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Jen Cooper

World MS Day ...was over a week ago.

I wanted to write a post to coincide with World MS Day. Now, I thought long and hard about this, because I don't want to be accused of using my sister's illness to promote my online shop. After some conversations and much soul searching, I decided that, since I have a platform here, I should be as honest and open as I can be about myself, my family, and my life. While I was thinking about all of that, World MS Day came and went, on 31 May. Here's the thing, though. MS is still around kicking people's asses, even if...

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Supporting the Earth to Support Us

Supporting the Earth to Support Us

'Birds Bees and Butterflies' has been the scaffolding on which I have built my public presence. I have been somewhat frustrated lately by the limited scope of that theme, and feeling the need to share some stuff that falls outside of that description. I have focused on birds, bees and butterflies for reasons best explained here, but lately, I have been itching to share more. Particularly after covering a lot of this country by car over the last three weeks, I really want to share more of my beloved island home with you. (Watch out for more about that trip...

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Of Bin Chickens And Human Suffering

Of Bin Chickens And Human Suffering

Philosophical Ramblings I have to drive an hour from where I live to buy groceries.  I don't mind this, though, because I get to travel through the amazingly beautiful Australian countryside.  Past forests and paddocks, rivers and dams.  Countryside that has an incredible, changing temperament, and can be different every day.  Photo: Jen Cooper Last year, I was a passenger on one of these drives, excitedly clutching my brand new DSLR camera. Shooting out the window at anything that caught my eye.  A flock of unidentified birds flew overhead, so I instinctively pointed my camera skyward and clicked.    Photo:https://www.jenc.com I...

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Jen Cooper

10 Things You Didn't Know About Butterflies

10 Things You Didn't Know About Butterflies

You may think you know a lot about butterflies, but did you know... Butterflies are not deaf. Butterfly ears were discovered in 1912. The entire life cycle of the butterfly, from caterpillar, chrysalis to butterfly, can range between 2 to 8 months, depending on species. Butterflies are often transported by storms up to hundreds of kilometres, and sometimes thrown upwards to altitudes of thousands of metres. Caterpillars have no bones. Butterfly wings are composed of hard tubes covered by a fine tissue. Butterflies have 6 legs, but some species only use 4 of them. Some butterflies do not have mouths,...

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