Friday night I returned from summer camp-- hard beds, shared bathrooms, laughter and tears: the International Women's Writing Guild 29th summer conference, an amalgam of consciousness-raising, girls's camp, how-to-write-better.
Re-entry to the City called for a fast read of the week's New York Times. A headline, "Old Shells Suggest Early Human Adornment," intrigued me--a report from archaeologists' research in the June 23 Science Magazine "...human self-adornment, considered a manifestation of symbolic thinking..." may have occurred earlier than had been thought--100,000 years ago.
Why do I care? My use of the natural holes in marine shells in my own Ceremonial Neckpieces is a connection to my long-ago forebearers in Africa. At the writing conference, several women asked how I'd put together what I was wearing. I explained that whenever possible, my goal was to use natural holes in moonsnail, whelk, olive shells that could be made large enough for a wire to slip through. Before this new research, I'd seen prehistoric jewelry by the Hokkam people in the Southwest that used entire shells. But that was only 300 B.C.
After the Times, catching up on the community of Elderbloggers was on my list. Ronni Bennett, reminded by last week's posts of her original hometown in Portland, Oregon, recalls her Aunt Edith, the city's Rose Week Queen in 1924. Millie Garfield is as disinterested in the "Da Vinci Code" movie as I am. Claude, who moves about her city with camera in hand, announced her second blogaversary at Blogging in Paris. While at the IWWG Conference, I held up the flag for our cause. More to come.