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Fluorite – Cool stone of many colors

Fluorite

Fluorites are considered minerals by some. Others say fluorite is a calcium fluoride crystal with a hardness of 4.

Of course, we think of them as stones without getting so specific.

Fluorite lent its name to the property of fluorescence, the display of vivid glowing colors in ultraviolet light.

Today, some people believe stones like fluorite have qualities that help us. Before I believe what I read or am told about a stone or crystal however, I like to hold them to see how they feel to me. Some make me antsy, while others seem peaceful and calming.

Fluorite is said to help people think clearly, and some stone lovers believe that yellow fluorite can make you smarter.

One Crystal Energy Therapist suggests that green fluorite can help with asthma. Since I don’t have asthma, I can’t say that this report is true, but if you try it and find it helps with your asthma, I’d love to hear from you.

Blue John or Derbyshire spar is one of the most famous Fluorite varieties and has been used since Roman times in making vases and other ornamental objects. Fluorite was mined in the county of Derbyshire, England, and typically exhibited a banded pattern of blue, violet, and purple.

Fluorite is associated with the zodiac signs of Capricorn and Pisces and with the month of February as a birthstone. It is the state mineral of Illinois in the United States.

Fluorites come in an amazing array of colors. The purple ones are sometimes confused with Amethyst.

While stones are great to hold and look at, if you want, you can wear fluorite as a necklace or pendant. Some come in solid colors while others may look striped or rainbow-like.

Here are two examples of necklaces. You might want to wear one of these fluorite pendant

featured fluorite pendants that I sell in my aplace4us – Things We Love store online. Click on either one of the photos to find out more.

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Uses of fluorite:

  • Ornamental or decorative
  • As flux in the manufacture of steel
  • To make opalescent glass
  • As enamels for cooking utensils
  • As hydrofluoric acid
  • As elements in place of glass in some high performance telescopes and camera lenses

What’s in a name? A Natural Response: From Transparent Butterflies to Least Skipperlings

TRANSPARENT BUTTERFLY: All things beautiful do not have to be full of color to be noticed: often in life that which is unnoticed has the most power.

Transparency–what does it allow us to see?

See-through.

Clear–as in clarity–or as in Clear as mud?

transp butterflyWhy do we talk the way we do? Ever wondered that? And where do words come from? Space?

Greta oto is one of a number of similar transparent winged butterflies. It comes from central America, and is found from Mexico to Panama. It is quite common in its zone, but it not easy to find because of its transparent wings, which are a natural camouflage mechanism.

Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Ithomiinae
Latin name: Greta oto
Common name: The Glasswing

Augh-ough. I’m hooked. Glasswing Butterfly is a brush-footed butterfly. The tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass.

This creature sounds like a dancer… maybe a sylph. Brush-footed. What on earth is that? It brushes as it walks? (dancers do this when they do something called battement tendu jete)

Or is it that it’s foot looks like a brush?

It’s positively eerie. I’m getting like… Cinderella’s slipper. It was glass.

But there’s more… lore… It’s a member of the clearwing clade. Is that a club?

Oh. It’s fantasy. Gotta be. No? The clearwing clade is real? Are you a member? Gee. Tell me about it. I might want to join.

The butterfly’s Spanish name is “espejitos”, which means “little mirrors.”

Wait, I remember another cool name… The Least Skipperling

It’s a bug, an insect, an arthropod. Or is it? And what’s least about it? I personally would love to be called a Skipperling. I like skipping and skippers. Is the ling from dingaling? What is a “ling” or is it all one–skipperling. A lingskipper? Ohhh. A ling skipper. It jumps from cloud to cloud. I can see it now.

Oh. Now some of the scientists and naturalists are angry at me. I led them on. They thought they’d come here and discover some new fact. However, I’m not scientist or naturalist, I’m a writer, so I can’t tell you “the facts” unless I do more research or someone latches onto this site who knows and leaves a comment.

I just love the names. It elicits in me some wonder. What is its story? The Glasswing. The Transparent Butterfly. The Least Skipperling. What does it have to tell us about itself, and therefore about life? In facts or not.

Is Least Skipperling the name of a girl born in Australia? Is this a boy from a Native American tribe? Perhaps, this character–if I choose to bring it to life–will be a dog owned by a fairy who lives at sea world. I don’t know yet. Perhaps someone–you–will tell me your version.

Maybe you’ll write about it, or tell its story in pictures, drawn, finger-painted, danced, or taken by camera.

Or maybe, it’s a poem. I think its name is one.betty boop NYC

Whatever it is

To me it’s magic.

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UNUSUAL ORGANIZATIONS 4 Your Education, Inspiration & Inner Freedom

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We’ve shared some unusual jobs and unusual people.

Today, we’re looking at some unusual organizations selected for their positive missions.

This one I’d like to be part of: KEYS TO THE RAY 4 YOUR DAY

For organizations, companies, individuals and groups, missions or mission statements can be powerful. They are a kind of prayer for something important to come in. They are intentions for ways of being in our world. When buzz words are shared by more than one individual, this makes them empowered (or stronger than they are alone).

To find out more about each group or company, you may need to click on the words, “click here” or on a picture. It’s kind of a game. See what you discover as you go about your day. Are you game? Notice what “games” people play.

The first organization is absolutely incredible in the way it helps and supports artists, performers, and others who use the arts. The art in us can be under-developed, missed, and misunderstood, and those who work in the arts for their jobs or livelihood can be underfunded, often working long hours without any source of income, payment or job security. Click here to learn more about it, and begin your adventure in supercalifragilisticexpialidocious group awareness!

Click here to continue your adventure and discover how a circle can be more than its rings. It’s located in the metropolitan Toledo, Ohio-area, just in case you lack faith that heaven is here on earth now.

and for an ocean, sky, air, earth – or a boatload – of possibilities that might be exactly what you need: click here now.

The organization represented by the words below has an unusual name. Click on the word, DANCE, in the dark square below. See where it takes you, and see if you can figure out what the company’s name means without reading, by looking and listening only. This incredible company holds the dream of the POFFF and POFFF Master within it. Enjoy, and please, accept this invitation to the…

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UNUSUAL JOB#3 – AN ARTIST WHO IS A PUZZLE SOLVER

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Toledo, Ohio’s Kathleen Gill-Slee is not your ordinary artist. She is also something of a puzzle-solver and a marathon runner.

An honors student in math, English and science in high school, Kathleen knew she could draw from the A’s she received in art class. But she didn’t spend every moment drawing like many would-be artists.

In fact, when she had elective classes to choose during the school year, she chose English courses! By the time Kathleen graduated from high school, she had accumulated five years of extra English courses. “I was a nerd,” she said.

Nerd or not, those classes taught Kathleen to use her mind in ways that helped make her the dedicated, unique artist she is. And she is currently a graphic designer for Hickory Farms in Maumee, Ohio–her day job. “Who else has a job where they can draw all day and get paid for it?” she said.

At the time of this interview, Kathleen had been drawing fruit. Her drawings were clearly visible in the fruit wrapping paper she created for Hickory Farms. But when Kathleen creates wrapping paper, she actually only draws a small section of what will become rolls of it. She has to discover a way to do that one section so it can be repeated without showing any seams. Sound like a puzzle to be solved? It is.

Many sketches later, after discovering a segment that will work, Kathleen sends the segment to the printer. The printer follows Kathleen’s directions to produce a high resolution scan, which is like a very good color photograph. From Kathleen’s one small piece, the printer creates one finished puzzle or huge roll of wrapping paper.

Kathleen has also used her fruit drawings for two of the eight catalogues Hickory Farms owns: Mission Orchards and Pinnacle Orchards. But if you look at the catalogues, you will not see drawings at all. Where is Kathleen’s work? It’s another kind of puzzle.

“I brainstorm with the catalogue manager,” Kathleen explained. From the ideas, Kathleen draws exact sketches to serve as master plans for all the pages and photographs that will be used in the catalogue.

From Kathleen’s drawings, displays are set up for a photo shoot. A local or agency photographer shoots the photographs. Then Kathleen goes to the printer for what is called a “press check,” to make sure the colors come out correctly. After that, the photographs are put into the catalogue, taking the place of Kathleen’s drawings.

“Sometimes, a catalogue has to be designed right at the photo shoot,” Kathleen said. “I play around with props.” Props is short for properties, or pieces that might be used in the photographic puzzles that make up each page of a catalogue: candies, flowers, nuts, bowls, etc.

“There is always something different to work on,” Kathleen admitted. “I once did a scale model of a kiosk (a little booth or stand) and the boxes that went on it. I created 400 boxes in miniature.”

Kathleen makes signs, mailers, packaging, labels, and store display pieces. For the displays and packaging, her work is mostly three-dimensional; that is, work that takes up space in several directions. If Kathleen creates a box, she must imagine how it will look assembled. She must also be able to imagine it and draw it flat, before it is assembled, along with the slots and tabs that will hold the box together.

Kathleen often uses math skills she enjoyed in school to help her figure out how something will look. “I use a lot of math in my work,” she said. “Mostly for packaging. It’s mainly geometry–like the circumference of a circle, the legs of a triangle, or formulas to figure out the square inch area of something.”

Besides doing graphic design, Kathleen also creates pottery. “After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1994, my first jobs at Office Max and Cherry Dale Farms in Cleveland were very stressful,” Kathleen said. “My brother suggested I take a community pottery class to relax.”

When Kathleen made the move to Hickory Farms, she discovered The 577 Foundation’s Pottery Barn in Perrysburg. She has been making pottery there ever since, and she never stops sleuthing for her next project.

“I was trying to figure out something to do with all the bottle shapes I had been throwing, and I came up with a pig. It just came out of my head. I don’t even know if my pigs have pig ears. They may have cat ears.” She admits that her mood at the time plays a big factor in determining the pigs’ expressions.

Since the first pig was thrown on the potter’s wheel, it has been pig heaven for Kathleen’s new nieces and nephews. They all receive ceramic piggy banks. That is, until she made a purple warthog for her brother-in-law. “The warthog has a Mohawk and several piercings,” Kathleen said.

Hickory Farms once asked Kathleen to use her pottery skills on the job. She developed pieces for miniature ceramic farms that could serve as gifts. Want to ask Kathleen some questions about being a graphic designer, potter and puzzle solver? Leave your questions as a comment and we’ll see what happens!