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June 24, 2010


This is fascinating on several levels for me, a refresher on Quebec history, the current feeling about separatism there, and John the Baptists's birthday! In Finland, I may have mentioned before, that birthday is also celebrated and called Juhannus but now blended with Midsummer - that strange blend of Christian and pagan rather like Christmas. Anyway, I'd have enjoyed seeing the Quebec version, again a blend of Christian but this time mixed with their colonial history! Love the sketch!

That is a wonderful drawing.

I'm glad the separatist sentiment is dying down, and glad that the impulse to preserve their own culture is not. I loathe nationalism, but I love distinct cultures.

If human beings are going to survive into the 22nd Century at all, it's going to mean accepting people of different races, languages, and cultures being in duly constituted authority over us. (I know, I know, easy for WASP American boy to say, but it's true nonetheless.)

Fascinating. Thanks for sharing history and your latest sketch. Jeanne Mance was quite a woman.

A lovely drawing. I found your descriptions of the fleur-de-lys flags and people dressed as nuns and priests endearing, and that's odd, because as a rule I dislike flag waving and seeing people wearing religious dress or symbols.

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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.