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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.


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June 10, 2010


There are old photographs showing the size of the cod that used to be caught in the Gulf of St Lawrence. They were huge. I don't think any of those big old cod are still living and the ones that are living now will not reach that age. I limit myself to comments on what is nearby for similar reasons. I listen to BBC & NPR if only to keep from feeling guilty but this feeling of not being able to do anything is really toxic. Do you think God feels that way, too? (and yes I know God is ineffable and doesn't have, um, emotions exactly as we would know them... but I also believe we were made in the image of the infinite and if we have these runaway feelings, well, we got them someplace....).

ps as a classicist you do well to choose & use an ampersand that actually reads "et" comme il faut.

the blue whale is my favorite animal and that video has some of the more interesting facts! i used to go into the classrooms with materials and teach my boys' classes about these whales (from an arm chair scientist's perspective, of course). they are so amazed that it opens so many doors. bigger than the dinosaurs? really? and still alive?

and i've always loved the mystery of them: where they can just disappear to. thanks for posting the video!!!


Beth, this short radio monologue, written and performed by the Scots writer A L Kennedy, whom you had occasion to mention recently, in response to the oil spill, is extraordinarily moving and to the point, I thought. Only available to listen until the end of tomorrow Saturday:


I meant also to say, re the A L Kennedy thing, that I think sometimes a creative resopnse to an awful situation is more bearable and useful than an intellectual one.

There are so many beautiful aspects of earth and life. Can we convince people to consume less, protect more . . . or is this human/cultural nature to think of one's own creature comforts first and then look outward, expecting to delight in natural wonders? A timely topic, Beth.

"How dare we have the audacity and hubris to disturb the complexity and balance of such an ecosystem?" Why wouldn't we use the oceans to the very edge of their/our survival when that's how we treat forests, mountains, meadows and all creatures that dwell there?

"What's happening in the Gulf is an underwater Hiroshima." See here for another perspective on the oil spill: The Feel-Good Spill of the Decade

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