Mish Mash Monday – March 16

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~ Maya Angelou

The West – Find Your Way Back To My Heart

Mike Bizeau is a favorite photography blogger who keeps me longing for a trip to Yellowstone in the winter. Ever since Scott and I watched Christmas in Yellowstone, we knew it would be a vacation destination in the future for us in the months of December and January — when the kids are older or (better) with none at all. Until then, I will live vicariously through others. Isn’t that the real reason we follow other blogs?

As for Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, we will be getting our National Park passport stamps as a family very soon. Click the photo to be taken to the post.

Courtesy of Nature Has No Boss Blog

American Priorities — Not Exactly ‘Dirt’

You don’t see Soil’ or ‘Dirt’ ever appearing on the WordPress Explore Topics page. I’d fall over backwards if I ever did.

Of all the tags listed below, a few of them really stand out.


  • FTW (sports)- 12,810 posts
  • High School Sports – 10,582 posts
  • Sports – 6,943 posts
  • US Today Sports – 88,375 posts

The whole ‘Nature’ Tag has slightly more than 2,000 posts in comparison. Ha! It’s so fun being the oddball.

I check out the ‘Nature’ Tag occasionally and even look to see who’s among the Recommended Blogs for ‘Science and Nature.’ Tag surfing, I like to call it, is really fun. I’ve found like-minded bloggers who sometimes help seed (no pun) content destined to become a blog post, even spawning some lasting virtual relationships.

Running into dirt people who might also be birders who happen to be vegans is like finding a needle in a haystack. It took me all of three years to find onejust one, and he’s not even here in America. sad face(Thank you, Christy.)

At DirtNKids, the love is spread pretty evenly among Birds, Education, Soil and Veganism with lots of ‘Entertainment’ (by my standard!) snugged into the words in between.


But No ‘Sports’

[Note to New Followers: The ‘Tag Cloud’ is visible from any of DirtNKids’ Home pages. Click on any Tag link for a list of posts categorized there, or use the search box at the top instead. I’ve also linked top posts by year in the Blog Posts page for quick-gets.]

Chickens Are People Too

Thank you, Violet, for this fun and animated poem! Violet’s work is amazing. And she’s a vegan ta boot.

This past week, the girls and I have been caring for a friends ‘zoo’ while they were away for spring break. Of the four dogs, three chickens and two parakeets, I must say the chickens were my favorite. Every day, they waited for me right there at the door, not for food handouts like the others, but for idle chat and social hour with a fellow two-legger. Such lovely, chatty ladies!

If you are considering becoming vegetarian (but not vegan), consider giving up eggs and dairy before giving up flesh. The torture and conditions of egg layers and dairy cows (think ‘disposable male babies’ and ‘reproductive slavery’) are far worse than those raised for their flesh alone.

Click the photo to be taken to the post; be sure to read her delightful poem as you enjoy her illustrations.

Courtesy of Veg*n e-Comics Blog

A Year Ago: We were getting the garden ready.

Two Years Ago: We watched and video’d a bald eagle dining at the creek.

Have a Happy Spring Break 2015!

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