Nature is a remarkable thing.
Take the phenomenon of “gynandromorphism,” which is where an organism is born with both male and female elements. It can be seen the most dramatically in creatures like birds, crustaceans and insects where male and female counterparts are so visually distinct. A Google search of “gynandromorphism” and “butterflies” yields a dazzling array of results and was the inspiration for my most recently completed painting.
In humans this expression of male and female elements can be more complicated. Sometimes it presents as something visible, but other times it does not.
Either way it is no less rare and remarkable than a bi-gender butterfly.
Well, another year has drawn to a close. In the Tilted Windmills household, 2018 was full of late nights studying, early morning dog-walks, weekend coffee dates, and exploratory ventures along Calgary’s Bow River. Athena and Lola, with furniture in tow, made the big move from BC to Alberta in late July to join me as I enter the final year of my MSW program. The move was no small feat, and one that tested our mettle but that we managed with flying colours, thanks in large part to Athena’s most excellent organizational skills.
It has certainly been a year of surprises, challenges, and adventure – and continued growth! Can’t wait to enter 2019 with my two favourite persons next to me. Looking forward to my Master’s graduation and a somewhat Tilted Windmills inspired art exhibit for Athena — more details about this to follow at a later date! 😉
To each and everyone, wishing you a 2019 that exceeds your wildest expectations in the best possible way. May you spend it living, loving, laughing and always learning.
Stefan (with Athena and Lola nearby)
ATHENA: You know, once I’ve bundled up in my hoodie, knee-length parka, two layers of pants, two pairs of socks and these giant mitts, Lola’s morning walks really aren’t all that bad–
STEFAN: Winter is coming.
And yes, we’re “Game of Thrones” fans. In fact, I’d say that watching our way through the entire HBO series thus far has played a fairly significant role in our courtship.
In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the beauty in this milder, chilly prelude to the deep, dire Calgary winter that everyone seems to insist on warning me about.
Yes, at the beginning of August we really did make our big move from Vancouver to Calgary and it seemed only right that our tortoise and mouse counterparts ought to do the same. We have no doubt that their adventure in this new city will be filled with surprises, challenges and laughs along the way. Stay tuned!
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Stefan and Athena