Quinoa’s Global Success Creates Quandary at Home: "[W]hile Bolivians have lived off it for centuries, quinoa remained little more than a curiosity outside the Andes for years, found in health food shops and studied by researchers — until recently."

For a small town, the town I live in (Ashland, OR) has an amazing plethora of activities and events. One of it's most recent additions is the Ashland Independent Film Festival. Since it started after I moved away, I've never been, and this will be the first year I can attend (it's in early April) and I'm thrilled. Thanks to my parents, who are members, I'm seeing a variety of awesome looking flicks, including Sin Pais (Without Country), Barber of Birmingham, Better This World, and Hood to Coast.

"Puddling is a minimalistic white photographic tumblog... featuring ordinary scenes as framed by pools of standing water on city streets and sidewalks." source.

From Outside: "Different types of happiness have different levels of importance, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. Eudaimonic well-being, caused by engaging in meaningful activity, is more important to physical health than short-term pleasure or positive feelings. In other words, people who live with a sense of purpose will likely live longer and enjoy better mental health than people who focus on immediate happiness."

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"Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience." - Howard Zinn

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