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Eating with Appreciation for Life October 26, 2010

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She sat and listened as her grandmother explained just how they used to eat in the olden days. Oline (pronounced oh-leen) listened, while her grandmother went on about refrigerators, freezers, ovens, microwaves, food processors, blenders, crock-pots, and an assortment of other kitchen appliances that people used to use. Oline’s eyes were wide with amazement as her grandmother continued to talk about the different ways that people used to eat. The ways that people would, in essence, kill the food of any nutritional value before they even considered eating it. Oline remarked, “but why, grandmother, why would they pollute their food?”

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Appreciating the Beauty Abound September 20, 2010

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“Long ago,” her grandmother sighed, “people used to be confused by the weather.” Vinolia (pronounced vin-ole-ee-uh) looked puzzled. Her grandmother continued, “not completely confused, but almost distraught when the weather would behave in ways that they didn’t expect. Seasonally, of course, they were able to understand that there were different times of the year where different weather patterns were expected, but when there were times during the year that the weather didn’t obey the ‘laws’ that they thought the weather was supposed to act within, it was quite uneasy making.”

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The Seeds of Life August 17, 2010

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Trees with intricate branch patterns in the form of fractals. Leaves with a multitude of green. Flowers as far as the eye could see. Monkeys swinging through the top of the forest. Snakes slithering with the sand. Dolphins swimming in the ocean. Birds gliding through the air. Insects flying from surface-to-surface. Reptiles perched near the shore of freshwater. Life was happening everywhere in every moment. No matter where one looked, life was there to look back at them. Be it through the eyes of a fellow animal or through the being-ness of a tall tree, small shrub, or fragrant plant. Life was alive.

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Learning From, Through, and With Nature July 27, 2010

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His mom and dad watched as he explored the natural world around him. Chinwe (pronounced chin-way) would crawl around in the grass as he looked at various plants and insects. His mom and dad were being very intentional in their desire not to interfere with Chinwe’s autonomy. They understood the importance of Chinwe discovering the world around him – on his own – without any influence by mom or dad. This concept was something that was foreign to both of Chinwe’s parents.

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Passionate Professing Produces Prompt Perfecting July 24, 2010

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Olasine (pronounced oh-la-seen) had never heard of school or heard of education. She didn’t really know what they meant because she had never heard the words used before. However, that didn’t mean she was smart. The way that she was always taught to learn was through experience and by getting quiet. That is, when she was young, whenever she needed to know something, she would just get quiet and the answers to her questions would always come to her. She didn’t know that people in different parts of the world actually went to a place called school to learn about things for such long periods of time everyday.

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