Palmyra.. Destroyed...??

Palmyra...

Jewel...of...

The... desert...

Is about... to be destroyed...?

Vanish... dissapear...

Turn into rubble...?

Barbaric... unthinkable...

Surreal... a nightmare...

Articles

It’s April… in Paris…

A pink… Cherry tree…

A white… one too…

Surprisingly…

Daffodils…

In... tiered terraces...

Are... everywhere…

Yellow… Cyclamen…

Clinging lovingly… to the soil…

Twelve Shades.. of Shame...

"Twelve... Years...

A... Slave"...

Rather...

Twelve.... shades...

Of... shame...

How...

Did human psyche... dip into the depths of its.... pathological disintegration...

Why...

Was such demeanment... humiliation... and chilling cruelty... inflicted upon fellow humans...

The much praised 2013 period drama... an adaptation of the 1853 memoir by Soloman Northup... "Twelve Years a Slave"... was imposed upon us on the small screen... "la télé"...

The Yearnings... of a Woman...

When... young...

Rummaging through much loved books... in an old musty library... I touched on a novel which fascinated me...

It was... "The Sheik"...

Not only did I read the book voraciously... I also watched the film starring... the incomparable "Rudolph Valentino" and Agnes Ayres...

Both left an indelible impression on me...

The novel is about a young British aristocrat... a Lady Diana Mayo... who is kidnapped by a dashing Sheik...

Café Pouchkine.. Boulevard Saint-Germain...

Café... Pouchkine...

St. Germain... Paris...

An... invitation...

Having been through a traumatic few days... it was a pleasant diversion to be invited to the official "ouverture" of one of our much appreciated destinations... the newly opened Café Pouchkine on the left bank.

Andrey Dallos... the founder of the world renowned... Café Pouchkine in Moscow... is already the owner of three cafés in Paris... having already opened a small patisserie | salon de thé in the Grand Magasin Printemps... which we find strikingly beautiful...

La Philharmonie.. de Paris...

François... Hollande...

Chef... de l'État...

Inaugurated... opened...

La Philharmonie... de Paris...

Along with his entourage... including Anne Hidalgo... the mayor of Paris...

Was met on the opening night gala on the 14th of January... with a "sustained and spontaneous ovation"...

"Un concert... historique"...

"Tout est.. pardonné..."

"C'est... Voltaire...

Qu'on... assassine..."

Wrote Jean-Marie Rouart... of the Académie Française...

The assassination... of Voltaire...

He... who argued fiercely for...

Religious... tolerance....

Freedom... of thought...

If... only...

La Marche.. Républicaine...

"I do not agree with what you have to say...

But I'll defend to the death... your right to say it..."

Voltaire

We marched today... "La Marche Républicaine"... on a day of national mourning. François Hollande... along with several heads of state including Angela Merkel of Germany... David Cameron of Great Britain... as well as other dignitaries... lead "La Marche de la Liberté"... the march of freedom...

The Terrorist Attack in Paris.. on Charlie Hebdo...

Re today's terrorist attack in Paris at the satirical journal's Charlie Hebdo headquarters, 12 innocent people where assasinated. Stéphane Charbonnier... or "Charb", one of the journalists who was killed, once courageously remarked...

"Je préfère mourir debout que vivre à genoux."
- Charb

I prefer to die standing... than living on my knees.

Le Petit Poucet.. Place de Clichy...

In... search...

Of... yet another...

Parisian... brasserie...

We... discovered...

Le... Petit Poucet...

"Le grand café-brasserie... de la Place de Clichy”....

Yet... another...

Brilliant... establishment...

Added... to the already before-mentioned sister brasseries... Le Dôme... Le Hibou... among many others mushrooming "à Paris" by the same ingenious "proprietaire"...

The Peninsula Paris... Exotic Opulence...

The... Peninsula...

Paris...

Is... now...

Open...

"Enfin"...

Stepping under the Pyramide du Louvre-like awning... up the steps into the spacious lobby of this "Asian heritage" hotel... was a magnificent experience...

The gleaming white marble floors... glamorous stairways... ornate silver urns... not to mention the huge crystal chandeliers... all were breathtaking...

Not forgetting the two delightful bellboys... Nicholas and Aurelian...

Editorial

Forget Everything.. and Remember This...

Everything that has happened along the way - forget it...

Forget about the first love that broke your heart.

And forget about the last break too.

Forget the time a friend you thought was best pushed a knife in your back.

Forget the words and the spite that resound in your head.

Forget the trauma that injured your flesh or your bones.

Forget the rejection you felt when someone failed to recognise your value.

Forget the tears that cleansed your soul.

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.