Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday's Treasures & Things

I have always liked native art and folklore and I have a few things from countries as far apart as Liberia and Sweden. I don't have much, but I like to surround myself with the things I do have. This little box, a gift from my friend Judy, comes from the Canadian North West.

The images of animals symbolize these powers and beliefs, according to information printed on the back of the box.:

Whale: Master of the seas.

Eagle: Giver of life.

Raven: Trickster.

I knew about the Raven, both from Native American folklore and personal experience. I live with ravens here and as I watch them, day in and day out, I have become both fond of them and mad at them, depending on how I'm affected by their tricks.

I have known Judy for a long time. We met and worked together at UCLA. It's funny, thinking back, how small things can leave lasting impressions that make you happy when you think back on them. Thinking about Judy, I remember how we took our sandwiches and sat on a bench outside the Law School at UCLA, eating lunch and talking in the sunshine, while little sparrows jumped all around, trying to catch our crumbs. So when I look at this little box, it brings back a treasured memory.

We had incredible thunderstorms here last night. I think the worst since I have lived here, with lots of lightening, thunder, rain and scared dogs. This morning, I panicked when I found no lights at all on my modem. Fortunately, they came back on after I unplugged it, left it unplugged for a minute, and plugged it back in. Phew....I have become so dependent on communicating with you all that I have no idea how I could possibly live without my internet connection.

Have a great day everyone!


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