Cultural Series Make Art not War The Cats of Mirikitani

The Cats of Mirikitani

The Cats of Mirikitani

You are invited to First Parish UU Monthly Cultural Series, 923 Main Street, Fitchburg, downstairs, Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 pm. This will be an informative film, with speaker Professor Elizabeth Gordon leading us in a discussion afterwards about the film, thoughts on social justice issue of homelessness. Learn from an artist who was homeless. See how Jimmy Marikitani saw the world leading up to 9/11 through his art.

Asian bites will be provided for refreshments.

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Tune into Blog/Radio Talkupy for a talk on butterflies with Mary Ellen Ryall

Monarch butterflies are being hit on all sides these days. Loss of habitat, climate change andnatural disasters are taking their toll on these and other beautiful pollinators. Thankfully, there are people watching out for them. Talkupy with Annie Lindstrom welcomes Mary Ellen Ryall, retiring Executive Director of Happy Tonics Inc., to the show on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Mary Ellen is passionate about helping people learn how to create pollinator corridors in their own backyards. She will discuss the work she did at Happy Tonics’ teaching garden in Shell Lake, WI and her books on Monarchs. She also will talk about the wild butterflyand solitary bee nesting habitat she is creating in Fitchburg, MA. For more information, visit Mary Ellen’s Facebook page. For an expanded slide show go to Talkupy.netImage 

Doing something for someone else besides ourselves

Recently I had the opportunity to respond to a request from St. Bernards Church in Fitchburg, MA. Haitian Outreach Update requested that I send a few coloring books to impoverished children on Haili.

Cover design by Cindy Dyer

Cover design by Cindy Dyer

I learned that there are no monarch butterflies on the Island. I thought the children would get a lot of pleasure from the coloring books. The organizers said they had donation of crayons.

Can you image being so impoverished that a child doesn’t even have a coloring book? Imagine a child’s joy when the pages are opened in the book and a big beautiful butterfly is ready to be born and colored.

Great Joy can be waves of positive energy make the World a better place, when we do something for some one else or another species be it plant, insect or animal.

Father Keith Mason wins Editor’s Choice Award

Father Keith Mason was awarded a prestigious Editor’s Choice Award for his poem, “The Cars Rush By.”  The International Library of Poetry reported that the poem displayed a unique perspective and original creativity – judged to be the qualities most found in exceptional poetry.

Father Keith Mason

Father Keith Mason

The Award was presented to Father Keith in October 2004.

Father Keith and I attend the  weekly Joy of Writing group,  in Fitchburg, MA, on Tuesday, at 12:30 p.m., at Fitchburg Senior Center. Father Keith gave me permission to publish his poem and share with Butterfly Woman Publishing followers and friends.

The Cars Rush By …

(A meditative poem-prayer)

Early morning, in a small suburban city,
off to work and play: the cars rush by on the street,
outside, as I kneel to pray and sit to meditate
in a building called, “the Church.”

On the street, a few feet away, a car – – –
“My GOD, I feel your presence . . .  My GOD . . .
A car – – – SWOOSH!

The cars rush by. I think, I meditate,
“Yes Father, Holy Father GOD,
this building, ‘the Church,’ is truly your house,
a place to worship, prayer ad Christian love.”

The cars rush by. “My GOD, if for one moment
I thought . . . you are HERE only,
I could not live or even breathe!”

The cars rush by. “Yes, Father GOD, you are here
AND out there, on the street, in every car!
Your crowning glory is not the buildings, or the cars,
but the people in them!”

The cars rush by. I pray, I meditate.

Father Keith W. Mason

     Published previously in the International Devotional Booklet, FORWARD Day by Day, by the Forward Movement Publications, Cincinnati, Ohio, Lent-Easter, 1971 A.D.

Night at the Fay Club

Fay Club

The Fay Club, Fitchburg MA

The Fay Club, a private club, in Fitchburg, MA, was created in 1902. It is a beautiful Victorian historical home. The Fay Club history can be read at the following link at

http://www.thefayclub.com/fc-history.html

I am discovering that early women of Fitchburg, MA, were leaders in their community. Their vision has made it possible for me to walk through doors that normally are not open to the public. “Architect Richard Upjohn (Trinity Church, New York City) designed The Fay Club in 1883. The Fay Club was commissioned as a private residence by George Flagg Fay for himself and his daughter, Lucy.” Years later, his only surviving daughter willed the home to the Park Club which later changed its name to Fay Club and moved to this location to honor the generous donor.

Christmas tree at Fay Club

Christmas tree at Fay Club

I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the once a year event. Copies of my first book, My Name is Butterfly, were sold. Several buyers told me of their own butterfly stories. I was delighted to speak to residents and meet young children. One little girl came over with her grandmother. She pointed to the book and said, “I want that book.” Her grandmother mentioned that she was an avid reader. Later when the child was engaged with her mother, the grandmother returned to buy a book. It did my heart good to see a child pick out the book.

The Fitchburg Farmers Market is an interesting group of entrepreneurs who are farmers and artisans.

Sheila Lumi

Shelia Lumi, Director of Fitchburg Farmers Market.

Sheila Lumi, Director, organizes where the Farmers Market will take place. She is a natural at marketing and a local honey producer. I noticed that Sheila has an eye for beautiful hand crafts. Soft knitted alpaca bags, gloves and socks were a delight to buyers. Sheila’s honey went fast. I am happy I was able to purchase one bag, as a Christmas gift, for my niece Amelia.

She is helping me scatter native seed at a new Wild Butterfly Habitat and Wildlife Sanctuary I am implementing, on my sister’s property, in the Fitchburg Hills, within a protected watershed area.

handcrafted bag

Knitted Bee Bag by Mary Anne Troxler

I think Amelia will get a kick out of the bumblebee that is felted within a sunflower on the bottom of the bag. There is a butterfly in the bag’s design also. The wool is soft and inviting. I think the bag will make a creative water bag. Matter of fact, I am going to put a bottle of water in it before I give it as a present.

Vee Lashua, proprietor, Brookside Family Farm, was instrumental in greeting guests and selling product. She personally knew many of the Farmers Market crafters. Vee also knew many guests. I assisted in promoting the monthly Fitchburg Farmers Market, at the Fitchburg Art Museum, first Thursday of each month, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

My Name is Butterfly

My Name is Butterfly

I am venturing towards assisting the Fitchburg Farmers Market and by being a member; I will have an opportunity to sell my books at the monthly Farmers Market. I am enjoying it already. It didn’t take long for me to flutter towards like minded spirits.

Be well butterfly friends where ever you are.

Veterans Writing Project

Today I attended a Veterans Day Ceremony at O’Neill Hall, Fitchburg Armory, Fitchburg, MA. Last evening I listened to Colon Powell speak about post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, at the Nation’s Capitol Veterans Day Honoring Ceremony. I am a Vietnam War Veteran’s widow. My husband died in 2010 of cancer. He was never treated for Agent Orange. I felt powerless to help him. I wish I could have. He never talked about symptoms. I knew that something was wrong. I took many steps in trying to get him help that he denied he needed.

While there, I networked with a veteran from the Gulf War years. I met the Honorable Lisa Wong, Mayor of Fitchburg. I congratulated her for her vision and appreciation and approving a multi-cultural art exhibit on Main Street. It is a positive step in promoting and celebrating  urbanization, art and the citizens and youth in Fitchburg.

I learned about the Veterans Writing Project today on NPR. Then I looked up the site on the Internet. I just joined the group. I am a published author and have a publishing company and active blogs for writers. I am going to explore if I can raise some interest in a Veterans Writing Group in Fitchburg. First I have to learn from the Veterans Writing Project and hope to work through them.

Tomorrow I am going to visit the Veterans Office in Fitchburg and start to explore the posible opportunity with them. I know I could help in this area seeing as I have published two children’s books. I am presently writing a Field Guide for Butterflies.

If you are a Veteran, please let me know if you would like to participate by telling your story through training with the Veterans Writing Group. I have a Blog so your work could reach out to the public. If there were enough veterans, perhaps in time this could lead to a book of your stories. People could better understand their role with veterans if they only knew your story. I never heard my husband’s story, outside of the eight friends that were blown up with him when they were walking down a path or road in Vietnam. My husband Willard H. DeJong was the only survivor. He would never talk about this or any other aspect of his war experience. I knew that he was holding it all inside and I simply couldn’t reach this depth.

I hope I can make a difference with another veteran or veterans. I would consider it a healing experience to be blessed in this way.