Cynthia, The LJ magazine and the JJ are so wonderful, what is even
more so is that over the years and over Orchid, we have come to "know"
one another primarily by the way we communicate, positively.
I would say we are light years ahead in openly communicating,
encouraging, marveling without jealousy or prejudice. As we come to
know a fine author by their words, we have also come to know one
another by our words first and deeds second. Those with name
recognition that are "luminaries" within the Art , creation, and
teaching of Jewelry, are here among us and ever so willingly offer
their expertise, never from an assumed lofty position, but just one of
The borders of our world are now so greatly expanded, that we all
think globally and are the better for it. Rarely is there one
upmanship here among us. The Jewelry designer at home raising children
being featured in a globally accepted publication because the writer
among us is doing exactly that and her field of art, words.
I know this is only the beginning, more will come forward, and more
will be published. There is no limit.
I know more of us will meet one another and it will spiral out from
there. I look forward to meetings again this year in Tucson and
hopefully Quartzsite also. For the rockhounds among us, a field trip
here or there, I will make Thunder Bay this year Giovanna, anyone
interested in coming out this way San Diego County or the Mojave
Desert, just ask.
It is a great feeling to open a magazine and see a familiar name or
face, great work all of you, congratulations.
Dr. Aspler, it goes beyond saying, many thanks. Teresa