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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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
Laura Frankstone, whose beautiful drawings and paintings I've admired for a long time, has invited me to participate in an around-the-world blog hop of creative artists. The rules are simple: answer the four questions, and then nominate another artist to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Going through an old photo album today, I came across this picture of myself with "His Nibs" Philip Poole in London back in 1997. Poole was an expert on calligraphic pens, nibs, tools and supplies of all kinds, and he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser, Noyan, QC Since it's Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday...i.e., the day before Lent begins and traditionally the last chance to stuff ourselves with fat and sugar, here are some photos from Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser in Noyan,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at the cassandra pages
My first-ever bougainvillea plant seems to be successfully overwintering in the studio, and for the past few weeks it's been putting out the most gorgeous blooms, oblivious of the fact that just beyond its window is the frozen north. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Mid-February, and the winter doldrums have finally hit. It's been so damn cold up here, for so long, that the throngs of people moving through the transport system feel sullen, withdrawn, silent. At least it doesn't seem like as many... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at the cassandra pages
I resolved to draw more creatures and humans in 2015, so the practice begins with my close-at-hand models. Manon is better at sitting still than J., but neither of them are particularly cooperative so I have to work fast or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at the cassandra pages
Palette. Dried acrylic on plastic. The jazz pianist Vijay Iyer said a few things recently that resonated with me. He was talking in particular about jazz improvisation and about the notion of a "career" - a label he rejects. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at the cassandra pages