December 2017

Anglerfish mostly live in very deep parts of the ocean, in darkness and under enormous pressure. They make their own light. I’ve loved them since I first saw one in an aquarium when I was a kid.

Once upon a time, I drew an anglerfish every evening for a little over a year.  When I was finished drawing anglerfish, I put all the drawings in a box and forgot about them for several years. And then one day I was in my studio with Julie, and I was looking for something else and I found the anglerfish. Julie imagined them out in the world like her tsa-tsas – an offering and a blessing. So I cut them out and laminated them, and sent them out in the darkest time of the year.

May you be safe and happy and healthy. May you feel loved. May you remember that sometimes darkness is necessary, and that sometimes pressure makes diamonds. May your light shine bright enough to bring you what you need.

If you’ve found one of these fish, feel free to keep it. Use it as a bookmark. Glue a magnet to the back and put it on your refrigerator. Destroy it, if that will make you happy.

Or pass it on to a friend who needs a little weirdness in her day. Or leave it somewhere interesting for a stranger to find.

If you want to tell me about finding a fish, please do!  You can leave a comment below.

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