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"It doesn’t even look like it was built," I said. "It’s too beautiful. It looks like something alive that just *grew* here."

"That’s the idea." Loyd seemed as pleased as if he’d built it himself.

"Of what? The idea of Pueblo architecture?"

"Yep. Don’t be some kind of a big hero. No Washington Monuments. Just build something nice that Mother Earth will want to hold in her arms."

- “Animal Dreams,” Barbara Kingsolver




Last year in my introductory course to health sciences, Determinants of Health (HSS 1101) I’ve learned that besides physical wellness, health encompasses 6 other dimensions: (1) social health, (2) emotional health, (3) spiritual health,(4) environmental health, (5) occupational health, and (6) intellectual health.

Taking this class and learning about the 7 dimensions of health made me realized that wellness is much more than merely physical health, exercise or nutrition. It is the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Each of these seven dimensions act and interact in a way that contributes to our own quality of life.

Wellness is achieving one’s full potential. It is self-directed and an ever-evolving process that follows a lifestyle of balance in health that ultimately decreases the likelihood of becoming ill physically, mentally, and spiritually. Comprised of seven dimensions and characteristics, wellness is achieved when a person’s life includes all seven elements in combination and in whole.

Take Occupational Wellness Assessment
Take Emotional Wellness Assessment
Take Spiritual Wellness Assessment
Take Environment Wellness Assessment
Take Physical Wellness Assessment
Take Social Wellness Assessment
Take Intellectual Wellness Assessment

Yes! Yes! Yes! Wellness and health are not just about what you eat and how much exercise you do.

Amen I am studying this now too

abortion has been set up in its own special category by conservative male legislators in this country. I am forced to support corporate welfare, Creationist schools and immoral wars with my tax dollars. But for some reason my conservative neighbor doesn’t have to support abortion rights with his tax dollars. And if Hobby Lobby gets their way, my conservative neighbor will be able to pay any potential employees differently based on whether they use birth control.
That’s not justice. If this country wants to move in that direction, then perhaps progressives nationally should reorganize into a “religion.” Sounds like a pretty cool perk: organize politically without the pesky IRS, and enshrine a bunch of political beliefs into a discriminatory legal code. But somehow I don’t think the Supreme Court would go for that. “Religious freedom” only goes in one direction: whatever misogynistic conservative men want.
Abortion rights are the law of the land. Hobby Lobby’s rejection of abortion rights as against their religious principles is no more valid a reason to deny an employee compensation than any other form of religious discrimination. The Constitution grants the owners of Hobby Lobby to exercise their own religion as they see fit. It doesn’t grant them the right to pay their employees unequally on the basis of their religious beliefs if we’ve passed a law stating that employees have a right to equal compensation (which is what the ACA essentially does.)


Baby bird season is arriving soon. Last year I made a chart that suggests what to do if you find a baby songbird (or, um, relative) out of its nest.

In response to some requests from wildlife rehabbers (aka my heroes), I’ve put two free English printable PDFs on my site. If you find them useful and are able, support me by grabbing something in my store.

Also, many many thanks to Rose Marie Menacho (Facebook group) for the Spanish translation, cgleason for design tweaks, and Alain M (@EcoCit) for the French translation!!

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