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Are You Creating?

Hulusi Tabs for Happy Birthday
Art from the video game Five Nights at Freddies. American graphic design.
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Chinese animation. Super hero and kung fu master, Shen Long. He arrives in Dragon World to teach dragons protection and self defines.
Betty White
Betty White and friends.

The students I teach are a range from Kindergarten to 5th grade.  The 3rd graders enjoy “torturing” me with scary video games and their personal art.  I find it important to encourage their exploration of topics Asian in their own personal interest life.  For many that includes drawing, colouring and video games.  Some of them have been bringing me drawings and pictures and I have been attempting to turn it into some sort of scroll-like art.  As of yet, I have failed to reach a finishing point.  Just like real life, art is about knowing when something is finished.  Finishing the product can be called success in my classroom.

Perhaps I should explain.  I am a teacher.  I teach Mandarin Chinese.  No, I am not Chinese.  Long story.  For those of you who love animation and all things in the Mandarin language check out this awesome Chinese animation feature film.  The name is Xi Yang Yang.  That means Happy Sheep.  Sit back, relax, grab some yummy Chinese noodles, and enjoy the show.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VXo2Plcshg

I Love Pigeons

Pigeons make wonderful pets.   I have four darling pigeons who are forever keeping me entertained and a treat to come home to every day.

The basic needs of pigeons are as follows:

1. Housing: A good size for four pigeons would be at least 6 feet long by 4 feet deep and 6 feet high. It should be vermin and predator proof. The aviary floor should be cleaned once a day (pigeons spend a lot of time on the ground) and the entire aviary (perches and other surfaces) should be cleaned once a week to keep the pigeons healthy.

2. Fresh water (change it twice a day if it gets dirty quickly). Bathing: Once or twice a week cover the floor with a shower curtain, put out a tub with water, and watch the fun.

3. Pigeon food: A good racing pigeon mix from a feed supply is best. Snacks: Some snacks that pigeons enjoy are raw unsalted peanuts (small, NOT roasted), safflower, sunflower hearts, hemp, sesame seeds (raw), fruits and veggies: Mine especially like papaya (with the seeds) and sprouts.
**Avoid Avocado as it’s toxic to all birds. **Avoid Veggies like Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.

4. Red grit, if you can find it. It contains crushed oyster shells which is a good source of calcium. Feed is so fresh nowadays that many feed stores do not carry grit. Do offer calcium.

5. Supplements:

a. Pigeons kept indoors without exposure to direct sunlight will need a vitamin supplement because they do not produce their own vitamin D3, so build your aviary on the lanai or outside and let your birds enjoy the morning sun.

b. Adding a little Apple cider vinegar to the water once a week, helps keep their system acidic to prevent diseases like coccidiosis, canker and crop candida. The dose is 1 tbsp per gallon of fresh water.

c. Mixing probiotic powder (from the human health-food shelf) or a dollop of Greek yogurt with a few drops of sunflower oil, garlic oil, or corn oil, into the seed ration for the day will help maintain good bacteria in their gut.

d. Grating a tiny bit of garlic in the water bowls will keep feathers looking nice and internal parasites away.