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Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

I received a wonderful letter during the holidays, from someone I met at my first NABA Biennial Members’ Meeting.  The card features my friend’s photo of a Queen eclosing and it now faces me, daily, at my workspace.

In this recent correspondence, we discussed events of the past year and what the next might hold for us. Bouts of disease affected us both in 2015, but my reflection seemed to focus heavily on all the dis-ease in my life—a life that is really comfortable 99% of the time. 

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Escape

Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

I know I am not alone in thinking the world’s gone crazy…but am I the only one who fantasizes about running away?

Truth be told, I do flee—and always to the outdoors.

Forget the nasty headlines, the horrors of foreign affairs, the despair and degradation of all we should hold dear.  Today, I walked to the mailbox and took some time to stare at the almost-translucent moon, lingering in the western sky. I watched the vultures rise, swirling hypnotically higher, from the treetops. I noticed something furry in the wildflower refugium, and got closer and closer, until I was able to reach out one finger and pet the young rat who seemed to enjoy having his back scratched.

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