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November 6 The bells we hear in our apartment, on the hours and before Mass, come from the church of Santa Cecilia, just a few rooftops away. This morning the tall ironwork gates were open when we arrived, and we... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at the cassandra pages
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Palazzo Corsini November 6, 2016 The first two nights, exhausted, we slept nearly twelve hours. But today we felt the jetlag more than before, waking for a long time in the night and then rising late. We had breakfast/lunch at... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the cassandra pages
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Trastevere November 5, 2016 I've never been in a city where the light is softer or more beautiful than this one. The colors are married to the light and they play together all day long, regardless of whether the sky... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Yes, I've been away. Physically far away, and also silent for some time in order to process recent events, because I didn't want to add unhelpful words to the torrent. But now, we're back, and I'll gradually add some photographs... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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At first, upon leaving, there's the Jacques Cartier bridge, the city bathed in morning light below, the harbor with one or two big boats at the docks, the flat wide expanse of the canal. Then the long cloverleafs off the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Beneath a photograph of the refugee camp at Calais, France, known as "the Jungle", in yesterday's New York Times, this caption appeared: "The squalid camp, growing and festering for over a year, has become a symbol of Europe’s faltering efforts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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We had intended to climb Noonmark Mountain, in the Adirondacks, on our anniversary (August 1), following our tradition of going out somewhere in nature for an adventure on that day. But circumstances got in the way and we ended up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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When I was a young girl, my grandfather, who had a real estate and auction business and was also a skilled woodworker, gave me a pair of antique Hitchcock chairs. They were small, with low, caned seats suitable for a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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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 Sep 30, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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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 Sep 28, 2016 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 Sep 28, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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