Sirius memories

Sirius was an awesome bird.

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Here is the tag for all the posts on this site that featured him. Just in case you’re like me and want to take the occasional trip down memory lane.

http://www.erikahammerschmidt.com/category/sirius/

We still miss him so much.

Health care rant

I am sick and tired of people saying “nobody dies from lack of health insurance.” I have been hearing this for years from all sorts of people who should know better.

“but even if you have no insurance and no money, doctors HAVE to treat you.”

No they don’t. Some hospitals have that policy and some don’t.

Even emergency rooms will only treat things that are about to kill you right now. They will not treat long-term conditions that are killing you slowly. By the time those conditions are far enough along to be an immediate emergency, it will be too late for the emergency room to do anything about them anyway.

“but… the Hippocratic Oath!”

Doctors are not actually required to take the Hippocratic Oath. The original Hippocratic Oath actually contains a lot of stuff that makes no sense in the present day… like promising never to do surgery, not even for a gallstone… and like having to swear by a bunch of ancient Greek gods, which would violate the religious freedom of, like, any doctor who doesn’t worship ancient Greek gods…

Many med schools do have their students swear an oath when they graduate, which may be an altered version of the Hippocratic Oath, but it’s mostly ceremonial and it’s not like anything can happen to you for breaking it, per se.

I mean, yeah, the oath does include promising to do some stuff that is also required by law, and yes you can be punished for breaking the law, but not because it’s in the oath.

And also, even the Hippocratic Oath doesn’t say “first do no harm, and also do not allow harm through inaction.” I think you’re mixing up the first line of the Hippocratic Oath with the first law of Asimovean robotics.

And guess what. Even when a doctor does treat you– they usually do it by prescribing medicine.

And you get the medicine by going to a pharmacy.

And the pharmacy will not give you the medicine without payment– not even if you have a prescription that says you’ll die without it.

I know. I work in a freaking pharmacy. And so does at least one of the people I have heard spouting that “people never die from lack of insurance” bullcrap.

Like I said– people who should know better. This is inexcusable.

Yay in a Box: Apartments for Aliens

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Just finished setting up the web page for our new alien-apartment gallery concept!

www.yayinabox.com

Yay in a Box used to be John’s site, but he’s gravitated toward other branding and I realized the name was perfect for the page I wanted to make.

It includes pictures of the rough-draft demo dioramas I’ve made, to give you an idea what the finished gallery might look like!

Excerpts from the “About the Aliens” page:

Kit and Sessaris are humanoids from the planet Becca. No one knows why their home world has so much variation in the number of limbs people are born with, but their society excels at accommodating all sorts of body configurations.
Sessaris has only one arm and one leg, and Kit has only arms. Both of them use an assortment of prosthetic limbs, which can be switched out as needed. Kit is a painter, and Sessaris is skilled with the prosthetic violin.
Their shared home consists of two cubes: a dry upstairs and an aquatic downstairs for swimming with fin prostheses.


Tree Mother’s real name can’t be pronounced, because she doesn’t communicate through sound. Her language is based on movements of the feather-like flaps on her chest. When introducing herself, she has her name translated into words of the same meaning in the other language.
Her translator and life companion is a Dian Cliff-bird named Singer, who knows her language and over seventy sound-based ones— thanks to a brilliant linguistic mind, individually controllable feathers, and a vocal tract that can mimic nearly any sound.
On Tree Mother’s world, people choose their own names, and hers reflects her passion for gardening. On her potted plants she grows fruit that she sells to chefs like those in the nearby Baking Cooperative.
She feels more need for privacy than most other beings in this sector, so her bed and bath are behind a door. She even has curtains, but she usually keeps them open for the plants.

These aliens are just an example. There’s no limit to what kinds of creatures the gallery might someday include! And if it does ever happen, we want all sorts of artists and writers to be part of it.

So please, go check it out!

www.yayinabox.com

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Shiny things

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John and I did originally have wedding rings, but I’m the only one who regularly wore one– I enjoy wearing rings, and John’s skin gets irritated by them.

Anyway, since the original ring I received in our wedding ceremony somehow got lost years ago, I have cycled through wearing a variety of different rings to signify my married status. And wow, I wish my next set could be these ones. Gorgeous.

(Also perfect for a lesbian couple, I suppose! LGBT rainbow, plus sapphire=sapphic.)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/92790967/multicolor-rainbow-sapphire-pave-set?ref=shop_home_feat_2

https://www.etsy.com/listing/91630021/multicolor-rainbow-sapphire-engagement?ref=shop_home_feat_1

…Yes, the picture is from my Amazon wish list, which has a lot of things on it that I’d love to have! My birthday is June 1st!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2JUWBT2JL96HU/ref=cm_wl_huc_view?sort=priority&view=null

Shell pendants

24c

24b

24

23b

23

Two pendants with wrapped fossil shells. One of them has a mosasaur tooth hanging from it.

Reversible. Both sides are pretty in different ways.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

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MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

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CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Earrings

28

27

26b

26

25

Assorted earrings with wrapped stones, fossil mosasaur teeth, and bottles.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because they’re among the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

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MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Earrings

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34

33

32

31

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30

29

Assorted earrings with stones, pearls and bottles.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because they’re among the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

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MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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More geodes and bottles.

Sterling silver geode and bottle bracelet, with rough garnets.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Assorted bracelets with gems and pearls wrapped in sterling silver.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because they’re among the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Geodes and bottles

41c

41b

41

Bracelet with geodes and bottles wrapped in sterling silver.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Sword in the Stone

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“Sword in the Stone” pendant.

Made with a naturally sword-shaped Campo del Cielo meteorite, and a geode that happened to have a hole just the right size.

Wrapped in sterling silver.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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More ruby stuff

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Sterling silver necklace with ruby, smoky quartz and garnet.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Pendants

Two quartz pendants with pearls.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because they’re amog the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Extinction event necklace.

Brass necklace with peridot, mosasaur teeth, Campo del Cielo meteorite, and black tourmaline.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

More sparkly things

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Sterling silver necklace with ruby, citrine, garnet and pearl.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Necklace

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13b

13

Citrine and pearl necklace wrapped in brass.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Alien technology

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12

Circuit pendant wrapped in brass, with agate, meteorite, and glass bottle.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

Assorted earrings.

9b

9a

10

9c

10b

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because they are among the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Two more necklaces

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6e

6d

6c

6b

6

5d

5c

5b

5a

Opal pendant wrapped in sterling silver, with pearls…

and

Sterling-wrapped glass bottle necklace with pearl, garnet and assorted gemstones.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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Two necklaces

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7d

7c

7b

7a

Bottle necklace wrapped in sterling silver, with pearls,

and

Net choker with sterling and pearls.

Not currently up for sale on my jewelry page at http://www.theheathersmith.com because it’s one of the pieces I’m bringing to sell at upcoming craft events.

I have tables at three events this year! They are:

*********

MSP Comicon

May 20th and 21st

MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave, St Paul, MN 55108

https://www.mcbacomicons.com/

*********

Wiscon

May 26-29

Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St, Madison, WI 53703

http://wiscon.net/wiscon41/

**********

CONvergence

July 6 – July 9

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55439

CONvergence

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