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It's Wednesday in Holy Week, and I'm singing nearly every day, so I'm not going to be around here much except for posting a few photographs. And, after all those Mexican posts, I need to take a litte break! This... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at the cassandra pages
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For my final Mexico City post, I have to come back to the real source of the country's warmth: it's not the sun, but the people. Everywhere we went, we were generously and warmly welcomed. Sometimes people simply came up... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at the cassandra pages
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On our last day in the city, we went up 42 floors to the top of the Torre Latinoamericana to take a bird's eye view. My first, and second, and probably final impression was how vast this city really is.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Our first day in Mexico was a national holiday as well as being a Monday - the day when most museums and many shops and restaurants are closed. A good time, we thought, to visit the shrine of Our Lady... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Avocados and watermelon on a Moroccan plate. Watercolor (detail), 4/2/2014. The blank canvas or watercolor sheet is just as intimidating as the blank page or screen...it's always hard to get back to either art or writing when I've been away... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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The Jumex is a three-month-old contemporary art museum in the Polanco district of Mexico City area, established by Eugenio Lopez, whose family fortune was made through the Jumex fruit juice empire. Before our recent trip, we had read an excited... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Or maybe we're just nuts. That's me, on the left, photographed by Jonathan as we wait for a neighbor, who's been out riding a bicycle, to open the back door to the studio building. The drift was up above my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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The immense Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary dominates the north side of the Zocalo; we, like so many other visitors, graviate there. Cortez built his original cathedral on the exact site of the main Aztec temple his forces... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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The winter that refuses to die reared back and took another claw at us this morning. People are not happy. My personal response: I'm wearing bright colors from now until it warms up, even if I have to scrape the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Stalls at the weekly market. Both last year and this year, we stayed in a hotel in a quiet part of the city called Escandon. It's just south of the trendy Colonia Condesa, but is a regular working-class and mixed-income... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Perhaps it was fitting to come upon these calla lilies only a block from the home where Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo lived for many years. In spite of all the big murals, with their casts of hundreds, when I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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We arrived back in Montreal early this morning after a flight that began at 1:30 a.m. I feel pretty spacey: jet-lagged, a bit shocked by the all-too-familiar snow and Montreal's monochromatic palette. But it's good to be back home with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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For all my starved friends in the north, an armful of blooms and green things. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Color, noise, congestion, traffic, smells, uneven walking surfaces, chilis, contrasts and juxtapositions, the very old and the brand new: this is definitely an intense city, but immersing ourselves in such a place seems to be our idea of a vacation.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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The day began looking out over the rooftops, as usual. We didn't have enough sleep last night, so we began slowly, wandering down the streets of the neighborhood in search of coffee and sweet bread which we ate in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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After a five hour flight, made extremely pleasant by AeroMexico, we arrived in Mexico City and took a taxi to our hotel, where we slept and woke to a bright, warm sunrise. A neighbor was hanging up his laundry on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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...I'm leaving. We had another big storm, almost a blizzard. Everybody's pretty demoralized as they trudge along through the snow, wait at the bus stops, dig out their cars, or - as I did this yesterday morning - push through... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Referencing tanka #3 from a few days ago. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Pietro Perugino, Moses Leaving for Egypt, fresco from the Sistine Chapel My poetic Lent began in the dentist's chair. The drill whirred and struck an un-numbed crevasse of bone: sublime sharp sliver of pain. I thought of Mozart, so young,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at the cassandra pages
1. I move the orchid, window to table and back, needing its pink face -- freckled, blushing -- its gold heart nearby, beating the grey days. 2. Day's strange beginning: hot water immersion, steam, sunrise on hard ice. 3. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Last night I came back from downtown on the bus and walked home through the park. There were very few people on the paths; I was alone with the snow and the dark trees. On the white lakes below me,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at the cassandra pages
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Here are the two sides. This drawing has the liveliness I try for but don't always manage. That's what I liked about the dog and his master in the previous drawing, too, though that one was -- as my friend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at the cassandra pages