[Oxford63] Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Kate Cheney Chappell kcpoetry at aol.com
Mon Sep 19 17:45:41 MDT 2011

Dear Betsy,
I have been on the island most of September and will be back on Friday  
the 23 for the last week leading up to Trap Day Oct. 1, the official  
start of the lobstering season there. We will finish filming that  
weekend. It seems that you and Peggy will be zigging when I zag, so I  
am very sorry I will not be there when you are. You can see my work  
still at the Lupine gallery, as well as the porch of the Island Inn  
and the activity room of the Monhegan House. I have open studio hours  
in August, but any other time you can call. Darn! That would have been  
fun. I enjoyed our visit last time. Have a great sister time together!
The wedding sounds lovely. We had a niece and a nephew in weddings  
this summer, and it was such fun to see the younger generation  
embarking on that journey.

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 15, 2011, at 11:47 AM, "Jane M. Hill" <jhill at cybermesa.com>  

> Dear Betsy,
> Thanks for thinking I was clever, but the truth is that after so  
> many years in Greece, Cavafy's poetry is dear to my heart. I was  
> somewhat stunned to learn that Jackie K-O (not Kingswood - Oxford)  
> knew and liked Cavafy's poetry.
> As for the "wine-dark sea", I must say that the phrase comes to mind  
> when I am on the Aegean. No matter how you cut it, though, the water  
> is blue. I'm just not sure what Homer was thinking.
> The wedding sounds great. I suspect the music was wonderful as well?  
> Have fun on Monhegan!
> *** Jane ***
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> On 9/14/2011 10:54 PM, Betsy Cadbury wrote:
>> Thanks for sharing, Jane!  Who can forget Miss Jarrell's class:   
>> every time I think of the word "metaphor", I hear her talking about  
>> the "wine-dark sea"!  I also saw only part of the Jackie Kennedy  
>> special, as I had a rehearsal, but I loved the Ithaca poem.  How  
>> clever of you to have picked up on it right away, remembered where  
>> you had heard it, and sent it along for all of us to enjoy!
>> Katie, my sister Peggy is here in Pittsfield with me now, doing a  
>> pastels workshop in Concord, and we are planning a "sisters" trip  
>> out to Monhegan next week - she to paint and I to write.  Will you  
>> still be on the island when we are there (from Monday, Sept. 18  to  
>> Friday, Sept. 23)? We'll be staying at the Tribley Cottages, down  
>> past Shining Sails.  Perhaps you can join us for lunch or supper?   
>> When is your women artists documentary being aired?  Is there a  
>> gallery on the island that is showing your work?  Or just in your  
>> own studio? It was great to have news of you and your children!
>> My daughter Cate was married last July in Montreal - gorgeous  
>> wedding, lovely couple, another step on the long             journey!
>> Hope to see you all in 2013 at our 50th!  Love,  Betsy
>> From: Kate Cheney Chappell <kcpoetry at aol.com>
>> To: "oxford63 at cyber-community.com" <oxford63 at cyber-community.com>
>> Cc: "oxford63 at cyber-community.com" <oxford63 at cyber-community.com>
>> Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:17 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Oxford63] Jackie Kennedy Onassis
>> 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>  
>> 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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