I have been researching independently over the past year, so I hope to continue this in a more formal academic setting.
I have not been creating very much lately, but I have been playing my Native American style flute. This was a gift from a very dear friend who handcrafted it from wood that he collected while in Japan. It is made from cherry wood and Japanese maple. It seems that most people prefer to have a large selection of different types of flutes, but I could never play any but mine. It is a spirit friend.
This spring has been busy so far and we have been taking advantage of the warmer weather with lots of walks in nature and picnics and such. My son's favourite activity of late is to make dandelion wishes. He likes to bless me with some of the seeds. He can identify well over 20 plants, much more than I ever could at his age. He can also recognize and differentiate between different birds.