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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 1, March 2014

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Pat Tompkins
San Mateo, California, USA


Can I Get a Witness?

Recently, a friend brought me a gift from her trip to Turkey: an evil eye amulet. It's supposed to bring good luck and act as a storm shield against envy and hatred, deflecting negative energy aimed at the wearer. According to the creatively punctuated text that accompanies my new necklace, its blue color offers protection; that's why front doors of homes in Mediterranean countries are often painted blue: to guard against malevolent spirits. I suppose it would be churlish to point out that this hasn't seemed to work over the past several thousand years or that wearing such a symbol could be viewed as akin to asking for trouble, like carrying a "don't mess with me" sign.

I wonder what talisman a Turk would bring home from America.

from catechism:
the sky is the same blue
as Mary's robe

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