A writer inspired by nature and human nature

Have an Amazing New Year!


May your days be blessed and beautiful

May your nights, sweet dreams supply

May your New Year be amazing

As a monarch butterfly

© Bette A. Stevens

Learn about Monarch Butterflies

Bette in her garden with one of the monarch butterflies that emerged from its chrysalis at the farmstead in central Maine.

Monarch butterflies offer an amazing view into the intricate nature of the wild. Their scientific name—Danaus Plexippus— Greek for “Sleepy Transformation,” gets part of the story right, but not the epic whole. Monarch butterflies embark on an amazing migratory phenomenon as they have the ability to hibernate and metamorphose.  International conservation efforts to protect and restore monarch habitat are ongoing. These efforts may help improve the near-endangered/endangered status of the species; but we, as ordinary citizens, can easily help the monarch butterfly recovery right in our own backyards and gardens.

Wishing all of you and our amazing monarch butterflies…
“An Amazing New Year!”

~Bette A. Stevens, Maine author


Comments on: "Have an Amazing New Year! (Poem + Monarch Butterfly Resources from author Bette A. Stevens)" (102)

  1. Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you for sharing you kind words and a part of your world!… wishing you a Happy New Year and hope the new year is all that you wish for it to be!!. 🙂

  3. Lovely, Bette. All the best for 2019 to you too.

  4. Happy New year 😇

  5. I love this, Bette! Wishing you and your family peace and joy in the new year.❤️

  6. Bette, thank you for your beautiful verse and for showing your obvious love for the Monarch butterfly.
    May your New Year shine like their wings.

  7. Bette, a beautiful poem to greet the New Year … hopefully one as amazing as the Monarch butterfly! Wishing you joy, peace and laughter for 2019 and it’s been a real pleasure reading your posts, poems this year and ‘chatting’ away here on the blogosphere! Warmest wishes to you and yours. Xx ❤️

  8. Happy New Year Betty and happy writing.

  9. Thank you, Bette! Happy New Year to you! ❤

  10. Happy New Year, Bette! And those monarchs are SO amazing. Wish we could see them here – I’ve probably only seen one or two in all our years here.

    • Thanks, Noelle. This was the first year I got to watch two of those amazing monarchs eclose (emerge) from their chrysalides. It was magical! Hoping 2019 will bring us all more monarch magic… ❤ New Year's hugs & kisses. xo

  11. Happy New Year, Bette, to you and yours! Wishing you much joy, love, ad peace in 2019! XO

  12. Have a wonderful 2019 Bette. Happy New Year and hugs.

  13. Wonderful poem and photo, dear Bette. For you and your beloved a Happy New Year too. 🙂 ❤

  14. Happy New Year, Bette

  15. This is beautiful, Bette. I’d love to see a Monarch one day!
    Happy New Year 🙂

  16. D.L Finn, Author said:

    Loved the New Years poem Bette. Monarch’s have always interested me. As a young girl I’d walk to school through the milk weed and study the caterpillars and pupae. I always say I want to go see the migration near Santa Cruz but never make it. May this will be the year. Hope the New Year is magical for you Bette:)

    • Thanks so much for your lovely note, Denise. Reminded me so much of my early childhood days when we lived in Santa Clara and I was mesmerized by the glittering wings of the monarchs. I would capture them in glass jars during the day and let them fly before dusk. It was a magical time in my childhood. I remember glorious day trips over roller-coaster-like roads to Santa Cruz too. Those early years is when my love of nature began. Oh, those magical memories. May the magic live on for us all! ❤ xo

  17. All the best to you, too, in the New Year ❤

  18. May your New Year be filled with health and joy!

  19. Ultra said:

    A beautiful poem to welcome the New Year. Beautiful story about butterflies, I learned a lot from you,

  20. Best new year ever, Bette! ❤️🥳❤️

  21. May you be truly blessed in this new 2019 Bette! ♥

  22. Ultra said:

    I’m discovering your blog and reading reviews of your books. You can buy on Amazon.
    Happy New Year

  23. How gorgeous, Bette. Thank you. Best wishes to you also. May 2019 treat you as lightly as the wings of a butterfly.

  24. Wishing you a bright and sucessful 2019, Bette!

  25. Happy New Year Bette. Wishing you all the best. 🙂

  26. Happy New Year, Bette! Thank you for the beautiful wishes and poem!

  27. Thank you for the wonderful new year wishes, Bette. A beautiful poem to kick off the new year. ❤

  28. Happy New Year, Bette. All the best for 2019

  29. Lovely poems about these gorgeous creatures! ❤️🤗😘🎉🎊

  30. So far, so good, Bette. Happy new year to you, too! Such a lovely poem.

  31. Monarch butterflies ARE amazing! Thank you for the wishes, Bette! Same to you. 🙂

  32. Happy New Year, Bette! Love the poem and the picture. 🙂

  33. Quite extraordinary it must be to watch a beautiful butterfly transform right before your eyes.

    May you be super blessed this year and thank you for following my blog.

    Paulette Motzko

  34. May you have an amazing new year as well, my friend! I would love to fly like a monarch this year, 🙂

  35. Oops–forgot. Sharing…<3

  36. Always happy to share your blogs, Bette. Keep up the good work.

  37. Lovely post, Bette. Happy New Year to you , too!

  38. May you receive many blessings in 2019, Bette. Hugs ❤️

  39. I’ve been so sad reading about the lower numbers of Monarchs in our world. When I lived in the SF bay area, in the early spring my friend and I would walk around Belvedere Island to a tiny street rarely known about, and there, on a smallish busy tree, fluttered hundreds and hundreds of Monarchs. Every year. What a gift that sighting was every year!
    To the Monarchs, to our beautiful world, and to the New Year, Bette. xo

  40. All the best for 2019!! A lovely poem to mark the new year! xo

  41. What a lovely way to ring in 2019, Bette. Happy New Year. Hugs on the wing.

  42. Beautiful! And many blessings for this new year be yours.

  43. You have a great informative and fun blog, Bette! Happy to meet you! Jordy

  44. Thank you, Bette, for visiting my blog earlier today. Happy 2019 to you!

  45. So much to achieve this year, Bette! We can but try 🙂 🙂 Thanks for hopping over to mine.

    • Those almond blossoms captured me, Jo… Like you, I like to walk leisurely and capture the beauty of all that surrounds us. Walking alone with camera and notepad in my fanny pack, I can’t help but get inspired! ❤ Thanks for the visit and note! May the wonders abound for all of us in 2019!

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