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The containers of my life come in all shapes, some so familiar I don't even think of them as containers. All hold the mundane and necessary along with secrets, though sometimes the secrets reside only in the memories suggested by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at the cassandra pages
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Frances' comment on the previous post, about her artist friend's sketching kit, made me think about my own, and I've ended up sketching it (how meta can you get?) to show you. Over the past five or six years, since... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at the cassandra pages
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I've been using the hashtag #strugglingtowardspring on my Instagram account, and it continues to be true, as temperatures are still dipping below freezing at night and barely reaching 50 during the days. We don't have any leaves on the trees,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at the cassandra pages
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Text from this blog, ten years and a lifetime ago; images from this week in Montreal. We drove to central New York to visit my parents. Spring is just coming to the fields and farms, and the land was tender... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at the cassandra pages
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Note: This is the second of two posts - here's the link to Part I 10. What are some of the challenges you have faced and how have you handled them? Printmaking always carries technical challenges, and I continue to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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A printmaking student (thank you, Shanell) recently found my work online, and asked if she could interview me for a class assignment about my artwork, career, and practice. I don't get asked these sorts of questions often, and found it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Eliot insisted it was the cruelest month, and ever since he's been quoted repeatedly by the winter-weary, even though complaints about long-delayed spring were not really the thrust of the opening lines of The Wasteland. Here in Montreal, this has... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at the cassandra pages
Have a great trip, and safe travels, and I'm glad to hear it will include your poetry!
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Some of you will no doubt remember the blog "Code Name Nora", written by Mary McPhee from her retirement home. I loved its unpredictable take on the subject, the details, the narrator's "voice", and her lively writing, and followed it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Still life with parsley, green glass bottle, and beaded flowers. Watercolor, approx 6" x 6". April 3, 2016. J. and I have often joked that I should have carried some parsley in my wedding bouquet, it's that ubiquitous and important... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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I'm having a sale at Phoenicia, in honor of spring and National Poetry Month. A couple of days ago I made some new hand-printed bookplates, and will be giving one away to each of the first five people to place... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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et Joyeuses Pâques! Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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"Departing Wings." Linocut by Elizabeth Adams from Annunciation, Phoenicia Publishing 2015 It's rare for the Feast of the Annunciation and Good Friday to occur on the same day. In the 21st century this only happened in 2005 and 2016 and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Woven palm crucifixes and other objects made by indigenous people in Mexico City, Domingo de Ramos, 2015. Palm Sunday is past; now we've begun Holy Week. I'm singing almost every day, and this responsibility, combined with the solemnity of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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This is the thirteenth birthday of The Cassandra Pages, and what better way to celebrate than with some spring flowers (especially when the reality outside the window is snow on the ground, and 4 degrees Celsius.) This blog began during... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Someone came into the bathroom while I was in the stall. I heard running water, and then a hand banging on the paper towel dispenser, but it must have been empty because a male voice said: shit. The door opened... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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I like to think that my great-grandmother's thimble made her finger as sweaty as it does mine. I like to think about the quilts she and my grandmother made together, and sometimes I sleep beneath them. We were all named... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Those words, written by Pema Chodrun, have been echoing in my head since writing the last post. Taking a few steps back, I've realized that several factors have been affecting my mood: the negativity and despair surrounding the American election;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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All work shown in this post is by Mexican sculptor Javier Marin. I've been thinking a lot, since Mexico but also before, about what makes people create the art they do. In my feed reader, on Flickr, and on Instagram,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Over at jonzphoto.com, Jonathan has written and illustrated an excellent post about ethnic diversity, Vermont, Montreal, and some of the other-culture friendships that have changed and enriched our life. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Laundry on the rooftops, the day before we left. Several people asked me if I planned to do some sketching on our trip, and the answer was yes. Here's some of the evidence. I would have liked to do more,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Sculpture by Jimenez Deredia In Mexico I am always, immediately struck by the emphasis on form in all the arts. Whether dealing with architecture and public spaces, with fresco painting, or - especially - with sculpture, the emphatic and confident... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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A clear day, two years ago. Mexico City's air quality has improved in the last two decades, but it is not exactly good. On clear days, the view from our hotel room included the mountains in the distance, but during... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Happy Valentine's Day, a day late! Last week we spent a day at Museo Franz Mayer for the Decorative Arts. The collection is housed in a former church, hospital and monastery. One of the exhibitions displayed the treasures of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at the cassandra pages
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Pope Francis' image is everywhere - here he is, almost lifesize along the route his motorcade will take to the Zocalo tomorrow. On the far right, you can also see his face on the side of a phone booth. Readers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at the cassandra pages