I met Beth before I started reading her blog, at a time when I was very involved in a Montreal blogging community. There were about twenty of us meeting in a bar on a monthly basis. Beth and Jon showed up one night and my partner and I ended up talking with them for a good part of the evening. I found them open, curious and easy to talk to. She and Jon had not yet moved to Montreal full time but after I went home and read her blog, I really hoped that we would share the same city one day.
We did more than that: we became friends, the kind that actually hang out with each other in person. I have met a lot of people through blogging and Iâ€™m often surprised by how different people are from the presence they project through their own writing. Not Beth! Sheâ€™s as warm, calm and thoughtful as her words are.
Over the years, The Cassandra Pages have been â€œun moment de pauseâ€ for me, a way to stop time for a minute and take a second look at things that are familiar to me (the city of Montreal) or things Iâ€™m less at ease with (poetry, religion, in-lawsâ€¦)
I always feel better about the world after I read Bethâ€™s blog, even when the subject of her post is dark or sad. But best of all, after every visit, I leave The Cassandra pages with a deep desire to write. What an inspiration she can be! Of course, this feeling is immediately followed by nervousness: how could I possibly express moments, feelings, beauty, places and people as well and as steadily as she does?
Itâ€™s a silly thought, of course. Blogging is not a competitive sport. Itâ€™s about giving a platform to a great variety of voices that would not otherwise be heard. In the last few years, the blogosphere has lost quite a bit of steam (my 11 year-old blog included) and it can get pretty noisy. Through all that noise, 10 years later, The Cassandra Pages remain an oasis of calm and a place to reflect on things that matter. â€œLongue vieâ€ to Bethâ€™s blog and long live our friendship!