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9|23|22 Don't Be the Goose

As I approached the river on Monday morning, I could hear my favorite Egyptian goose talking to himself as he went about his pre-dawn routine.

I headed over to my regular spot to get ready for my swim. Glancing his way, I realized a
night heron was oddly about five feet from him. Since it was still a bit dark, I decided to sit for a moment to watch these two unlikely companions.

The goose was drinking water, flapping his wings, chattering to himself, and turning in circles—basically a perpetual motion machine. All the while the night heron was stock still, totally focused on the water and seemingly oblivious to the blatherings of his neighbor. The contrast made me laugh out loud.

I've been thinking about these two all week as I've been gearing up for the upcoming holiday season. I have so much work needing to get created and shipped off to various locales that much of me feels like the goose. I'm bouncing from spot to spot and task to task in the studio, muttering to myself and basically spinning non-stop. Yet, when I step up to the bench to begin making a piece, I'm all heron.

One of the great gifts of this daily swim practice has been observing my non-human neighbors in their daily routines. Our stories intertwine in unexpected and beautiful ways. Watching this small piece of the world closely has offered up so many lessons—from the practical to the profound.

My ode to the heron this week was to ignore the push to create lots of earrings for all the places and focus instead on these hamsa pieces that can either be necklaces or wall art. There's something around connection and oneness that's coming up for me with this most ancient symbol that seems important in this moment.

Of course there was a bunch of goose energy in the studio too, so there's a few fun new earrings and this new Open Crescent moon phase necklace design. Oh, there's still a few Mystery 3 Packs available too.

I hope your weekend includes some time to re-engage with nature.


PS: If you can't make it to a natural spot any time soon, you might check out Chris Watson's amazing soundscapes. His field recordings are the perfect marriage of art and science.