Connections to the Past & Present

Ancient Egyptians believed that a person whose name was recorded somewhere would not disappear after death. The cartouche, or oval surrounding the name, was meant to protect the individual from evil spirits in life and after death. The cartouche has become a symbol representing good luck and protection from evil. I wear these for luck, and in memory of my mother and my grandmother, whose names are inscribed on them.

Cartouche I  Cartouche II

My grandmother and I traveled to Egypt together when I was 18. We each bought a cartouche bearing our name. Mine was stolen; hers was lost. My mother, whose name I share, bought one years later, and my uncle replaced my grandmother’s as a gift – which she mentioned shortly before her death, and which I asked for, afterwards. I now have both.

Connecting the Career Dots

“We never guess, we look it up.” It’s not the same dictionary my parents used to send me to, but it rests atop the same tall, wooden stand.  I was looking up “volcanoes” when I took this photo. I used to want to be a volcanologist. I wonder, sometimes, if what I really wanted was to be a photographer of volcanoes, or a poet who wrote odes to their awesome power, and to not be told to leave a lava field when the wind changed. I became a writer, instead – words my stock in trade.


Johnny was a chemist,
Johnny is no more.
What Johnny thought was H2o
Was H2So4…

And then there were alligators.

Best we not dwell on the connection between volcanoes and alligators, except to say that if I were ever to find myself up to my alligators in hot lava, I’d happily poke it with a stick.

Technology & Connectedness

Male and Female I  Male and Female II

Should I be offended by the terminology of technology? Or can I be amused, and hope that somehow, in the deep, dripping night, my notebook manages to give birth to a litter of tablets?



Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit
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    1. I figure you’re the ONLY reader who’d get the connection to the alligators AND the volcanoes! 😀 Glad you caught that.

      You like the pictures? I’m still learning the new camera’s features. I need to post the photo of the bee – you’d be proud I managed to get so close (even if I was using the telephoto lens)!
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  1. Love it. You have a way with words.

    Yes, there is more to life than what we generally think, and the connections are all there.

    I am beginning to get a glimpse of how my childhood is showing up slowly to make connections. I think it is time to take the reins off the wild thing.
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  2. Egypt! So envious now, Holly as that’s been on my bucket list since my father was stationed there in 1964. He never got a cartouche though. Pity. Yours are lovely. Ancient Egyptian history is so fascinating.
    As for alligators and volcanoes, there’s a volcanic complex in The Yukon called Alligator Lake, but I’m sure you knew that. 🙂
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    1. On and within! 🙂

      Funny thing about that – I used to not see the resemblance between my grandmother and my mother, but now, if I’m a few pounds overweight, I resemble my grandmother in some ways, and if I’m at my lightest, I see my mother looking back at me from the mirror. MOST people will immediately say, “You look just like your Dad!” I recognize the elements of all their personalities in mine, and I see them pop out in my kids. So yes.
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