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(But first: saw on Twitter that protestors shut down highways in Boston and New York City for Mike Brown. Good. As one person on Twitter said, "The unrest is sacred, holy, and necessary.")

Some time ago, mnfaure sent me a sea heart--a floating seed of the Entada gigas vine, which grows in the Caribbean (also Central America, northern South America, and Africa). The seeds from the Caribbean and Central America can float along ocean currents and arrive on Gulf Coast shores. On this day in Pen Pal, Em's brother finds one (a detail that only entered the story thanks to another friend of mine, 88greenthumb, who first told me about them.)


(source: "Journey of a Sea Heart," page 4)


Here's mine (thank you, mnfaure).

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It has two little holes in it, which let you see it's hollow inside:

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In the past, they were made into snuffboxes and lockets:


(source: "Journey of a Sea Heart," page 8)


I'm going to make mine into a container for a tiny letter.


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sovay
Nov. 26th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
a sea heart--a floating seed of the Entada gigas vine, which grows in the Caribbean (also Central America, northern South America, and Africa).

My grandmother had one of those. I don't know where it is now. I hadn't thought about until your post. Thank you.

"The unrest is sacred, holy, and necessary."

Yes.

Edited at 2014-11-26 05:21 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Nov. 26th, 2014 03:53 pm (UTC)
Neat! Was your grandmother's a locket?
queenoftheskies
Nov. 26th, 2014 05:29 am (UTC)
Last night, one of the large freeways here was shut down by protestors. I know there's still action today, but I don't think it's of the shutting down the freeways variety. (Though I could be wrong.)

I grew up in the south, during the time of riots and unrest and...I always hope people will learn and change and...it never happens. It never seems to get any better. I often think that my generation needs to be gone before there can be improvements. (Based on what I hear old white men say at work.)

Those seeds are so wonderful!
asakiyume
Nov. 26th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
I think things do get better and are better, but there's a wicked, deep, vein of racism that's just going to take a lot more work than (formerly) complacent people like me ever thought. But I can take that shame and turn it around and put it into work and action.

wuweibaby
Nov. 26th, 2014 06:31 am (UTC)
❤️❤️❤️👯
asakiyume
Nov. 26th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
^_^
pinkroo
Nov. 26th, 2014 06:41 am (UTC)
so very cool. Will you take a picture when you make it?
asakiyume
Nov. 26th, 2014 03:56 pm (UTC)
I will! ... I just hope I don't ruin it.
cmcmck
Nov. 26th, 2014 08:11 am (UTC)
Does the same trick as the coco de mer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coco_de_Mer
asakiyume
Nov. 26th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yep--ocean-travelling seeds!
yamamanama
Nov. 26th, 2014 12:29 pm (UTC)
On the bad side, I heard that a man in a SUV tried to run down some protestors in Minneapolis.
asakiyume
Nov. 26th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
There are bastards out there, for sure.
frigg
Nov. 26th, 2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
Very cool seeds. :)
asakiyume
Nov. 26th, 2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
I love them.
sartorias
Nov. 26th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, those are quite lovely--reminds me of tessellated or marbled glass or ceramic--now I can't remember the name for it, blast and argh. But so pretty!
mnfaure
Nov. 26th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
Like raku?
sartorias
Nov. 26th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of cloisonné
mnfaure
Nov. 26th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
*googles cloisonné*

Ah, I've never heard of that before; I consider my world enlarged. :D
asakiyume
Nov. 27th, 2014 04:00 am (UTC)
I see from your comment below that you were thinking of cloisonné, which is what I was thinking of when I read this description!
browngirl
Nov. 26th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
It's beautiful, and bigger than I was expecting!
asakiyume
Nov. 27th, 2014 04:03 am (UTC)
Yes, really a good size!
mnfaure
Nov. 26th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
Snuffboxes and lockets! Seriously cool.

If you ruin it, I'll send you another. :)
asakiyume
Nov. 27th, 2014 04:04 am (UTC)
I **really** hope I don't ruin it. It's very hard--Wakanomori has a thin saw blade that will probably do the trick.
khiemtran
Nov. 26th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
Very cool! I've never heard of them before.
asakiyume
Nov. 27th, 2014 04:12 am (UTC)
Someone on Twitter said that Australian First Peoples used beans like these to make art (... and just now I searched and didn't find any art, but did find that they were used for food--not this exact species, but a near species).
asakiyume
Nov. 27th, 2014 04:21 am (UTC)
Not many people are going to actually read the transcripts--I'm glad there are people like your husband who *are* reading them and thinking about them.
heliopausa
Nov. 27th, 2014 10:24 am (UTC)
Absolutely wonderful, floating or as a locket. :) I love the shining surface.
(I have something rather like it, from the Pacific - but I don't know if it's the same species.)

Edited at 2014-11-27 11:12 am (UTC)
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