Kai: Here is the last book for 2021! January would be our chicken-keeping anniversary, but I thought I’d put this kids book out a little sooner. The book is written by me, and illustrated by Arianna and I. Digital effects were created by Avery.
Our chicken keeping experience has been both fun, challenging, and surprising, especially with the appearance of a neighborhood rooster that showed up not long after we got our first two girls, a Brahma, and a Wyandotte. Later in the year, we felt we could afford to expand, and adopted two other ladies, our beautiful easter egger chickens. Throughout all of this, that little neighborhood rooster stole our hearts, and has kept the girls safe from hawks despite his size. In thanks, we’re keeping him warm this winter, and he has been paid in many treats.
While we’re still mastering even the basics of chicken keeping, I think we’ve learned a lot in just one year. We still hope to expand in this area of permaculture, but for now, we shall take care of our small flock. If you are a bird lover, or just want an interesting addition to your backyard garden, I highly recommend this pleasing, and colorful domestic fowl. I feel like they are a great tool to help children learn about animals, nature, and the “backyard” ecosystem. Be sure to get hens from a crazy chicken lady if you want a sweet bird you can pet and hold!
If you were a kid growing up in the 1990s or early 2000s, you may very likely have had the chance of reading a book called: “Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time.” This book no doubt holds a special place in the heart of every child whom has read it, whether it was the captivating art, engaging story, or charismatic characters, Dinotopia opened the minds of children to an imaginary world unlike any seen before.
Kai: Here is the third, and last installment of our “Rainbow” poetry book series: Another collection of poems by both Arianna and I, plus colorful images of our own creations, and pictures we collaborated on.
“We yearn to reach into the mind and soul to open you up to the colorful world around us. To complete our ”Rainbow series”, we introduce to you, our third collection of detailed musings in the form of hand-drawn art, and contemplative poetry. May color open up your eyes, taking your focus away from the continuous battle of black-and-white, right and wrongs. We are here to be creative beings!”
“Spirit Animal Meditations” is a project we started last year. We released the first set of meditations in August 2020, with the 2nd set released later that November. The first album consists of three tracks- “Mother Bear”, “Loving Dog”, and “Magical Rabbit”. The 2nd album was Ocean themed, consisting of- “Peaceful Whale”, “Happy Dolphin”, and “Wise Sea Turtle”.
The Judge of Ivory follows a young, wild woman’s journey through a fantasy world torn between civilization, Nature, magic, and impending science – The overthrown Kingdom has found a way to manipulate the outcome of the future! When Dazzle and her friends are whisked away by a band of mysterious gypsies to save “feral” kind from the Kingdom, Dazzle finds out that she is more powerful than she ever believed possible… But what is this special power she discovers?
Lori McNee is an artist, author, social media influencer, blogger, and art educator. She is the Author of “Fine Art Tips”, and host of her own T.V show “Art Beat with Lori McNee”. Lori is known for her stunning landscape and wildlife paintings that have been featured in numerous publications and galleries. Through her paintings, Lori reconnects the audience with the natural world, a world perhaps that many people today have become separate from.
“Spirit Animal Meditations” is a new project we have just completed. I had a stroke of inspiration to do something different than the usual art I create, and the idea of recording a guided meditation came to me. Because of all of the stress and upset that has been going on in the world for many months now, I know a lot of us are needing a way to get calm, regain some clarity and just breathe! Adults are surely stressed, but this has been very hard on children as well. A guided meditation seemed like a good way to offer a space for some relaxation and centering to take place. Kai suggested I use the animal themed meditations she had written awhile ago. These were written with kids in mind, though adults can enjoy them as well! I had a good time narrating Kai’s lovely journeys with the Mother Bear, the Loving Dog, and the Magical Rabbit. And as always, Avery’s audio ambience adds a calming background music. I am very pleased with how these turned out, and I feel this was a project I was called to do during this difficult time. So please enjoy these, whether you are a child or adult. I encourage parents to participate in the meditations with your children. We wish you all love, courage and clarity in these changing times.
On May 18th, we began creating a new mural at the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Center in Crawfordville, Florida (near Tallahassee). Around this same time last year we had been painting a large outdoor mural in their courtyard, completed in June. This year we had the opportunity to do another mural of a smaller scale, this time indoors.