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The Empty Bottle. 9" x 6", fountain pen on paper. Mexico has been much on my mind lately. In Washington, we have Obama making a bold executive order about immigration. In Mexico, continuing violence by the drug gangs, and massive... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at the cassandra pages
Ursula LeGuin made this speech last night at the National Book Awards, where she was honored. A wise woman who has looked at the way "powers and principalities" work for most of her life, LeGuin spoke about both the need... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at the cassandra pages
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Well, I've been piecing up a storm over here. A quiet weekend (I didn't have to sing on Sunday) was just what was needed. The top was finished by Sunday evening, yesterday I figured out and cut the pieces for... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the cassandra pages
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On Thursday evening, after an appointment at the Jewish Hospital in Cote-des-Neiges, J. and I found ourselves wanting something to eat rather than driving home in the rush hour traffic. We entered a small Moroccan restaurant and sheesha bar --... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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In my feed reader, the blogs I visit regularly are grouped under categories. Along with the literary and personal blogs I've always read, I've got categories for Art, for Style, and for Textiles and Crafts. When I've been working too... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Palm and Live Oaks, Florida. Watercolor on Arches cold press, 9" x 12". During the past few days I've been working on this watercolor painting, a further exploration of the palms I sketched while in Florida. I spent some time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Fruit in a wooden bowl with Mexican kitchen retablo. Fountain pen on paper, 6" x 8.5". 11/6/2014. The only story behind this drawing is that we found the little folk art retablo at the Saturday craft market in San Angel.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Still life with spice grinder, embroidered cloth, and two walnuts. pen on paper. November 4, 2014. I sat down after dinner, wanting to draw a little, but feeling tired from a long day and rather uninspired. Looking around for some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Honeypot, teabag, and carved lizard from Oaxaca. pen on paper, Nov 1 2014. Those little Florida lizards must have gotten under my skin. Without really making a conscious connection, I put together this little still life the other night, remembering... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Complete with a ghost in the window. Happy Halloween, everyone! We'll be celebrating quietly at home (no kids ever come to our condo -- I miss them) after a quick trip this afternoon to the market where we might get... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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We were in northern Florida for the past few days for a funeral and a time of family gathering; J.'s uncle (the brother of his father) lives there and is very elderly, so we were happy to be able to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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It's the last few days for the special launch offer on Jonathan's new book, How Many Roads? so if you had been thinking about ordering a copy for yourself or as a gift for someone, you have until November 1... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Still life with madeleines and butter dish, pen on paper, 9" x 6". 10/22/2014. If Proust could immortalize these little cakes with his words, then I figured I'd do the same with a drawing. I like these fast sketches;they often... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Japanese Anemones, pen on paper, 18" x 6" (left side), 10/22/2014. Amenone is a Greek word that means "daughter of the wind" -- an apt name for these flowers who do the wind's bidding; their common name is "wind flower."... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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This party was for the launch of Jonathan's new book How Many Roads?, but it was also, for us, a symbolic moment to celebrate our first ten years in Montreal and the sense that we have truly settled: we've never... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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(The world) "...will flame out, like shining from shook foil..." Gerard Manley Hopkins Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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On Thursday we left Montreal rather precipitously, planning to attend a 2:00 pm graveside service for an elderly friend the following day in Washington, D.C. After two hours in solid rush hour traffic, trying to get out of the city,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at the cassandra pages
It's hard for me, too, Rachel -- at any time of year! Blessings and peace to you for your holy days.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2014 on Relearning how to slow down at Velveteen Rabbi
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It's finally here! After three years of effort, I'm thrilled to announce that Jonathan's book of photographs of the turbulent years of the late 1960s and early 70s, How Many Roads? is finally launched. In addition to the book's 91... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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My dear friend V. brought these flowers yesterday: how absolutely gorgeous they are! We're at the height of fall color here, with some leaves starting to come down, but other trees still green. Last week brought a string of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Portrait of my husband, pencil on paper, approx. 14" x 10." 1988. We've been going through a lot of old boxes and drawers lately, and I found a bunch of drawings that were nice to see, both for the art... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Thingvellir, Iceland. In the far distance you can see Skjaldbreiður, ("Broad Shield"), the prototype for all shield volcanos worldwide. Standing in the main rift, Almannagja, which marks the eastern edge of the North American tectonic plate. Three years ago, this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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What am I looking for in these faces? Often I don't understand the reasons I'm drawn to a subject until much later. But I think I'm reactioning to the world and the news: reminding myself of the ordinariness and beauty... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Lately -- well, really for the past couple of months -- there's been almost no time to draw or paint, but I did get it together to do this charcoal drawing on Monday. I've been wanting to do a series... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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It's unseasonably cold here in Montreal. We haven't turned on the heat yet, but we're definitely into the fall wardrobe. I had to wear gloves yesterday morning, biking downtown to sing - seems awfully early for that - and there's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at the cassandra pages