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Looking Towards July

Move Art Outside - Land Art

1) Go somewhere and open your eyes 2) Look at what is there and see the colours and shapes and forms 3) Select some materials that appeal to you because of their shape or colour or whatever else 4) Collect as many as you can 5) Make a pattern, swirl, circle, spiral or anything you like with what you have found This is exactly what a great many of us do naturally, kids and adults alike, and by behaving in this way you get a better connection with nature, more appreciation of the natural world, calmness from the connection, fun, creativity and play too! What’s not to like! Pebblefish Spiral

Depression Era Desserts

From a Historical Collection Dessert was basically unknown to me as a child except for the Pumpkin Pie my mom made for Thanksgiving. The one dish she did make was Bread Pudding and I loved it. The recipe below is the closest to the ingredients she used. When she served it with ice cream I was in heaven! These days they use a vanilla sauce but it just doesn't taste the same. I hope you have enjoyed this series on Depression Era cooking, please comment if you have other options. I'm always game for a sweet, cheap dessert.

Let's Talk About Plants

Plants are the source of the air we breathe and most of the food we eat, yet we often do not pay enough attention to keeping them healthy. This can have devastating results. FAO estimates that up to 40 percent of food crops are lost to plant pests and diseases annually. This leaves millions of people without enough food to eat and seriously damages agriculture – the primary source of income for rural poor communities. Plant health is increasingly under threat. Climate change and human activities have altered ecosystems, reducing biodiversity and creating new niches where pests can thrive. At the same time, international travel and trade, which have tripled in volume in the last decade, can quickly spread pests and diseases around the world, causing great damage to native plants and the environment. As with human health, protecting plants from pests and diseases is far more cost-effective than dealing with full-blown emergencies. Plant pests and diseases are often impossible to eradicat

New Moon Ritual

The Moon cycle starts in proverbial darkness as the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, blocking the Sun’s rays from our view.  Spencer, Ezzie. Lunar Abundance (p. 55). Running Press. Kindle Edition.  To begin you need to choose a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for about half an hour. When you set up your ritual area include things that feed your senses. Roses, sparkly lights, favourite tea, soft comfy seat and some soft music as an example. With all your senses thus engaged close your eyes and become present to what is going on inside: both your emotions and physical sensations. The physical brings us home to the temple that is our body; the physical is an embodied sense that steers us home to our physical selves and allows us to touch much, much more.  This may seem straightforward enough. The problem is, however, that many of us have forgotten how to feel.  You cannot think about these physical sensations; you must feel them Many of us, when we start to tune into

Bump up the Fruits & Veggies

A few recipes and some fun stuff. The last item is a challenge that I'm going to try and thought you might like to join me. Remember all the pages in this series are downloadable with a "right click" and "save as". I hope you enjoyed this series and found some interesting tidbits to help you add more fruits & vegetables to your diet. My thanks to the American Heart Association for providing this information so I could share it.

African American Music Appreciation: Jazz

Miles Davis- Freddy Freeloader This link will take you to a Top 100 Jazz Classics Playlist on Youtube. This track is the first one on the list. But what is it that makes Jazz so great? According to Wikipedia : Jazz is difficult to define because it encompasses a wide range of music spanning a period of over 100 years, from  ragtime  to the  rock -infused  fusion . Attempts have been made to define jazz from the perspective of other musical traditions, such as European music history or African music. But critic  Joachim-Ernst Berendt  argues that its terms of reference and its definition should be broader, [12]  defining jazz as a "form of  art music  which originated in the United States through the confrontation of the Negro with European music" [13]  and arguing that it differs from European music in that jazz has a "special relationship to time defined as 'swing ' ". Jazz involves "a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvi