You are here is the answer to every existential question, or maybe it's the statement that leads to the question in the first place. Either way, the fact remains--you are here. I came across those words carved into a board that was mounted to a stump. The sign sat at the edge of a path at Siloam (previous incarnation of Spring Bird). I imagine that David, Siloam's sign maker and previous owner, had placed this prompt as a reminder to each visitor to pay attention, to look around, to be here--now. The sign is also a designation for that place--a transformer of space to place. Where are you in the woods? on the map? You are here! An anonymous location becomes a destination because you are here.
I treasure David's wit so much that I stole his words for Woolgathering's tote bag. Now, the you are here sign moves with through space constantly reminding you to look around and to gather bits of wool while you are at it. I'm hoping it will spawn many mini-existential questions for those who glimpse it --or at least a chuckle or two.
Speaking of Woolgathering (shameless self-promotion warning), there is still time to sign-up for the remaining issues. Summer was just sent to the printers. I will be mailing it and the tote bags at the end of May! So, thank you to all of you who are already subscribers. Please spread the word if you know anyone who might be interested. I'm happy to send out Spring's edition, too, for the curious!
Enjoy the beautiful, warm day because you know what? You are here.
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Anna Lentz, artist and writer, blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.