For the last decade, I’ve carried and crafted a visual journal – it develops a theme and title of its own as images and text unfold. “To The Promised Land” was my covid companion. Butterflies, symbols of spiritual rebirth, transformation, change and hope filled each page. The life span of each monarch – magnificent but short, reminds us to embrace transformation and be open to change, all the while appreciating that we are all here for a short time. May we all muster all necessary courage to embrace transformation and make life as grand as it can possibly be. And, for all you young girls out there – or anyone else with an innocent spirit- we offer these various versions of butterflies and other flying bits of hope – Philomela style.