Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quartz, Quintessential Magnificence

Came across some Colombian Quartz at the Sunday market in Usaquén.  OH. MAH. GAWD! !!! Quintessential MAGNIFICENCE!!!!!! This beauty comes from Santander, Colombia in the central northern part of the country. 

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While I couldn't take the above magnificence with me, I did make sure to get a couple beauties...

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Tantric Twin Quartz Crystal
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Quartz crystal Colombia
Quartz Crystal
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How Fierce is Clear Quartz? It powers your cell phones, computers and watches. It is called The Master Healer. Clear Quartz also posseses the properties of piezoelectricity which Wikipedia says it is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical stress. The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure. 

And the ENERGY! OHMYGOSH!  If you find one you connect with it is a most beauteous thang!  Holding my Quartz Crystal after a yoga practice is just Divine and they are crazy awesome for Meditation.  If you're like me and find it challenging to turn The Chatterbox app off in your mind, just staring into these babies noticing as many things in it as you can see--the markings, any rainbows and how the light reflects off the Gem--if you truly observe your Quartz Crystal you could find your breathing has slowed and that you have entered the realm of Peace.

Clear Quartz keywords: Power, (the beautiful, enpowering kind) Energy, Clarity; called The Universal Crystal because you can use it for so many things and you can program them with your desires and dreams.  They also enhance the energies of other stones. Clear Quartz Crystals transmit and store information--Lemurian Seed Crystals for example, are said to carry info programmed by the Lemurians, a lost civilization in the Indian Ocean.  Reality to some, fantasy for others, but whether you swallow it or not, Clear Quartz Crystals are AH-MAY-A-ZING to have around if for nothing else than to gaze at and into.  Chakras: All.  Element: Storm containing the 4 Elements of Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind {The Book of Stones by Robert Simmons and Naisha Asian}

Clear Quartz is found the world over. Other Quartz stones are Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz,  Citrine (natural Citrine is rare),  Tiger Eye, Jasper, Agate, Bloodstone, Chrysoprase, Onyx, Opal, and many others. It also makes up Granite.  It is the most abundant mineral on the planet and makes up roughly 12% of the Earth's crust. Now if it's good for Gaia, it's good for me :-)

Thank you Gaia for the Air I Breathe, 
for having me as a guest on Your Wonder.

There's a Healin' of the Earth y'all,
Let us be Mindful in Word & Deed
Be kind to Yourself & to Gaia.
Thank you for reading ♡

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Quartz Earrings of Wire  2014 SilkWire Jewelry/Jacquie Bird 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Power of Gemstones

I blab the merits of Gemstones and Crystals to anybody who would even remotely listen and am always intrigued by people's experiences with them. I am most humbled and honored by these comments in regard to a piece of my work:

"Jacquie Bird I've been SO eager to share my testimony with my new Epidote ring!  Besides adding beauty to my life :) I have noted increase on several levels.  Whether it's been a financial increase (part of my hesitation on making the purchase was  tied to the fact that I am unemployed and on a tight tight budget on paper, but I know my Source so that doesn't usually hinder me from giving and trusting from a place of lack.  I had about $25 in my pocket on the way home.  Today is a week later and the Universe has returned what I spent and more. 

But that is small potatoes compared with the increase in strength that I have post separation from my partner, I'm feeling graced not to relapse like usual, and I'm finding the strength to facilitate the change I've been longing to see.  Slowly but surely, just for today I can say old habits that no longer serve me are dying.  (We'd just separated the previous Monday).  Though I've talked and reminisced with him since then, I have not allowed him back in.  That's major considering the rollercoaster these past four years have been.  We need a new intention either apart or within our relationship.   Sometimes change only happens with stillness.

There's more!  I also found out about a Scholarship that will help me receive Doula training.  So there's evidence of an increase in available resources for me that will support me in becoming who I'm am being called to be in the world. 

Lastly, I just had a revelation about what is happening in my life=increase in understanding.  My energy, confidence and focus to get things done and show up fully is blossoming before me.  The assistance/energy my Epidote stone is giving me (via the Grace of God) could not come at a better time as I return to college and complete my degree as a single mom.  I am grateful for its service! 

Thank you for your creativity AND collecting it from the shop just for me! ♡"

(I had just retrived the ring from a shop where the ring had sat for 8 months.  Jonae bought it at the 1st event right afterwards)

​​​​​​​​Some of the properties of Epidote: Release of Negativity, Embracing Positive Patterns,  Attraction of What One Emanates, The Stone of Increase.  Earth (Grounding) and Water (Emotional Body) Elements.  Chakras: All.
Reference: The Book of Stones

​There's a healin' of the Earth y'all.
Let us be mindful in thought, word and deed.
Be kind to yourself, others and to Gaia.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Amber Connection

"I'm looking for Amber," I say to my friend as we walk down the brick alley in Usaquen, my favorite part of Bogotá, Colombia.  I was hoping to come across some vendors selling Amber as I had last September, only problem was that was during the holiday season in anticipation of Christmas.  About 25 vendors were out at that time, otherwise the big days are Sundays when the Mercado de Pulgas Carpe Diem is in effect [an AWWWWWWESOME Flea Market].  And of course when I am in Bogotá choreographing I am tied up with all day rehearsals.  On Sundays.  And though this is on a Tuesday in May, I am on a mission.  But ain't much happenin' maybe 2 vendors sat on the alley ledge with their wares.  However, the two year old in me repeats: "I'm looking for Amber," like my friend didn't know exactly why we were there lol!  And as I say that, we are walking by a very scraggly looking man sitting next to his jewelry laid out on cloth on the concrete who says in perfect English: "I know where you can get Amber..." and I blurt out "YOU SPEAK ENGLISH!" [not "OH GOODY, HE'S GOT AMBER INFO!"]  I have just met Armando, and immediately my brand new friend and I start chattin' it up and he tells me about José, the Amber Connection.

Moments later, as if on cue José walks up and does indeed have Amber, just not on him.  But he can go home to get some. "oh cool, ok, how long?" "3 hours."  3 hours????  I'm waiting for the 'just kidding' line but boyfriend was straight up serious, he lived 1-1/2 hours outside of Bogotá.  So there was to be no Amber for the BirdGirl this day, but true to his word, on Thursday he had some bee-YOO-ti-ful pieces and it was soooooo hard to choose!!!


You may say, 'OHMYGAWD BIRD! YOU BOUGHT AMBER GEMSTONES ON THE STREET????!!!!' And I'd say,   'Eee-YUP!'  You'd retort, 'HOW DO YOU KNOW IT'S REAL????!!!! You yourself wrote a post called Oh, Those GemStone Shysters! how can you justify buying on the streets, you know some sell people plastic Amber ripoffs!!!!! You took a HUGE chance!!'  And I would giggle and say 'nahhh.'  1st off, Amber is not a Gemstone but fossilized tree resin and it is very soft--about a 2-2.5 on a scale of 10 [with Diamond being the hardest at 10, Quartz is 7]. Ranging in color from shades of yellow to brown to reddish brown, it can contain bits of plant material and/or fossil insects which can date as far back as 120 MILLION years.  But here's where it gets dicey--there is Amber that is classified in some circles as "Colombian Copal."  The distinction being for it to be true Amber, it must be at least 100,000+ years and that "Colombian Copal" is less than 1000.  Hmm...I dunno, I did some more research which basically says that the Amber vs. Copal stuff is a commercial ploy perpetrated by the sellers of Baltic and Dominican Amber--that the distinction "is lost on many geologists and paleontologists who are aware that scientific data is unavailable to determine the age of fossil resins from this region.  The consensus age estimate seems to be Pleistocene [up to 2 million years old] but estimates range to the Lower Miocene [about 20 million years old]"  [ if you want more info on this].  I also read the word 'Copal' is Aztec and was used for all resins with no distinction.  I mean really, the only way to have an idea on age is to get it tested.

'But Bird,' you say, 'that's all cute and all but let's back up--YOU BOUGHT THE STUFF ON THE STREET, HOW DO YA KNOW IT'S REAL????!!!!!  Amber, like Clear Quartz, exhibits the piezoelectric property and by rubbing it with silk, wool or between your hands [in some cases, quite vigorously] it will attract tissues. [Quoting Wikipedia here: Piezoelectricity is the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical stress. The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure. It is derived from the Greek piezo or piezein, which means to squeeze or press, and electric or electron, which means amber, an ancient source of electric charge. Piezoelectricity was discovered in 1880 by French physicists Jacques and Pierre Curie]. 

And rubbing it to see it slightly pull a tissue is fun too lol!  The Amber José gets comes from the department [state] of Caquetá in the Amazonas region, south of Bogotá.

Amber's properties are Light, Warmth, Solar Energies, Clarification, Healing.  It is said to be a purifier, cleanser, and a protector, particularly when paired with Jet; can stimulate Prosperity when paired with Prosperity Stones like Tsavorite [a Green Garnet], Yellow Sapphire, or Moldavite.  I don't see Amber too often in my neck of the "Concrete Jungle" and was very happy to find such beautiful specimens in my travels :-)

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José, my Amber Connection

Jacquie Bird and José with Amber
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There's a healin' of the Earth y'all. 

Let us be mindful in thought, word and deed. 

Be kind to yourself, others and to Gaia.

Thank you for reading :-)
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Amazing Amazonite

Amazonite is such a beautiful stone!!  Whether a motley pattern, blue-green or green. you are just drawn in by the sheer beauty!!  It just soothes me when I look into it, and as a Water Element Gemstone, Soothing, Calming and Cooling are a few of the buzz words.

Amazonite stimulates the Heart and Throat Chakras [4th and 5th] which boils down to a Gemstone that can aid you to speak your truth--straight from the Heart.  Keywords are Truth, Communication and Harmony.  The name is derived from the Amazon River in Brazil.  The one pictured is from Brazil [and can be made into a beautiful SilkWire Jewelry Silk and Copper Cord Necklace by request].

I had a seeeee-ree-ous rash break out on my forearm with eczemic-like tendencies [like eczema but a made up word, I just love doing that lol heck, it probably is eczema!] and to top it off, I had been having pain in that area as well as in my elbow from jackin' up a nerve.  I'm like, ok, no more sciatica [thanks to Acupuncture, Ortho-Bionomy and my trusty Selenite and Calcite [post coming soon] but now I've got a pinched nerve somewhere in my arm????!!!!  RATS!  One particular night the pain decided to drive itself up from an 8 to a 20 on the Richter Scale.  Started rummaging around in my brain for cooling stones...BING! spotted an Amazonite in my stash and slapped that baby on to the rash.  Akin to pouring water on a fire, it wasn't long before it had chilled out the angry welts AND dulled the pain both there and in my elbow.  I used the Amazonite for a while with nice results but it was a huge challenge keeping it in place, it kept falling out of the wraps and I was afraid it would eventually break so I didn't use it long enough to see whether it would clear up my eczemic issue :-)  However, I am mad-Grateful for the relief it gave me cause there was nothing else on hand that night.

On the physical tip, Amazonite is said to assist cellular regeneration and healing from trauma, gout, and arthritis [the Book of Stones].  Called 'The Stone of Harmony' when in need of a Gemstone to soothe and help to find the Harmony Within and stress-relief, Amazonite is a wonderful choice.

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There's a healin' of the Earth y'all. 
Let us be mindful in thought, word and deed. 
Be kind to yourself, others and to Gaia.
Thank you for reading :-)
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A Love Letter: Frank Hatchett, A Life Gem

A Legend left us yesterday.  Frank Hatchett, A Titan in the Dance World.  And this is my Love Letter to him, my Life Gem.  I am Eternally Grateful to that Legend for what he was and is to my Life both as a professional dancer-performer and as a Human Being.   He was a Force in my Life for over half of my years on the planet.  He has touched, shaped, shifted, molded, inspired, and taught countless beings WORLDWIDE from novices to pros, from babies to well-seasoned seniors.  Frank Hatchett was a Titan of a man but he was known as Papa Frank to most of us.

I met Frank in the summer of '80 freshly out of college the year before and was a hard core Modern Dancer looking to make my mark in the entertainment industry.  I had been introduced to Jazz Dance while at City College in NYC and steered into the American Dance Machine, by an early mentor Buzz Miller and started learning quickly under the iron eye of Lee Theodore.  Hung there for a bit but found it wasn't a good fit so I decided to check out this teacher I had been hearing about at Jo Jo's Dance Factory.  I kept hearing how 'Fierce' his classes were and decided to trot on down to what later became the foundation of the original Broadway Dance Center at 1733 Broadway between 55/56th Streets on the 4th floor [OOOOOOHHHHHH THAT ELEVATOR WAS SCARY! NO MORE THAN 6 FOLKS OR YOUR BUTT MISSED CLASS SWEATIN' IN THERE!!!]  Anywho, if memory serves me right it was the fall of '79 and unbeknownst to me at the time, it would be almost a full 8 months before I actually saw or met the man and if my recollection is off a bit it sure felt that long!  Ok, so no Frank Hatchett, but my bestie Sheila Barker and I at the time became the assistants of HIS assistant, a guy name Randy who was teaching all of the classes in Frank's absence [and I can not for the life of me remember his last name lol] but we were quickly a part of the VOP family without the head VOPPER knowing who the heck we were!  Eventually and rather quickly, each of us had a schedule of the classes we would lead the warm-up for then Randy would come in and teach class.

Frank called Sheila and me "the Bookends" or "Frick and Frack" because you never saw one without the other, though I never knew who was Frick or who was Frack and by the time we finally met him though I was sure he'd like us cause we were two badddddd mama-jammers Frank had a way of chopping you down a peg or two or three or four and upon that first meeting I...wasn't so sure.  He was like, 'this is them?' Randy was like 'yeah' and though I don't even remember an adjustment period he didn't seem as taken with us as I was but since he didn't boot us out the building and retained us for his staff I couldn't exactly breathe a sigh of relief cause working for him was like being shot out of a canon as he was the wick, the flame and the BOOM!  My Life had truly started, I was in the BIG LEAGUES NOW.

Under his tutelage,  I learned how to "SELL IT" lingo for be BOLD, stand OUT and TALL, MAKE them SEE you.  DEMAND they see you.  And he paid generously too, I mean $25.00 for a 90 minute class was a LOT of money for a 22 year old back in those days, it enabled me to do so much.  He opened me to a WORLD of up and comers; folks already pro and everyone in between. so So SOOOOOO many talented peeps, his classes were a venerable Who's Who and it was commonplace to see a name like Brooke Shields gettin' her VOP. on for people clamored to be taught by the great man.  The classes were PACKED, the pumps were HIGH, the music was LOUD, the dancing FIERCE.  He even had live musicians and when that happened ohhhh CHILE you HAD to get your dance on!  My husband at the time was one of the guys, him, along with Don on percussion and Don Tipton on the keys oooooooohhhhhh WE!  Those were the DAYS!  If you were serious about your craft you would WANT to be up and through Frank Hatchett's class at Jo Jo's Dance Factory [which became Hines-Hatchett [Maurice Hines] then the original Broadway Dance Center].  3:30 ADV Class y'all cause the par-tay was ON.  And I was there to see and experience it all.  There will never be a time like that again. Ever.

Waiting to go on at a club for a late night performance. The makeup was just lovely!

This was a club that became Chippendale's. What a performance this was! I still have the umbrella from it!!

Beyond the dance studio, what this man was to me was EVERYTHING.  He was my dad when my own didn't want me, he provided generous financial support by hiring me for everything he did back in those days so I had a steady stream of income and he gave a damn.  Sometimes too much of one lol but I knew he cared.  He inspired my teaching style too BIG time.  He was a tough task master and would yell at you at the top of his lungs when displeased which was magnified cause he was a BIG imposing Male Masterpiece. 

This is a card I created for his 71st birthday to say thank you for everything

Oh yeah, he called me "The Brat" and at the end of a show, each dancer had to choreograph and perform 2 counts of 8 as a featured highlight [OH GAWD HOW WE HATED DOING THAT!!!] and he would yell out your name and off you'd go.  So can you imagine when it was my turn hearing someone yell "AND THE BRAT!"  But that was ok 'cause I gave as good as I got lol, I called him "Froggie" tee hee after I proclaimed he looked like Kermit The Frog who was on a birthday card I'd given him.  I was a bit of a defiant child lolol!

EVERY single job I got in my abundant performing and teaching career stemmed from my association with Frank.  Every single last one of them.  Here is an exerpt from a crazy wonderful recommendation he wrote on my behalf:

"...because of the strong qualities that I see in her, I have consistently called her to teach classes for me at Broadway Dance Center, whenever my travels take me away from New York City. Jacquie Bird would be a great asset to your dance program, or any professional dance company of high caliber..."
                                                                                                   --Frank Hatchett, Dance Legend

He was my cheerleader and supporter.  I am Grateful.  Forever.

Fast forward to the brain tumor--it was benign and a source of humor as he would say when it came to remembering anything "well you know, I had a brain tumor" meanwhile his memory was better than most lol!  He could pull up anything in his memory banks.  I remember being so scared after his surgery, and 6 days after I had no way of knowing what he'd be like--can he speak? will he be ok? will he know who I am????  I walk into the room and see a grey bearded man that I don't recognize [he was ALWAYS clean-shaven except for his mustached days] and very weak which threw me as he was always larger than LIFE.  His eyes were closed.  What to do?  I didn't want to wake him so I stood quietly at the foot of his bed.  I didn't have to wait long, his eyes slowly open, they focus on me and I hear "ohhhhhhh lorrrrrdddd!" replete with eye rolling.  He's okay, my Froggie is OKAY!  That was a most wondrous reaction I could get, our pick at each other relationship is still intact!  I am Grateful to be allowed to be an observer and participant in his long journey back on the rehab trail.  I went to see him once a week for about a year and we grew so close, not as teacher and student, assistant and choreographer or employer and employee but as a two Beings on a Human Journey.  I was witness to the Claiming, the Rebirth and the Growth of Frank Hatchett the Man, the Person.  I am Grateful.  Forever.

Me, Froggie and Ida at the rehab center after the brain tumor.

We remained close after he completed rehab and moved back to Springfield, MA where the VOP was born, and though he was born in Danville, VA December 7, 1935 he is and will always be a child of Springfield.  We continued to speak on a regular basis and he never hung up without say "I Love You" and I to him.  I am Grateful.  He was such an amazing support and will always be Froggie, my Papa Frank.  At one point I had convinced him to let me help him write his autobiography--I had bugged him for years so when he relented I almost fell off my chair!  We had begun discussion and started gathering things--he even began to announce it publicly, but he started to lose steam and passion for the project for various reasons.  He has injected so many of us with his Dynamic Essence, his Legacy lives on in us and will for generations to come.

Froggie acting up for the camera at Hines-Hatchett
Our relationship came full circle this past August when I danced as his assistant at a reunion for the great Bernice Johnson aka B.J. another mover and shaker, a Dance Titan who mentored him and gave him a place to stay when he came to NYC. He told me that was one of the reasons he made it his business to be a giver--he himself had been given much in his early dancing days and had a few Forces in his life that guided, inspired and protected him. It had been so long since I had danced, let alone having to remember the choreography of another and I really wondered if I would pull it off as we weren't going to work on it prior to the class, it was gonna be like dictation AY YI YI!! Would I remember anything? And I knew he would yell at me lol. Oh...what was I worried about?  Yeah, he fussed at me a couple times but I didn't care, OMG I had so much fun that day, it was like old times! It was the last time I would see him. But we did speak a few times and we both knew how we felt about the other.  

Back in his performing days. Frank created a lot of work for himself.

Frank saying something real off to Maurice Hines. It was fabulous watching these two after so many years had gone by, they hadn't missed a beat.

Froggie playing around after teaching at Broadway Dance Center in 2005 when it was on 57th St.

I asked to get a picture, I am Grateful to have one of us together for the last time.

Working with the team who would demonstrate his routine at the Dance Teacher Summit summer 2011. I'm next to him with the red well really orange hair. Photo courtesy of James Alexander, Sneakpeak Photography 
Doing the warm-up of Frank's master class for B.J.s reunion. I am in the lunge & BOY were my legs cursing me out! Back in the day he would make you sit in those stretches for eons if he ran the warmup YIKES!
Me & my Froggie.

Let the people in your life know you love them. Pick up the phone. If a lot of time has gone by, call them, it could give you both so much Joy. I LOVE YOU FROGGIE, I AM ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR TEACHING, ARTISTRY, MENTORSHIP AND GUIDANCE, SUPPORT, FATHERLY ATTENTION, FRIENDSHIP, LOVE AND LAUGHTER.

Yours Always, Your Daughter

Jacquie Bird "The Brat"

               11:58 PM December 23, 2013


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I love shapes.  As a choreographer, as a dancer, as a singer, as a writer.  It's all about the shape of something.  As a singer, how does the sound shape from me to the audience?  As a dancer, it's all about shapes & creating pictures. As a writer, I shape the story from my inner eye to my reader.  I feel the same way as a jewelry designer & artisan--it's about how I choose & create the shapes to contour to one's body, to accent one's essence.  That's what it's all about for me.  Shapes.  
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