[Oxford63] Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Jane M. Hill jhill at cybermesa.com
Thu Sep 15 09:20:36 MDT 2011

Dear Katie,

Glad you are in the art world. You were a good artist even when we were 
kids. I bet the island, both the surroundings and the people, are 

Hard to believe you have 9 grandchildren! Wow! I have 3 plus 2 from 
Otis. I did check out the "Luke's Local" Web site 
[http://www.lukeslocal.com]. Very impressive and well designed. Bet Luke 
is having fun pursuing his dream. Glad all goes well.

*** Jane ***

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On 9/14/2011 6:17 PM, Kate Cheney Chappell wrote:
> Thanks, Jane.
> I am out here in TV-less land ( Monhegan Island where I live in the 
> summer), so I did not catch the Jackie Kennedy special. The poem was 
> odd to hear recited that way, but the sentiment was clear. We are all 
> certainly rich in experience and becoming richer as we age. I have had 
> the great privilege of being involved in a documentary here on the 
> island of the older women artists (believe it or not, I am not the 
> oldest!), some in their 90s who are still in the studio every day, 
> despite poor health and failing eyesight. They are my wonderful 
> mentors, and I hope I will have a spirit as indomitable as theirs in 
> 25 years.
> I think of you all often, and was so pleased to know that Judy Powers 
> had seen my work in the Painters, Players and Poets show in Boothbay 
> Harbor earlier this summer. That show had a live opening in Portland 
> last week that I went in to see; it was thrilling to hear the live 
> performances of musicians like Noel Paul Stookey and poets like Betsy 
> Sholl along with the art that formed the collaboration. Cindy Bullens 
> sang her song "Healing the Break," named after my piece, and it was 
> beautiful!
> My children are in Maine and California: oldest Chris a musician, and 
> youngest Luke with his own startup, "Luke's Local"-check it out 
> online-are both in the Bay area; Eliza and Sarah and Matt all live in 
> Maine with their families. I am so lucky to have 8 of my 9 grandkids 
> nearby.
> Is anyone living in the Pittsburgh area?I am going to do a show out 
> there next September that will commemorate Rachel Carson's Silent 
> Spring, published 50 years ago.
> Be well, and may your journeys be long!
> Love,
> Kate
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Sep 14, 2011, at 6:35 PM, "Jane M. Hill" <jhill at cybermesa.com 
> <mailto:jhill at cybermesa.com>> wrote:
>> Dear Classmates,
>> Last night I caught most of an ABC special that played some of the 
>> newly released interview with Jackie, taped sometime before her 
>> death. In the last 60 seconds Diane Sawyer said that during the 
>> production they (whoever they are) had looked for a poem that was 
>> important to Jackie and somehow characterized her spirit. She said 
>> that they came up with "keep your spirits high and hope that the 
>> journey is a long one" (close enough). I was floored! That's C.P. 
>> Cavafy, a Greek poet that lived in Alexandria in the first half of 
>> the 20th century. In the _Alexandrian Quartet_, in fact, Lawrence 
>> Durrell referred to Cavafy as "the old man of the city".
>> Since almost all of us read the Odyssey in Miss Jarrell's 8th grade 
>> English, I thought I would like to share the poem in question. It is 
>> not the best translation (and certainly not mine), but "Ithaca" is a 
>> great piece of poetry. My son also found a YouTube of the poem read 
>> by Sean Connery! It's hokey but fun:
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvcZxjQvq4I
>> -- 
>> *** Jane ***
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>>     Ithaca
>> When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
>> pray that the road is long,
>> full of adventure, full of knowledge.
>> The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
>> the angry Poseidon -- do not fear them:
>> You will never find such as these on your path,
>> if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
>> emotion touches your spirit and your body.
>> The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
>> the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
>> if you do not carry them within your soul,
>> if your soul does not set them up before you.
>> Pray that the road is long.
>> That the summer mornings are many, when,
>> with such pleasure, with such joy
>> you will enter ports seen for the first time;
>> stop at Phoenician markets,
>> and purchase fine merchandise,
>> mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
>> and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
>> as many sensual perfumes as you can;
>> visit many Egyptian cities,
>> to learn and learn from scholars.
>> Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
>> To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
>> But do not hurry the voyage at all.
>> It is better to let it last for many years;
>> and to anchor at the island when you are old,
>> rich with all you have gained on the way,
>> not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
>> Ithaca has given you the beautiful journey.
>> Without her you would have never set out on the road.
>> She has nothing more to give you.
>> And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
>> Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
>> you will understand what the Ithacas mean.
>> /Constantine P. Cavafy (1911)/
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