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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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July 01, 2010


oooh, lovely writing. You must have just posted it. I put down Pillars of the Earth to recheck morning email and there it was.
There are a lot of good things about getting older, for us anyway.

Beautiful post, Beth. I'm glad you were able to sit for so long rather than dealing with moving this year!

To know less who you are than you did a few years ago seems to me exciting and hopeful, although certainly painful and difficult too - there is no easy path to continued growth and discovery, is there? I love this piece because it looks both outwards and inwards with equal intensity.

It's just so amazing for me to read your writing, always so thoughtful, poignant and lovely, and imagine exactly where you are and what you see, since our visit with you! Even to picture J in the Old City and port with his camera. Happy Canada Day to both of you!

Lovely and thoughtful. Happy Canada Day, my friend!

Beautiful images, Beth. Beautiful.

It's a nice time of life.

I love that last paragraph.

What an interesting concept: a day when many leases are up.

Thought you might enjoy the legend my acadian grandfather once told me about the poplar tree (sometimes called the "tremble" in french). The reason the poplar leaves are always "trembling" is that the devil said he would get the souls of the people who die when there's no wind and the leaves are still. So God created the poplar to ensure that there are always fluttering leaves!

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