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Jessica Feehan
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Happy spring in the PNW!
Erin's dress says, I <3 sunshine.
Mommy's scarf says, Fool me twice, I'll overdress until late July.
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Finally, a post that includes Sammy! :) 

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"Natural movement has gone sexy. Running, leaping, tackling, sprinting, climbing, crawling, leaping, and choreographed feats of athleticism are on the rise. It rocks, and I get it. Everyone wants to be a hunter. We come from a particular society that likes to extract “the best” of something (“the best” being based on our cultural conditioning, and usually equals “the awesomest”) and then consume a ton of it. We want to eat THE MUSCLE of an animal, and disregard all the lesser stuff: the heads and hooves, skin, and organs. It’s no wonder that smaller motions of food procurement go unrecognized–the same movements that historically would have made all the other, larger movements feasible.

However, we’re starting to recognize that consuming “it all” nourishes the body, and so I’d like to put it out there, that “it all”, when it comes to food, includes the MECHANICAL NUTRIENTS created by processing animals or plants into something edible."

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This little girl is making an Oxymel, which is an herbal syrup made from vinegar and honey. While an alcohol tincture might be stronger, it takes longer to infuse and you might not like giving it to your kids. Or maybe they refuse. Either way, I'd say the mamma behind this camera is winning at the passing on knowledge thing. New goal! The Rin-rin & Ollie Tincture Adventure Series. 

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This seems terrifying, and awesome. Also motivating. How could I neglect anything while my bees are busy working, right in front of me? And I like unexpected pets. Worms first, indoor bee hive next. 

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¨Then I realized what those educators in the 1930s had missed. The goal of my biological illustration course is not the product, it’s the process. The power of my course is in its interdisciplinary nature – not just because it combines biology and illustration, but because it forces students to recognize their own weaknesses in a whole array of knowledge and skills. Real life isn’t neatly divided by subject. ¨ 

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"Secondary to restricted movement and less time outdoors on a regular basis, more and more children are walking around with underdeveloped vestibular (balance) systems. In other words, they have decreased body awareness and sense of space. Teachers are reporting that children are falling out of their seats in school, running into one another, pushing with more force during games of tag, and are generally clumsier than in years past. In fact, the more we restrict and coddle our children, the more unsafe they become."

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"My children did not learn respect by my demanding that they say, “Yes, sir,” or by my telling them to give a hug after receiving a gift. We never encouraged them to be artificial or pretentious for convention’s sake. More is “caught” than taught. Children know your spirit. They read how you feel, and that is what takes root in their souls. As I look back on raising our children, I can see that I spent time indoctrinating them in attitudes rather than teaching them to perform. Now I am reaping the blessed benefits as my children walk in truth."
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