Wednesday, February 20, 2019

my February 2019 monthly post

Check out my daily blog for the month of February 2019 (Churoo 2019). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, ecology, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. Enjoy!


My Daily Blog for 2019 February / Churoo: Daily Blog   

        Happy Winter.  This month of February 2019, my family got back into grinding grain and baking bread again.  To try a different grain than we got before, this time we have spelt.  We're making spelt bread.  Our first two loaves were delicious.  
         In February, for landscape architecture, I revised and posted the 40 ways to sustain and enrich communities, people, and nature, that I originally made in 2012.  I posted it in the Holistic Sustainability page.  I use the word "holistic" not to narrowly mean herbal medicines alone, but to broadly mean whole culture, including economy, education, science, art, the way we live, learn, and work, etc.  My blog website has several pages on holistic pursuits.  Also I wrote about Changes needed in Education and the Economy: 7 goals and success indicators in culture, education, ecology, and economy, in order to help communities, people, and nature.  
         Plus, my February Daily Blog has several photos of winter snow, in Michigan, and outdoor snow activities: sledding, cross country skiing, etc.  In February, Lake Michigan's surface froze into ice.  Also, Michigan had some days that were subzero all day long.  We got down to -18 degrees F.   Wildflowers can still be seen in winter.  The stalks are dead, but the flower species are still identifiable by its dead stalks and seed heads.  They add visual and textural interest to the winter landscape. 
          Also, I posted a few snowy photos of Three Rivers, Michigan.  This month, I visited Three Rivers, Michigan, for the first time ever.  My aunt-in-law has some art in a Three Rivers art show.  In Michigan, several people confuse Three Oaks with Three Rivers, because both town names have the word Three.   Yet, they are very different.  Three Oaks has 1 river near it: the Galien River.  But, Three Rivers has 3 rivers (St. Joseph River, Portage River, and Rocky River) run right through the heart of town. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

my January 2019 monthly post

Check out my daily blog for the month of January 2019 (Wookooch 2019). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, ecology, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. Enjoy!


My Daily Blog for 2019 January / Wookooch: Daily Blog   

        Happy Winter.  It's snowing outside, here in Michigan, as I write this post.  This month of January 2019, I ate nearly-native-to-Michigan edible wild pecan nuts. Pecan nuts come from the pecan tree (Carya illinoinensis).  The pecan tree is native to Illinois and further south.  I ate pecans that my brother handpicked from his pecan tree, in his yard, in Texas.   
         In January, for landscape architecture, I am doing holistic landcare, including holistic science and art, and community culture. I'm doing holistic landcare at Pond G.  For instance, in January, I built a debris hut, which is beneficial to both people and nature.  See debris hut photos in my January daily blog.  I use the word "holistic" not to narrowly mean herbal medicines alone, but to broadly mean whole culture, including economy, education, science, art, the way we live, learn and work, etc.  My blog website has several pages on holistic pursuits
          Also, for holistic landcare and my blog, I further explained community culture and its CEEE (culture-education-ecology-economy).  Culture, education, ecology, and economy are strongly linked together and influence each other.  One cannot change or be improved without changing or improving all 4 of them together.  
See my webpage on CEEE: www.z-hub.org/zle-blog/nice-hol-ceee.html.
          Furthermore, for holistic landcare and my blog, I mused on various ways of being nice.  There are many ways (5+) to be nice.  I wrote about 5 important ways to be nice.  See my webpage on 
5 Ways to Be Nicewww.z-hub.org/zle-blog/nice-hol-ceee.html.
         Plus, my January Daily Blog has several photos of winter snow, in Michigan, and beautiful leafless trees silhouetted against a sunset sky.  Furthermore, this month of Wookooch includes January and the end of December; hence, there are late-December vacation photos in my daily blog.  For late-December, my family visited Pennsylvania to visit with family and friends. See the Pennsylvania photos.  

 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

my December 2018 monthly post

Check out my daily blog for the month of December 2018 (Jaethaz 2018). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. Enjoy!


My Daily Blog for 2018 December / Jaethaz: Daily Blog   

        Happy last month of fall.  This month of December 2018, what edible wild plant did I eat? I ate pawpaw fruit, which is a native Michigan fruit!  The pawpaw is Asimina triloba.  Pawpaw fruit is ripe for harvest in early fall, but a friend had some that he froze and he was delighted to share.   
         In December, for landscape architecture, I started doing holistic landcare, including holistic science and art, and community culture. I started doing holistic landcare at Graceland Pond.  See my December Daily Blog: 
www.z-hub.org/zle-blog/z2018/18-12jaethaz.html
I use the word "holistic" not to narrowly mean herbal medicines, but to broadly mean whole culture, including economy, education, science, art, the way we live, learn and work, etc.  My blog website has several pages on holistic pursuits. See: 
www.z-hub.org/zle-blog/holistic.html
         Plus, my December Daily Blog has several photos of December / late autumn scenes in Michigan.  Furthermore, this month of Jaethaz includes December and the end of November, so there are Thanksgiving photos in my daily blog.  For Thanksgiving, my family visited Colorado to visit with family and friends. See the Colorado photos.
         Meanwhile, by December, my work for Pizzo, an ecological restoration firm, ended for the year.  Also, my fall semester nature classes ended too. You may see the Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program webpage of classes and photos at: 
www.z-hub.org/galienvalleyncp/classes.html.

Happy End of Fall.  I take down my fall decorations and put up my winter decorations on my season wall, in a few days, on the Winter Solstice.  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

my November 2018 monthly post

Check out my daily blog for the month of November 2018 (Zhazaw 2018). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. Enjoy!

My Daily Blog for 2018 November / Zhazaw: Daily Blog   

        This month of November 2018, I boiled tannin out of acorns to make them edible.  My fall semester nature classes are running.  I teach 6 classes this semester.  I teach in Three Oaks, Michigan; at Fernwood Gardens, in Niles, Michigan; and at the Benton Harbor Girls Academy, in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  My classes are Community and Landscape: Environment Workshop (CLEW), Habitats and Wildlife (HW), Nature and Community Arts (NCA), Nature Heritage (NH), Outdoor Skills Level 2 (OSL2), and Wilderness and Culture (WC). See class photos, throughout my November daily blog.  The Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program webpage of classes: 
www.z-hub.org/galienvalleyncp/classes.html. 
        In November, for landscape architecture, I designed a planting plan for a house's front flower garden in Galien, Michigan.  (Last month, I did a planting design for Harbert.)  In November, for my ecological restoration work with Pizzo, I've been collecting many seeds to spread back into the Pizzo sites. My month of Zhazaw includes the end of October, so there are Halloween photos in my daily blog.  Plus, there are several photos of the height of fall color in Michigan.  There are photos of animals in the great outdoors too, including many birds: Wood Ducks, Nuthatches, Goldfinch, Chickadees, and more.  Happy Fall!  November is autumn, although, recently, it's been 18 degrees F, and it snowed a little.  Enjoy your fall.  It's still fall for another month. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

my October 2018 monthly post

Check out my daily blog for the month of October 2018 (Faga 2018). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship,
culture, education, economy, health, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day.

My Daily Blog for 2018 October / Faga: Daily Blog   

        This month of October 2018, my fall semester nature classes are running.  I teach 6 classes this semester.  I teach in Three Oaks, Michigan; at Fernwood Gardens, in Niles, Michigan; and at the Benton Harbor Girls Academy, in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  My classes are Community and Landscape: Environment Workshop (CLEW), Habitats and Wildlife (HW), Nature and Community Arts (NCA), Nature Heritage (NH), Outdoor Skills Level 2 (OSL2), and Wilderness and Culture (WC). See class photos, throughout my October daily blog.  The Galien Valley Nature and Culture Program webpage of classes: www.z-hub.org/galienvalleyncp/classes.html. 
For landscape architecture, I designed a planting plan for a backyard in Harbert, Michigan.  In October, for my ecological restoration work with Pizzo, I helped to steward some Michigan wetlands owned by Chikaming Open Lands, a nonprofit land-conservation organization.  My blog shows several October blooming flowers, including the beautiful blue blooms of the Bottle Gentian and Fringed Gentian, and of course the purple blooms of the New England Aster.  Otherwise, most flowers have turned into seed.  From Pizzo sites, I've been collecting many seeds to spread back into the Pizzo sites.   There are photos of animals in the great outdoors too, including beautiful orbweaver spiders and a Woolly Bear Caterpillar.  Happy Fall!  October is the first full month of fall.  There were some hot days in October, but a week ago, the weather turned cold fast.  Finally, the mosquitoes have disappeared. The leaves are just starting to turn color in the middle of October.  I even found a fluorescent-colored leaf - fluorescent colors are fall colors also, besides orange and brown.  Happy month of gourds and pumpkins too.  My family went apple-picking too. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

my September 2018 montly post

Check out my daily blog for the month of September 2018 (Ingbing 2018). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. 


My Daily Blog for 2018 September / Ingbing: Daily Blog   

        This month of September 2018, I made spicebush tea from the Spicebush, a native Michigan shrub.  My fall semester nature classes just started, I teach 6 classes this semester.  4 of them I teach at Fernwood Gardens, in Niles.  So far, I had only one class, during which we handmade soap, from scratch, from nature - using campfire wood ash (alkaline lye) and rendered fat (fatty acids).  See photos.  For landscape architecture, I started a planting plan for a backyard in Harbert.  In September, for my ecological restoration work, I helped to steward some wetlands at an apartment complex in Indiana.  My blog shows several September blooming prairie flowers, including the Cardinal Flower, Great Blue Lobelia, and of course the yellow blooms of goldenrods.  I even display a native Michigan orchid, the Nodding Ladies Tresses.   There are photos of animals in the great outdoors too, including beautiful orbweaver spiders, a beautiful cicada, a toad, and a tree frog with toe suction cups.  Happy Summer!  September is summer and part of the beach season, it's been hot here in Michigan in September, there are Lake Michigan beach photos too.  Michigan is just as beautiful as the Caribbean. I even saw a rainbow this month! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

my August 2018 monthly post

Check out my daily blog for the month of August 2018 (Doipoil 2018). Each day shows some various activities that I do in science, art, nature, culture, land stewardship, and in learning about holistic good, morals, and beyond. I post a photo every day. 

My Daily Blog for 2018 August / Doipoil: Daily Blog   

        This month of August 2018, I saw many butterflies.  Look at my many butterfly photos this month.  For landscape architecture, in August, I met with Carol to discuss her permaculture farm and general design concepts.  My fall nature classes begin in September.  In August, for my ecological restoration work, I worked on prairies, woods, and wetlands, including Indiana DNR's Grand Calumet River wetland. Also, August is the height of prairie flowers blooming.  See many photos of prairie flowers in my August daily blog.  Plus, in a robin nest, I saw robin eggs, a robin the day it hatched, and when it grew bigger.  Additionally, I even visited a local labyrinth.