Greetings Beading Friends,

Every once in a while, we trip over some text which is intriguing. Here is something from a review in the Atlantic about the book “Human History Gets a Rewrite” by William Deresiewicz.

Here is the text:

“hunter-gatherer societies were far more complex, and more varied, than we have imagined. The authors introduce us to sumptuous Ice Age burials (the beadwork at one site alone is thought to have required 10,000 hours of work)".

Unfortunately, there was no image of that beadwork in the book review but it does make one think. How did somebody arrive at the time estimate? What kinds of beads were actually used thousands of years ago? What stringing material lasted so many years? And then in contrast one perhaps thinks about their own beading projects....the amazing variety of beads we have to work with and the tools and threads available to make our creative work easier. We have such a rich array of colour, shape, finish, and material compared to those creative souls. So interesting to have a different perspective on our efforts in this day and age.

And then it was a fun “trip over” to find this quote attributed to Albert Einstein: “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.” That is easier said than done especially with the holiday season fast approaching. Those who give creative presents of their own design have 7 weeks or so to whittle down their list. We hope that you are enjoying your creative journey this fall.

Wishing you all the best!

Meredith, Brent and Carrie