I haven’t thought much about ISV this autumn. A bit obvious, but life is real outside the boundaries of the internet, and sometimes it needs ones full focus. But the loving comments of those that read ISV, the awesome emails, y’all bring me back when I stray away. There’s still so much old, natural beauty lying around, enough to keep me interested in sharing things with you; I’m grateful to know that there are so many likeminded spirits out there with remote interest in the pretty little/big things and nuanced details that keep things real for me. Thank you.
In New Mexico in August my friend Ed helped me find this old Navajo squash blossom necklace. He tells me that the naja (crescent shaped pendant) and the smooth beads, along with the silver “blossoms” date from around or before World War I. The fluted, melon shaped beads date from the 1930’s. We suspect that the necklace belonged to a child, and when the child grew up, they added more beads to the necklace so that they might grow old together. Whether the stories are real or supposed, they’re what make things special.