Time …

Recently, in Montreal, I was kindly invited to a rehearsal of Händel’s Triumph of Time and Truth.  Sitting near the centre of a beautiful chapel, surrounded by three choirs (one in front, and one on each side) I felt the chorus line ” Time is supreme, Time is a mighty pow’r!” not only wash over me, but reverberating deep in my soul.

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After what was a powerful experience, this notion of time did not leave me for days. Is it really, I was asking myself? Supreme, a mighty power? Or is it just a social construct to help us understand this world? Einstein proposed about 100 years ago that time and space are not really constant.

 “The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” Einstein quote  

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Cities

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“…Arriving at each new city, the traveller finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

The more things change…

Greetings, friends and fellow adventurers, hopefully, life is treating you well!  Some weeks ago, when I was sitting on a sidewalk in Montreal working on a drawing for friends, an elderly local shared this photo.

montreal streetSame place, around a hundred years ago, he explained. Sitting there, I realized that not much had changed here, really. Well, the trees were taller. Strange, when you consider all the people that have lived in these houses over the last 100 years and all their joys and sorrows….

Signing off for today, Your Traveling Translator