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.
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
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
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?
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