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Month: March 2008

Camels Bring Books to Kenyans

Camels Bring Books to Kenyans

In America, we take things like public libraries for granted. Don’t have enough money to buy a book? Get out your library card and borrow one from your nearest library. In many parts of the world, their are no local public libraries. People may never see books because they can’t afford one and there’s nowhere nearby to borrow one from. The Camel Book Drive hopes to bring books to parts of Kenya where they are not readily available. The project…

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Wasted Backyard Fruit Serves the Community

Wasted Backyard Fruit Serves the Community

You’ve got a tree in your yard. It bears fruit. You eat as much as you can and then you get to the point where you hope you never have to eat anymore. What a waste! That’s what Natasha Boissier thought as she walked her neighborhood. She saw front yard littered with splattered fruit. Perfectly good fruit that folks were tired of. Fruit that rotted on limbs because no one picked it. Bossier formed North Berkeley Harvest to solve the…

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Happy (2nd) St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy (2nd) St. Patrick’s Day!

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day fell on the 15th this year? The Catholic Church determines when this holy day falls. Because Easter is early this year, Holy Week and St. Patrick’s Day have collided. Holy Monday happens to be March 17th this year. Such festivities as St. Patrick’s Day are not allowed during Holy Week, so the day was moved back. Some cities observed the holiday on Saturday. But, I’m taking no chances. I don’t want to get…

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Project BudBurst Needs You!

Project BudBurst Needs You!

Climate change is a big issue these days. You may feel powerless to affect change. Project BudBurst wants to get you involved. The national program is designed to get backyard gardeners in on collection research about native plants. The object is to have members nationwide who will record information about the trees and flowering plants in their region. The information collected will be used to note how changes in climate are affecting local environments. The project was started in 2007….

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Newborn Survives Fall off of Train

Newborn Survives Fall off of Train

This is really incredible! A pregnant woman gave birth prematurely in a bathroom on a train in India. Indian trains toilets empty directly on the tracks and the baby went right through the toilet and out onto the tracks! The mother passed out after delivery. When she recovered, she informed family who were also on the train what happened. Two hours later, the baby girl was found on the tracks and just fine. Here’s the story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080228/od_nm/india_toilet_dc;_ylt=Avxx50DioK0OQ3rRd.Awczus0NUE