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Today would have been my Mom’s 83rd Birthday, and in honor of her memory and love of butterflies, I asked Tim Owens to do a Makerbot print of a butterfly ornament.

If you want to a description of her belief about butterflies, listen to this recording I made last year when I visited her, just a week after her 82nd:

Mom on Butterflies

It’s been a year of thinking back on events that she was here for last year, and probably the sweetest memory was the outpouring of sympathy for cookielove last September

And it was was a year ago last November she was at my home in Strawberry making cookies, and I just felt like there would be many more of these.

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This one last photo was a gift that came into the StoryBox this summer. I think I know who it is from, but am not 100% sure, nor does it matter.

Happy Butterflyday, Mom.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so)


  1. I thought about Alyce today and wished her Happy Birthday and will miss her birthday card to me on Valentine’s Day, she always remember my birthday and I will always remember her.

    Peace and Love

  2. So good to hear Alyce’s voice. She was in my thoughts today and I will miss getting a Valentine Birthday card from her as she did each year.
    Peace and Love

  3. Thanks Alan for letting me hear mom’s voice. It made me cry but brought her close to me on her birthday! I think of her every day.

  4. Thanks Alan … You “butterfly” post is indeed powerful but adding your mother’s audio story takes this message to the INSPIRATIONAL level!

    Your Mom was a truly inspiring woman who shared her baked cookies with strangers.

    I believe your Mom would be very proud of the way her son is inspiring and sharing with others through his blog and his DS106 storytelling.

    Thanks for sharing a look at your life.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

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