One of the cool things about doing what I do is that I get to meet people and learn little bits about them and about their worlds. Many times, the interaction is more on a surface level, like a person would like to get a gift for a niece. Sometimes, there’s a quicksilver turn in the conversation, and we end up talking about our studies, families, art — subjects that yield that deeper glimpse and touching of a chord. Occasionally someone writes something that is like food for the soul: “The work you are doing is not only beautiful, but it has such meaning and is counter-cultural in the best of ways. It’s inspiring to meet artists like you who pursue your passion and do it with such an eye to creating connections to others.” We makers can’t connect with everyone this way, but it is both humbling and gratifying when it happens at all.