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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on The Biological Strategy of Nature

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Thanks for this post Jess, as Rob’s eight words referencing nature makes complete sense. To learn leads to understanding and hopefully action, especially as it relates to the natural world . I especially enjoyed reading Carl Sagan’s perspective on 13.8 billion years condensed into a calendar year as I hadn’t thought about evolution in this way. The groups’ thoughts on how to use natural elements to replace man-made objects was fascinating. This is a blog that I’ll continue to re-read and share with friends ….

Jess what a wonderful blog about nature. Our ability to mimic nature is one of the best things we can do to help sustain our planet as well as ourselves. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Jess your blog is very interesting and gives a person a lot of food for thought. Nature is absolutely astounding and we must appreciate every aspect of it. People alike is close to nature and we must just look deeper and feel more comfortable in nature to be able to see resembles. Thanks to God Almighty for creating humans, animals and the natural environment in which they live. The words here are appreciation for nature and everything it offers.

Beautiful reflections Jess ❤️🙏🏼❤️

I love this Jess. I’ve been reading several books written by Indigenous authors of North America, and in the 7 Circles of Wellness by Thosh Collins and Chelsey Luger, they spoke about their way of seeing that we aren’t separate from nature. There’s a concept (created by white colonists in the name of conquering land/people/power) that nature is somehow other. We see this perpetuated in the idea that we must go somewhere to “be in nature”, when truly, nature is just as much the untouched wilderness as it is a developed parking lot full of asphalt and trash. I find it easier to connect to nature when I remember that it is all around, because I, too, am part of it and it can never be separate from me. Although, I must admit I much prefer to connect with wild places than my suburban neighborhood. Oh, to continue this conversation around a fire would be so heavenly! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Beautiful blog,Jess.

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