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Today I've been thinking back to the very first Earth Day in 1970. I was a senior in high school, and on that day we went over for a program at the new Rogers Environmental Education Center that was being... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at the cassandra pages
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The jacaranda blossoms were beginning to fall from the trees, and I gathered a few one afternoon to sketch. My palette didn't allow me to mix the exact shade of violet, but it was close, and after this I became... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Palm tree and live oaks at Anwar and Mary Anne's, Jacksonville, Florida. Watercolor. Palm branches overhead, Mexico City. A pencil drawing of Quebec-style braided palms, from 2013 Nahuatl (Aztec) braided palm crucifixes and bundles of sacred herbs, Mexico City Mexico... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Alfredo Zalce, "La revolucion y la libertad de prensa" (Revolution and freedom of the press), 1945. This was such an impressive print. I was often struck by the complicated nature of the compositions, always in service to the subject, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Jose Chavez Morado, Escuela rural (Country School), 1936 Because I make relief prints, I was very happy to see original prints by of some of the Mexican masters of the early 20th century, in a show about the Arte Moderno... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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A yellow swallowtail on a pot of verbena at the Chapultepec castle. Mexico City has such a reputation as an urban megalopolis with terrible air quality that one wouldn't think it had a lot of green space, but actually, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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A concha bread and two mangoes. I love how when you buy bread or pastries at the panaderia, each individual piece is wrapped in a square of thin waxy paper, which the clerk folds once around the bread, holds by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Unknown Artist, "Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Shawl," 2nd half of 19th C. In the past year we've made a decision not to run around too much when traveling -- to do one big thing a day, but not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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A quiet neighborhood on the way into Mexico City from Benito Juarez Airport. We returned to the snowy north from two weeks in Mexico City last night. As usual, it was a good trip, filled with color and warmth, a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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Current painting in progress: A view of the St. Lawrence River from Cap-a-l'aigle, Quebec. Pastel, 16" x 12". When I moved to Quebec from the U.S., one of the differences I gradually noticed was that many people seemed to append... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at the cassandra pages
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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 Feb 22, 2017 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