Travels

Christmas Concert Showcases Countless Careers

Last night David and I attended a concert at the Maison de Radio France.  David had purchased tickets months ago, securing seats in the first balcony of the magnificent renovated Auditorium, reopened on November 14, 2014.   Architecture combined with aesthetics to render acoustics astonishingly clear.  After a short walk from where we stay when in Paris, we arrived on a balmy December night to join others in the reassuring Security lines in front of the main entrance.  Soon seated in [...]

December 25th, 2016|Categories: Beauty, Inspiration, Paris & France, Uncategorized, Work|Tags: , , |

Watching Tears Form in My Friend’s Eyes

My friend is one of those women who manage to address life directly.  Trained as a research scientist, she is clear-headed, quick to analyze a problem, look at data, evaluate options, and carefully track the progress of possible solutions.  She has a brilliant mind and a memory that can embarrass the rest of us.  She bites into life, eager to experience all it can offer and moves on with grace when loss or pain might make others flinch.  In the [...]

Aging with Grace – Loving Oneself

In New York, where the way people protect their boundaries can predict paranoia, I never would have approached the woman in purple. But I was an American in Paris, she was “of a certain age”, I was captivated by her poise and presence, and I wanted her to know she was not invisible. David and I had boarded Bus 80 at Porte de Versailles. Our morning at the Salon du Chocolat had stretched well into the afternoon and left us [...]

July 18th, 2016|Categories: Aging with Grace, Paris & France, Self-Love|Tags: , , |

A Continuum of Compassion from Personal to Cultural

A neighbor from the days when our children were small recently sent me the obituary for the woman who had lived next door. I had known Paula as the woman who gave out particularly treasured Halloween treats and who played the piano, sending musical beauty across our lawns when spring days led us to open our doors and allow screens to permit more transparency. I also knew that she had been an accomplished nurse and had continued to work at [...]

Sharing IS the Essence of Loving

After almost one month in France, the tasks of re-entry on our return seem routine: David turns up the heat, programs the phones back to the answering machine default, coordinates mail retrieval, reconnects the laptop to the networked printer. This trip he also tracks down delivery of the missing suitcase, follows up on details that developed after his wallet was stolen, and coordinates our (as well as his) calendar commitments. Meanwhile, I check in with people, balance the checkbook, monitor [...]

April 19th, 2016|Categories: Intimacy, Marriage, Paris & France|Tags: , , |
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