I spend a lot of time online, reading articles, clicking links, looking at photos, researching materials, people, places, things…and with so much time spent, it’s not very often anymore that I come across something really, truly remarkable. You know, I end up in an insular circle of blogs and information distributors that are all writing about the exact same things and it becomes really boring. But, this evening, when I was supposed to be updating one of our shops (a long overdue Etsy shop cleanup), I followed a link from a friend and learned about something I never knew existed! The Last Japanese Mermaids - the Ama. I felt really inspired by this. The historical record, the imagery, the strength of these women, the physical prowess needed to accomplish such a task, the legacy. It’s pretty incredible. I was born a swimmer. Much of my life revolved around swimming and water and competition. I have somehow ended up in a relationship with someone who will not swim, does not like water activities, will not go to the beach, the pool or the lake…luckily, I gave birth to another swimmer (she's my constant companion). I could see myself working with these women. They’re remarkable.