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Many children in this country have lost all understanding that they are part of nature and are connected to nature.We live so fearfully that children will be nabbed or will get hurt that we keep them inside and away from danger. But ultimately we are harming them far worse by robbing them of the experiences that can only be found outside in nature.

“To become stronger adults, kids need to be outside and allow their bodies to do what they’ve been designed for from the beginning. – Kacie Flegal, a chiropractor in Ashland, Ore., who specializes in pediatrics.

In college I studied Ornithology because I was obsessed with the film maker Peter Greenaway. His film A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist change my view of birds, film making and visual experiences.

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Some of Greenaway’s other best-known films include:  The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Drowning by Numbers (1988), and his most successful (and controversial) film, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) also include references to Ornithology, birds and nature.

As a parent this has me thinking about sharing a love for birds with my children and if I want to get them outside to listen more I can start with the sound of various songbirds. Doing this can really can teach a child about the diversity of the natural world.

Once you spend time outside listing for birds why not get creative?  Set up an outdoor creativity studio where you can build and make things! Go grab these Free plans to build a birdhouse for your own back yard from Ana White

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While building your bird house listen to some classic music inspired by birds.



The Hunger Games Unofficial Cookbook is now available. After seeing this I knew I needed to whip up something to honor the opening of the movie tonight at midnight. I haven’t bought the cookbook but having read all the books and having tickets in hand to see the midnight showing I was inspired to make a Hunger Games snack. So I came up with Katniss Herb Spread with Peeta Bread, that makes me smile every time I say it!


Here is the snack:


Here is the recipe:

Katniss Herb Spread with Peeta Bread

2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons basil
2 tablespoons ground thyme
1 teaspoon whole thyme
2 teaspoons savory
2 teaspoons ground marjoram
1/2 teaspoons whole dry marjoram

(Any green herbs or spices that are on their last legs)
1-2 tablespoons ground sumac
1/4-1/2 cup unhulled, toasted sesame seeds, ground
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
1 tablespoon dried ground lemon peel or zest of two lemons

1. Grab a medium to large bowl. Dump in all of your dried green herbs and spices that have reached their life cycle. The varied amounts are fine. Just mix them all together.

2. Grab a cookie sheet, cover it with sesame seeds, toast them in the over on 350 degrees until lightly brown.

3. Remove from oven, cool the crush sesame seeds with a pestle in a small bowl.

4. Combine with green herbs.

5. Add in olive oil, enough to create a paste out of the herbs. It shouldn’t be dry.

6. Sprinkle on a tsp of sumac if you  have some on hand

7. Add lemon zest to bowl

8.Spread on pita or ‘Peeta’ bread and bake or broil until heated through (350 degrees for 6 to 9 minutes)

Or download it here: Katniss Herb Spread with Peeta Bread



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