Fall & Rise

A lot has happened since I last posted, the shocking shooting in Las Vegas and three deadly hurricanes as well as raging California wildfires, among other things. Since these events and my last post, I have noticed a fall and rise of human interaction and with Nature.

I apologize for not posting sooner. Unfortunately, there has been some technical website issues that have prevented me from posting. I’m still troubleshooting the exact cause but for fear of adding to the overage of CPU (central processing units) used by my websites on my new hosting provider’s server, which enables my websites to function, I had to temporarily stop logging into and using the sites — including this one. This happened to be right in the middle of a fundraising effort for hurricane relief. For this reason, this post will be short (and hopefully sweet).

The Las Vegas tragedy hit America and the world hard. It is just hard to fathom how someone can willingly do such harm to others.

Rather than dwell on the “fall” of human behavior or the destruction in the wake of three devastating hurricanes, I’d rather focus on the rise part.

The Rise Festival that took place recently in the Mojave dessert, on the outskirts of Vegas brings healing. The spectacle of the rising lanterns is stunning. The knowledge of so many participants coming together to make it happen is uplifting and hopeful.

Rise Festival_AIE

 

Had I been younger and more energetic as in my hip-pier youth; although not a “hippie,” I would have loved to attend and participate….Next year? 😉

I am encouraged to see the many efforts to help those impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria start to make a difference and people rising to the occasion and working together.

This mysterious meterorlogical phenomena was mentioned in the newspaper just this week. I’m not sure if a “cloud” of butterflies has been seen before but I thought in light of current events and as many times as I’ve written about butterflies that maybe it’s an appropriate sign that things are looking up. Or if anything, it helps to show that Nature remains never fully understood by man:

A lacy, cloud-like pattern drifting across a Denver-area radar screen turned out to be a 70-mile-wide (110-kilometer) wave of butterflies, forecasters say.

 

Cloud of butterflies on AIE

via Washington Post from The National Weather Service

Here’s a pretty, perfectly named “painted lady” for you:

Fall and rise of painted lady butterfly_AIE

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Butterflies Everywhere

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I like butterflies. Well, I’m finding butterflies everywhere these days. How appropriately so because of the upcoming transformative celebration of Easter this Sunday.

We host our annual brunch for about 50 folks, so this post will consequently be short. 😉

This is my recent butterfly find from Elle Decor, as they tend to be circling back in style. (Personally, I never thought they flitted out of style.)

Butterflies everywhere in style via Elle Decor on Art Is Everywhere

Butterflies in style via Elle Decor

You can find recent and previous butterfly references here.

Also, here are a few updates and worthy mentions:

 

  1. The Fearless Girl Statue will stay in place for at least a year — until February 2018. Let’s hope everyone gets so used to it that it becomes permanent.

2. If you haven’t read the book Hillbilly Elegy – A Memoir of Family & Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance, it is a worthwhile read with real enjoyment. It’s both eye-opening and exceptionally told (orated by the author) from the insider’s perspective that helps explain a large portion of America’s people and their upbringing while being one of the few to “make it” and find the American Dream. (Even Oprah read this book, or is at least shown in a photo with the book on her table.)

Although the memoir was specific to Vance, it was embraced as a personification of the everyday struggles of America’s white underclass, and it shone a light on issues including race and privilege in America.Deadline Hollywood.

This just learned — the book will become a movie.

Click this link to listen to a sample. It personally moved me with my father’s Kentucky roots and even some real life characters being similar in name. For instance, J. D.’s name and his sister’s are similar names to my brother, John D (named after my father) and my sister Lindsey. Even his first home town in Jackson, KY, is all too uncanny to me. Although he currently lives in San Francisco, is a venture capitalist, works with Steve Case, he has DC Gibson Dunn law connections. There were unexpected guffaw moments of hilarious laughter and equal shocks of sadness but if everyone read this, there could be signs of hope, which is a good thing for this time of year — and a perfect thing on which to end this post.

Happy Easter!

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