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This is the season of the ancestors. The thinning of the veil when those we've loved, those who've passed draw closest. Samhain - the Celtic New Year - later became All Hallows' Eve, meaning holy or hallowed eve, the threshold of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

I love the physicality of books. These belonged to my father's aunt, Eunice. Photographing them, I connect to her & that time's culture. Reading as joy, book making as art. Photographing these became a meditation on the act of reading, the art of book making, and how we pass our culture from generation to generation.

Let us remember: our words matter.

May the ancestors will you their wisdom.


Samhain - October 31, 2019

Books, like the dead --
                 Their stories re-opening
secrets; dare we learn?






Once handed out on street corners, it seemed right to update the broadside* form for our electronic age's street corner - the web. Welcome to A VISION AND A VERSE, an e-Broadside. Four to six times a year, I'll showcase a featured image and poem of mine, matching them on a seasonal or timely theme.

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Margaret McCarthy

*A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only. Historically, broadsides were posters, announcing events or proclamations, or simply advertisements. Today, broadside printing is done by many smaller printers and publishers as a fine art variant, with poems often being available as broadsides, intended to be framed and hung on the wall.
-From Wikipedia