Blog of Zoe at Galien Valley
Galien River valley, southwest Michigan, North America

Daily Blog:
Includes my good journal, science & art articles, nature notes, landcare log, and cultural comments.

Points, Goals, Missions...:
to become increasingly more aware of goodness, oneself (one's unselfish self), nature, people, one's local community, and the world.   
to continually learn how to help to sustain and enrich nature, people, and communities. 
to live, learn, work, do science, and do art in ways that serve goodness by helping communities, people, and nature. 
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Current Blog Page link: August 2018

See Blog Archives:
May 2018, June 2018, July 2018
, August 2018

Scroll down to see entries for May 2018 on this page. This whole page is May 2018 (Apr 20 - May 19, Yeeyoet 1 to Yeeyoet 30). See daily photos too. Enjoy!

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 5
day: jaegaedae
day:30
(May 19)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: excellent & happy
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
Man and nature living in harmony together is a good and moral thing. A moral community culture nurtures people to have sustainable interrelationships with nature within the community landscape. Helping communities, people, and nature are happy and excellent things.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

It takes science (knowing) and art (creativity) to establish and uphold a sustainable culture and good media about how to help communities, people, and nature, and overcome global and local chronic disasters (outdoor deficit disorder, poverty, pollution, wilderness loss, community loss, etc.). My blog discusses a lot about the science and art of helping communities, people, and nature, and helping to overcome global and local chronic disasters. Thanks for reading my blog and learning more about science and art.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 55oF Rainy
2 PM, 65oF Rainy
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is dropping its flowers and starting to grow new leaves. See today's photo, below.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

➤ observe, walk around Three Oaks, see what plants are budding, flowering, growing leaves, etc.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Culture includes media and what the media focuses on. A good culture with good media focuses on how to help communities, people, and nature, and overcome global and local chronic disasters (outdoor deficit disorder, poverty, pollution, wilderness loss, community loss, etc.). Helping communities, people, and nature are happy and excellent things. A bad culture will bad media gets carried away with trivia, hedonism, celebrity gossip, and wallows in the despair of dramatic acute disasters. One of my many aims for my blog is for it to be an example of good media: about helping communities, people, and nature, and overcoming chronic disasters. (See more of my aims, points, etc.) Thanks for reading my blog and choosing to read good media.

Photo of the Day:
Today, the Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is dropping its flowers and starting to grow new leaves. 8 days ago (on Yeeyoet 22 / May 11), I took a photo of the blooming redbud's glorious purple-pink flowers. And 8 days before I took the blooming redbud photo (on Yeeyoet 14 / May 3), I took a photo of the budding redbud's red buds.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 5
day: fafadae
day:29
(May 18)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: wonderful & jolly
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
In a moral community culture, people (kids and adults) are cultured and educated to have a wonderful and jolly time in the out-of-doors and while taking care of nature in the community landscape.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

It takes science and art to enjoy the outdoors. Many people are afraid or bored of the outdoors, if they don't know (science) how to enjoy nature and what to do (art) to enjoy nature. I teach nature classes in which students learn the science and art of how to enjoy, be aware of, and take care of outdoor nature. See a list of nature classes that I teach at the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program. My students have a wonderful and jolly time outdoors.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 55oF Sunny
2 PM, 72oF Sunny, Humid
5 PM, 65oF Cloudy, Sprinkle of Rain
Native spring wildflowers White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda) and Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea) are blooming. (See today's photo, below). Tadpoles had hatched and many were swimming along the pond edge at Jz-Three Oaks.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Kn-Sawyer: hand-pull Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), which is an invasive exotic plant.
Pizzo: Rs-Lakeside: brush-cut Rocket Mustard (Barbarea vulgaris), which is an invasive exotic plant. See today's photos.
Pizzo: Jz-Three Oaks: check on site, decide what stewardship to do during the next week or so.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

It's healthy and fun to work outdoors. It's good to do light manual labor for a few hours a day, and take care of the community landscape. It's good to not be underworked, and to not be overworked. It would be great if every able-bodies person could work outdoors for a few hours, a few days per week, to do some part-time permaculture farming and or part-time hands-on ecological work. The best cultures have able-bodied people do a mix of outdoor light manual labor and indoor.

Photos of the Day:
A yellow blooming Golden Alexander (Zizia aurea) is a native yellow spring wildflower, blooming right now.

The yellow blooming Rocket Mustard (Barbarea vulgaris) is an invasive exotic spring flower that Pizzo removes from prairies. See below: before we brushcut the Rocket Mustard, and after we brushcut the Rocket Mustard. Soon, the native flowers will grow higher and hide the fallen Rocket Mustards.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 5
day: dipidae
day:28
(May 17)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: grand & festive
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
Moral cultures celebrate local small businesses as them being the grandest type of business. Have a grand and festive day. Celebrate the local small businesses.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

It takes science (knowing and general technique) and art (creativity, skilled hands, and personal technique) to handmake yarn. It requires the science to know how to raise livestock for wool. It requires science to know how to prepare the wool, plus some art (skilled hands) to make the raw wool into roving. Then again, it takes some more science (knowing) and art (skilled hands) to spin the roving into yarn.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 53oF Cloudy
2 PM, 65oF Partly Sunny
Bridal Wreath Spirea (Spiraea prunifolia) is blooming.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Commerce Mixer. My employment with Pizzo includes attending local Chamber of Commerce mixers, during which employees of various local businesses mingle. At the mixers, I spread the word on the ecological services that Pizzo does in the local community. Today, the mixer took place in Bridgman, Michigan. We were given a tour of a local yarn-making business, The Sandpiper. The Sandpiper gets sheep and llama wool, from local farms and USA farms, and makes the wool into yarns. (See today's photo, below.)

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Today, I toured the store front and small factory backroom of a local small business, The Sandpiper. The Sandpiper gets sheep and llama wool, from local farms and USA farms, and makes the wool into yarns, in their backroom. See today's photo, below. As much as it's important to be as local as possible, as soon as possible, we all need transition periods. The Sandpiper would like to make all their yarn from local wool. But, at the moment, there is not enough local wool to support the business, so they supplement local wool with wool from farms all over the USA.

Photo of the Day:
My employment with Pizzo includes attending local Chamber of Commerce mixers, during which employees of various local businesses mingle. Today, during a mixer, we were given a tour of a local yarn-making business, The Sandpiper, in Bridgman, Michigan. The Sandpiper gets sheep and llama wool, from local farms and USA farms, and makes the wool into yarns.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 5
day: singlingdae
day:27
(May 16)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: fascinating & merry
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A good community culture is amazing, joyful, fun by providing opportunities and educations for students to become increasingly more aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich the amazing features of local nature.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

The science and art of fun, and celebrating the amazing, joyful, fascinating, merry, and fun. It's fun to do good, such as to be aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich the amazing things of communities, people, and nature. Science is knowing what is good fun. Art is the doing and making the fun good things. Good fun includes helping people connect with nature, and providing opportunities and educations during which people can become increasingly more aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich the amazing features of local nature. My science and art work is amazing, joyful, fun: kids find fun things to do in nature, such as run down the sand dunes, bury legs in the sand, and see a natural carpet of wildflowers. (See today's photos)

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 48oF Sunny
2 PM, 72oF Sunny
Wild Lupine blooming (see today's photos)
Sand Cherry blooming (see today's photos)
At Warren Dunes: Sand Cherry (Prunus pumila), Sand Cress (Arabidopsis lyrata), and the yellow Hairy Puccoon (Lithospermum caroliniense).

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Sh-Lakeside: remove / hand pull out some garlic mustard (see today's photos) and yellow rocket mustard. A lot of stewardship is removing the invasive exotic species so then the native plants have room to grow and spread on their own. Wild Lupine is a native prairie flower (see today's photos).
Teaching: WC (Wilderness and Culture class) for the Benton Harbor Girls. Today's the last day of class this spring semester. We take a field trip to Warren Dunes to look at spring wildflowers that we've been studying. The woods are covered with blooming White Trillium (see today's photos). The dunes have several patches of blooming Sand Cherry (see today's photos).
Read more about education on my educaztions page.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

The science and art of fun, and cultures of celebrating the amazing, joyful, fascinating, merry, and fun. It's fun to do good, such as to be aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich the amazing things of communities, people, and nature. Science is knowing what is good fun. Art is the doing and making the fun good things. Good fun includes helping people connect with nature, and providing opportunities and educations during which people can become increasingly more aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich the amazing features of local nature. My science and art work is fascinating, merry, fun: kids find fun things to do in nature, such as run down the sand dunes, bury legs in the sand, and see a natural carpet of wildflowers. (See today's photos)

Many of the science, art, and activities, that we do in my nature classes, are science, art, and activities that I learned at classes at Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School and Children of the Earth Foundation.

5 Photos of the Day:
removing / hand pulling out some Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata), an invasive exotic species

blooming Wild Lupine (Lupinus perennis), a native prairie Michigan flower

Amazing, joyful, fun, at Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan: students of my Wilderness and Culture class

In May, blooming White Trillium (Trillium grandiflora) carpets the forest floor

In May, patches of blooming Sand Cherry (Prunus pumila) on the dunes of Lake Michigan, at Warren Dunes State Park

Amazing, joyful, fun, at Warren Dunes State Park, Michigan: the irresistible fun of sand: 12-year-old girls playing in the sand

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 5
day: moeyoedae
day:26
(May 15)
today's holiday: Joy Festival

Quality Calendar:
today's holiday: Joy Festival
Qualities of day: amazing & joyful
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A good community culture is amazing, joyful, fun by providing opportunities and educations for students to become increasingly more aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich the amazing features of local nature.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

The science and art of fun, and celebrating the amazing, joyful, and fun. It's fun to do good, such as to be aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich the amazing things of communities, people, and nature. Science is knowing what is good fun. Art is the doing and making the fun good things. Good fun includes helping people connect with nature, and providing opportunities and educations during which people can become increasingly more aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich local nature. My science and art work is amazing, joyful, fun: kids find fun things to do in nature, such as find box turtles and walk across logs (see today's photos).

Many of the science, art, and activities, that we do in my nature classes, are science, art, and activities that I learned at Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School, a wilderness school in New Jersey.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 55oF Cloudy
2 PM, 70oF Cloudy
wild Box Turtle crawling around (see today's photo), and a Monarch Butterfly flying around

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Teaching: NCA (Nature and Community Arts) at Fernwood Gardens, in Niles, Michigan. Today's the last day of class this spring semester. We talked about nature in the media today. And we went outdoors to explore the trails. The kids found a fun crossing of logs over a creek (see today's photos). Plus, we found a box turtle (see today's photos). See a list of nature classes that I teach at the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program.

Many of the science, art, and activities, that we do in my nature classes, are science, art, and activities that I learned at classes at Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School and Children of the Earth Foundation.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

The science and art of fun, and the culture of celebrating the amazing, joyful, and fun. It's fun to do good, such as to be aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich the amazing things of communities, people, and nature. Science is knowing what is good fun. Art is the doing and making the fun good things. Good fun includes helping people connect with nature, and providing opportunities and educations during which people can become increasingly more aware of, connect with, sustain, and enrich local nature. My science and art work is amazing, joyful, fun: kids find fun things to do in nature, such as find box turtles and walk across logs (see today's photos).

Many of the science, art, and activities, that we do in my nature classes, are science, art, and activities that I learned at classes at Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School and Children of the Earth Foundation.

Photo of the Day:
Amazing, joyful, fun, at Fernwood Gardens, Niles, Michigan: my daughter found a wandering Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina). Plus, my class found a fun
crossing of logs over a creek.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 5
day: werverdae
day:25
(May 14)

Quality Calendar:
Qualities of day: awesome & cheerful
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
The common and vernacular is awesome and cheerful. Look at things in different perspectives. See new amazing things in the familiar. Take nothing for granted.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

The science and art of look at things in different perspectives, see new amazing things in the familiar, being unprejudice, and take nothing for granted. I've walked with my friend down Marquette Street several times. I never saw the pussytoes wildflowers before, until today. (See today's photos) Several people have heard of pussy willows, but have you heard of pussytoes?

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 55oF Thunderstorm, Rain for 90 minutes
2 PM, 72oF Sunny, Humid
8 PM, 65oF Thunderstorm, Rain for 30 minutes
Pussytoes blooming (See today's photo)

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

➤ observation / awareness of the community landscape: I found blooming pussytoes (see today's photo), while walking with a friend along Marquette Street, in New Buffalo.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

A good moral culture is a culture of look at things in different perspectives, see new amazing things in the familiar, being unprejudiced, and take nothing for granted. I've walked with my friend down Marquette Street during the past few spring seasons. I never saw the pussytoes wildflowers before, until today. (See today's photos) Several people have heard of pussy willows, but have you heard of pussytoes?

Photo of the Day:
Pussytoes spring wildflowers along Marquette Street, New Buffalo, Michigan.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 4
day: jaegaedae
day:24
(May 13)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: flourishing and leafy
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral community culture helps to sustain and enrich a flourishing and leafy community landscape of people and nature.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

I do science (knowledge and observation) and art (making things, creativity, etc.) such as that I see (science) native plants and take photos (art) of the plants to show them to people. See today's photo, below, which is of a Juneberry and it's ripening berry-like pome fruits. Read more about science and art at my science and art homepage.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 55oF Cloudy, Wet Roads, It rained last night
2 PM, 65oF Thinly Cloudy
Juneberry dropped its flowers and now it is growing and ripening its fruit. (See today's photo) I saw two grackles chasing away a squirrel from their nest in a spruce tree.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

▲ Prepare for classes on Tuesday and Wednesday
➤ Work on setting up this blog

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

In the 1800s and previously, many Americans commonly made jellies and jams from the berry-like fruit of the native Juneberry, which typically has ripe fruit in June. (See today's photo, below).

Photo of the Day:
Now, the Juneberry (Amelanchier arborea) looks all flourishing and leafy as its growing berry-looking fruit (pomes), which should be ripe in June. I took a photo of this juneberry, 9 days ago (on Yeeyoet 15 / May 4), while it was flowering and there was no fruit.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 4
day: fafadae
day:23
(May 12)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: vigorous
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral community culture guides people to sustain and enrich a vibrant community of people and nature thriving together within the community landscape. People are healthy, have a healthy sustainable local economy, and do healthy, fun, vigorous science and art. A moral community culture guides people to have vibrant sustainable interrelationships with nature within the community landscape. Read more about community, culture, economy, health, and more at my definitions page.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

I do science (knowledge and observation) and art (making things, creativity, etc.) such as that I see (science) children playfully spread seeds and take photos (art) of the plants to show them to people. Science and art are important as well as fun as throwing seeds. See today's photo, below, which is of children playfully spreading seeds of prairie flowers in a prairie. Read more about science and art at my science and art homepage.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 47oF Cloudy
2 PM, 57oF Thinly Cloudy, sun short of shining
5 PM, 49oF Thunderstorm with Light Rain
Home wildflower garden: many Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) flowers blooming.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Pizzo: spread the last of the flower seed, for this spring. Spread non-frozen seed:
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), Spotted Joe Pye (Eutrochium maculatum), Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata), Ironweed (Vernonia sp.), etc. My daughter and her friend explore nature and have a picnic at the site while I spread seed. At the end, I have them finish off spreading seed. I took a few photos of them throwing the last of the seed. (See today's photo.)

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

The natural spring growth of nature is vigorous, and people, communities, and societies should let and help nature grow vigorously. The vigor of nature gives us fertile soil, nutritious food, clean water, clean air, wood, beauty, inspiration, and more. Read more about community, culture, economy, health, and more at my definitions page.

Photo of the Day:
I'm just about finished spreading a bag of seeds, so I let my daughter and her friend finish, by letting them randomly and playfully spread some seeds at a particular area of the field. Science and art are fun. The science and art of spreading seeds!

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 4
day: dipidae
day:22
(May 11)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: vibrant
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral community culture guides people to sustain and enrich a vibrant community of people and nature thriving together within the community landscape. People are healthy and have a healthy sustainable local economy. A moral community culture guides people to have vibrant sustainable interrelationships with nature within the community landscape. Read more about community, culture, economy, health, and more at my definitions page.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

I support science and art that sustains and enriches vibrant, fertile, unique plants, animals, and habitats in community landscapes. I support science and art that sustains and enriches vibrant ecosystems, clean air, clean water, fertile soil, permaculture farms, vibrant natural human health, vibrant sustainable education, and vibrant community local economies. Read more about science and art at my science & art homepage.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 55oF Partly Sunny
2 PM, 49oF Partly Sunny
Three Oaks: Crab Apples (Malus spp.) and Common Lilacs (Syringa vulgaris) blooming.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: computer work, site visit reports, and correspondence with Pizzo.
➤ Work on setting up this blog

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Even the native plants are beautiful and vibrant in the urban landscape. See photo of the day, in the village of Three Oaks and in other Michigan towns, there are several blooming redbuds - large shrubs / small trees. The redbud is native to southwest Michigan.

Photo of the Day:
Now, the Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) is blooming a vibrant purple-ish pink. I took a picture of this Redbud, 8 days ago (on Yeeyoet 14 / May 3), while it was budding.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 4
day: singlingdae
day:21
(May 10)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: verdant
See today's photo to see a glimpse of a light-green, spring, verdant landscape.
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral community culture is the fertile soil in which fecund habitats and fecund minds grow with verdant vigor. A moral community culture includes an education that connects students to nature. Nature inspire students to be moral and wise.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

My work for Pizzo includes science, art, and a variety of tasks to help to make the land and nature more verdant and vigorous, including spreading the seeds of native flowers, removing invasive exotic species, photography, and getting new sites for Pizzo to work on. See what I did for Pizzo today, in today's landcare log. Read more about science and art at my science and art homepage.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 55oF Partly Sunny
2 PM, 65oF Partly Sunny
Home wildflower garden: First flower on a Wild Gernanium (Geranium maculatum) is blooming.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Pizzo: spread frozen seeds of flowers:
Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), Spotted Joe Pye (Eutrochium maculatum), Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata), Ironweed (Vernonia sp.), etc.
Pizzo: Bridgman business: take photos of a potential site for Pizzo to restore and steward
Pizzo: Gy-ThreeOaks: start on removing weedy Field Garlic (Allium vineale) from ecological buffer field.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Spring is beautiful with the newly growing light green leaves, which makes for a verdant landscape. See the newly growing maple leaves in the photo of the day.

Photo of the Day:
Now, the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is growing fruit (it's samaras / winged-seeds / "helicopters") and is growing new leaves. I took a photo of this maple, 10 days ago (on Yeeyoet 11 / April 30), while it was flowering and there were no sight of leaves or fruit.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 4
day: moeyoedae
day:20
(May 9)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: fecund
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral community culture is the fertile soil in which fecund habitats and fecund minds grow. A moral community culture includes an education that connects students to nature. Nature inspires students to be moral and wise.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

I have students do both science and art in my nature classes. For instance, my students learn (science) something outdoors. Later, they come indoors, and write (art, make, create) in a journal about what they learned and their experiences outdoors. Even my blogs themselves are science and art. I learn and experience (science) things outdoors, and then I write (art, make, create) blog entries about what I learn and experience.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 60oF Partly Sunny
10 AM, 55oF Thunderstorm
2 PM, 70oF Partly Sunny
8 PM, 55oF T-storm, Heavy Rain, Strong West Wind
Phenology: Three Oaks: Dogwoods (Cornus florida) and Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) small trees blooming.
Home wildflower garden: Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) blooming. First flower on our Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is blooming.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Teaching: WC (Wilderness and Culture) at Benton Harbor, Michigan. Review wildflowers and review semester lessons and wilderness societies and city societies. Both primitive wilderness people and modern city people need nature. All people need to breathe air and drink water. Water and air come from nature. Many city people have houses and or furniture made out of wood. Following, class enjoys playing nature games such as Otter Steals Fish. See today's photos of today's class, below. Also, see photos from my previous nature classes at Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Nature provides my students with many exciting things to speak about in class and write about in their journals (see today's photo). They were so excited to see a praying mantis, seeing squirrels, seeing a blue jay, seeing jack-in-the-pulpits, touching the large magnoila flowers, digging in the sand at the beach, building a debris hut, lighting a fire, filtering water, and more. Without nature, life would not be as exciting or inspiring to speak, write, or read about. Nature makes people's minds more fecund, as well as makes habitats more fecund. Read more about community, culture, science, art, and more at my definitions page.

Photos of the Day:
Several of my classes are both indoors and outdoors. We spend some time indoors studying nature, and some time outdoors studying nature. In photo, students are writing in their nature journals.

In class, we learn about phenology, which includes the changes that plants and animals annually undergo from season to season, or month to month, or day to day. For instance, the Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) has red leaves in the fall, no leaves in the winter, and grows new green leaves in the spring.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 4
day: werverdae
day:19
(May 8)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: fertile
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral community culture has a moral education, of the community arts, during which people learn to sustainably use and take good care of the land and nature, and enrich soil fertility. A good education is manifested in how well people and nature thrive together, and how fertile the soil is.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

It takes science (knowing) and art (making, stewarding) to sustain and enrich soil fertility. It takes science, knowing about permaculture farming. It takes science, including awareness, having a child-like curiosity and joyful amazement of the goodness of the outdoors, being aware of your community landscape, and the diversity of plants that grow there. Today, my nature class enjoyed trying to find the many blooming jack-in-the-pulpits (see today's photo), in the woods. See a list of nature classes that I teach at the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 55oF Sunny
2 PM, 75oF Sunny
Fernwood: Dogwoods (Cornus florida), Redbuds (Cercis canadensis), and Paw-Paws (Asinima triloba) small trees blooming. Many Jack-in-the-Pulpits (Arisaema triphyllum) (see today's photo), Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta), and many other wildflowers blooming
. This week, Fernwood is looking strikingly spring green, compared to the very brown leafless landscape it looked like just one week ago (see today's photos).

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Teaching: NCA (Nature and Community Arts) at Fernwood Gardens, Niles, Michigan. Today, we study a variety of arts: vital basic arts / functional arts (shelter, water, food, baskets, pottery, etc.) as well as fine arts, abstract arts, decorative arts, etc. (paintings, drawing, sculpture, etc.). We made leaf rubbings of small newly-growing leaves, before they reach their full size. This week, Fernwood is looking strikingly spring green, compared to the very brown leafless landscape it looked like just one week ago (see today's photos). Many flowers are blooming. The students, and especially the boys, very much enjoyed finding many blooming Jack-in-the-Pulpits (see today's photo, below), in the woods. Also, see photos from my previous nature classes at Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

A moral community culture includes permaculture farming, farming that sustains and enriches soil fertility. A moral community culture includes supporting people to have a child-like curiosity and joyful amazement of the goodness of the outdoors, being aware of your community landscape, and the diversity of plants that grow there. Today, my nature class enjoyed trying to find the many blooming jack-in-the-pulpits (see today's photo), in the woods. Read more about community and culture at my definitions page.

Photos of the Day:
My class was very excited to find many blooming jack-in-the-pulpits today. Also, the landscape has dramatically changed from a leafless brown to a spring light green, just since last week.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 3
day: jaegaedae
day:18
(May 7)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: manifesting
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral community culture has a moral education, of the community arts, during which people learn to sustainably use and take good care of the land and nature. A good education is manifested in how well people and nature thrive together.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

To establish and steward a habitat, such as a prairie, it takes science (knowing) and art (create and steward). The science I know, includes which plants are native, which plants are exotic, seed collection, winter frozen storage of seeds, which plants like wetter soils, which plants like dryer soils, etc. The art I make includes the spreading of seeds, keeping native plants, thinning out aggressive native plants, and removing exotic plants. My art manifests how well I can do science and art. My art manifests how well I know ecology. Science is knowing, and art is a creative expression of science. Science is "learning the patterns of nature and how nature works." - Carl Sagan. Art includes applying the science of native plants and ecology to actively grow (create), restore, steward, manage, sustain, and enrich local natural habitats. Read more about science and art at my science and art homepage.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 45oF Sunny
2 PM, 67oF Sunny
local woods: many Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) blooming
Three Oaks: Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) tree growing new leaves, so far the leaves are tiny fans. Baby robins are hatching now. My daughter found broken robin eggs here and there around our neighborhood. She found a total of 5 eggs.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Kf-Galien: spread seeds: Compass Plant (Silphium laciniatum), Rosinweed (Silphium integrifolium), Ironweed (Vernonia sp.), Blue Vervain (Vervena hastata), Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa), Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum), Thimbleweed (Anemone spp.), etc.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Culture includes how people and society use and take care of the land and nature. Landcare is a huge part of culture. The science and art of landcare is a huge part of culture. Science is knowing, and art is a creative expression of science. Science is "learning the patterns of nature and how nature works." - Carl Sagan. Art includes applying the science of native plants and ecology to actively grow (create), restore, steward, manage, sustain, and enrich local natural habitats. A community's landscape of thriving habitats reflects that a community and or society very well manifests, understands, proves to know about communities, people, nature, ecology, economy, health, and well-being. A community's landscape of thriving habitats manifests, understands, proves that a community and or society gives its children a good education, so that they grow up to be moral and good stewards of the land and nature. Read more about moral, community, ecology, economy, culture, science, and art at my definitions page.

Photo of the Day:
Bags of thawing frozen seeds to be spread, at a prairie, in Galien, Michigan.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 3
day: fafadae
day:17
(May 6)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: reflecting
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Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
Communities and people reflect God's goodness by helping people, such as by sustaining and enriching people and nature together in a community landscape.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

Creating my home wildflower garden took both science (knowing) and art (making, designing). I had to do science. For instance, I had to know what flowers are native and what flowers are exotic to southwest Michigan. I selected native flowers, instead of just any flowers, which might be exotic. Following, I did art. For instance, I did planting design: I arranged where the different native flowers would grow in my wildflower garden. (See today's photo, below, of woodland phlox blooming in my wildflower garden.) Read more science and art at my science and art homepage.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 70oF Cloudy
2 PM, 60oF Partly Sunny
Pizzo Pond: Tricolor Heron
Home wildflowers: Woodland Phlox is blooming (see today's photo, below). Wild Geranium flower buds are just starting to form. Wild Columbine flower buds are starting to expand into becoming flowers. See some of my local wildflower photos.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

➤ Work on setting up this blog
➤ Walk around Three Oaks, see the blooming plants: pear trees, cherry trees, tulip flowers, crab apples just about to bloom, lilacs just about to bloom, redbud just about to bloom.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Healthy local habitats with gorgeous carpets of wildflowers blanketing the community landscape reflects a small community's and or a larger society's good understanding of nature science, ecology, nature art, economy, and culture. Read more about "eco," ecology, economy, culture, art, and science at my definitions page.

Photo of the Day:
Home wildflower garden: Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaricata) blooming and just about to bloom.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 3
day: dipidae
day:16
(May 5)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: expressing
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral society expresses its good understanding of nature science, ecology, and economy by supporting its communities to grow (create), restore, steward, manage, sustain, and enrich local natural habitats as well as its local community economies, plus have ecologies and economies support each other. Read more about "eco," ecology, and economy at my definitions page.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

Science is knowing, and art is a creative expression of science. Science is "learning the patterns of nature and how nature works." - Carl Sagan. Art includes applying the science of native plants and ecology to actively grow (create), restore, steward, manage, sustain, and enrich local natural habitats. A healthy natural habitats are creative expressions of a community's good understanding of outdoor nature science.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 65oF Sunny
2 PM, 75oF Sunny
Skybird Yoga, Sawyer: Spring Cress is blooming, and other wildflowers.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Vicker's Theater, Three Oaks, Michigan: 9 AM, Jack Pizzo's ecology seminar (90 minutes).
Pizzo: Skybird Yoga, Sawyer, Michigan: 1 PM, Jack Pizzo's ecology short-talk (20 minutes) and Elizabeth Nuti's Yoga and nature short-talk (20 minutes), and nature walk in Black Ash wetlands. (See photos of the day)

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

At Skybird Yoga, Sawyer, Michigan, Jack Pizzo and Elizabeth Nuti did a nice job expressing the joyful and healing wonders of connecting with nature and helping nature to grow.

Photos of the Day:
In Sawyer, Michigan, on a Nature Walk at SkyBird Yoga's Black Ash Swamp, after a joint Pizzo ecology talk and a Yoga talk. Bottom photo: close-up look at the tiny British Soldiers (Cladonia cristatella) lichen with red caps, at SkyBird Yoga.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 3
day: singlingdae
day:15
(May 4)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: blossoming
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral society supports its local community cultures to support its local budding and blossoming native plants.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

Growing native local blossoming plants takes science (knowing) and art (caring for, growing, managing). It is science to know what native local plants are. It is science to know how to care for native plants. Following, it's art to apply the science to create, sustain, enrich, restore, and steward a landscape of blossoming native plants.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 55oF Partly Sunny, Very Windy
2 PM, 65oF Partly Sunny
Many trees have started growing leaves now; now the landscape is largely light-green. Only a few days ago, the landscape looked very brown.
Home: Norway Maples blooming; home wildflowers: Jack-in-the-Pulpit started to sprout.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Pizzo: meet with Kyle to prepare for ecology seminar tomorrow. Spread flower seeds: 4 Sedges and Tall Coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris), Prairie Blazingstar (Liastris pycnostachya), Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa), Dark Green Bulrush (Scirpus atrovirens), and Wool Grass (Scirpus cyperinus).

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Lovely cultures have lots of blossoming flowers.

Photo of the Day:
Juneberry (Amelanchier arborea) shrub is blooming

 

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 3
day: moeyoedae
day:14
(May 3)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: budding
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral society supports its local community cultures to support its local budding and blooming native wildflowers.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

It took science (knowing) and art (making, creativity) to make this blog of wildflowers and nature activities. I did science. For instance, I had to know what native local springtime wildflowers there are, and where in my local community landscape they are, and even what season and month to expect them to bloom. Following, I do art. I used high-tech tools, instead of primitive low-tech tools and my hands, but I created it, I still consider it to be art. I did art. For instance, I took photos of wildflowers with my smart phone and I designed with blog web page posting of wildflowers and nature activities. Read more about science and art at my definitions page.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 60oF Cloudy, Rainy
2 PM, 70oF Cloudy, wet ground
Redbud flowers starting to push out of bud. Juneberry is blooming.
Elm Street: Pear Trees blooming.
Home: Red Trillium just started to bloom.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Homeschool: studying World War II famous leaders of nations: Winston Church of Britain, Franklin Roosevelt of USA, Adolph Hitler of Germany, and Joseph Stalin of Russia.
➤ Work on setting up this blog
Pizzo: Pizzo: sometimes I tend to inside the cabins, such as today, clean inside the cabins, at the prairie, and have my husband caulk toilet, so ants don't build anthills next to the toilet anymore.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Walk about the block in spring. What flowers do you see budding and blooming? Other flowers bud and bloom in summer and fall.

Photo of the Day:
Redbud (Cercis canadensis) large shrub / small tree, flowers starting to push out of the buds

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 3
day: werverdae
day:13
(May 2)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: blooming
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral society supports its local community cultures to support its local blooming native wildflowers.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

It took science (knowing) and art (making, creativity) to make a native wildflower game. I had to know science. For instance, I had to know what native local springtime wildflowers there are. There's the hepatica, spring beauty, troutlily, bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit, wild columbine, and more. Following, I did art. I used high-tech tools, instead of primitive low-tech tools and my hands, but I created it, I still consider it to be art. I did art. For instance, I took photos of wildflowers with my smart phone and I printed the flower photos and the flower names on paper. I used these printed images to make a wildflower scavenger hunt game. Read more about science and art at my definitions page.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 65oF Sunny
2 PM, 85oF Sunny
7 PM, 75oF Thunderstorm
Benton Harbor: forsythia and magnolia blooming. Burning bush started to grow new leaves.
Home wildflowers: dutchman's britches done blooming. Dutchman britches bloomed for 3 weeks.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Pizzo: do another load of laundry, spread flower seeds: Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), Bee Balm (Monarda fistulosa), Quinine (Parthenium intergrifolium), Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), and Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum).
Teaching: WC (Wilderness and Culture class) for the Benton Harbor Girls Academy, Benton Harbor, Michigan. Instead of mentioning only one activity, here's a few things we did today. We studied how many of our supplies (water, wood, etc.) come from nature. Also, we discussed examples of being rich, poor, and in poverty in city-societies and in wilderness societies. We did a Chat Mixer
(pairs of people talk for 4 minutes, then the pairs switch partners) about the favorite nature games played in the class. Many students especially enjoy Fire in the Forest. In the game, one person is the fire, and other people are Michigan native wild animals. The fire calls out native animals, and those animals have to run from one tree to another, without getting tagged by the fire. We play Fire in the Forest, at the end of class today. Read more about education on my educaztions page.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Globalization intentionally and unintentionally destroys communities in many ways, including that many people get to visually identify globalized corporate logos much better than the blooms of local native wildflowers. One of many ways to help communities and support the local is to reacquaint people with the blooms of native wildflowers. My Wilderness and Culture class is in an urban area, far from wilderness. I have my students see pictures of wildflowers and play a wildflower game (see today's photo below) for a few weeks, before we go on a fieldtrip, to the wilderness, to see the wildflowers in person. See some of my local wildflower photos.

Photo of the Day:
Students playing a wildflower scavenger hunt game, in my Wilderness and Culture Class. Students learning about native wildflowers, before going on a wildflower field trip in a few weeks.
See some of my local wildflower photos.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 2
day: jaegaedae
day:12
(May 1)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: regional
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral society supports the health, well-being, natural resources, uniqueness, and self-sufficiency of regions and communities.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

It took science (knowing) and art (making, creativity) to apply natural body camouflage to students in my Nature and Community Arts class (see today's photo below). I had to know science. For instance, I had to know what I can use for body camouflage. I had to know to not mix water in with the wood ash, because wet ash burns skin. I had to know to add water to clay, otherwise dry clay wasn't going to cover the skin very well. Following, I did art. For instance, the body was a canvas, and I used creativity to decide where I was going to dab various kinds of camouflage. Read more about science and art at my definitions page.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 45oF Sunny
2 PM, 80oF Sunny, Hot!
Not many trees are growing new leaves yet. The landscape still looks brown.
Fernwood: trilliums, bellwort, dutchman's britches, squirrel corn, bluebells, spring beauty, and spicebush blooming. Fern fiddleheads growing. Magnolias blooming.
Home: tulips blooming in front yard; wildflowers: white trilliums just starting to bloom.
See some of my local wildflower photos.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Teaching: NCA (Nature and Community Arts) at Fernwood Gardens, Niles, Michigan; today, we study being in harmony with nature. I put natural camouflage (ash, charred wood powder, clays, muds, pine needles, etc.) onto a student. See today's photo, below. Also, we play a nature game, Otter Steals Fish. Plus, we see many of the spring wildflowers blooming now. See photos from previous nature classes that I teach at the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Wikipedia states that bioregionalism "is a political, cultural, and ecological system or set of views on naturally defined areas called bioregions ... such as watersheds." I think bioregionalism should also include being an economic system too, running a bioregional local economy, getting residents to work and shop within the bioregion. It should also be an education system too, which teaches residents (kids and adults) how to live, learn, work, and shop in ways that help to sustain and enrich people and nature and unique local features within the bioregion.

Photo of the Day:
Nature and Community Arts class: natural camouflage on one of the students.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 2
day: fafadae
day:11
(April 30)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: aboriginal
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral society supports its native local aboriginal people, as well as its native local aboriginal wildlife.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

For my nature classes, I design curriculum pages, info sheets, and activity sheets, which include info and activities about outdoor nature science and outdoor nature art, the community arts and vital basic skills. Some of my pages and sheets include info on plants and animals that are aboriginal to southwest Michigan, as well as info on the Potawatomi who are in the aboriginal people of southwest Michigan.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 40oF Sunny
2 PM, 65oF Sunny
Pizzo's pond: a dozen turtles sunning on logs, and dragonflies mating. Sugar Maple's red flowers blooming.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Homeschool: read quality calendar, Big History (study 1930s and 1940s this week). My daughter reading Brave New World. Also, she is studying Algebra I, this year. My daughter helps me to spread some Pizzo seeds too.
Pizzo: Pizzo: spread seeds of flowers: Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana), Bottle Gentian (Gentiana andrewsii), Prairie Bushclover (Lespedesza leptostachya), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and Steeplebush Spiraea (Spiraea tomentosa).

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Sugar Maple trees are native to much of the eastern USA, including Michigan. Yet, we need to manage sugar maples so they do not become invasive and heavily crowd and darken our woodlands. Southwest Michigan "woods" were generally savannahs, 200 years ago. Trees were spaced out and many flowers and grasses grew between them. Natural wild fires kept the trees in check. Modern culture does not want wild fires. Because there has not been wild fires lately, many southwest Michigan woods have become overgrown with sugar maple trees. In the summer, woods are too shady to let summer wildflowers grow. Removing some sugar maple trees, in overgrown woods, lets in more light to the woodland floor. Light helps flowers to grow.

Photo of the Day:
Blooming red flowers of a Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 2
day: dipidae
day:10
(April 29)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: indigenous
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral society supports its native local indigenous people, as well as its native local indigenous wildlife.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

For my nature classes, I design cirriculum pages, info sheets, and activity sheets, which include info and activities about outdoor nature science and outdoor nature art, the community arts and vital basic skills. Some of my pages and sheets include info on plants and animals that are indigenous to southwest Michigan, as well as info on the Potawatomi who are in the indigenous people of southwest Michigan.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 35oF Sunny
2 PM, 45oF Sunny
LaPorte, Indiana: sighted Canada Goose goslings

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

➤ buy printer ink for info sheets, for nature classes
First day that I begin, to work on setting up this blog site: Blog of Zoe in Galien Valley. First, I work on it off-line for a few weeks, then in early Hoehee / late May, I publish it on-line.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Canadian Geese are indigenous, but we need to manage them so they do not become invasive and heavily poop on so many lawns by ponds. If you plant native grasses and native flowers that grow over 18"-high around your ponds, Geese will not come to your lawn and pond, because they are afraid that predators may be hiding in the tall grasses and flowers.

Photo of the Day:
Canadian Geese and their four cute fuzzy goslings

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 2
day: singlingdae
day: 9
(April 29)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: holistically-local
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral society supports its communities to have holistically-local cultures, local self-sufficient sustainable community economies that thrive, local educations of the community arts (see "education - community arts"), community cooperation, local water, local food, local energy, local clothes, local stuff, local small businesses, sustainable housing, local sustainable interrelationships between people and nature, and a balance of local and global media. Read more about community and local at my definitions page.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

Science is knowing and art is making. Being holistically-local includes doing science and art. It takes science and art to participate in a holistically-local community. A holistically-local community has to know (science) how to use and sustain its land and water and resources, as well as make (art) its many local supplies (shelter, food, clothes, soap, tools, etc.). Read more about community, local, science, and art at my definitions page.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 35oF Cloudy
2 PM, 45oF Cloudy, Windy
Home wildflowers: White Trillium flowers peeking out of the flower buds.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

➤ prep for NCA class: collect campfire ash, charred wood, and pine needles.
Create images of 2 proposed parking spaces for Millermaier cabin at Camp Hazelhurst. Use photos of existing cabin; use photoshop to modify photos to show proposed parking spaces.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

We all know that local food is better than global food. Local food wastes less energy, it's fresher, it's more sustainable, etc. Likewise, everything else is also better when it's local than when it's global. Being holistically-local is eating local food and having everything else you use and do be local too. Being holistically-local includes using local water, eating local food, making and using local energy, using and conserving and enriching local resources, working at a local small business, shopping local, getting a local education to learn how to sustain and enrich both people and nature within the community landscape, and more. While we're holistically-local, we can also hear a bit about global news and travel a bit, but not so much that we ignore the local community. We have to balance the global and local news. Read more about community and local at my definitions page.

Photo of the Day:
Blooming flowers of a Pussy Willow (Salix discolor). At stores, the budding pussy willow is commonly sold, but not the blooming pussy willow. The budding pussy willow has cute, soft, gray, furry buds, like a cat.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 2
day: moeyoedae
day: 8
(April 27)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: local
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
A moral society supports its communities to have local cultures, local self-sufficient sustainable community economies that thrive, local educations of the community arts (see "education - community arts"), community cooperation, local water, local food, local energy, local clothes, local stuff, local small businesses, sustainable housing, local sustainable interrelationships between people and nature, and a balance of local and global media. Read more about community and local at my definitions page.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

It takes science and art to run a local functional community, run a local community culture, run local community nature classes, run a local community economy, grow local food, conserve local water, have sustainable interrelationships with local nature, and sustain and enrich people and nature within the community landscape. Read more about community and local at my definitions page.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 38oF Cloudy
2 PM, 45oF Partly Sunny
Blue-eyed Grass has been blooming for 3 weeks.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Pizzo: spread prairie flower seeds: Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Monkey Flower (Mimulus ringens), and Tare Thumb (Tracaulon sagittatum).

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Communities with a local culture, runs a local economy, is able to be self-sufficient, runs permaculture farms, eats local organic food, conservatively uses local water, creates energy locally and uses it, wears local clothes, runs local small businesses, runs a local education network, looks at local media about local native wildlife, looks at some media about exotic nature around the world, and has community cooperation to spread local native flowers seeds and to sustain and enrich people and nature within the community landscape. Read more about local and global at my definitions page.

Broad-minds vs. narrow-minds. Helping one's local community and being local, doesn't necessarily mean narrow-minded. Some localized people are open-minded, tolerant, unprejudiced, and cosmopolitan. Some other local people are narrow-minded, prejudiced, and provincial. Likewise, living in a city and or being globalized, doesn't necessarily mean broad-minded. Some city people and globalized people are open-minded and cosmopolitan. Some other city people and globalized people are narrow-minded, prejudiced, and provincial. I think: no matter where a person lives (in a city, or in small town, or on a farm, or in a cave), the more a person spends time outdoors learning about nature, the more open-minded a person gets. Nature helps us to be broad-minded. Read more about local and global at my definitions page.

Photo of the Day:
The Pizzo prairie recently underwent a control burn. Burning the prairie encourages native flowers to grow and hinders exotic invasive flowers from growing. Today, I'm spreading seeds of native prairie flowers on the burn areas.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 2
day: werverdae
day: 7
(April 26)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: native
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
Moral community cultures cherish, appreciate, and support native local wildlife. They spread the seeds of native flowers. Moral community cultures enjoy local unique native natural features of the local community. They do not mindlessly clear away unique native existing things to build monotonous globalized features.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

Part of outdoor nature science is learning about native plants and animals and how to take care of them. Part of outdoor nature art is action of helping to sustain and enrich local native wildlife and habitats, in the local community landscape, and beyond.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 30oF Sunny
2 PM, 55oF Sunny
Home wildflowers: Bloodroot bloomed for 5 hours and then the petals fell off.
See some of my local wildflower photos.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Pizzo: Pizzo: spread seeds (that were frozen in kitchen freezer over the winter) onto Pizzo's Michigan prairie. Seeds are for flowers: New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), Turtlehead (Chelone sp.), and Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnate).

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

Good cultures cherish, appreciate, and support native local wildlife. Good cultures spread the seeds of native flowers. Good cultures enjoy local unique native natural features of the local community. Good cultures do not mindlessly clear away unique native existing things to build monotonous globalized features.

Photo of the Day:
Home wildflower garden: Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) short-lived blooms. The bloodroot (large white petals on right) bloomed for only a few hours, before dropping its petals. It bloomed very late this year. Usually it blooms late March / early April. The dutchman's britches (Dicentra cucullaria) is blooming (on the left). Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum) leaves (at top).
See more of my local wildflower photos.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 1
day: jaegaedae
day: 6
(April 25)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: connected
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
Moral community cultures encourage people to connect science and art together to do them together in ways that help to sustain and enrich people, nature, the land, wildlife, and habitats within the community landscape.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

What is landcare? Landcare includes doing a wide variety of things to help to sustain and enrich the local community landscape and it's air, water, soil fertility, local native wild plants, local native wild animals, local habitats, in backyards, farms, parks, etc. Landcare includes guiding people to do science and art in ways that connect them to nature in the local community landscape, as well as to science and art in ways that help to sustain and enrich nature in the community landscape. Read more about landcare at my landcare log homepage.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 35oF Sunny
2 PM, 45oF Sunny, Windy
Forsythia has been blooming for 2 weeks, so far.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Teaching: WC (Wilderness and Culture class) for the Benton Harbor Girls Academy, in Benton Harbor, Michigan; today, we have a lesson on wilderness camp societies, farming-societies, and city-societies. We do a Chat Mixer (pairs of people talk for 4 minutes, then the pairs switch partners) on favorite native Michigan wild animals. We also play the Wildflower Game. This is my fifth class of WC, this spring semester. I teach eight classes (one class per week) total for this class. Also, I teach other classes too. See a list of nature classes that I teach at the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

What is landcare? Landcare includes doing a wide variety of things to help to sustain and enrich the local community landscape and it's air, water, soil fertility, local native wild plants, local native wild animals, local habitats, and even streetscapes and backyards. Landcare includes supporting people's connection to the community landscape, even the simple basic act of getting nature-deprived children to gently touch the neighborhood plants. Read more about landcare at my landcare log homepage.

Photo of the Day:
A blooming Forsythia (Forsythia sp.) shrub being touched by students, in my Wilderness and Culture class. We learn about native wild plants, as well as common exotic plants, such as the Forsythia, in the urban landscape.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 1
day: fafadae
day: 5
(April 24)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: interrelated
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
Moral cultures encourage people to interrelate science and art together and to do science and art together in ways that sustain and enrich people and nature within the community landscape.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

What are science and art? Science is knowledge. Science is "learning the patterns of nature and how nature works." - Carl Sagan. Art is applying the science to make things of pleasing form and function. To make a Burn-n-Scrape Wooden Bowl (see today's photos of the day), it takes science and art. We have to know science (including knowing about the variety of trees and their wood) - do we want a maple bowl, or an oak bowl, or a beech bowl? We have to know how to make a fire and how soon will the fire have hot wood coals. Next, we do art: make the bowl. We have to let the hot coals scortch the wood, without setting our wooden bowl on fire. We scrape off the scortched wood, and shape the bowl into a pleasing and functional form. Read more about science and art at my definitions page.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 45oF Cloudy
2 PM, 60oF Cloudy, Humid
Fernwood: Spicebush blooming. Hepatica, Toothwort, Troutlily, Bloodroot, Rue Anemone blooming. A few of the early White and Red Trilliums about ready to flower.
See more of my local wildflower photos.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Teaching: NCA (Nature and Community Arts) at Fernwood Gardens, Niles, Michigan; today, we make burn-n-scrape wooden bowls. (See today's photo, below.) We also play the Wildflower Game. My daughter is taking this class too. This is my fifth class of NCA, this spring semester. I teach eight classes (one class per week) in all. See a list of nature classes that I teach at the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

What are science and art? Science is knowledge. Science is "learning the patterns of nature and how nature works." - Carl Sagan. Art is applying the science to make things of pleasing form and function. To make a Burn-n-Scrape Wooden Bowl (see today's photos of the day), it takes science and art. We have to know science (including knowing about the variety of trees and their wood) - do we want a maple bowl, or an oak bowl, or a beech bowl? We have to know how to make a fire and how soon will the fire have hot wood coals. Next, we do art: make the bowl. We have to let the hot coals scorch the wood, without setting our wooden bowl on fire. We scrape off the scorched wood, and shape the bowl into a pleasing and functional form. Read more about science and art at my definitions page.

Photos of the Day:
Making Burn-n-Scrape Wooden Bowls, in Nature and Community Arts class.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 1
day: dipidae
day: 4
(April 23)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: intertwined
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
Science, art, education, community, health, and economy are intertwined with nature. As nature thrives, so can people. Moral cultures support community local economies, which sustain and enrich people and nature within the community landscape.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

Science, art, education, community, health, and economy are intertwined with nature. As nature thrives, so can people. Moral cultures have people run community local economies as well as do science and art that sustain and enrich people and nature within the community landscape.

Spicebush (see today's photo below). It takes science to know about the spicebush and it's an art to take care and manage the spicebush, and let them be beautiful.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 45oF Partly Sunny
2 PM, 65oF Partly Sunny
Pussy Willows blooming

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Jody's farm: work more on design of community arts flower.
Homeschool: read the quality calendar, do Big History (study the 1930s this week); read together: my daughter is reading Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, and I'm reading Eaarth, by Bill McKibben.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

What is an economy? An economy is how people get their stuff (shelter, water, food, clothes, soap, tools, art, etc.). People take resources and materials from nature to make stuff. Since the beginning of human existence, people have run at least 4 types of economies: people got their stuff in 4 different kinds of ways. First, people handmade everything they needed; people handmade things fast enough to have everything they needed. People did not have money and they did not barter. Secondly, people bartered stuff with each other; people handmade some stuff and traded it for other stuff they couldn't make. Thirdly, people used money to buy stuff that other people and businesses made or sold. Fourthly, there were the complex money-economies of capitalism and communism. Read more about economy at my definitions page.

Photo of the Day:
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) shrub blooming. Flowers blooming very late this year. Spicebush usually blooms earlier in April, in southwest Michigan.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 1
day: singlingdae
day: 3
(April 22)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: linked
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
Goodness is interwoven into communities, in which people have sustainable economic links with nature within the community landscape. Goodness is interwoven into communities, in which people link science and art together to sustain and enrich communities, people, and nature.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

It takes outdoor nature science, outdoor nature art (the community arts), and community local economics to run a permaculture farm and nature classes, as well as to run a sustainable, healthy, moral, vibrant, functional community. Human health, human economy, and human communities are strongly linked to the well-being of nature.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 40oF Cloudy
2 PM, 62oF Sunny
bluebirds migrated back, already here

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Jody's farm: first design of the community arts outdoor classroom ("community arts flower"), west of red barn, in front area. (See community arts under Cultural Comments.)

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

What is community arts education? It's a practical education in which students learn both academics and community-&-nature skills; but, most importantly, students learn how to sustain and enrich community, people, and nature. To the contrary, in an academic education, people study academics to the neglect of community and nature skills. As people increasingly suffer poverty and hardships, due to the neglect of communities and nature, people are going decreasingly read and write. In order to keep people reading and writing, people need to take care of communities and nature too. Read more about "education" and "education - community arts" at my definitions page.

Photo of the Day:
Little tiny Hepatica (Hepatica nobilis) blooming. Wildflowers blooming later this year. Hepatica usually blooms in late March / early April, in southwest Michigan.
See more of my local wildflower photos.

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 1
day: moeyoedae
day: 2
(April 21)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: interwoven
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
Goodness is interwoven into communities, in which people have sustainable economic interrelationships with nature within the community landscape. Goodness is interwoven into communities, in which people join science and art together to sustain and enrich communities, people, and nature.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

Landscape design of permaculture farms and nature, science, and art outdoor-classrooms includes both science and art. Read more about landscape architecture on the Science & Art Articles Homepage.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 30oF Cloudy
2 PM, 52oF Cloudy
Jody's Farm: the first few toothworts bloom; most are not yet blooming. See some of my local wildflower photos.

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

Jody's farm: 4th design of front area (previously made sketchy schematic designs in June 2017, Sept. 2017, and March 2018)
Pizzo: distribute flyers for Jack's ecology seminar at Vicker's Theater, on May 5, 2018; distribute flyers downtown Three Oaks, and beyond. Pizzo and Associates is an ecological restoration firm, with offices in Leland, Illinois, and Three Oaks, Michigan.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

What is a community? A community is local people cooperating together to run a community local economy, grow local food (such as at Jody's farm), take care of local nature (such as what Pizzo does), run local small businesses, and more. Read more about community at my definitions page.

Photo of the Day:
Toothworts (Dentaria laciniata) just before they bloom. See more of my local wildflower photos. Sit Spot at Jody's Farm

 

 

 

 

year: 2018, season: Spring
month: 5 - Yeeyoet
week: 1
day: werverdae
day: 1
(April 20)

Quality Calendar:
Quality of the day: interconnected
See today's calendar page

Goodness
Good Journal:
Moral and Spiritual, Caretaking and Healing
See definitions of good, moral, spiritual, etc.

Moral Statement:
It's fun, it's moral to see the splendid interconnections between science and art, culture and the land, ecology and economy, and communities, people, and nature.

Read more about morals, and read about spirituality and healing in my longer entries in the Good Journal.

Myself, a scientist, artist, etc.
Science & Art Articles:
Natural, Outdoors, Local, Vital Basics, Primitive, etc.
Landscape Architecture, etc.
See definitions of science, art, etc.

During homeschool lessons, we study science and art as it's connected to history. The past several years, we've been studying interdisciplinary Big History. Big History is a chronology of natural history, primitive human history, and human civilizations history. We did 1 full year of natural history. 1 full year of primitive, stone age, hunter-gatherer history. A few full years of history of civilizations. Interdisciplinary means that, as we study history, there are lessons (on science, art, economics, culture, politics, history of education, community cooperation, geography, etc.) interrelated to the time and place of history that we are studying.

Right now, we're at the tail end of Big History; we're studying the 20th century. This week we're studying the 1930s. In science, in England, Alan Turing, who later invented the first digital computer, wrote a paper about artificial intelligence. In art, in Spain, Salvador Dali painted his famous surrealist painting, Persistence of Memory.

Nature
Nature Notes:
southwest Michigan, weather and phenology

8 AM, 30oF Sunny
2 PM, 45oF Sunny
Juncos still here

People, Community, Culture
Landcare Log:
Land Stewardship, etc.
Living, Learning, Working, Teaching, etc.

⛛★ Homeschool: fieldtrip to Jody's farm
Sit Spot at Jody's farm: on log over creek: see many birds, woodpeckers, etc.
Homeschool note: homeschool happens just about everyday, although I may not take log of it.
Sit Spot note: I may do sit spots more often than I record them too.

Cultural Comments:
Community, Nature, Culture, Landcare, Science, Art
See definitions of community, culture, economy, education, etc.

What is culture? Culture is a way of life, including how we live, learn, and work to sustain and enrich people and nature within a community landscape. Culture includes landcare. Culture includes science, art, music, food, and clothes, and more. Culture includes how nature relates to science, art, music, food, clothes, and more. Read more about culture at my definitions page.

Photo of the Day:
Sit Spot at Jody's farm

 

See Blog Archives:
May 2018, June 2018, July 2018

 

 

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Three Oaks, Michigan, USA