Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Butterfly Effect - UPDATE #3

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Today I find myself quite delighted, and again humbled  that even though we have officially changed seasons,  butterflies seem to be flying and touching down at my front door step each day. They invite me to continue to enjoy  the colors and light of summer through  the caring souls I am writing about today.  I feel blessed.  I believe in a world of love.

The Butterfly Effect continues to ripple and thanks to efforts by those who join us and also spread the word, each day we have new people  signing up.  I've lost count as to the exact numbers as  there are many who plan to also share the lessons published on The Holocaust Museum Houston website  and create with their children, or students or friends.   A special thanks to you for teaching children these lessons.

As adults we can do our level best each day  by choosing to focus on speaking kindly to ourselves inwardly and to others  we interact with.  Please be gentle with others and be gentle on yourselves.   I am reading a book that I am hoping, if I read it enough times, it will rub off on me!!!  Here's an excerpt -

"When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You're able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently."
— Pema Chödrön (Practicing Peace in Times of War)

So, without further ado, I bring to you the butterflies that have now safely landed followed by photographs of those made and on their way.   Now you can see what I mean plus hopefully experience the colors and light of each of these beautiful symbols .... 

Click on any of the photographs to view large and,  if time permits, pay these thoughtful artists a visit by clicking on their blog links below.  The creativity, imagination and talent expressed in each unique butterfly speaks to me like a fingerprint of each child honored. 

Seth Apter
New York City, NY, USA
Thank you!

Jill Zaheer
Riverdale, New York City, NY, USA
Thank you!

Marilyn Rock
Schenectady, NY, USA

Sharon Chapman
Northbend, Washington, USA
Thank you!

Kathy Semrick
Elburn, Illinois, USA
Thank you!
(take a look below at Kathy's macro photos for details or
visit her blog)

Abby Lazar
Jamesville, NY, USA
Thank you!

And, a sneak peak at more butterflies.... just before they spread their wings......

Frieda Oxenham
Peeblesshire, Scotland, UK

Lisa Jurist
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Sharon Chapman
Northbend, Washington, USA
(Arrived today and posted above but I wanted to share her photograph from her blog as well)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Above - macros of Kathy S.'s ( cloth butterfly

Please email me at if you see any typos or missing links. 

For more information on this project, including links to the Holocaust Museum Houston,  lesson plans, the blog button,  instructions, more photos, as well as links to previous updates,  please click here


Lisa said...

A truly spectacular display of butterflies...each so unique and beautiful in their own way! Thanks for starting the ball rolling and for keeping it going!
btw, my home is in Maryland.. but I do heart Oregon!;)
a touching post Trudi...thanks for sharing the excitement!

Rebecca Everett said...

Oh they are all so pretty! Thanks for the update! I want to see if my child's teacher would like to make it a class project. Would that still be okay?

Debby said...

WOW!!! They are all so amazing, what a wonderful project.

Sharon said...

Trudi, just want you to know I have had many people who will be joining in. You have certainly started the ball rolling. Thank you again for bringing this worthy cause to everyone's attention.

Createology said...

I just found your blog today from Frieda's blog. All of these butterflies are amazing and will be so healing for all.
I feel very strongly about this great work you are doing to collect for the museum. I will be sending you a butterfly very soon. Happy creating...
Bless you.

Cynthia Schelzig,Cynnie said...

What a fabulous array of wings!! Just beautiful...there is also an International Mail Art Call here in Germany for the theme "wings"...
Check out my right sidebar for details.........

marcia @Child in Harmony said...

Beautiful Butterflies! Very inspiring art!!

And I love the quote from the book you are reading.

we can't wait to get started on ours!

happy day!

Lynn said...

Stunning!!!!! So bright and colorful too, thanks for sharing them all with us.

Seth said...

A wonderful collection to highlight such an important issue. I love seeing how each artist's style comes through. Thanks for all your hard work Trudi!

Terri Kahrs said...

FABULOUS and so humbling to witness this magnificent collection of butterflies, Trudi. This is gives credence to the fact of the "power of one" - you've started a beautiful movement. This collection is amazing! Hugs & Blessings, Terri xoxox

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Amazing and so beautiful Trudi ... mine will be winging its way to you very soon!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

It must be exciting to pick up the mail these days. What incredible variety in these butterflies.... Beautiful.

Jill Zaheer said...

Trudi, these are all such treasures! Each of the butterflies have such unique styles and special qualities- such a tribute to the children. Thanks again for all of your efforts to collect these magical butterflies for the Holocaust Museum!

Anonymous said...

They are simply gorgeous.So many lovely ones all so different.I would so much love to participate.Im not sure if Im to late or not.I would love to figure out some little design of my own to send in Butterfly form.Please email me if you could would appreciate the response.Best of luck, this is a wonderful idea~~Becky

Shanti said...

Beautiful Butterflies, and a good cause !
I will be sending you a butterfly very soon. Much love,Shanti from The Netherlands

Amber Tabangay said...

Trudi dear:
This weekend, I will be working with my two children on their butterflies and will be sending them off to you asap. I have a fellow homeschooling friend who has created a couple as well I would like to send to you. Are we too late? Would that be okay?
Amber aka Persnickety Chick (fellow artist and "deviant" friend; heehee)

nancy said...

so glad they arrive!
can't wait to see them all together,
it will be spectacular!!!!
thanks again for hosting this
truly wonderful and inspiring
butterfly event

Sherri Levek said...

I just found out about this project and I would like to participate. Are you still accepting butterflies? This is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing. I sent the info to my daughter's teacher. We must never forget.