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As an all-around naturalist who collects butterflies and moths as well as minerals, I especially enjoyed your July/August issue. The article on the Flying Jewels was inspirational. The wondrous beauty of the natural world is amazing.

Robert Thacker
Houston, Texas

In this age of e-mail, texting, Twitter, Facebook, and other forms of impersonal communication, it's great to hold “hard copy” in one's hands and be able to read without a phone or laptop! It was with excitement, therefore, that I opened my latest (July/August) issue of Rocks & Minerals, which I affectionately dubbed the “bug issue.” Short articles that cross disciplines such as this I find extra interesting.

John Taylor
  Bloomington, Illinois

Congratulations on publishing the feature article “Flying Jewels: A Celebration of Color and Pattern in the Mineral and Insect Kingdoms.” The cover photo and also the photos within the article beautifully illustrate the match between insects and minerals.

Robert Jakob and Markus Klein have “seeing eyes” and dedication to be able to ferret out and coordinate the matched pairs. Their achievement adds a new dimension to the mineral collecting hobby without “breaking the bank.” Their inspirational effort truly showcases the beauty to be found in nature. Thanks are also extended to Joan Kureczka and Ulrich Burchard for writing the article, and to Rocks & Minerals for giving those of us who can't get to the Munich Show this visual treat.

Carolyn Manchester
Wauseon, Ohio

Thank you for putting out such a great publication. The latest (July/August) issue arrived yesterday, and although I'm not really into bugs, it was fascinating reading. Also, the photographs keep getting better and better.

John Lucking
Phoenix, Arizona

Loved the Flying Jewels article!

Robert I. Gait
Toronto, Ontario


Special activities and publications are planned around the Minerals of Russia theme of the 2011 Denver Gem and Mineral Show. A special issue of Mineralogical Almanac focused on Russian minerals is planned for release at the show, and the mineral image on the show poster will be supplied by Michael Leybov, project leader of Mineralogical Almanac. A high-placed Russian official has been invited to open the show. Dr. Igor Pekov of Lomonosov Moscow State University will bring a team of faculty and students prepared to present papers on Russian minerals and localities, with the possibility of a prior-week Friends of Mineralogy symposium. That team, along with curators from the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow, will launch from Denver on the third Mineralogical Study Tour. As with earlier tours, this tour will be supported entirely by contributions to defray travel expenses during its month-long itinerary. The tours are a Russian-American people-to-people program without government support. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to Southern California Natural History Associates (SCNHA), Box 861, Fallbrook, CA 92088. SCNHA operates under paragraph 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

John Watson
Fallbrook, California

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