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In my memory, my grandmother sits knitting in a sunny bay window surrounded by her African violets. I wonder how many she had - fifty? - and they were always in excellent condition, blooming happily. Every month of so she... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the cassandra pages
I've been a bit laid up with more dental stuff, about which the less said the better, but I've been whiling away the healing time with some drawing. We had a bouquet of tulips and early iris from my garden... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at the cassandra pages
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Being a bit more involved with Flickr and looking at a lot of photography this year has made me somewhat more intentional and thoughtful about my own efforts in the medium. Because I live... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Some plants went outside on Tuesday. I had my coffee on the terrace, accompanied by sketchbook and watercolors. In the parks, the trees are fairly quivering with every shade of pale green. (Parc Lafontaine above, Parc St-Louis below.) While downtown,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at the cassandra pages
It's always such a pleasure to hold a new Phoenicia book in my hands, knowing that the author's work has been put into print for present-day readers and for posterity, and that I've played a role in making that happen.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Back to the mail. Watercolor and ink. 4/20/2015 It's great to travel, and good to come home, but sometimes it's harder than others to pick up the threads of where you were a few weeks ago, or a month ago,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Today, on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, I'm thinking of my mother-in-law, Marjorie. She was a young girl in Konya then, with two younger brothers. Unlike many Armenian men, her father survived several years before he was murdered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Time-travel takes many forms: for us, the opening of Jonathan's show last weekend was a step back into our former life in northern New England, where we saw many old friends, some of whom we hadn't seen for a decade... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Well, the past month has literally flown by. And now it's April 20th, and I'm back in Montreal after almost three weeks spent elsewhere: first Mexico City, then in our former home of Vermont for the opening of J.'s photography... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at the cassandra pages
"New Overalls" in front of Hirsh's Store, Lebanon, NH, 1973. (c) Jonathan Sa'adah If any of you will be in or near the Vermont/New Hampshire area next weekend, we'd like to invite you to come to the opening of Jonathan's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at the cassandra pages
GOODBYE BOOKS April 6, 2005 One of our agreed tasks this week has been to do what we've been talking about for a long while - go through the books and actually get rid of those that no longer mean... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at the cassandra pages
From the Belvedere at Point-a-Callieres, March 21, 2015. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at the cassandra pages
So...The Cassandra Pages turns twelve today. I'm sure this impending birthday was a factor in all the thinking I've been doing about my work and the future. As the 20th of March rolls around I always ask myself if it's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at the cassandra pages
All photos in this post were taken at the Montreal botanical garden, May 2008 Life is never certain, but it's easier to maintain that illusion when we're younger. For a long time, we have statistics on our side. But later,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Nuts, rocks, pine cones. Watercolor and ink drawing, 3/16/2015 From my journal, March 11, 2015: During Lent I've been basing the meditation talks, every other week, on the teachings and lives of different teachers from various traditions, and especially how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at the cassandra pages
In my Vermont house, 2004 Last Wednesday I sat down to write something in my journal, and noticed that it was the 500th page of the file that I had begun in April 2004. Coincidentally, the journal begins with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at the cassandra pages
There are different forms of progress, or so it seems to me. Incremental progress is like this quilt: you follow a progression based on certain necessary steps, you keep at it, a little bit every day, or every week, over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Rachel, I'm thrilled for you and for the community. I know you will honor your beloved teacher's legacy as you grow into this role, and that his wisdom will continue to guide you, as you and David lead and guide others. Mazel Tov! And know that you'll have the prayers of those of us in your "extended community" beyond Judaism who are also touched by this work.
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J: "The sounds are so different outside." Me: "Yes. Wet." Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at the cassandra pages
It's not like I don't have plenty of work to do. So why was it that yesterday I gave into the increasingly insistent urges and began a new quilt? It's Lent. It's still mid-winter, and freezing cold, and monochromatic up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Last night I had a dream in which I was meeting someone who seemed to be interviewing me as part of a college application process; it seemed that I was trying to get a degree in English. In the dream,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at the cassandra pages
This picture is for my friend Leslee in Boston, who writes, "The snow here is all bunched up (and dirty) between buildings, as I imagine it is in Montreal." Yes, you're quite right, Leslee. Today is still frigid - minus... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Abandoned farm near Lake Champlain. Fort Montgomery, on the western side of Lake Champlain near Rouse's Point, built at one of the northernmost strategic points of the American part of the lake, to protect against an attack from British Canada... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at the cassandra pages