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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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October 29, 2014


Lovely water colors. I grew up in Miami, but my mother's family is from North Florida (Lake City). I understand some of your feelings about the plants and ecosystems. I never really appreciated them until after studying ecology in college. But after spending a week in No. Fl. last winter, the Spanish moss started to seem oppressive, though I too loved the fern gardens on the live oak trunks, and the clear, spring fed rivers are wonderful.

Kia ora Beth,
I feel a certain synchronicity between those lowland mosses and the same ones I see up high in the mountains halfway across the world. Not sure what to make of that as I spent a lot of time in Florida as a kid and young adult and the associations are not the same I feel high above sea level. Yet there it is. Hope you are well.

Beautiful images, Beth! My first high holiday pulpit was in Florida, near the Georgia border, and it looked much like what you've depicted here. Some of these things are native also to the corner of Texas where I grew up, though others are not... anyway -- beautiful art!

"...Tiny lizards whose feet made a thin clattering sound scuttled ahead of my hand..."
I love this, Beth! So evocative, capturing so much in so few words.

I fully appreciate what you saw and the huge differences between tropical and northern environments. I'm more attuned to the tropics since my early years and some of my adult life was in South America, as you know, and I miss that connection and the kind of plant life you describe so well. What I definitely do NOT miss is the thriving and voracious insect life!

Beautiful, Beth. I especially love the last one. It looks so inviting as we face the cold winter here. But yeah, the heat and humidity and insects, etc. would be something to deal with. I do wish my parents had moved to Florida instead of Michigan, though! Would have been a nice place to visit during the holidays instead of someplace grayer and and at least as cold as New England!

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