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The young man stood in the narrow entrance to the studio parking lot, and as I approached on my bike I could hear him talking excitedly to a handful of others standing near the building's doorway. He wore a dark... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at the cassandra pages
And for those who found the previous post too cranky, here's something less so. We're getting to the end of flowers in the community gardens now, when all that's in bloom are various late-season yellow daisies, asters, and the last... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at the cassandra pages
"We enjoy the bounty of their empire. Free services, easy communication. The ever-expanding convenience of commerce. We leave it to the media companies to worry about the empire’s tribute for this bounty..." Please read these two recent articles about Facebook... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at the cassandra pages
Well, I certainly haven't been writing here much, but I've been busy with book projects, the start of choir season, preparing for a wedding of dear young friends in Vermont this coming weekend, having guests and seeing friends as summer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Thank you, always, for your comments. Usually I try to answer longer comments by email, but sometimes I don't manage to get to it, so please check back in the comment thread (such as on the previous post) as I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Skaftafell. Pastel on paper, 23" x 18". (c) 2016 Elizabeth Adams I've been missing Iceland, so I made a painting. Working on this pastel for the past four or five days has immersed me again in the autumn tundra vegetation... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Looking northeast from the rooftop terrace of the Whitney. The new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art stands in what's left of the meatpacking district, looking out over Greenwich Village, to the east, and the Hudson River, to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2016 at the cassandra pages
I've just returned from five days in Brooklyn, celebrating the launch of the latest book by my friend Teju Cole, a collection of essays called Known and Strange Things. When you read it, which I certainly hope you will, along... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at the cassandra pages
As I've mentioned here, I've become fairly active on Instagram during the past year or so, posting both artwork and photos, often accompanied by a text. Some of these have been cross-posted here, but by no means all. I've gotten... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at the cassandra pages
We were away this week, at Lake Winnepesauke in New Hampshire for the wedding of a young man we've known and loved since he was tiny, and the wonderful young woman he has chosen. That was a very happy event,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at the cassandra pages
George's garden, East Bolton, Quebec. My love of flowers and gardens is at its most passionate during these months when the pots on the terrace are overflowing, the community garden is a mixed-up riot of color, and we get to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Champlain, NY An essay of mine appears in today's Montreal Gazette. I read some of the comments last night, and then stopped; I won't engage in a discussion in the newspaper's comment thread, but please feel free to weigh in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at the cassandra pages
It was a hard week, wasn't it? I've written something in response to Dallas, but have submitted it to a publication first. If they don't take it tomorrow, I'll put it up here. In the meantime, sewing and drawing have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at the cassandra pages
I've been drawing almost every day lately. That feels good. I think it's my way of reacting to Brexit, violence, political posturing and failures of leadership, and all the other awfulness that's going down around us: in this one small... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Peonies, leaf dish, and book. watercolor, pen and ink, about 6" x 9". Alone one night this week I felt an urge to read the conversation between Julius and Farouq again. I took down the book and read chapter nine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Last week while we were visiting my father, I had some time to do some sketching -- and wished for more. Maybe later this summer. I was inspired by the wildflowers -- wild phlox and daisies and Indian paintbrush --... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at the cassandra pages
The peace of my recent time in the American countryside helps calm me as I return to Canada and the city, and try to process the tragedy in Orlando and the accompanying rhetoric of hate and fear. All around us,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Sunday... was soggy. The rain had begun in mid-morning, battering the cathedral roof so that we could barely hear the Sanctus bells. In the late afternoon, as we were singing Evensong, a drip began from the highest point above the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at the cassandra pages
This is a drybrush watercolor illustration, about 16" square, that I did for my portfolio around 1980, never intending it for publication because it was copied from a photograph. I always kept it because of my admiration and affection for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Making pizza for friends in our Vermont kitchen, 1986. Is it possible that in all these years of blogging I've never gone into much detail about our obsession with pizza? I married someone who had lived for several years in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at the cassandra pages
We've had a week of truly warm weather, at long last. The lilacs and honeysuckle are in bloom, the tulips fading, the trees in full leaf: I think most Montrealers are ready to declare that summer has arrived. I've been... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Remembering my mother today, on the tenth anniversary of her death. There are people who sweep onto the stage of our lives, and show us something grand, impress us with their brilliance, magnificence, charisma, power. We always remember them, and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Patricia Bralley, a friend who I met through blogging, recently tagged me on Facebook, asking what I thought of a recent article in the International Business Times by Hossein Derakhshan calling Mark Zuckerberg a hypocrite for claiming that Facebook encourages... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Finally, spring has arrived in Montreal. Not all our trees have leaves yet, but many do. The magnolias are on bloom, and flowering pears, and there are daffodils and tulips. I picked the first from my garden a few days... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at the cassandra pages