9-Year-old Silenced By Politicians Has Changed School Lunches Forever; Plus, Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week!

This week the Summer Solstice brings with it the most light of any day all year (for the Northern Hemisphere), offering great cheer — but, during the same week that Paul McCartney turned 70, which makes me feel very old! The good news is that still-handsome ‘Macca’ looks like he’s 55. (It’s all that vegetarian food.) Glad tidings to him, and all who have a landmark birthday in June. xxoo Geri
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Top 10 Good News Stories of the Week

  1. Hiker Finds Stolen Picasso in the Woods
    A hiker in the hills found a Pablo Picasso lithograph worth tens of thousands of dollars missing since teens broke into a California mansion.
  2. 9-Year-old Silenced By Politicians Has Changed School Lunches Forever A new blog started by a 9-year-old in western Scotland shows daily photos of the lunch plates she was being served in her public school. Just started in early May, her lunch photos went viral in days. She had a million viewers within a few weeks; was written up in major magazines; and won the support of TV chef Jamie Oliver, who kicked off school-food reform in England.
  3. Aussies Petition and Secure Historic Marine Protection for Coral Sea
    Pushed by a chorus of 486,900 citizens, the Australian government announced their intention to create the world’s largest marine reserve, a highly protected zone in the Coral Sea stretching almost 200,000 square miles in one of the last remaining ecosystems in the world where populations of large ocean predators – sharks, tunas, and marlin – still thrive.
  4. China Unearths 100 Life-Size Terracotta Warriors
    Chinese archaeologists have unearthed 110 new terracotta warriors that laid buried since 210-209 BC, part of the famed army built to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor. The life-size figures were excavated by archaeologists near the site where in the 1970’s farmers found the first bits of a terracotta army, including chariots with full-size horses.
  5. Brazilian Slum Landfill Turned into Park by Volunteers
    A former landfill in a Rio de Janeiro slum has been turned into a park thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers. People came here to get rid of old refrigerators, stoves, tires and even their dead dogs, said Mauro Quintanilha, a musician and craftsman who started the initiative to create a green oasis out of the pungent garbage dump. (MNN)
  6. ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’: The Best Quotes From Graduation 2012
    Steve Jobs, Winston Churchill, and J.K. Rowling have all lit fires in the bellies of graduates with their words. Whether or not you’ve walked across that stage, commencement speeches can be helpful, no matter your age. Watch this inspiring homage to college graduation, featuring some of the best moments from the 2012 season on video.
  7. World’s Oldest Body-Building Grandma Shows How to be Healthy, Happy She started body-building at age 71 and begins every day with a ten-mile run. At 75, this Baltimore grandmother has made it her mission to teach others how to to be healthy, happy and prosperous. Age is just a number, Miss Ernie tells the class at her church. (Video)
  8. Surprise Marriage Proposal for Fan at Foster the People Concert
    Will Staney contacted the rock band, Foster the People, via Twitter asking if he could ‘pop the question’ to his girlfriend on their stage during an upcoming show. Mark Foster was happy to oblige, and gave backstage passes to Will and his friends. His girlfriend of two years had no idea why the singer suddenly called out to Will to join him onstage in front of thousands of screaming fans. (Video)
  9. Swimming Off Mogadishu, a Sense of Hope Returns to SomaliaWith almost a thousand newly trained government troops, augmented by thousands of African peacekeepers, Mogadishu, the war torn capital of Somalia, and former jewel of the Indian Ocean, has a newfound sense of liberation these days, since al Qaeda-linked rebels were forced out last year. (Reuters)
  10. Homeless Man Finds $77,000, Gets to Keep it
    A homeless man who stumbled on $77,000 in a city park in a Texan town may now keep the money, the City Council decided last week. (MSNBC)

Video of the Week: Brilliant Mr. Rogers Remix: Garden of Your Mind

When PBS discovered video mash-up artist John D. Boswell on YouTube, they immediately hoped to collaborate. It turns out that Boswell is a huge Mister Rogers Neighborhood fan, and was thrilled to get the opportunity to pay tribute to the Public Television hero. This is the first in a planned series of PBS icons set to be remixed using auto-tune to transform words into musical tones. (Listen and enjoy!)

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