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Press Interview, 8/21/17

Rio and I were interviewed recently for an article on the Faery Doors around the Bay Area. It was published a couple days ago, but I like the original interview best:


1. What inspired you to create the fairy doors?

We were horsing around in the park one day after school, and saw the elm with the little hollow at the base, and the same thought struck us both at the same time, that it needed a little door on it. We are not sure whether the thought came to us from a sentience there in the park, or from our cultural ideas of what traditional magic looks like. But whether indirectly or directly, the answer as to what inspired us is the same: The Faery folk.

2. What do you hope visitors will get out of finding the doors?

We hope more people notice the magic of which the world is entirely composed. The tree itself was already a standing miracle, and we just added a little more craft to make more visible the magic that was already there - like a lady who ties a bright ribbon into her already beautiful tresses.

3. How did you pick the locations for the fairy doors?

We don't really pick the locations. It's not like we have to put these little doors up somewhere. It's more like there are some places that seem to ask us for a little embellishment.

4. Are there any fairy doors that haven’t been discovered?

There are a couple of things in the works. Once they appear, it may take some time before they are discovered, but whether it's days or months, we do not know. There are still people who have walked by the door in the log behind the Tea Garden (the one we call Faery Hall) many times without seeing it, and are surprised when someone else points it out.

5. Do you have plans to add additional doors in the future in San Francisco? What about creating doors in other cities in the Bay Area?

The ones currently in the works will appear within San Francisco. We leave it to others to make the magic more pronounced in their own areas.

6. Anything else you’d like to add/share?

It has been so cool to see other people being as inspired as we are, and helping to dress up the doors, or even doing their own thing. We don't recommend putting any more doors into living trees, or otherwise harming the environment or private or public property, but doing things to enhance our world, in harmony with all the goodness already in it, we are all for. And don't worry about your work being vandalized or stolen. This has happened to some of our work, and currently the door in Glen Canyon needs some repair. There are some people whose main purpose in life is to destroy, but you can always rebuild or build anew. And even if something you have built with love gets destroyed after a few months, it was better than never having it at all.

- Rio and Dad

Summer Notes

"If you're real, then please help me.  Show me a sign that you and others exist.  Thank you."

Answer:  Look around.  Look at the wind and stars, the grass and seasons.  Where do you not see a sign?!  Love, Faery

 * * * *

"I love you."

Answer:  We know.  Thank you.  Love, Faery.

 * * * *

"Dear Faery, do you love rainbows?"

Answer:  Yes.  Only those who would never notice a rainbow do not love them.  Love, Faery

 * * * *

"Dear Faery, I hope you have a great Summer!  Love Charlotte"

Answer:  Thank you - we are.  We find that the best way to have something is to make it.  And we hope the same for you.  Love, Faery

 * * * *

"Hi!  I hope you enjoy these gifts.  We are girl scouts and are *bridging.  Bye!"

Answer:  We thank you, and wish you forward speed along your dreams.  Love Faery

*["Bridging" is the Girl Scouts' promotion ceremony to upper ranks. - translator's note]

 * * * *

"Come to my fairy house.  You are welcome. Love, Remi"

Answer:  Among the greatest gifts we have known, are welcomes.  With love and gratitude, Faery.  

 * * * *

"There may not be a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, but Thank You for giving magic at the end of a scavenger hunt.  Many thanks, Connecticut Tim"

Answer:  Thank you for seeing the magic, Friend.  Love, Faery

 * * * *

"I want to marry you."

Answer:  The love is appreciated, but we are already joined by a grace that goes beyond freedom.  Great love imprisons us, but love greater still frees us even from itself.  Love, Faery

 * * * *

"Come see me in Minnesota, please!"

Answer:  The summer is a busy time for us.  We thank you, but our gifts are needed here.  However, there are many of our kin around your beautiful land whom you may greet and welcome.  Let them know you heard from us.  Love, Faery

 * * * *

"Dear Faery of Golden Gate Park, I wish to have happiness and love throughout mankind forever and always.  Please help all be kind and generous to each other!  Best wishes, Alesia"  

Dear Alesia, We hope your wish may come true, and will do all we know to help bring it about.  Our way is to set a good example by showering the world with the beauty and grace which many may see and take of its inspiration.  Like the trees now laden with summer fruit, we wish nothing in return for this gift but that it be taken and appreciated, and that the eyes of all may be open to the most basic truth of this world - that it is entirely composed of magic, and that magic is known as Love.  Love, Faery

Midsummer



Have a blessed Solstice; and a merry Midsummer night's dream...

Summer in bloom

"Open!  From:  Diana in first grade! <3
Dear Fairys, elfs, gnomes and evry body els!  We want to send evry body this nature song!  
Happy nature growing evry where
Happy sun shining on the land.
Mosly happiness on the world.
Mosly students working very hard!
From:  Diana!"

Answer:  Dear Diana, Thank you for the letter, and for sharing your song of goodwill with us.  We do like it, and want to share it with everyone else too.  Love, Faery

 * * * *

   
"Dear Faeries, I love your door.  If you get this note, can you give me some faery dust?  Love, Elanor"

Answer:  Dear Elanor, We gather the faery dust at sunrise and during the golden afternoons, when the leaves are burnished by Hylos the sun.  There is plenty left over for anyone who wishes.  Feel free to help yourself!  Love, Faery

  * * * *

"Hello if you are real.  I really like your house.  You should get your door fixed.  What is your name?  Good-bye.  Ava"

Answer:  Dear Ava, It makes us glad to know that you are at least considering the possibility that we might be real, and also that you like our house.  That door gets fixed up now and then, but we are busy now with the Summer in full bloom and the solstice coming up.  We will probably get to it before Winter anyway.  Our names are legion - like the flowers and the stars and the gods, many of whom are nameless.  We wish you a very happy Midsummer's eve.  Look for us!  Love, Faery

 * * * *

"Hi Faery.  I want to hear music.  Do you take requests?"

Answer:  If you will truly listen to the moment, even the song of the stones would be so wonderful to you that there would be no need for any other tune.  But if you sing with us, we may weave your melody into our song as well.  Love Faery.

 * * * *

"Dear Faeries and other creatures,  I am happy to know that you exist.  I am glad to live in a world where faeries live too.  Thank you for the revelations.  With Love, Mary Donohue"

Answer:  Hi.  We are very glad to be here with you, and with the creatures of light and darkness too.  Love, Faery

 * * * *

"I am going to come back here to live one day."  

Answer:  That is just fine.  We hope you will live well here, and that you are living well now, wheresoever you may be on this day.  Love Faery  

St Patrick's Day




I would like to live in peace.  Love, Me
Answer:  We wish much peace for you, but storm also.  For what good is one without the other?  And if you would have nothing but peace, we are certain you would soon be wishing out of boredom, for something more rigorous.  
Peace,  Faery
 * * * * * * 
I wish that Donald Trump will no longer be president.  

Answer:  Please wish for something more important - wish for a girlfriend or boyfriend, wish for a puppy, or a dollar, or to get to go to the movies.  Wish for a nice afternoon or a stick of gum.  Wish for something more substantial like that.  Because one day, Donald Trump will no longer be president, and all the little lessons will have been learned.  That day is coming already.  So please wish for something less trivial and which is not already inevitable.  Love, Faery
 * * * * * * *
Dear Faery, We love your house and yard.  Do you fix it up?  Lorie

Answer:  Hi Lorie, We make a lot of it happen, but others contribute as well.  We all inspire one another and build our worlds together.  Thanks for the part you play.  Love, Faery
 * * * * * * * 
Hi Faeries, Did you have something to do with this rain?  If so, thanx!  Lee

Answer:  We all had something to do with it.  Some of us just needed to stop worrying about the drought.  But now of course they are worrying about the floods.  Faery
 * * * * * * *
Hi.  My name is Rachel.  I am 6.  Here is a flower for you.  I hope that you like smelling the flower.  Bye.

Answer:  We do like it.  Love, Faery
 * * * * * * *
Dear Faery, Did you know there are buffalos in this park?  And coyotes?  Where did they come from?  From Greg

Answer:  Yes.  The buffalo came here for safety many years ago.  The coyotes were here before the first men arrived, back when the whole word was a park.  Love Faery
  * * * * * * *
Faery, where are you?  

Answer:  There is one place we always can be found - Here.  Wherever we go, we bring Here with us, and those places become Here.  Thus, we are never lost.  Love Faery

Solstice




Enjoy this blessed solstice, and the grand and simple rhyme of the turning seasons!






Winter falls like a hammer of night
On the earth - thick anvil of frost
But we strive here beside the ember glow
With the pines yet green beneath the snow; 
And under the blue ice lie the seeds
Of meadows for the honeybee;

The wind will turn the wheel of sky
On which the cold steel Valkyries ride
Clearing the morn for the white sun
And take us to Valhalla once again
Where the little berries ripen red
And the hills are softly burned green

 - T. Powell

(Photo of Newgrange, from Irish Central)

Excerpt


"He didn't mind going to play alone. Away from other people, he often got the feeling that there was much more to the world. While he loved his friends (most of whom were books and the dead poets who had written them), and while never would he have wished for a different family - although his had broken in two - he had always felt most at home among the grass and trees and birds and stars, the steadfast rocks, and the wild waves, and the wordless song of the sky. His name was Rio, which in Spanish means 'river'."

 - from Chapter V
the Faery Door, by T. Powell

Pixie Post



"Dear Pixie,
How are things in the hollow?
Love David"

Answer:  Thanks for asking.  Things are quite pixie-ish, which is never bad.  
Love, Faery

 * * * * * * *
"Dear Faeries,
I hope you have a wonderful day.
From Amelie"

Answer:  Dear Amelie, 
Thank you for this good wish.  The days are short and sweet, but always good, and always, always full of wonder.
Love Faery

 * * * * * * *
"I wish that when I grow up I live on a farm and own a horse."  

Answer:  Sounds good.  Go ahead and make it happen.  
 * * * * * * *
"Gnome!  Wishful thinking brought me to you.  It's with every happiness that I wish for good health and fortune for myself and loving family.  Thank You.  Kelsey"

Answer:  These good things are written in the stars and on notes such as yours, but they depend mainly upon your ability to receive them.  Can you really accept good fortune?  If so, it is waiting for your grasp.  Love, Faery

 * * * * * * * 
"Dear Faeries,
I did not know that you had such a wonderful home.
 - Montana & Nacienne"

Answer:  We are glad to enlighten you.  It means a lot to us, because home is where the heart is.  We hope you can look around the land, the sky, and the grey sea, and see more of our home too (and our heart as well).
Love, Faery

 * * * * * * *
"Jeg har kommet fra Norge. Husk meg, og jeg vil huske deg." [I have come from Norway.  Remember me, and I will remember you.]

Answer:  Any forgetting is only temporary.  

 * * * * * * *
"I wish my dad would get better and that my grandma's residence papers arrive.  Thank you."

Answer:  May it be.  And may you walk in the light.  For love is lord of all.

 * * * * * * *

"Faery... We are leaving today.  We have to go get on the aeroplane but we have come to say goodbye because this is our last day.  Goodbye San Francisco.  We will be seeing our car again soon.  Thanks for letting us come to your lovely city.  Love, from Reuben John Geoffrey, aged 8."

Dear Boy, 
All who look upon our land with fair admiration are always welcome back.  
Love, Faery

The Faery Door, by T. Powell


"Dusk settled and rolled the trails into shadow, and the sparrows huddled under the warm robes of spruce. The oaks and elms were softly growling to one another, while the grasses whispered themselves to sleep, and twilight revealed their dreams. 

The stout-hearted redwoods stood their heights under a nightfall of diamonds, across whose eternities Orion the hunter followed the star-haloed stag.

It was an evening as magic as any other; and as usual, hardly anyone noticed."

- from Chapter I

Faery Fan Mail



[sculpture:  Birth   by Debra Bernier]






Dear Faery,
Do you celebrate Christmas?
Love, Geoff

Dear Geoff,
We celebrate every day that comes to us!
Love, Faery

 * * * * * * *
Faeries can you read?  
Oli

Hi Oli,
We do not read your words.  We have a poet friend who reads them for us, and then interprets our answers for you.  We can read the winds, constellations, the dunes and leaves, the cries and flight patterns, the clouds and scents of evening.  And it is all a poem we never weary of seeing.  

Love, 
Faery

 * * * * * * *
Dear Man in the House, 
Where do you keep all the gifts you get?  I left a ring for you but it's gone!
Mina

Dear Mina,
We thank you for that gift.  And we have shared it in turn with someone else.  All things are gifts, you know.  You may not always see where they go after they leave your hand.  Neither does the pomegranate tree withhold her fruit from anyone who can reach to grasp her gifts of rubies, nor require that they keep it for themselves only.  
Love, Faery

 * * * * * * *
Do you want to buy me a present?

Dear child,
We have never been able to understand this idea of buying something.  Isn't everything free:  earth, sea, and sky?  Isn't there enough to go around for everyone?  Or if there are things that are too scarce to have, can not more of them be made?  
And as for things that cannot be made by people, how could you presume to own those and not share?  We do not know why would anyone want money, when everything is free.  We hope the answer to your question may be found here within our response.    
Love, Faery

 * * * * * * *
Dear Faery, 
Who keeps adding to your house, and putting up decorations around it?
Lucinda

Dear Lucinda,
Faeries can do that, along with some people who work magic too.  
Love, Faery  

 * * * * * * *

Dear Faery people,
Can you make Hillary Clinton become the president?

Dear Citizen,
No, we cannot afford to spend our days on such a thing.  And we recommend that once you have done your appropriate duty, you do not worry about such things either.  There is a whole universe of stars and dark depths that cares not a tail feather for who becomes the president, whose voice is just one among many in the magnificent chorus.  The great song goes on, each verse turning into the next, pounding on through eternity.  Don't get distracted by any one of the little voices.  And don't worry... dance!
Love, Faery
   
 * * * * * * *

Hi.
I am 4.  How old you?  
Tony


Hi!
We are ageless - maybe more ancient as the stars, but as new as each rosy dawn.  Which is fortunate, because we do not know about how to count with your symbols anyway!  Have fun, Tony, Mister 4!
Love, Faery

 * * * * * * *

I love you faery.  

Dear one,
That is a good thing to do, for us and for everyone else.  Please carry on.  
Love, Faery


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