mancos to volunteer on a working farm.
'I never left,' she said.
The next year, Pettyjohn secured a lease to turn a nearby barren pasture into her own field of dreams. Owner and operator of The Wily Carrot Farm, an organic certified naturally grown garden, she purchased the 2-acre property earlier this year.
'I thought it would be better to be poor, dirty and happy playing in the soil, she said.'…"
Photo: Kellie Pettyjohn via The Cortez Journal
http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20150318/NEWS06/150319549/-1/News06/She-traded-her-cubicle-for-a-plow-

Real Old People Who Are ALIVE

Photo of 73-year-old Duan Tzinfu by Vladimir Yakolev (see below).
Russian photojournalist Vladimir Yakovlev has been shooting photos of active old people for some time. He published a book of the photos, The Age of Happiness, in Russian and plans on doing the same in English. He's a wonderful photographer. He interviewed me a year or so ago, and continues to gather material, as shown here, (sent us by Eszter Hargittai): http://www.earthporm.com/age-happiness-60-older-seniors-will-destroy-age-stereotypes/

See also The Age of Happiness Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1DGtGYQ