Robert Mapplethorpe Retrospective.. at the Grand Palais...

Robert Mapplethorpe...

An... artist...

Obsessed... with...

Aesthetic... perfection...

Although... a world-renowned photographer...

He was... a sculptor at heart...

Who... wanted...

"people to see his work, first as art, second as photography"...

Articles

Berber Women... of Morocco...

Berber... Women...

Of... Morocco...

Exhibition... was...

Mysterious...

Authentic...

Not only was I whisked away... transported to that magnificent land... which mesmerised me... at first sight... it also brought back vivid memories... during my journey there... and the stunningly beautiful Berber jewellery I collected... loved and adored and still wear today...

Pour moi... it was a moment...

When time... stood still...

Henri Cartier-Bresson... at Centre Pompidou...

Henri Cartier-Bresson...

French... photographer...

Father... of photojournalism...

Exhibiting... at the...

Centre... Pompidou...

Was... inspirational...

Salon du Livre... de Paris...

Salon.... du Livre...

de... Paris...

A deluge... of books...

Writers... authors...

Editors... publishers...

"Scénaristes"...

Talented professionals... congregate from all over the world to pay hommage to...

"The... book"...

We were at the "vernissage"... private view... of the Salon du Livre 2014... at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre... where we proudly mingled with representatives of their "métier"...

"Les hommes... de lettres"...

Vogue... Loves Printemps...

"Vogue Loves... Printemps"...

Is what... was splashed...

In hot pink... on black...

On the invitation card... which fluttered from the pages of the stunning March issue of French Vogue...

Entitled... "Femme Fatale"...

Emmanuelle... Alt...

The striking Editor-in-Chief of... Vogue Paris...

Chinese New Year 2014... in Paris...

"Le... Dragon"...

Loomed... large...

Formidable...

Its... huge head...

Its body... rippling...

Undulating... gliding...

Effortlessly... confidently...

Through the streets of Chinatown... in Paris...

We were... ecstatic...

The... Dragon...

Has always been... a powerful symbol of China...

In fact... we were celebrating the...

Chinese New Year 2014...

Prix des Deux Magots 2014...

Prix des Deux Magots... 2014...

It was... a moment...

Of... nostalgia...

Emotions... of expectation...

Where... one would...

Visualise... Sartre...

Sitting... in the corner...

Deep in a... philosophical "débat"...

With... de Beauvoir...

Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris... The Exotic...

A... vintage Bentley...

Sent by... an old admirer...

Escorted... me...

To the new... boutique hotel...

Buddha-Bar Hotel Paris...

"Au Coeur de" Faubourg-Saint-Honoré... a short walk from the Palais de l'Élysée... an 18th century "town mansion" in rue d'Anjou...

It is the latest five-star hotel... in this prestigious "quartier"...

Upon entering the hotel .. we were transported into a Parisian take on 1930's Shanghai... reminiscent of a scene from the magnificent film "Shanghai Express"...

Will I Be... Seeing You...

Will... I...

Be... seeing you...

In... every...

Small... café...

In... every...

Quartier...

This... New year...

In the... Marais...

Montmartre... St. Germain-des-Prés...

I'll be... seeing you...

In every... passing cloud...

The sun... as it rises...

Over... roof tops...

"A... Paris"...

Cartier... at the Grand Palais...

"Cartier... Le... Style...et... l'Histoire...

L'exposition... organisée par... La Réunion des Musées Nationaux... Le Grand Palais... dans le Salon d'Honneur"...

We were among the many admirers... invited to gape in amazement at the 600 creations... by the jeweller of Monarchs... Maharajahs... Princesses... notably Grace of Monaco... Hollywood royalty... Marlene Dietrich... Elizabeth Taylor... beautiful heiresses... Barbara Hutton... Marjorie Merriweather Post... historical figures... The Duchess of Windsor... Daisy Fellowes...

Noël... Enchanté...

"Noël... une fête...

Enchantée..."

In spite... of the...

Catastrophic...

Claustrophobic...

Political and economic icy chill... enveloping us here à Paris... we still have a compulsion to celebrate an...

Enchanted... festive season...

Eh bien... oui...

Editorial

Friends…

"People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.

When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that
Person..

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need
You have expressed.

They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with
Guidance and support,

To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend and they are..."

Towards World Governance...

A very important article which appeared in Liberation Monde recently: "Vers une gouvernance mondiale"...

TOWARDS WORLD GOVERNANCE

Appeal by the Collegium International, Geneva, 20th January 2014

The world faces a convergence of crises of global scale without precedent: the depletion of natural resources, biodiversity loss, financial bubbles and bank failures, the dehumanisation of the economic system, social disintegration, rising inequality and social insecurity, rising intolerance, disparagement of the political elites, famines, shortages, viral pandemics…

These developments, which have taken place in the context of an uncontrollable expansion and revolution in communications technology, are largely the results of a major crisis of thought and of sense, and of the deterioration of a matrix of fundamental values.

"Love Is Where We Came From, Love Is Who We Are"…

An amazing article by Mastin Kipp... founder of The Daily Love:

“One of the great gifts of being human is that we have free will.

But our free will boils down to a very simple choice: we can choose to connect to Love or not.

Love is where we came from. Love is who we are and Love in all its various forms is our destiny. Like a seed, we have full potential within us; when we plant ourselves in the soil of Love and water our dreams and life with Faith, we begin to step into and realize that potential.

And just like the seed, we express in perfect time – not all at once, but over time...

An Expat Working in Paris - A Personal Insight

Since settling in Paris many years ago, my experiences of working in the capital have been exclusively with international companies, where the working language was English. Most recently, I joined a French, very Parisian institution.

I soon discovered that working methods, reporting lines, social interactions, attitudes towards clients can greatly differ within French companies, as compared to those of the more Anglo-Saxon corporate cultures of companies I have worked with previously in London and Paris...

We Are All.. One...

Virtually every spiritual tradition teaches that your higher self is the presence of God within you.

When you know this power within yourself, you no longer think in terms of anything that you must have or do with reference to external needs.

In Christianity, this inner knowing is referred to in the commandment that says '... for behold, the kingdom of God is within you.'

In Confucianism we are told, 'What the undeveloped man seeks is outside. What the advanced man seeks is within himself.'

“Women’s Forum Brazil 2013” - A Case of Empowerment…

I recently asked a wise, enlightened acquaintance a topical question: “How, in your opinion, is women’s role changing in the ‘5th Dimension’, from a spiritual point of view?” The answer came quickly and clearly: “Because of women’s increased empowerment, they now have a stronger platform to show that their way can work in a more beneficial way...".

Since the discussion moved on, I was left to wonder about this simple yet startling reply later, in the privacy of my thoughts. “Their way”… I presume meant women’s naturally more diplomatic, nurturing, consensus-driven method of operating, versus the more power-driven, competitive, authoritative, sometimes confrontational approach of men. Given the current unstable, chaotic, and down-right dangerous state of the world, I mused, we need every bit of help, every useful suggestion, to move us through this turbulent period in human history, and on to a more peaceful, balanced, harmonious place in our collective state of existence.

The Way Forward...

The new "religion".. the new "faith"...

L.M.

Gary Zukav's Soul Thought... Excerpt from the 17 April 2013 Newsletter...

How To Stop The Bombing

"The great sadness that enveloped the people of Boston and the participants in the Boston Marathon is the same great sadness that envelopes people everywhere in our global village. The two bombs that exploded in Boston, USA, killed three people and injured 176; the bomb that exploded on that same day in Mogadishu, Somalia, killed twenty people and injured more; and the twenty bombs that exploded on that same day across Iraq in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Tikrit, and three other cities killed 37 people and injured 140. One week earlier a bomb that exploded in rural Afghanistan killed 5 people, and on that same day an American airstrike - another bomb - killed 10 children. All of these bombings had the same cause, created the same effect, and forced the same question upon us..."

What Hope - Women Entrepreneurs in France?

I was looking through the Women’s Forum’s “The Book” recently and a quote from one of the sessions at the 2012 Deauville “Global Meeting” conference, entitled “Can economic austerity be an opportunity for women?” caught my eye :

“In France, the dialogue between the government and the private sector is very poor. At the end of the day, it’s not surprising that the decisions taken by government are far from what the private sector expects.”

Given that this quote was uttered by Agnès Audier, Partner and Managing Director of The Boston Consulting Group, and a highly respected professional who’s previously held senior advisory positions in both the private and public sector… she must know what she’s talking about. The next headline, further down the page, made me gulp even more: “In France, 90% of women entrepreneurs do not draw a salary”.

Women and the Workplace: a Personal Perspective

In this weekend’s edition of the International Herald Tribune, I was drawn to read an article entitled “In Sandberg, Echoes of De Beauvoir” by Chrystia Freeland, where the author makes the correlation between some of De Beauvoir’s thoughts on women and their perception within society and Sheryl K. Sandberg’s recent book “Lean In”, which argues that some of those misperceptions of women described long ago, still hold true today. I was riveted.

International Women's Day 2013...

Being a British professional and single mother living in Paris, I fully understand the trials and tribulations that women have to face in their working lives, in France and the wider world.

That is why I was interested to commemorate “International Women’s Day” this year, yet again, by attending the Franco-British Chamber’s conference entitled “Women and Corporate Social Responsibility: What role for business?”, being held at the sumptuous British Ambassador’s Residence located in the heart of Paris.