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Posted on 6 December, 2019 at 17:34 Comments comments (10)
"Dear Fairys,
I love your home. It is gorgeous. I saw the squirrel family coming for tea.
Love, Lola"

Dear Lola,
We enjoy your admiration for our house, and your noticing of the squirrels. Thank you for the light you bring.
Love, Faery

"You are magical. We are watching out for you. Love, Peace, Dream."

Answer: We are shy. But we actually love to be seen - especially by someone who draws that many hearts on her letter to us. Come find us...
Love, Faery

"What will happen after the end?"

Time is a river that flows on to join the infinite sea. But the infinite sea is ever here already. Do you see?
Love, Faery

"Dear Faery Door Faeries,
Do you ever take a break from making the flowers bloom and the leaves sprout?

Our work is never done, though we do slow down in the Winters. The leaves and flowers have their seasons, but just like your body is still at work while you're sleeping, even in the winter, the fallen leaves are returning their energy to the soil, the roots are tapping for water, and the the seeds are watching for the light. Fortunately for us, most of our work is play.
Love, Faery

"To our Dearest Faeries,
May the beautiful sunshine bless your house today and follow you wherever you go. Thank you for all the joy you bring to the world."

And so it shall be. And as always you are welcome to sharing in it with us.
Love, Faery

"Dear Faerie,
Is it possible for anyone to achieve their dreams? I have been going nowhere, and I am not even sure what to dream anymore.
Love, A."

Dear A,
Every dream is a sentient seed. They only come to those who are potentially able to spread them out over the land, and tend them like a garden. So any dream you have, you can achieve. Breathe life into it. The deepest desires are the most benevolent for all. Germinate the seed. Nothing happens without a dream. Let it take root in your soul. There is nothing more real.Love, Faery*******Hi! Where is the boys room?Answer: Not here! We thank you for taking your business elsewhere.
Love, Faery

Freedom and Blessings

Posted on 2 December, 2019 at 20:30 Comments comments (0)
We wish all a wondrous Yule.  May the magic of the season touch you, and you it.  
Love, Faery, Tony, and Rio     

 * * * * * * * * * 

"Dear Fairy, Can you do something about Global Warming so that we don't kill the earth?"

Answer:  Dear People, You won't kill the Earth.  Gaia is resilient and moves with forces stronger than you have yet imagined.  She has come through tides of fire and ice and it has never diminished her nor stopped her turning.  She is not in danger, but you are.  If you continue to spill her black blood in her blue seas, unleash your toxic smokes into her blue air, and cover her green fields with your grey stone and trash, she will raise her oceans to wash it all away, and you may go with it.  And she will miss you, but she will carry on and not miss the mess.  We will miss you too.  Love, Faery

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"Dear Faery, I love someone who does not love me back.  Can you help?"

Answer:  Dear Heart, Love them anyway.  The sun continues to shine though many hide under their roofs from his light, and they are all blessed by the green growing things, and so is he blessed for his shining, which is a joy he radiates.  Most good things are better when shared, but even if not, they and all the world are better for their having existed.  Love Faery

 * * * * * * * * *
"We need an impeachment."

Answer:  You need to take responsibility for yourselves, and for one another, rather than blaming the loudest talking fool who would reign over you.  You don't need to replace the fool with another one.  You need to stand and face the immensity of your own freedom.  Love, Faery

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"Sorry for intruding."

Answer:  You're only intruding when you are not welcome.  You're welcome.  Love, Faery

 * * * * * * * * * 
"Dear Elfs, What's your name?  Mine is Jaime"

 Answer:  Dear Jaime, Our name is Faery.  It is the name for all of us together.  Some of us have names for ourselves, and some have had many names.  Some of the names are secret.  The name of the one who now answers you is Aethas of the Birds.  Thank you for sharing your name with us.  Love, Faery   

 * * * * * * * * * 

"Dear Faery, How are things with you and the world of magic?  Anne and Evangelina"

Dear People, Things are fine with us.  This world of magic, we all share.  And from our viewpoint, it is all going well.  We see a glorious end to it some ages from now, when this song of the world will end beautifully, and you and all of us in spirit may choose to call up one of the other thousands of worlds waiting to be born.  All is well that will end well.  Love Faery 


Posted on 16 November, 2018 at 22:29 Comments comments (0)

Rio with the coons at Stow Lake

I think I saw you in the trees.
I felt you on the wind blown seas.
I heard you buzzing with the bees -
for I'm a friend of Faery.

I've tasted your gold on the light.
I've kissed you on the peaks of white.
I've loved you through the dark and night - 
For I'm a friend of Faery. 

 - T. Powell

Answer:  Yes.  You get it - and you are a friend of Faery.  
Love, Faery

We wanted to give you these stones because they are magic.
Lindsey and Mom

Answer:  Thank You!  
You know, all things are composed of magic, but each thing is unique; and these stones have interesting properties unique to them.  
Love, Faery

We love the Fairies!

Answer:  That is awesome, for God is Love.  
We love you too.

Who are the people who aren't people?

Answer:  Well for the first time since we opened this door to humanity, we are stumped by a question.  We cannot give you a genuine answer without further information.  Please provide.  Love, Faery

Dear Fairies,
I love to spend time with you.  I showed my friend Liliana the door.  She promises to keep it a secret.  
Love, Gabby

Answer:  Dear Gabby,
We have never counted time, but we love being in the same space with you.  Liliana is welcome too.  We appreciate her keeping the secret, but we know that no matter what you tell someone who doesn't believe, they would never see us anyway.  Feel free to share us with whom you will.  
Love, Faery


Astrid and Layla put the flowers in the house.

Answer:  Thank you, Astrid and Layla.  Love, Faery


Dear Faery, Why do you spell your name Faery?

Answer:  Hello.  We don't spell it, our interpreter does...
[Hello.  I spell it Faery so it doesn't rhyme with Hairy, but it does anyway.  And one time I accidentally spelled it Furry.  It's just no use trying to suppress our quirks. - T. Powell, Faery Interpreter]

A glimpse into the heart of Faery

Posted on 2 March, 2018 at 16:53 Comments comments (0)
"Hi Faery.  Where are you?"  

Answer:  We are here.  


"I don't know why people don't believe in you, but I know I believe.

Answer:  Many need their eyes to confirm what they can believe.  They do not believe in their dreams.  On a cold day, they have forgotten the warmth of the sun.  They do not believe in love during an argument.  So if they do not believe in us, we cannot take it personally.  We are glad that some like you still can.  Love, Faery

"Hey - Why haven't you answered my emails?  Hope everything is ok!  Enjoy the soak in the petal hot tub.  <3"

Answer:  Thank you for the flower pool!  Do we have email??  What is our email address???


"Dear Faeries, 
Thank you for being faeries."

Answer:  The pleasure is ours.  No matter what else we are being - flowers, birds, dragonflies, winds, waves, clouds, sunrays, moonbeams, dandelion blows, trees, fish, acorns, bees, and all else - we are being still faeries at the same time.  We highly recommend being things and yet always being yourself too.  Love, Faery


"Thank you so much for participating in my auction!  Hope you get a lot of use from these healing gems.  Love, Evengeline"

Answer:  Thanks for the gifts.  We are happy to hang around and be of help.  Love, Faery

"Dear Faeries, We were wondering how the earth was made.  And we also wonder what you do in your house.  We love you and wish you luck!  Love, Mowgli, Daddy, Grandma, and Strawberry"

Answer:  Like everything else, the earth was formed out of a dream.  Someone said Let the earth appear, and it was so.  But it is still being formed by dreams.  It has changed much since that first hour her sphere began to turn, and the winds called forth the rains to sweep the land and watch it rising green to find the fire of the great star.  Much continues to change, some good and some not, but we ever hope to keep the original dream intact, and stay true to that vision.  This is a world of great magic and wonder.  
We are all over the place, and only stop by our house to gather our mail and laugh over the gifts we receive sometimes.  Our hearts are so wide as the world and cannot stay behind a door.  Love, Faery


"Dear Faery, I love you.  Tina"

Answer:  Dear Tina, When you love, you are tapped into the original dream, the purpose for being, and the very truth of everything.  There is nothing greater than to love.  But in the current of Time, as things flow and collide, sometimes love gets twisted and hidden.  Sometimes even we forget.  A kind word or act is always a nice reminder.  And we love you too.   
 - Faery

Good Yule!

Posted on 21 December, 2017 at 1:56 Comments comments (0)

This season and all of its holy days, is basically about Magic.  

It is about light shining through the darkness:  About the sun path rising and allowing the days to lengthen again; about the lamps burning for nine days with only one night's supply of oil; about a star over the desert, guiding the wise and the faithful to a quiet, gentle miracle.    

It is about life carrying on through death:  about the holly berries ripening red in the dead of white winter; about the pines and firs still green beneath the snow; and about the mistletoe being the only apparently living branch in the otherwise leafless oak.

And it is about love:  about families coming together to share the hearth and each other; about soldiers calling a truce on the field to share songs and cigarettes; and about the elves and a saint working all year to bring bring joy to children around the world on one holy night.  

All the world is composed of magic.  The blessing of light is created with every kind word and touch we give to one another.  Life is everywhere and the source of everything.  And love is lord of all.  But this time of year seems to make these things more apparent to us, just as the candle in the window seems to shine more brightly when all other lights have gone out, and when the great sun has vanished, out of the night come all the white stars.  This season carries no more magic than any other, but it does serve to illuminate the magic that is ever all around us, and always within us too.  

Happy Solstice!  Good Yule!  Merry Christmas!  

 - with much love, from Rio, and Tony, and all the Faery folk we know around these parts of land and sea.  

The Song of Earth

Posted on 10 November, 2017 at 16:14 Comments comments (0)
"The tune began like a star being born to rise in budding flame and dawning glory, resounding deep in the bones of the earth, rocking the roots and embracing the whole forest but not consuming it in its warm green fire.

The enraptured fae of the gathering gracefully danced around the moon-held wreath with its berries red and white, some of them riding the currents of song and hovering 'round one another in various hues of the wild blooms; and they sang together in tones of waters running over mossy stones, and of mellow gusts through the reeds.

They sang the rose dawn of history, of distant constellations and great celestial migrations; and the stars above were fascinated, and listened from their thrones hung high in the unbroken expanse.

They sang of Faery and the bringing of life to the scattered turning worlds; and the mossy redwoods hearkened, nodding in remembrance of ancient generations of forest, many lifetimes past.

They sang the earth mother and her luminous horizons.

And the blue faery whose wings were clear as water told of the human spirit, how bright it had shone in and around the people, until the falling of the dark age in which they shut their doors to the voices of the night. And their fear of darkness covered them until even the stars appeared strange and distant, and all the creatures of the twilight seemed hostile to them. And what had once been lovely and bright was now dull and weary - for ever since had most of humanity been ruled by the unwieldy burden of fear.

And she and the others there sang of the vow they of Faery had taken after the fall of the people - to remain unseen as are the four winds who cast no shadow."

- from Chapter III: The Faery Door by T. Powell
Painting: Blue Faery, by Anna Jansson

Press Interview, 8/21/17

Posted on 25 August, 2017 at 16:14 Comments comments (0)
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

Posted on 26 July, 2017 at 23:06 Comments comments (272)
"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

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"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


Posted on 21 June, 2017 at 17:10 Comments comments (0)

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

Summer in bloom

Posted on 6 June, 2017 at 16:32 Comments comments (0)
"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

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"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

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"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

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"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.

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"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