Reimagined Components: Vintage sterling silver Texas state pendant with brass Longhorn bull and silver hoop strung on a 25'' 4mm brass boxcar chain
1888's Take: "We can strive to be bigger yet still let others shine just as bright. We can strive to be better yet still hold compassion and integrity. We can strive to be wiser yet open to always learn from others. We can strive to be stronger yet use our strength to help lift others up... Let these ways of being leak into everything we do." -Ali
The Lone Star State became the 28th state of the United States in 1845 but was its own independent nation from 1836 to 1845. Holding true to the saying “everything is bigger in Texas”, it is the 2nd largest and 2nd most populated state, it holds 3 of the top 10 largest cities in the country, it contains more counties than any other US state, and as a whole it is bigger than any one European country.
~Bull, Long Horn~
I remember my first job working on a beef farm…the powerful bulls snorting in the cold morning air…their long horns like great dawn sabers…ready…stoic…solid…yet with the great beating of a warm and kind mammal heart resonating its low rhythms to the pasture below, the sky above and its herd to the sides. Let us never forget the respect that such animals deserve for their gifts and sacrifices to humankind.
Because of its virility, power, & regal presence, the bull has been a symbol of divine power, agriculture, sport & respect in many cultures.
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