A Paris State of Mind

A Paris State of Mind


This week, I am creating some routines in my newly-rediscovered retirement. Every day, I am taking photos with my iPhone. Often I don't write because I don't have any pictures to enhance my blog. I've got an iPhone which seems to work better for me as I'm not a camera person. I've lost
a few of them and I never have one when I need it. I don't like selfies or even photos of myself. I'm taking photos in and around my apartment to practise composition and lighting effects. 

I am on my 10th day of tracking my food on Lose It.  I've been under my calorie goal every day but I've had to consult the charts before eating any meal. My daughter's weight loss has been such an inspiration to me. Not only has her weight changed but she has gained the confidence to accept new career challenges. She lost more than 100 pounds. I'm only trying for 40! I have to be mindful when I'm eating. For me, it's a positive experience when I use my favourite dishes


The French lemonade is a treat.

I'm excited about going to Paris in September.  It's been four years since I've visited. I've been reading  books set in France or about France. Right now it's The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. During the Belle Epoque Period, two sisters from a poor family in Montmartre end up being immortalized in the paintings and sculpture of Edgar Degas. I'll be busy reading because this morning I received notice that Murder on the Left Bank and  Little Paris Bookshop are available at the library.

the Little Dancer by Degas

Another routine that I have been developing this month is writing. Writing is not as much about inspiration as about regular practise. This my fifth day in a row of blogging. It takes time and perseverance but I enjoy reflecting on my life and sharing those reflections with others.

This afternoon, my friend M is coming for a French lesson. We have not had a lesson for a year.
I've prepared a reading passage and some discussion topics so we're ready to start.

My days are starting to take shape as I establish new routines and undertake new projects.

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind. ~Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957

Comments

  1. Can you tell us a little about why you chose Lose It as a weigh loss program. There are so many, but so few are successful with them.

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    1. I think that any of these programs would be successful if we used them. I tend to lose interest rather than weight but I hope to persevere with this one. Steps from other iPhone apps automatically transfer to Lose It. It's worth a try.

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  2. Saving your suggested titles. Degas is a particular favorite of mine and I enjoyed seeing his work in Paris. I am certain I would enjoy reading The Painted Girls.

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    1. I just finished Painted Girls this morning. The Degas dancers are linked to his Criminal Physiognomies studies. He and Zola apparently believed that one could see a tendency for immorality in the bone structure. How very odd!

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  3. I applaud you for trying to write every day. I think I made it two weeks straight on my first blog one February--and then took a two week break! But I do write on my stories every day at the very least two hours. That's far down from how much I used to spend at it but I have to keep the circulation going now. I journaled for years but find myself letting blogging replace that now.

    I have Bowen's book on writing biography and enjoyed it even though fiction is my interest. I love her quote you included. And best of luck on your new diet and congratulations to your daughter, what an accomplishment!

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  4. I think that writing takes a lot of effort. Lots of times, I think "Oh, nothing really interesting has happened" but life is made up of a lot of just ordinary days. It takes thought to make the ordinary interesting.

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