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April 30, 2017


I believe it was H.L. Mencken who first applied the term "ecdysiast" to someone who shed their outer
covering; I can't see the word in its proper context without thinking of its improper one.

These are fabulous, Beth! Especially the last two. I love the attention you've given, the precision of detail, yet they're not in the least academic or unimaginative. Far from it: the way you've isolated them in space and given them a role, a gesture, is like choreography. And the colours are subtle, atmospheric, tender. I hope you'll go deeper and deeper into this path.

Peter, that is quite a word! I've never heard it before, so thanks for teaching me something new, and amusing to boot.

Thanks, Natalie. I'm grateful for your comments and how you see these. There's certainly a series in process, so we'll see where it goes.

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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.