Do we forge it, or are we carried forth like a leaf over rushing waters? Does it actually matter? Perhaps it is the same. We are shaping our destiny by the decisions we take, but we take them really without the least idea where they will eventually lead us. And then there are the things that we apparently don’t choose. Excluding suicide, the way we are finally to die, for instance. Continue reading
There are moments of knowing. You never know when one is going to happen until it does, usually when it is least expected. You have doubted, you have thought, you have gone beyond thought and just given up and then suddenly you know. Continue reading
Sometimes living with the name you are given, first name or family name, is not easy. There are names that are difficult to pronounce, names that are ‘weighty’, names that tag you as foreign. Mine, both of mine, were all three. Continue reading
Today is market day here; it happens every Thursday and I impatiently await it. I awake early and traipse off to the “centre ville” right after having my breakfast consisting of a green smoothie (yes, I consume them, but not –heaven forbid- to live like a chimpanzee or have their health, but because I find them delicious) and a bran cracker. Continue reading
I am delightfully finding that I can actually have men friends. This, for me, is exciting. Apart from one dear, dear friend from many years ago who is gay and therefore never been interested in having sex with me, I have seldom –before now- felt comfortable in the company of a man. Continue reading
For my brother, Michael
Day chez moi begins before it is light although having left the winter solstice behind I hope the days begin to get longer. Still, the sun takes its time in arriving in Salies because there are hills to the East, and the one closest to my house is called “Sweet Roll” or, literally, Sugar Bread (Pain de Sucre). Continue reading
Have you noticed how something unpleasant almost always follows that phrase? It’s like “What if everything goes wrong”, or “What if s/he doesn’t like me?”, or “What if I oversleep, miss my appointment, get there late, mess up the sale, fail the exam, get that lousy teacher that hates everyone, or die young?” Continue reading
What better time to write a piece on beginnings than the 1st of January. On this day, we begin a lot of things (apparently). We throw out the old calendar and set up the new one or peg it to the wall. Continue reading
Looking at my life since my divorce 19 years ago, I realize I have been doing things backwards. Travelling around Europe, living in new places, meeting new people, learning a new language, living in an attic apartment with the minimum is something to be done at 18 or 25, not 68 (and I would ask: Is that true?) Continue reading
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 45 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 28 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 15mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was July 20th with 74 views. The most popular post that day was AWAKENING.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were mail.yahoo.com, mail.live.com, facebook.com, itsallaboutwomen.com, and bpcs-zaranot-04.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for brianda domecq, writingalife.com, egoness, everything mindless, and living a conscious life.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
AWAKENING July 2010
IMAGES TO GO WITH THE WORDS August 2010
About July 2010
BEING BEAUTIFUL July 2010
LIFE DOESN’T OWE YOU ANYTHING September 2010