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10 Fascinating Chicken Facts

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe. During prime-time growing season on our farm, you can look out onto our fields and see a rainbow of colors: pink, purple, yellow, and green. But not even the multicolor flashiness of the fields can capture our visitors’ attention once they look around the corner and set eyes on our chickens.

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Break Up with Your Makeup:
It Could Be Toxic

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. Spring is in bloom, and romance is in the air. But before puckering up, you’d be wise to consider the results of a new analysis that found troubling levels of toxins in cosmetics—particularly lipstick.

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Color Me Rad. Really.

‘d heard about color runs…how trendy and fun they were. But I’m so busy with work and kids’ stuff that I totally missed that one was coming to my town until two days beforehand, when David Willey, editor-in-chief of Runner’s World magazine asked me if I wanted three “tickets” to the already sold-out event.

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5 Reasons We DON’T Need More
Oil Pipelines

by Emily Main. It’s a topic that’s nearly yawn-worthy, environmentalists spouting their rage at an oil company trying to build a pipeline. Big deal, right? We all want lower gas prices, and more oil means cheaper gas. Except that’s not the way the world works anymore, and there really is a
 serious threat to our food and water from a pipeline, the fate of which is
expected to be decided this summer.

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Happy Memorial Day!

Wishing you all a happy and safe Memorial Day!
—Maria

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The “Prom-posal”

by guest blogger Renee James. I don’t count on much in life, but I do tend to rely on one thing: that invariable and tireless pendulum that confounds and yet comforts me regularly. You know, the one that makes wide swings from one point to another. It reminds me that there are chasms between one belief and another, between one approach and its direct opposite, and that there is always a midpoint of equity.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Air Fresheners

by guest blogger Cassidy Randall. Have you ever wondered what’s in those myriad air fresheners that make your home smell like a tropical vacation or a woodsy cabin surrounded by wildflowers? It’s certainly not roses… Here are five reasons we think you should avoid air fresheners altogether.

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A Yoga Sequence for Gardeners

by guest blogger Holly Walck. Every spring, I’ve seen my students come in with the “tricky low back” that resurfaces after hours spent bent over flower pots and vegetable beds (with the errant “football knee” or “tennis elbow” flare-up to sweeten the deal). Fortunately there are yoga postures that stretch the arms, legs, and spine and put muscles that have been revolting back into a state of deep rest.

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