The butterfly is my spirit animal.
Always has been.
And, yes, Virginia, insects are animals.
That takes care of the teaching portion of our show.
An origami butterfly
made by my daughter sitting on
the custom glass pen and ink well
she commissioned for me.
When I was a child, the name
Vanessa was very uncommon.
Jonathan Swift is credited with creating
the name in 1713 for his lover
Esther Vanhomrigh in a poem he wrote dedicated to her.
Vanessa became a butterfly genus in
1807 which includes 22 species.
I always liked the idea that Phanessa
was the mystic goddess of an ancient Greek brotherhood.
Butterflies represent change and
the constant evolution of the soul.
My mother had this little pin.
I took it from her jewelry box when
I was quite young and made it mine.
Hence we have my avatar.
The Vampire Butterfly
I have teeth.
I've been known to draw blood.