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  • 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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March 20, 2013

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Congratulations, dear Beth, on 10 years of blogging, of thoughtful writing on a wide variety of topics that have always kept me interested and reading. Thanks so much for it and for the friendship that has grown from it! Here's to many more!

Thanks, dear Beth! Yes, quite a ten years. xo

Don't worry; this will be concise and - I trust - fall well short of the inelastic boundaries of TypePad's comment machine. You're entitled to the apocalyptic, thumbs-down summary of the past decade - in the tradition of Pepys and Hart Davis/Lyttleton - especially since you offer another (personal) curve which seems to feed positively off the former.

You do not say which subjects draw in the biggest response, which would be interesting given the width of your interests. I have a personal reason for mentioning this. Depressed by the poor response to my views on fifteen movies I recently saw at the local film festival (I was nasty to the Brit film - Quartet - and I think this had a knock-on effect) I put together a provocative list of culinary no-nos and was weariedly pleased to see responses triple. But this, I fear, is manipulative, not in the best spirit of blogging. I must be philosophical and return to my muttons, content myself with the echo from shouting down a well. Refrain from accidie, in fact.

My heart-felt congratulations on your coverage of the water-front. Esp. the musical quay (feeble attempt at a jeu de mots).

Congratulations and happy birthday. Long may you continue here!

Dear Cassandra-Beth The "happy birthday" title floating above your very sober portrait (which reminds us of your choosing Cassandra for your blog name) captures what always most takes my breath away in your work here, the so-many dimensions you touch in your posts. Sometimes this palimpsest thing comes when one considers a group of posts, and sometimes within a single one. In doing this you are embracing what our life as humans really is, and practicing what is, even if not recognized by the world as such, undeniably a high art!

Happy 10th!

Oh, happy birthday indeed! Though I'm afraid I've become one of the quiet non-commenters, this is reliably one of my favorite stops in the day. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and commitment, and for sharing with us so much, so often.

As someone who I think has read all your posts (or close to all) and never commented your tenth birthday seems like a great time to stop lurking. I am the lucky one who shares your life but in many ways your blog has been an added dimension (in many realms!), and one that has only made us closer.

With love and happy b-day, J

Happy tenth blogiversary!

It's extraordinary to recognize, again, just how much this medium has brought to my life -- so many ideas, conversations, images -- so many relationships, some of which have become as deep and meaningful as any of the most important relationships in my life. I'm so glad to know you, so glad our blogs brought us into contact, so glad you are still blogging!

Congratulations on ten years! I frequently struggle with the question of what "counts" as writing, or as one's "work." I think it's easy to see book-writing as "real" and blog-writing as mere twaddle...unless, of course, you know how much work (real work!) goes into a good blog post.

Ten years of doing anything faithfully, and at a consistently high level, surely "counts" for something. Let the trends and fads come and go, and long live Cassandra!

Ten years more! Congratulations!

Beth, you were one of the very first bloggers I 'met' online ten years ago and I have never ceased to be grateful for that encounter which has turned into a lasting friendship in real life, always strengthened by our cybernetic connection.
Congratulations for staying the course and for the committment, seriousness, acute sensibiity and talent which you pour into each post. You're an example to all!

Lilian, thank you so much! Long may we write...

Jonathan, I will simply come across the room and give you a kiss instead of writing much...but I do want to thank you in public for putting up with my preoccupation with this blog for 10 long years, and waiting for me to finish "just a few more words" about a zillion times. And thank you too for helping me become a better photographer, and finding and giving me the best little cameras over the years, which have been indispensable tools for what I do here. Most of all, it has been our life together which has been the grist for this mill.

Rachel - I hope you know how much I value our friendship. Thanks for everything you say here, and I agree completely.

Lorianne - you are another of my oldest friends here, and have been party to many discussions about the "worth" of blogging - meanwhile, we've both just kept at it. Steady practice - which I've maintained better than my sitting meditation...what does that say??

NT - hi! It's good to hear from you today, since we also go back a long long way! You have often said exactly what I needed to hear, and have always encouraged me in my art as well as in the writing. Thank you, and here's to whatever lies ahead!

Kat,I remember when we met (through Chris Clarke) and how impressed I was with your own poetry and writing. I know that's taken a back seat to motherhood and homesteading for you, in my old neck of the woods, but you'll get back to it -- and I am glad to know you are still reading here! Thanks for commenting today!

Wow...one of my own comments seems to have disappeared! Will try to reconstruct...

Marja-Leena, as one of my oldest blogging friends, I appreciate our companionship and your steadiness as an art-blogger, who often inspires me. Thank you for being there, and for your kind words.

Dale, you and I also go back a long ways, sharing our love for epic poetry and meditation and many other things. Thank you for Mole, for your friendship, and for reading me for so long!

Roderick, I have no clear answers to your questions; blog response is an inexact science for sure. It does seem to be true that my most polished posts get less response than when I deliberately leave room for the reader to think and answer a question. Thank you for what you say here, and especially for caring about what I write about music - which is, as you know, very close to my heart, but a subject a lot of people feel shy about commenting upon.

Lucy, was it qarrtsiluni that brought us together, or mutual blog-friends? I don't remember. But I do know that yours is one of the blogs I always return to, and which always gives me a sense of beauty and peace. I hope we meet someday in person with time to talk and share more of what we have in common.

Vivian, thank you for noticing (characteristically) what others often don't and even I sometimes miss! The photo choice was intentional - I thought it did convey that contrast - but J. will post others that are less serious! I am so glad you love my blog, and that it gives us another way to communicate what's in our hearts.

Happy tenth, Cassandra Pages. I really appreciate what you do in this space, Beth. Thanks, too, to Jonathan for letting you write "just a few more words."

Oh, Beth. I'm so pleased you're celebrating your 10th. You are an inspiration (and an internet friend).

Many congratulations, dear Beth, not just on having breached the 10-year mark, but on having maintained such a consistency of quality and richness in your posts. I regret having lost creative momentum during my own 10 years of blogging and as a part consequence losing readership. But you have sustained a wide circle of readers and responders throughout this dramatic decade and I'm a glad and grateful member of that constituency. I'm pleased and proud to have you as a good friend too and look forward very much to the next pint together (and with Jonathan and the London mini-swarm) in our favourite hostelry! Upwards and onwards into the next decade!

Wow, a comment from the mysterious and reclusive J.! This is a red-letter day. :)

Was it also the equinox ten years ago? For me, it was the winter solstice that somehow got me thinking of beginning a blog, but in 2003, I think they were both dark times. Fortunately, the cassandra pages has remained a beacon of sanity and engaged spirituality. Here's to many decades more!

Congratulations Beth. You are my inspiration, and reading your blog is always like coming home.

Thank you so much, Andrea! And I'll pass along your message to J.!

Jan, thanks for being my friend, fellow photographer, and frequent commenter. I appreciate you and your own work and words very much indeed.

Dick - well, there's been a lot of water under the bridge, eh? Regardless of flagging inspiration, I am enormously glad to have shared your poetry and stories over these years. I too am grateful for your companionship and look forward to sharing that next pint!

Dave...well,, what can I say? You've probably been my closest and most consistent companion here, and the projects we've done together have been both fun and some of my proudest online collaborations. I hope we both manage to keep going for a while yet, and I'm quite curious what changes and developments the next 10 years will bring to the online world. I don't know if it was equinox in 2003, but I agree - it was dark. One's own life doesn't have to reflect the darkness of the exterior world, though, as I think we both believe.

Dear Uma! That makes me both happy and grateful. Thank you for being there too.

Congratulations on being the Cassandra to whom we listen.

Joining the chorus of celebrants. Though you started to blog on a dark day, your words and pictures have brought so much light these last 10 years in which to see the world anew. Thanks you for your work, dedication, and inspiration. Here's to the next 10 years!

Wow, happy 10th, Beth! So glad The Cassandra Pages is still here! What a long strange trip, no? ;-)

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