With little lit minds and gurgling hearts, our newborn 2018 selves give a tip of our tiny top hats to the start of a new year.
I herewith share my lit party top hat from my 2017 self :


Seeking lit ideas we often look to the world for source and ask to be adorned with its lights. Shine on me, shine on me!

This year. 2017. Inside Out is our key take-away. Re-Soul-Lusions from within. It’s one we’ll all never forget for it’s social justice, political, environmental and emotional challenges and wins, further underscoring the importance of art, beauty, celebrating design, wellness science … the fields and fruits of our daily harvest. Within our daily harvest, are hidden the seeds of future trends, always. My greatest wish is to seek this, that Lit From Within power.

I do actually feel so lucky to work with our clients, the experts, personalities, and businesses that are creating positive change in the world. Together sharing their messages in very “lit” ways bodes well for our collective future.

This year, as well, personally we’ve donned 3 new hats/adventures (besides the X-mas Hanukkah bush above.) We now look forward with new brights of 2018 to share the highlights and best times of our year, with clients and projects portending GOOD THINGS for 2018!  

Before I run down some of these, looky how really lit from within I am!


“My biggest Top Hat Tip is this Tony Robbins‘ quote that almost flashed by me on Instagram earlier in the year:
“Begin to live as though your prayers have been answered.”

By Jove, I tried it! It works! Here’s a peek at some of what’s new going into 2018 so y’all can hopefully be inspired, connect with me, and see about some play time/work time/adventures/and oh! Lordy! answered prayers we can share together in 2018.

My newbies:

A new book of my illustrations and stories is now published entitled Immortal Beloved: The World’s First Goddess Coloring Book + Perfume. Click here on Amazon or see the post previous to this one, here.  Goddess cocktail events, workshops, and retreats anyone?

2  New clients, some public, others private, with private clients including those forward-thinking companies and individuals utilizing to great effect our 9-Star Passport, a life and design navigational system for people, brands, and places. Planning some brand re-thinks, commercial, or residential refreshes? I’ve got a passport for you.

We welcome new clients and events for Slow Luxury, our home for sustainable beautiful stuff! Goods and experiences that celebrate indigenous and heritage materials through body and home goods, and travel adventures ya don’t say? El Shoppe is in development for 2018, and … Got some sustainable product development in mind? Call me, call me!

Our basic biz is still in full effect and we will always love sharing our 20+ year agency experience in creative direction and public relations for lifestyle brands. Being in touch with the leaders of today and tomorrow is the thread that runs through all our work. Doorways to help our collective lit dreams coming true.

Take a tour by month here to see the highlights of our 2017 work, the trends we see on the horizon (in bold and pretty in pink in honor of pink hats whose impact opened the year that was.)

Connect with us to discover more over coffee, a matcha latte or perhaps a hot toddy wrapped in an actual holiday sweater courtesy of one of our imaginative clients. Find the recipe here on a lit blog named Tools-2-Tiaras.

1  Mental Wellness … The “Flawless Foundation” revolution will be televised!

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The awareness, measurement, healing and non-stigmatizing of the degrees of mental wellness is a vast frontier today. Finding the perfection in every child and normalizing the conversation around mental health, Janine Francolini, the founder of the Flawless Foundation, regularly calls on us to help her perfect her media appearances.  This year she presented on CBS News 12 in West Palm Beach, see the clip here.

We adore coaching Janine and the kudos from her board, say it all:

“You are the BEST spokesperson for mental health and … health education!  You are an amazing natural on camera and your openness is very compelling.”

2  Meals That Heal. Bravo for Gal-Approved Valentine’s Day Aphrodisiacs


More stamina between the sheets? We are all about Meals-That-Heal. We pitched a Valentine’s Day menu of healing aphrodisiacs at our brewery/restaurant client, Paulaner on Bowery, for a seduction-test-taste by TV-personality-also-foodie, Delaina Dixon and her mystery man. Mind that Goat Cheese and Red Beet Terrine with Poppy Seed dressing you two! Looks like the beets and poppy seeds are already at work on the sex hormones and that Champagne-Mousse-with-Carmelized-Mango is well-known to give a love blush.


Delaina’s review for Bravo TV‘s lifestyle vertical and film for her blog, Diva Gals Daily made V’day v-tasty, however, on another note, our hearts also went to …

Matt Abramovitz‘s goofy angel wings interviewing Paulaner’s brewmaster Justin Meyers, for New York City’s best-loved classical music station, WQXR (The Classical Station of The New York Times) and their Classical Beer Jam: Valentine’s Day Edition, a live webcast event at Greene Space.  All in good love vibes, we were happy to make the connects where Paulaner served beer at the invitation of Heritage Radio‘s Beer Sessions. Craft beer, geeky-humor, classical music, angel wings … what’s not to Love?


3 Food is Medicine. Get it on with a Happy App.

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Happy as always to style and coach our long time client, advocate for healthy eating and living, Dr. Vincent Pedre …this year for the introductory video for his new Happy Gut app debut. Transforming a bare corner in a Tribeca loft studio into a green, vibrant kitchen was Part One of the evening for me. Part Two involved a Chelsea art exhibit of a nude woman with tattoos all over her body … and then a wine-n-dine on delish fish tacos at Hotel Americano. All in a NYC day’s medicine (I mean work!) my friends. As you well know.

4  New/Old Food Rituals. Have you Herb the one about Bouley Botanical?

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A chef and a doctor walk into an herbal wonderland for some kombucha and…
This spring we again welcomed new/old Wellness with a return ritual engagement of the Chef and Doctor series, in the spectacular Bouley Botanical, downtown Tribeca. Helmed by starred and award-winning Chef David Bouley and selected top docs this is where getting real dirty in earthy meets diagnosis. Chef Bouley’s passion for healthy ingredients paired with our client Dr. Vincent Pedre‘s extensive gut, microbiome and state of agri-business knowledge plus a … multi-course wine dinner gave a packed house much to chew on!

This year’s dinner featured passed happy canapés, a health tonic cocktail, and fungal magnificence like the dish below.  Here’s last year’s lush pics and prophetic dinner from our 2017 trends blog.

We get lit imagining more actual hands-on doctor-chef collabs and farm fun, kitchen-cooking and communal dinners in 2018.


5  Commune Across Lines. Our International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) Panel

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One way-too-early Sunday in May I pulled together my favorite design people for a chat on all things new in design for our panel, Across Perspectives: Design Futures, to open the annual ICFF trade show at Javits Center. We were very happily surprised as an audience of at least 200 filtered in, up early!

Waking up fast to deliver spot-on trends were Suzanne Slesin, moderator of the panel and founder of Pointed Leaf Press, with panel members, Scott Sanders, Interior Designer; Ellen Fisher, VP for Academic Affairs and Dean at New York School of Interior Design; Ingrid Abramovitch, Features Director, Hearst Design Group (ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, Veranda); Rio Hamilton, Design and Fashion Blogger/Marketing Strategist plus me, and in absentia, Chad Oppenheim, Principal Architect, OPPENHEIM.

We designed this perspective cross-section which gave both panelists and audience much to think and opine about. A great success measure. Happy to say that our talk was also enthusiastically covered by industry heavy, Editor At Large! 

I adore speaking and presenting to groups, about design trends! Hint, hint 2018!  Which brings us to …

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So what is this 9-Star Passport of which you Speak?


Just as the golden triangle, Fibonacci sequence and funky fractals represent the pattern of growth and alignment in nature and art, we ourselves can echo these patterns for optimum success in the design of our days, spaces, and creations. That is The 9-Star Passport.

Two new “private” business clients, one A Notable Interior Designer and the other A Mystery Architect with international hospitality, commercial and residential projects came to me for 9-Star Passport consults, intrigued by this new way to look at feng shui, sacred space, and intentional design.


Re: the plans for a stellar Beverly Hills home perched high that we reviewed, The Architect’s Team Project Leader said:

“The insight was great. It was a bit of a relief that we were headed in the right direction. Thank you for the solutions to the issues we did have. We find the concept of Feng Shui very interesting and found it very helpful to speak with someone who knows about it.”

Re: our Interior Designer Client desiring a deep dive on her brand for new directions, we utilized The 9-Star Passport to unlock visual and verbal cornerstones. Within weeks she suddenly had a multitude of new design jobs!

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7  Lit is Simple Good (or We’ll take a Garden Tour Rapture for 100 vs. an Urban Rave)

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Know what was most precious for me this July?
Carefully and in total connect, creating a lush garden and then sharing it with fellow garden gurus. I know some of you are shaking your head, what happened to her?
When I really thought about my best summer memory, a deep dive image, it’s not me so swanky, sexy diving into an Instagrammy pool, rave, or mountaineering like a Patagonian maniac. Because, simply, I did not go there.  Nope, my best summer memory is of goofy, earnest, salt of the earth garden tour goers ID’ing strange growths and prattling on in British accent delirium about Delphiniums.

Just so sweet. slow. Healing. Lit. From. Within.

8  We Blush + Emit Pheromones! Thrilled re: Awards and Media


Thrilled that among all the growth in interactive performance and public art … our urban art interruption project, Love Notes was selected for coverage by CODAworx magazine’s August issue for art in the environment that involved written words!


One Saturday, Love Notes, messages inside tiny golden tubes, appeared in the colorful energy riot of NYC’s Union Square Park. Interjecting surprise and an ephemeral moment into a city’s diary as people discovered, slowed down, and interacted with the notes.


Good feelings on a human scale generated! The project was a temporary public space installation, a performance piece involving the public, and a photographic essay to capture reactions as people read and played with the notes. Notes led like breadcrumbs along a path, at people’s feet, under trees, and ended at the feet of the Gandhi statue.  Read more here: CODAmagazine’s Written Word IV issue.

New York Lifestyles covered us too!

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Slow Luxury sensuously thanks New York Lifestyles magazine for covering our Slow Luxury scent design travel adventures with Aroma M perfumes. Marrakech is our first trip! Read more about this custom trip here in partnership with the transformative travel company, Epic Road. As creators of a new genre of travel, called “transformative travel,” by creating exceptional, mind-expansive journeys that inspire, captivate, and thrill, Epic Road has earned Travel & Leisure magazine’s designation as a preferred travel specialist. Lit, in other words.

9  Local Royalty. Oh Hi, Oktoberfest Citizen Mayors!

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Since the Mayor of Munich officially opens Oktoberfest in Germany every September, (and although I asked, Bill de Blasio sent his sincere regrets) we opted to start a New New York tradition and honor four of our favorite Citizen Mayors to tap the kegs at Paulaner on Bowery. Clockwise from left above are our honored Mayors who tapped the Oktoberfest kegs each weekend: Bryan Woody, General Manager of Tribeca’s Spring Place for NYC Mayor of Influencers; Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin of SohoMuse, NYC Citizen Mayor of Creative Tech; Julia Kaganskiy of New Museum’s NEW INC, NYC Citizen Mayor of Cultural Innovation; and Jimmy Carbone, Host of Heritage Radio‘s Beer Sessions for NYC Mayor of Craft Beer.

Like wine, the craft of making tasteful beer is all about the terroir of the local elements. Adherants of Germany’s Reinheitsgebot aka “The purity of beer law” marvel at the delicious taste New York City water gives to the 400-year old Paulaner recipe. It’s basically local royalty.

Next year, Bill.

10  Rare Scents + Textile Revivals.

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Slow Luxury is in serious development this year in several sensuous scent and textile revivals.

India: We are connected to the passionate people at The White Weave whose mission is to preserve rare weaving and textile traditions in danger of being lost to the modern world.  Seen above is “mashru” a word derived from Arabic for “permitted by Islamic law.” It is a heritage warp face satin fabric composed of silk and cotton originally developed to allow Islamic men to wear silk while under restrains for luxury in their lifestyle. This fabric gives the rich feel of silk on the outer surface but only cotton yarn on the reverse, next to the body. We’re excited to begin working with designers here in the US to develop collections based on these rare weaves.

Scotland: Exciting news! Gold Hart will be available in the US! Capturing the scents of Scotland ~  the amber,bramble, glen, shore, wild rose ~ and the heart of UK’s luxury retailers, we are excited to be introducing these heavenly candles to our friends on these shores.

Goldhart candles

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11 Pão de Queijo! (Cheese Balls!) For Art’s Sake
Slow Luxury Festa to Benefit The Brazil Foundation


Will we support Brazil’s kids to make art vs. sell drugs? Support the inspiration of the artist JR, the award-winning international photograffeur posting large black-and-white photographic images, massive art in the environment to call attention to social justice issues? Of course!

Will we support JR’s art of a woman’s eye on a sailboat, with a passionate philanthropist at the helm racing 4000K from France to Brazil to support arts for kids in Brazil’s favelas?  We said yes!

We pulled together a  Slow Luxury, holiday pop up shop with our friends at Ornare within their beautiful showroom of state-of-the-art custom design solutions for living, along with SohoMuse as a fund-raising event for The Brazil Foundation and the Vivo à Beira sailboat adventure.  Did I mention, the delectable, traditional Brazilian Pão de Queijo cheese balls, plus our favorite Prosecco from Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG to make the evening sparkle?  So good.

Rio Hamilton hosted an expert panel with designers, Marie Aiello, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin of SohoMuse, artist, Joana P. Cardozo and myself, Jade Dressler.

Slow Luxury pop up treasure vendors left to right clockwise in the image above: Esenshel hats; Immortal Beloved Goddess Perfume + Coloring Book; jeweler, Lorae Russo; Stephanie Seal Brown, handwovens; The White Weave pillows and home decor; Shop Zuri, dresses; and Gold Hart candles.

12  What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander. #Metoo!

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What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander essentially means what is good for a man is equally good for a woman; or, what a man can have or do, so can a woman have or do. It figures with this being so prominent in 2017 that I’d have a restaurant client serving up traditional goose for the holidays. Thank you to Charles Passy of the Wall Street Journal for catching scent of a culinary holiday trend, goose on the menu. 

With our agency ending the year for Paulaner with a total 800 million+ media views for 2017, including placements in both New York Times and this goose half page in the Wall Street Journal in the same last weeks of the year, it is kind of like the goose that laid a golden egg with lots of shiny, shiny for 2018!

*** and…

(Duck, Duck Goose…beware of a little lit within, honest, humorous trend segue here, my resolution for 2018.)

The goose. While I have been mostly a vegetarian in my life, I do understand and don’t judge anyone’s taste for eating animals. I understand that it’s all based on ancient ways, like ingesting the spirit of the creatures. Yes, I wear vintage furs, I get the hunter-huntress power traditions, I’m just not a fan of factory farmed animals vs. reverence for life.

For this next year however, personally, I’m honestly feeling a new interpretation of #Metoo or What’s Good for The Goose is Good for the Gander. In my own life, I’m seeing how I could only do good for animals, ever more sensitive, internally lit to the meek that shall inherit the earth, feeling deeply the human cruelty to other humans and other species … I’m going with Love for the small, love for all.  Full veg, all the way for 2018 is my re-soul-ution.  In spirit animal talk of the goose, treasure hunting ala golden eggs, being a mate for life, protective of territory and community, I want THAT power.

So here’s my trend suggest.

How to goosestep in line for what’s going to be BIG IN 2018?
Two words my friends.

Go Goddess.

And in terms of Mother Goose, aproned country-goose-lady, Mom of all songs, and speaking of equality between geese and ganders, timeless stories, myths, and legends, take a gander at my Immortal Beloved Goddess Coloring Book and get the Lit from Within Power! Order up copies for the gals (and guys) in your life! Read more here. Buy on Amazon here. Shop the collection of illustrations here.

Thank you friends! (I know, such a weird-segue;-)

I am a weird egg. We all are. And that’s immortally lovable, yes?


PS! Amazon reviews make a girl happy lit from within like an aurora!


And see? All the goddesses wrote their reviews on the back of the book to inspire you! They read the book and they like it, they do! xoxo





Welcome to Yours, Mine and Ours …
Immortal Beloved:
The World’s First Goddess Perfume and Coloring Book

We leap in ecstasy to inspire your imagination with a hearty welcome. A New Birth enters the world. The re-birth of the Idea of The Immortal Beloved. And Who or What is THAT???

Yes, it is a BIG IDEA. Yes, it is about a creative collaboration of artists and perfumers. And yes, we are tapping you, Immortal Beloved, to awaken your memory of all things beautiful via your senses and your creativity. Pairing a coloring book with a perfume is experiential art completed by YOU… to inspire, to resonate through time, and to reflect the marvelous complexity of our sensual beings.

This project took exactly a year.  It began with my urge to illustrate some of the humorous accessories I created for styling videos or photo shoots. The first 3 drawings emerged.  Next I began lining them up with goddess myths and stories that inspire me from around the world.  I realized my 12 goddess illustrations, connected to healing rituals I have loved over many years, which then led me to write tons o’ text resulting in a book of almost 80 pages! Immortal Beloved is for every girl and boy. Kids today and cray-cray happenings these days, we all need some Good-Goddess-Soul-Soothing.

Our collaboration with the perfumers of Brooklyn’s House of Cherry Bomb actually began many years ago, as these immortal things tend to do. Meet (l to r) filmmaker and Metropolitan Museum of Art Lecturer, Alexis Karl; me, Jade Dressler, playing artist, illustrator and author; and master perfumer of AromaM, Maria McElroy.


…and so…

Once Upon a Time is NOW.

Immortal Beloved, the World’s First Goddess Perfume + Coloring Book is officially launching for holiday, December 2017. The book is now on Amazon, here!  The book and perfume as an extraordinary gift set, is available now, click here for that magic.

Pocahontas, Pinga, Abundantia, El Sirena, Saraswati, Kwan Yin, Ixchel, Freyja, Sheela-Na-Gig, Cleopatra, Amma Mama Africa and Tara, the Black Madonna … familiar and strange names to awaken new skills as a Wonder Woman!

The first gleam in the public eye of the perfume and project occurred November 2016 in a pop-up shop preview presentation for the University of Arizona Museum of Art‘s Head to Toe gala benefit.

Immortal Beloved as a concept taps the wearer into a global scent trail of the ancients and the thread of story and empowerment of Immortal Beings yet to come in the future. (which includes YOU)


To color in the forms of immortal goddesses and create them as art via the Immortal Beloved coloring book opens the imagination and offers a meditative, peaceful pastime. Like enjoying a 1000-piece puzzle, a knitting hobby, or creating a dream catcher filled with wishes and intentions, the slow luxury of coloring evokes and reminds us of our original rhythmic, peaceful and creative selves. This kind of knowing exists and builds through repetition and connection, a ritual as ancient as humanity.



Like clothing, form, or myth, perfume is a many layered adornment and celebration of our bodies, and at the same time, it transcends time and memory.  Perfume is a communication between all of nature and her plants, humans, animals, and the pleasures of the moment. There is an art to perfume creation, which extends in turn to the wearers. The scent becomes a part of a multitude of personalities, a signature of connection and individuality that makes history.


Here’s how to tap into your Immortal Beloveds:

The Perfume is available now here on Etsy,


Click here for the Perfume and Coloring Book Gift Set which can be purchased now (shipping begins in Holiday 2017)


Click here to get coloring.


…of the cover and goddesses are also available now in this collection, click here!


Goddesses of the Earth

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We’ll be sharing each chapter (and the back story creation of illustrations) here on this blog. The first two goddesses, Pocahontas, Pinga are up now!

Get your own EMPOWERMENT via IMMORTAL BELOVED by clicking right here.


“Always a lover’s scent that seals the deal
Small things and big things, body parts and tectonic plates, slowly grow,
and grow distant. I gave everything to keep us together.”
Priscilla Frank, interpreting Bjork lyrics


“In the end, it’s the combination of Her Wrath and Her Grace
that paves the way to Liberation and Everlasting Bliss.”


“Get Up (I feel like being a) Sex Machine.”
James Brown and Flying Lizards, song title, 1968 + 1984


On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a total eclipse spectacle will arch over the entire USA, coast-to-coast, for the first time in a hundred years. In astro-speak, we have the dark new moon: the feminine void, the womb of possibility sailing over to cover the light of the sun: as it is in the astrological sign of Leo the lion, the heart, the bright love.

What means this heavenly dance? This we know: something will be eclipsed from our lives and have a profound effect upon us. What we make of this depends on our own dreams, legends, and myths layered upon those of eclipse-peeking humans, spirit animals and this glittery web of consciousness we soul jewels currently find ourselves enmeshed in and weaving in. I usually experience eclipses a month ahead (look it up if you are not astrology-savvy, it is a thing, I swear!) so …

So take it from me … get ready for a ride. Prepare all your symbols, myths, dreams, your girl, your boy, your negligees, prayers, and toys!

Confession: Here is what went down for me in the past months, some myths and all about Pinga.

Pinga? Yes, Her.


Let The Little Lady Pass!

In honor of Miss Moon for her serene float in front of the sun, I’m sharing the illustration and story of Pinga of the Inuit Artic North, the Snow Queen goddess in Chapter 2 of my upcoming adult coloring/comic book, part of the Immortal Beloved: The World’s First Goddess Perfume + Coloring Book project.

Almost all goddesses of history are aligned with the moon’s energy, the classic female, and emotional, changeable archetype. The ever-reflective moon rules our tides, creation cycles and our inner landscape of desire. Our hopes, fears, finances, sex and the like. This energy is located in the second sacral, sexual chakra of the body, the second “star gate” of your home’s sacred space and the second sacred site on our planet, the North Pole.  You may well think it odd for an icy snow goddess to be relevant during a hot summer eclipse.

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Actually, to shake things up like an eclipse, in the culture of the Inuit people who live in the Artic, it’s flipped, the goddess is the sun and the god is the moon. The Inuits tell a heavenly tale perfect for the cold moon’s protecting slide across the hot sun. Protection of the heart, calming wrath and desire, dualities changing roles and merging … these are themes of both eclipses and current events.


Here Little Bear, have some Solar Eclipse Myths and Legends.

Inuit folklore says the eclipse is due to the Sun goddess and Moon god having a big fight and she storms off. When Moon Boy catches up with his sister, it begets the solar eclipse.



Sun got bit by a bear say The Pomo, indigenous people who live in the northern California. The bear started a fight with the Sun and took a bite out of it.  Pomo Shamans were known as ‘Bear Doctors,’ a name hinting at the healing power of mysterious eclipses.


Bear stories can hint and tell us about hibernation and other inner dialogue mysteries that project outward. From our first bed, the womb, to adult wrath, fighting, equality, and relationships bear shows us how we create our desires. Before I share Chapter 2 and the story of this goddess Pinga, here is the uncanny series of layered events in my own life ~ a dream, a legend and a real life “eclipse” ~ in which I am left astonished at the depths of stories to resonate and call to us beyond our ordered lives.


The Dream
About a month after I awoke in the middle of the night to the taste of blood in my mouth around my eyetooth, gushing for no conceivable reason whatsoever, I had a very lucid and scary three-part dream.


In the first part of the dream I must obtain the eyetooth of a massive, sleeping and snoring bear in a white room. I approach, it snores and I jump the *%$#@ back. In the second part I have flown up to the doorway arch of the room and hover like a bat over two men fighting. I try to reach the thermostat to change the temperature and the scene. Switch scenes to the 3rd part where I am hiding under a white sheet while the massive furry paw of the bear tries to move the sheet and uncover me.  Like a self-similar fractal, it kept coming, pawing at me endlessly trying to get my attention.

Self-Similar Fractal

To give one’s eyeteeth, is to give something one considers very precious, usually in exchange for an object or situation one desires.

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Eyetooth = Eye Vision + Teeth Decision. It was astonishing to recall this dream when several months later, Lucky, my beautiful panther black cat, whom I often called “Little Bear,” developed cancer right above her eyetooth and she is suddenly eclipsed out of my life when she can no longer eat. One month before the eclipse. Perhaps you can see here the 3 little white hairs she had on her heart. While the Little Bear’s passing has been inconsolable, I know this pain. Eclipses, with their eclipsing of a person or situation most often occur for me a month before the actual eclipse. Let the Little Lady Pass.

The house, like the dark moon, is quiet.
Her spirit is inside me now.

To cut one’s eyeteeth on is to be initiated or gain one’s first experience.

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The Crescent Moon Bear Story.
A version of The Universal Myth I found later that Echo’d my Dream.

A husband returns from the war, full of wrath, refusing to enter the home he shared with his very loving wife. Distraught, she asks a healer to give her a cure and return her husband to chill state and to her loving arms. The healer gives the wife a task: “Climb the highest mountain and obtain a white hair from the crescent of the black bear that lives there.” Undaunted, the wife makes the arduous trek to the mountaintop enduring terrible ordeal after ordeal. Along the way she thanks each troubling obstacle and carries on with her unconditional loving self. Through her patience she cajoles and obtains the precious white hair from the crescent heart of the bear. She is exalted as she goes back down the mountain, still thanking every challenge.

Back in town, presenting the hair to the healer, the wife is in shock when the healer tosses it into the fireplace. “What do I do now?” cries the wife. “Proceed with your husband as you did up and down the mountain,” says the healer.

From Women Who Run With The Wolves,
Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D


Rage is a teacher, says Ms Estés.

Of course this is crucial now, in our speech, our activism, how we learn to convert hate to love. Inside and in society. Gratitude is the way up the mountain. Everything is a process. How apt this story is for now!

The crescent moon will speak as the moon goes back to winking at the sun after their rendezvous.  I will exchange my eyetooth, I will obtain a thread of my heart and evolve my rages.
They are mostly at my slow computer.  We will survive.

… and now a bit Wiser. A bit more in Awe. A big bit more in my Heart.

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and so … The Back Story.

A Crescent Sketch Evolves.  The Sequence of the Pinga Image.


Like a shaman’s timeless mask, I had this simple sketch (on the darker paper) of a woman with a ruffled collar like mountains for years.  I always wanted to do something with the sketch, which I called Lilith, a name for the “dark” goddess. For me the idea of Lilith always rides the edge of reverence as the sexual pantheon of genders that I feel within.  Below, this was the only photo I looked at in my research to update this illustration. It perfectly echoed my original sketch. O the Raging Starkness of Desire with Pinga!


No surprise to recently find that the masks of the Inuit Moon Spirit Shaman, with their simple openings for eyes/vision and mouth/teeth may have whispered their way into my drawing.  Years ago, now again.


When the idea of Pinga called, I expanded her into the landscape.


Propped up on my computer, you can see that she grew a fierce, loving heart based on another illustration of mine, more abstract:


You can purchase THIS here on my shop, The Jade Dress Shop.

Pinga is here. This shamaness robe, not available for sale yet;-) however …



and now:

Try on Pinga.  Here’s the book excerpt.  Enjoy.




Ooooo, Ooo Chile, it’s chilly out here! Ping. Ping. Ping in the Midnight Sun. Feet crunch-crunch-punching snow. Trekking for days drenched in the duality of mind or desire can feel like the unending polar-platinum-plutonium pounding expanse of the Artic and Antarctica. Life’s rainbow spectrum of color is MIA. All seems still, lifeless, and frozen in polarity. Yet a gust of blinding snow suddenly can bring a rainbow mirage of Pinga, The Snow Queen, Lilith, aka Desire, shimmer brushing the surface with her merkabah, a psychedelic, crazy-quilt-colored Mothership navigating by the eerie, mystical Northern Lights to sail upon the second chakra’s astral seas. Queen of Watery Emotional Weather in all its forms from extremes of pleasure to pain, Pinga’s snow crystals, ice, and the steam of her geothermal hot springs are always shifting into each other. Is it any wonder that global warming of the poles is our current Earthly dilemma of duality! Beneath our mind’s surface, full of tangled either/or contradictions, we mimic her emotional osmosis and learn to smartly surf the sound waves of our magnetic heart poundings.


She rises glistening, icy islands and rolls shiny folds of freezing waves in endless tidal changes under the distant white sun of snowman’s land, the Inuit territories. Pinga of Desire is Goddess of the Hunt, Fertility, and Medicine, and her touch pings light like a snowflake on a warm face, or pounds down, crushing the earth with polar bear paws and achingly slow glacial legs. As Desire, she stops for centuries to sit in an igloo-shaped squat. Cold hands, warm heart, she’s always eternally longing for the other, and yet she is also Goddess of the Sun and thus paradoxically attached to everyone. The moon is her brother … the opposite of many cultures; things are often very topsy-turvy at Earth’s poles, yo. Moon Brother chases his Sun Sister for sex antics … she’s always a bit out of reach, except at eclipse time. Like Eve’s sister, Lilith, she’s not easily submitting to her “brother,” Adam. She shapes her world to her desires, a mistress of the art of sexual healing. Rule #1: Ladies first, all win.

HER ANCIENT FUTURE SIREN SONG FOR YOU. Energy and emotions stuck on frozen, fearful, and hopeless? Hunkered down in your igloo cave of ice-blocked emotions? Are you sore as hell? Feel Pinga’s source and soar to heaven instead. The 9-Star Passport, Pinga is Desire, Wealth, Sex, and Money; lo and behold, whether nurtured by fear or hope, this is the flow-y, feeling, healing energy of things. She rules the second, sacral chakra, located two to three inches under your navel, aka your loins; the earthy, hermetic crossroads of creation, the expression of all our mercurial dual desires. In Hinduism (the folks that bring us chakras), the goddess here is Maya, or Illusion, the Devi Mahatyam also known as The Great Self-Worth; The Great Essence; The Exalted State. In one of her stories, when the world was all emotional water, she invented a trick to stop the ceaseless arguing of her ever-warring, overly dramatic demon children, whom she named Too Much and Too Little. Surely you’ve given birth to these kids as well! The demise of their illusion had to be found on a spot not touched by water, which turned out to be the loins of Maya’s god consort. Thus land rose up right there at that spot rocking massive seed potential in the ceaseless ocean. Thus, the world’s best “lap dance spot” can be wherever we “sit and rise up,” a sacred space where we turn off the noise of illusion, measurement, and self-judgment of Too Much and Too Little and come back to being, grounded, and balanced in our true nature, the intuitive knowing and essence of Unconditional Love.


Wrapped in thick, blood red Icelandic wools, Pinga sits with sinewy ropes binding her feet and those of all mothers to her Earthship, her swirling turquoise and emerald womb lap. One hand holds up the trusted radiance of her clear, instant, bright- light, right-on intuition which she cultivates during long, sunlit nights, and the other draws boundaries of family and community at water’s edge. While scientists give dire, scary reports and predictions of climate change, loss, and extinction, she balances her every desire and choice with deep knowing of all-creature connects. Osmosis beyond either fear or hope, and thus she shapes the tide towards a new vision with all her co-creation. Pinga is the choice of trust, the weathering of bright hope and knowing, choosing sm-ooooo-th, flowing abundance, joyful sex, creativity, and Hey! Chill out about all that.

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HEAR HER, SENSE HER, HEAL YOU. Mind’s ceaseless duality is actually healed by a desire dive at Star Gate 2. Inject hotness into a moment with her heady, warm, resinous Amber scent, a one-million-plus-years-old rock of Mother Wisdom. Heal via warm sips of Iceland Moss tea. Replace fuzzy thinking with icy, cooling Mint for clarity. Reflective multiplying elements like water, glass, mirrors, or silvery mercurial metals placed in Star Gate 2 entice a hot mind-meld. Behold, a birth of more light into your lap-dance, if not your world. Not too Much, not too Little. Just Right.

HER MANTRA TO TRY ON FOR SIZE + FIT. Ooooo! Ice, Ice Baby! Desire Me! Please Me! Rise up my Pinga power. I am a vast giving, glowing, and receiving station. Eclipsing duality, we float safe in the endless sea of desires, feeling our emotions balanced in joy, radiant hope, wealth, fertility, fun, and major, major, My, My, Oh My Maya! deep, sacred sexuality. Lights on, passport stamped, let’s go!


dreaming bear

Fact: Bears are impregnated just before turning into the earth, their womb caves for hibernation. After mating, the sperm and egg float freely in the dark womb of the bear, much like stars sprinkling, dreaming, and playing in the vast night sky.

They unite just before the Spring.

I wish you an extra-ordinary eclipse!


Find Immortal Beloved: The World’s First Goddess Perfume and Coloring Book here.


















































Welcome.  It is July 4, 2017, Independence Day.
Herewith, some independent symbolics, ideaologies, and wishes from Kiawah Island, South Carolina, United States, via kayak, July 4, 2000, spanning to July 4, 2017.  Plus! a preview of my book.


It was midday.  I relaxed the oars of my kayak, thankful for that familiar dripdripdrip back into the tidal creek waters, tiny notes to lead into the symphony of vast quiet where I could tune into the frogs, fish, deer, bobcats, gray foxes, raccoons, osprey, dolphins and river otters … echoes of the original wind song in the marshes of Kiawah Island’s rich wild life.

It was here that the idea to change my name, my identity was born.


We are all immigrants here.

On this July 4, the birthday of the United States, I reflect how we, a nation of melting pot immigrants, with the exception of Native Americans … and beyond them, the wild creatures … how can we bridge today’s perilous cultural footprint from that identity of fear, bullying, and violence … and return to the essence, identity and dependent (crucial) balance of all beings, this legacy of this exquisite land and its original inhabitants?

Answer: Pocahontas and Hamsa.  Pocahontas Handily Solves Our “Immigrant Problem” with her spirit.  Way beyond Disney, she hands us the solution.

First, hamsa.  An open hand is a welcoming symbol of protection, peace, and an open heart.

Say hi! to this symbol found in all cultures from this country’s first, original people marking the land with their hands, like these by Esalen Indians in Big Sur, California.

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Petroglyphs marking their honoring presence, identity, and connection to The All.


Hi! to the “gesture of fearlessness,” the Abhayamudra of the Buddhists.


Hi! to La Mano Poderosa, “All Powerful Hand,” in Christianity.


Hi! to Mexican Milagros, “Miracle” hand symbols for good luck.

Hamsa hands

Hi! to talismans found all over the Middle East from Israel to Arab lands.



Hamsa, aka The Hand of Miriam or The Eye of Fatima is the ancient blessing, power, and symbol for protection on material and spiritual planes loved by all faiths, led by Middle Eastern, Judaic, Christian, and African cultures. Perhaps the Middle East’s one shared symbol, she waves hello all over North Africa, Israel, and beyond in talismans, amulets, as jewelry worn on the body, and as intriguing architectural details.  With origins way before even the old kingdoms of Egypt, where it was called Mano Pantea, or Hand-of-the-All-Goddess, and seen throughout herstory, from Inanna to Aphrodite to Mary, the two fingers originally represent Egypt’s Isis and Osiris. The eye on the palm is for their child, Horus. The Hamsa symbol has even been found in Native American burial sites.

Traced further and farther back in time, Hamsa, in the world’s most ancient language, Sanskrit, means I am that, for the two sounds of the breath, the inhale (Hum) and the exhale (Sa), a self-defining identity mantra ( Me! ) that we all perform a thousand times everyday.

Solution #1:  A welcoming hello to others, a conversation seeking peace and common ground is always a start.

Solution #2:  Hi!  And here is a sneak preview, an excerpt from my coloring book publishing in several months: Immortal Beloved: The World’s First Goddess Perfume + Coloring Book.  Read more about the book here.

I first had a glimpse of the material for my book, seventeen years ago on July 4th, after my kayak adventure.  In reflection, I see the long curve of creativity.  The long curve of history.  Of humanity and of a planet in harmony with all global beings.

See our preview here and discover why our first goddess, Pocahontas, offers a bit to enlighten us on “the immigrant problem.”  Go on girl, goddessplain’!


“Not much is known about this memorable woman.”

  “Ah! Come on! Actually … I shall persist!
We do know a whole hella lot about this woman!”
Jade Dressler


HER STORY IN THE ETERNAL MOMENT OF NOW. C’mere. Closer. Now look here in a clearing, where just after the last wintry blizzard melt, cradled by pines and the sweet earthy of Sage, Tobacco, Sweet Grass, and Cedar all sultry around a campfire, thousands of minute, speedy orange fire spiral-swimmers-disappear-up into Father Sky’s night to wink with stars. Waaaay-way below, a blanketed mountain of a Grandmother sways deep in trance. Her head lifts, nose to the air, she lets loose a wail, “Ah- ah-rrr-ooooo-oh-Mmm-mmmm!” in wolf-speak immediately core-crushing the whole entire earth, making every breathing being within miles leap the … out of their skins. The galaxy shaken. And then, so soft, like a sweet morning dove, “Ah-who-who-who- who?” she whisper/sings a heroine song to the gathered children, their eyes wide. Like animals imagining. Like fireworks in a hawk’s eyes, the evening stars look down and glint knowingly with love.

“Slow down, slow down, slow down!,” the King cautioned Pocahontas, his free-spirited, but Daddy’s-Little-Girl daughter, who was up the next day’s blue dawn howling for the 10,000th time her rendition of The-Wolf-Song-Heroine-Story-Hallowed-of-All-Howled-Myths to her cornhusk and hemp doll and making the 10,000th circle around him. Centuries later the song circled into the radar imagination of Disney animators conjuring and drawing her ancient tale, and one may say the Pocahontas has definitely persisted despite controversy. The root story of Pocahontas has her marrying a boy from the “other side,” a European settler, and then arcs to engravings of her in swanky ruffs as the invited guest presented at the European courts of nobility. However disputed her portrayals, her legacy as a peacemaker dedicated to family and community, an intermediary between Earth and her settlers, and a Master/Mistress Re-Inventor of Self, makes her very much a Goddess and very American as well!

Across the land the legend of this princess dances and waves in the wind from Morning Glory smiles and eager green, glowy wildflower sprouts re-leafing and relieving winter, dawn-rising in the East to the clear, strange scent of Nicotiana tobacco flowers bowing out at midday, and to the tallest, sun-guardian redwoods of the Western dusk. This princess ran through American history as a suffragette; she was a solid-gold Soul Train dancer, and she is a pussy-hatted patriot-ess. Her real name, Matoaka or Flower Between Two Streams, reflects her “connecting” essence, seen here as a Mountain Camellia flower at her heart between two woodland streams. Her Christian name, Rebecca, may be a symbolic gesture to Rebecca of the book of Genesis, who also was the mother of two nations or distinct peoples. She is a “re-beckoning” as Pocahontas is first gate of The 9-Star Passport, the spring season of rebirth, the east direction, the element of wood, and the fresh verdant world of plants. Later in life she was called Rebecca Filia Potentiss, perhaps as in Sister of Potential, having great power, influence, or effect. Just as time spent in nature arises an instinctual devotion to our earthy roots, the same instinctual body-to-earth re-birth truth is found at our first chakra, geographically located at a point between our sit bones.

HER ANCIENT FUTURE SIREN SONG FOR YOU. Feeling un-rooted, anxious, a stranger in a strange land, ungrounded and unknown? Evoke Pocahontas! Her legacy is for us to remember our own foundational experiences running free as a child in touch with the earth. All of us are multi-cultural emissaries between any two streams of humanity or simply choosing our own faith over the fear of others or those of society. The 9-Star Passport’s first chakra is our ROOTS, our basic security; it is our ability to spin out our own precious spider webs of connection, influence, and legacy to invent and own/share new creative cultures from there like Pocahontas. Welcome to Your New/Old Dream. Earth Goddesses may inspire you to make a dream catcher; a shield; a medicine wheel or a potted herb plant to heal and place in Star Gate 1, the Root of your home. Ask your inner girly-girl or tomboy child, Hey, kiddo, what do you feel, desire, or need?

HEAR HER, SENSE HER, HEAL YOU. “Ah! Ah! Ah! Good Morning,” crow cawing, sultry Honeysuckle teasing, frogs twanging. Go outside. Touch the earth, dance with a butterfly, burst a wild berry in your mouth, kiss a tree! Listen to wise great-grandparents! Evoke power with Bloodstone, Smoky Quartz, or rub a Zuni animal fetish stone smooth with prayer. Pamper yourself, hide inyour man-cave or gal-wigwam, eat a heap of mashed potatoes, or get with your clan in a sweat lodge. Crochet or knit that thing … make what your Grandmother Spider gave you. Hike trails west to Arizona, or New Mexico. Dance Wild in Black Rock Desert. Stand with the Original People of America in every honoring way, a bridge to peace with our collective wilderness within. This sacred grounding medicine dances with Mother Earth, Father Sky and you as her protector, listening, and healing.

HER MANTRA TO TRY ON FOR SIZE + FIT. Ah! hello, my soul roots. Plant me. Root me. Bare feet toes squishing warm, muddy earth, wading in a babbling brook, I hear my family. This is my family and community. All My Relations. How I love you. Om Mitakuye Oyasin. What a lover of this very moment between worlds I am. Stamp me as Streaming Sun. Beaming Smile. 10,000 times again and again.

Find the book and perfume of Immortal Beloved: The World’s First Goddess Perfume and Coloring Book, here.


Tricolored Heron Taking Off

A Tricolored Heron Taking Off


Sweet Dolphins.


Arrivals and Departures.


A Bobcat Hello.


An Immigrant on the Beach of Turtle Island.

Oh. Hi! Yes, and my July 4th name change.  Here’s the story.
I was so inspired by my kayak instructor that day back in 2000.  Her name was K.C.  She lived in her Winnebago loaded with kayaks and traveled coast to coast as a kayak coach.  Her free-spirit and strong goddess lifestyle encouraged me to think of myself like her, perhaps become J.D. for my initials.  J.D. turned into Jade rather quickly and thus my name change, reflective of a major life change.  We live in a free country where being free to express oneself in creative, positive and sharing ways is who we are.  Those freedoms are precious, all of humanity knows it, and we only have more to discover in being FREE.

That’s why I am a patriotess for this country and the freedoms she represents.  That’s why I wrote about Pocahontas and her legend.  That’s why I’ve illustrated and written about 12 global goddesses as inspiration for our best identities.

Stay tuned for the release of my book on Amazon and on our shop, The Jade Dress Shop, by clicking here.  Get on board our mailing list by clicking here.

Earth to immigrants, aliens, boat people, creatures in shells, shallows and all those seeking freedom, peace, and opportunity.  Hi!  We all live here!  You are Welcome.

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Thanks Google and Kiawah Island Real Estate Newsroom for images!

























Please join me this week for
two very special design events.
Across Perspectives: Design Futures. An ICFF Talks Panel : May 21, Sunday

MAY 21, 11am: Across Perspectives: Design Futures. Worth waking up for! 

I’m excited to invite you to join me on Sunday am … I pulled together my favorite design people (along with the amazing Scott Sanders) for a chat on all things new in design.  Early birds can listen in as leaders in the design field for over two decades, top design trend experts, first-class designers, architects, editors, and Feng Shui experts (oh! me!) predict design trends, industry challenges, and strengths. This crew’s perspectives on the most important design trends and practices for the coming twelve months is a blueprint for anyone planning success in 2017.   Happy to say that our talk was enthusiastically covered by industry heavy, Editor At Large!  ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) is North America’s largest and most prestigious series of design events for interiors and is held at the Javits Center, NYC. 

Read more + who’s who on the panel below!


Ornare’s NYC Showroom Opening Event : May 22, Monday

MAY 22, 6 – 9pm: I’m so happy to announce that Ornare, our friends from Brazil, who share my love for interconnected and harmonic spaces with showrooms in Miami, Dallas, and spots internationally, are launching their showroom in NYC at last!

Celebrating their 30-year anniversary this year, Ornare is well-known for design-system solutions – kitchens and bath, closets, and home office.  Opening night will be held at the A+D Building, 150 E 58th St., from 6 – 9pm, sponsored by Interior Design magazine. RSVP here.

It’s sure to be one sleek and happening party!

Who’s Who on our ICFF Talks panel!
Our Moderator:


Suzanne Slesin
Pointed Leaf Press

Moderator of the panel, Suzanne Slesin, is Publisher and Editorial Director of Pointed Leaf Press, internationally-respected journalist of home design with thirty years of experience at such publications as the New York Times, Esquire, New York, and House & Gardenwww.pointedleafpress.com

Our Panelists:

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Scott Sanders
Interior Designer

Scott Sanders is principal of Scott Sanders LLC a full service New York City and Hamptons-based interior design firm, specializing in residential, hospitality, and commercial interiors for notable clients and properties, with its signature “New American Style.” Scott Sanders began his career as lead interior designer for Ralph Lauren Home, transforming the global residences of clients.  Today his projects include the hotels of the Rubell Family and he is the author of two books, “The Insider Guide to the Lord Baltimore Hotel and Baltimore, too” and “Picture Perfect: Designing the New American Family Home,” from Pointed Leaf Press.  www.scottsandersllc.com


Jade Dressler
Creative Director, Designer, and Feng Shui Expert

(Introducing my The 9-Star Passport. A life + design navigational system for people, brands, and spaces!)

Jade Dressler directs brand concepts, content, and products for luxury and pop-culture lifestyle clients in art, design, and lifestyle.  While at the helm of her NYC-based agency for the past ten years, her design career has impacted culture for over twenty-five years.  As founder of The 9-Star Passport navigational design system for spaces, Jade has practiced in the BTB (Black Hat Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui) since the 1990’s.  Place-making, sustainability, and sacred geometry are key to her brand and design work with creative clients and with her Slow Luxury travel/design initiatives.  In her spare time, she curates award-winning art installations in urban settings, such as Milan’s Salone to the wild mountains of Brazil.  www.jadedressler.com


Ellen Fisher, 
VP for Academic Affairs and Dean

Ellen Fisher, Ph. D., ASID, IIDA, is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean at New York School of Interior Design. She is a NYS Certified Interior Designer who has designed many residential and commercial interior design projects, and was recognized in 2017 by DesignIntelligence as “One of the 25 Most Admired Design Educators in the U.S.,” the only interior design educator to be named.  www.nysid.edu


Ingrid Abramovitch
Features Director 

Hearst Design Group (ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, Veranda)

Ingrid Abramovitch is an award-winning design and lifestyle journalist, editor, and author with endless story ideas, strong narrative skills, deep design contacts and knowledge, and a creative outlook.


Chad Oppenheim 
Principal Architect, OPPENHEIM

The architecture of Chad Oppenheim is simultaneously daring and sensible, romantic and reductive; evocative and essential. An alchemist of atmosphere, Oppenheim transforms the prosaic into the poetic– eliciting a site’s inherent power through minimal gesture and sincere means. Spaces and structures, optimized for pleasure and performance, establish aesthetic delight with passioned sensitivity towards man and nature.   www.oppenoffice.com

(note: as of 5.19 Chad will be in absentia. Get well soon!)


Rio Hamilton
Design and Fashion Blogger/Marketing Strategist

Even before establishing his website, riohamilton.com, Hamilton was a luxury-lifestyle insider and connector. In addition to his design and fashion blogs, he’s provided marketing and business development strategies for the interior design industry for more than 15 years, working with top- tier brands and creatives. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s interior design program, Hamilton headed the marketing management team at Trout Studios before heading to London to join the Max Gibbons ID team.  His New York experience includes a stint as director of sales and marketing at Niedermeier.  www.riohamilton.com

Thank you ALL!

An added bonus…the people on stage have all had the opportunity to work and play together, so the ideas will be creative, interactive and stimulating.

Stay tuned, I’ll do a trends piece next from the show, our panel and Ornare’s opening event!


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