An Incantation – a meditation on mummies, permanence and impermanence

Navigate your way through the immense amount of antiquities at the British Museum and you’ll eventually turn a corner where you'll find yourself entranced by the charcoal eyes, raven hair and the gold jewelry of ancient Egyptian mummies. Their crossed arms clutch thousand year-old secrets and you can’t help but feel something like tenderness when you look at their tightly-wrapped feet, reminding you of a swaddled infant. You’ll be transfixed under their empty gazes; they seem to stare right … [Read more...]

A Fantail in Your House

While putting books into boxes, a fantail flew into the house through my open sliding glass door. She swooped in and nearly flew into my face when I rounded the corner. Fantails are notoriously cheeky little birds--they are clever and chatty--never too shy to fly close to your head.  I can't tell if they are aggressive and territorial or if they are flirty and friendly.  Either way, I've always found them delightful.   Until today. She flew around the room, above the bed, above my desk and … [Read more...]