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Loss and Pink Pumps by Erin Sweeny for Carets & Sticks

In revisiting the events related to my own father’s passing, I am left with an odd collection of fragmented, peripheral memories: the brown recliner where my mother sat, my own hands resting on the backside of the sofa, a gold-plated lamp with a folding arm. The most vivid detail, strangely: a pair of pink pumps. 

Memory Objects by Ian Crouch for the New Yorker

Their hopeful smiles, captured on camera, were a source of comfort, and of a terrible, uncomprehending grief. When investigators eventually took down the barricades, the objects were rearranged in a makeshift memorial inside the square.

In the following weeks, more visitors brought things: Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics memorabilia; marathon medals; and ever more running shoes, which soon numbered in the hundreds. A group of volunteers tended to the pile, keeping it tidy and covering the objects when it rained.

For the better part of last year, I had a job going through dead people’s stuff. I worked with an antique dealer who was summoned via an ad in the newspaper to comb through estates for treasures worth buying. I’ve stood knee-deep in piles of clothes and bedroom sets corroded from age and wear, took tea in living rooms with elderly women whose dead husbands traveled the world, sat on the beds of parents whose children died too early.Throughout these experiences, the concept of value shifted from object to object. For example, a woman’s nail polish left on the desk after her death two weeks prior wasn’t comparable to her benign but expensive Baccarat crystal frog that sat covered in dust in her living room. One had a high price while the other was discarded, yet dropping her nail polish into the garbage felt like throwing away life — what was preserved and what was removed became arbitrary; Value of the object now depended on the owner.just a little bit longer is a group project that explores these concepts through the recreation of specific and emotionally charged objects. Five women have considered a personal object and physically recreated them in multiples through the lens of their specific memories. These new objects will be displayed and sold at the Spring Valley Swap Meet Saturday (6377 Quarry Rd, Spring Valley, CA 91977) April 19th, from 9am-2pm. Entrance to the Swap Meet is $1.women:Angella d’AvignonFarrah EmamiJessica SledgeMindy SolisChantal Wnukcoordinated/written by Angella d’Avignon

For the better part of last year, I had a job going through dead people’s stuff. I worked with an antique dealer who was summoned via an ad in the newspaper to comb through estates for treasures worth buying. 

I’ve stood knee-deep in piles of clothes and bedroom sets corroded from age and wear, took tea in living rooms with elderly women whose dead husbands traveled the world, sat on the beds of parents whose children died too early.

Throughout these experiences, the concept of value shifted from object to object. For example, a woman’s nail polish left on the desk after her death two weeks prior wasn’t comparable to her benign but expensive Baccarat crystal frog that sat covered in dust in her living room. One had a high price while the other was discarded, yet dropping her nail polish into the garbage felt like throwing away life — what was preserved and what was removed became arbitrary; Value of the object now depended on the owner.


just a little bit longer is a group project that explores these concepts through the recreation of specific and emotionally charged objects. Five women have considered a personal object and physically recreated them in multiples through the lens of their specific memories. These new objects will be displayed and sold at the Spring Valley Swap Meet Saturday (6377 Quarry Rd, Spring Valley, CA 91977) April 19th, from 9am-2pm. Entrance to the Swap Meet is $1.

women:

Angella d’Avignon
Farrah Emami
Jessica Sledge
Mindy Solis
Chantal Wnuk


coordinated/written by Angella d’Avignon

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tangerine quartz

The orange color is caused by hematite and the present of water where it initially formed. Tangerine quartz enhances one’s strength to   continue both those things that are needful and those one wants. It also helps balance the emotions, leveling them to make one feel more calmly detached instead of panicky or upset. It is used to expand the etheric vision. It helps with encounters with others, bringing giving and receiving in a balanced way to relationships. Tangerine quartz can increase and enhance evolution of the inner self.  It is a stone that promotes creativity and sexuality. On the physical plane, tangerine  quartz   has been used in crystal healing for reproductive system disorders, weight loss, and AIDS. Tangerine quartz is related to activating the sacral chakra. 

carnelian

Keywords: Creativity, Courage

Carnelian is an agate class of chalcedony that is a stone of creativity, individuality and courage. Like all agates, it has protection energies. It can aid memory, including recall of past lives. It can assist one in finding the right mate. It is also a stone of protection in general and from anger, jealousy and fear. In addition it can help with manifestation of one’s desires, and brings good luck. Carnelian can help ease or remove sorrows. It also helps stabilize energies in the home. It is sometimes called the “actor’s stone”. Carnelian is associated with the root and sacral chakras. Physically, carnelian has been used in crystal healing to heal open sores, rejuvenate tissues and cells, rheumatism, kidney stones and other kidney problems, gall stones, colds, pollen allergies, and neuralgia.

smoky quartz

Keywords: Centering, Grounding, Remove Negativity

Smoky quartz is a very protective and grounding stone. It brings physical and psychic protection. It is also an excellent stone for protection from negative energy, as It removes negativity and negative energy of any kind and transforms them to positive energy.

As a root chakra stone, smoky quartz enhances survival instincts, and can help one reach personal and business goals. It is also used in assisting in making wishes come true by grounding their essence in reality.  Thus, it is a stone that brings abundance, prosperity, and good luck.

Smoky quartz is beneficial mentally in several ways. It fosters cooperation in groups and supports their efforts energetically. It engenders creativity by bringing the same energies of grounding the creative process in reality to bring imaginative efforts to fulfillment   Smoky quartz also works energetically to assist in prioritizing needs and wants, and brings wisdom to every day life.

Emotionally, smoky quartz is excellent for elevating moods, overcoming negative emotions, and relieving depression. Smoky quartz relieves stress, fear, jealousy, anger and other negative emotions by transforming them into positive energies. It is a helpful stone for enhancing and encouraging courage and inner strength. Smoky quartz is very comforting and calming, and can be considered a stone of serenity. It can, therefore, be very helpful in relieving grief.

In the psychic and spiritual realms, smoky quartz centers one during meditation, and can provide a grounded link between the physical and higher selves, helping to uncover subconscious wisdom.  Using smoky quartz during meditation enables you to reach higher states of consciousness. Smoky quartz also stimulates kundalini.

Because smoky quartz transforms and removes negative energy, it also protects and cleanses the aura and astral bodies. It can be used effectively for psychic shielding.

Physically, smoky quartz used in crystal healing to treat many different problems associated with the lower torso including kidneys, abdomen, pancreas, reproductive organs, menstrual cramps, fertility issues. Smoky quartz also is used to remove toxins from the body and hels the adrenal glands. It is also very helpful for regulating body fluids and relieving fluid retention. Smoky quartz is also a preferred crystal healer’s stone for dealing with insomia, nightmares, hyperactivity, and attention deficit disorder. Smoky quartz is good for balancing and improving one’s general health.

Smoky quartz is associated primarily with the root (base, first) chakra.

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