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Here's what I'm up to -- can you tell how big it is? 
I find fabric which I cut into strips and sew around stainless steel wire. This butterfly is then drawn in space using the resulting material. It balances on its base and bounces when disturbed, so it should be displayed in a bell jar or vitrine.
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I just bought Girl Scout cookies, which brings back memories. My mother was GS Leader. In the competitive spirit, she would take my sisters and I to strange neighborhoods and drop us off to go door to door so we could make more sales. It was a different time.
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These are really cool, "Regardless of whether this would translate well into actual currency ..."

Hat tip to +Jeff Moore for bringing this to my attention.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/02/hungarian-banknote-concept-designed-by-barbara-bernat/
For her MA degree project at the University of West Hungary, Budapest-based graphic designer Barbara Bernát devised this lovely concept for the Hungarian euro. The project involved five denominations of increasing scale, each made with a set of copperplate etchings; animals of increas
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http://www.auroragems.com/gia-butterfly-article.html

"These are flowers that fly and all but sing" is the way Robert Frost describes them in his poem Blue Butterfly Day. Butterflies are one of the most dazzling, beautiful and beloved creatures in existence. They are Mother Nature's most diverse and colorful masterpiece with more than 20,000 species worldwide. As they float on the air their gossamer wings dance effortlessly to the rhythm of the breeze. A universal symbol of a peaceful and happy spirit, butterflies have been the inspiration of all forms of art, poetry, song and literature for recorded history. Paintings, sculpture and jewelry attempt to capture the colors and lacework patterns of their wings. The glistening of the designs of powdered iridescence, painted with the dust of rainbows by angels, brings us closer to our creator.

The Aurora Butterfly of Peace is art in a new medium, natural color diamonds. The Aurora Butterfly of Peace is meant to pay homage to our greatest earthly symbol of peace and beauty.

The 240 natural color diamonds are an abstract representation, whose fire and brilliance project the energy of the living soul. The mosaic of different colors encompasses all the varieties of diamonds. The wings of the butterfly are balanced and subtly imperfect in their symmetry to symbolize the art of man cannot duplicate the perfection of nature. Therefore it remains a tribute to the handiwork of our creator.

The crystallization of the butterfly began with 60 diamonds and has reached its present metamorphosis to 240 diamonds weighing 166.94 carats over the last 12 years. When the butterfly reached 162 stones it was ready to take flight and was displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from June 1994 to March 1996. Then it was returned to the cocoon and has now reached its full maturation.

The Aurora Butterfly of Peace is dedicated to all the people of the world and to universal peace and harmony among all men, religions and races.







© 2011 Aurora Gems Inc. Site by Transition Networks.
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A butterfly used as a symbol of peace.
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http://harpers.org/archive/2015/02/the-war-of-the-world/

"This is not the old false binary of culture versus nature; it's the great majority of us against a small minority who have chosen short-term individual benefit over long-term global survival."

"Victory would mean not having destroyed the earth as much as we might have ... Defeat will mean that future generations will curse this turning point in our history ..."

Not entirely in agreement with the use of "Victory would" while "Defeat will" -- seems defeatist to me -- but an excellent essay. We need to convince that small minority that long-term global survival is in their personal short-term best interest. Otherwise, we may all be forced into a zero-sum game when there is zero left for anyone.
On a single day in July of 1943, more than 500 Allied planes bombed Rome, killing 1,500 people.
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"... it takes great personal courage to let yourself appear  weak."

David Foster Wallace
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"The last time atmospheric CO2 was this high, the sea level was seventy feet higher." - Jason Box, professor in glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
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On a visit to my son’s second grade classroom, I found a troubling pair of signs hanging over the bulletin board.
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Today the New York Times has a lovely profile of Emma Morano, an Italian woman who, at 115, is the oldest living person in Europe. Born in 1899, Morano credits her longevity to two things: eating raw eggs and staying single.
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"In the future, everyone will be famous to 15 people." -- Jerry Saltz
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"she said that with each year, she finds her friendships less volatile and easier, because she increasingly succeeds at looking past their flaws and disappointments and homing in on their pleasures and on what set them in motion to begin with. And she wonders why she didn’t do that sooner, why she gave in to so much fury and sorrow when she could have just let those emotions go."

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-gray-hair-and-silver-linings.html?src=me&ref=general
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