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Still life with driftwood, skull, pottery and postcards of a Greek amphora and a painting by Ragnheidur Jonsdottir Ream. pen and ink. This week, I got back to work. I'm still not back at my normal level of productivity, and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at the cassandra pages
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Painting in my Vermont backyard, sometime in the early 1990s (photo by Jonathan Sa'adah) Unlike many people whose working life has been in institutions or businesses, I've always worked for myself, or in partnership with my husband, which is pretty... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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The Tiber Island, looking east: Trastevere would be on the right, and Rome on the left. We often crossed the Tiber from Trastevere to Rome at the eastern end of its island via the Ponte Fabricio, the oldest surviving Roman... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Here it is, the second week in February already, and because of political events I haven't accomplished half of what I had hoped so far this year. Maybe you're the same. At first I was merely depressed by the prospect... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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This morning I met a friend for breakfast at one of Montreal's little neighborhood cafes: the sort of place where you can have excellent coffee - we both had bowls of latte - and a fresh croissant or chocolatine or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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The competition pool at Montreal's Stade Olympique A couple of weeks ago, I started swimming laps again after a hiatus of nearly twenty years. There's a neighborhood indoor pool in easy walking distance of our studio, run by the borough... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Vigil in Montreal last night. Photographs by Jonathan Sa'adah. The news of Sunday's attack on the mosque in Quebec City, and the deaths of six people, hit us very hard. Coming on top of Trump's travel ban, last weekend, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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This is a guest post by my friend Vivian Lewin, who went to the Women's March in Washington last weekend, traveling from Montreal to a friend's house in Pennsylvania by car and then to D.C. Vivian and I met more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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As reality begins to settle in, the internet is groaning with collective distress and calls for action. Over the next few weeks and months, it's going to become clearer what for the resistance is going to take, and what paths... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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The province of Quebec, with Montreal at lower center; image from Google Earth. James Bay and Hudson Bay at top left, Gulf of St Lawrence at far right, center. A storm is coming. I walked to work today, knowing it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Photo by Jonathan Sa'adah That's me, leaving for the demonstration at 10:30 this morning. I didn't sleep well at all last night, so I was tired, but woke up determined to go add my presence and voice to the rally... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Oh, if only we all could believe that! However, in spite of my fortune cookie form last Saturday, I fear that the current year will bring a very mixed bag of blessings, sorrows, and anxieties. The question is how to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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January. There's a space of time after the end of one year when the new one seems suspended in time, like a train on the platform that we haven't yet boarded, or a person -- awaited but unknown -- who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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In December, I didn't have much time for holiday-related creative projects. I was busy with a commissioned pastel painting of an Icelandic seascape, and the linocut illustrations (still not completed) for Dave Bonta's Ice Mountain: An Elegy. J. and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Without further ado, here are the books I read during the past year, in reverse chronological order. Commentary begins below the list. * indicates books read as e-books 2016 "The Golden Bough," an oil by Joseph Mallord William Turner, shows... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Wishing you all the joy of simple pleasures this holiday season. Now that my own Christmas has come and is almost gone, I'm looking forward to having some time to actually write again here. Please be safe and warm and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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In January, Phoenicia will be publishing Ice Mountain: An Elegy, a book of short poems by my longtime close friend and collaborator Dave Bonta. The cover linocut illustration and design are by me, and the book will also include five... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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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 Dec 10, 2016 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 Dec 4, 2016 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