May 16- Into the woods 3- the Luxembourg garden

Hello dear May,

Yes, I did write for two hours, as I committed myself to do yesterday. At least that is the time I spent on my manuscript. I made a plan and took notes. Instead of working on one topic and stress on the way it advances, I decided to experiment working on three topics simultaneously. They are different, but complementary at the same time.

I did well of that. At lunch time, I was in the whereabouts of the Platform, where a lot of artists, producers, and event organizers meet. I went to the Platform café where I run into N again. N, in case April has not told you, is a guy I have some difficulty communicating with. Yes, I have been attracted to him in the past but we didn’t share a common language. He seemed to like me too, but he was criticizing my lifestyle and I was defensive about it.

Anyway, he confirmed that he will come to my summer event, which is great. He even thinks of spending part of his holidays on the spot, in the south of France, and will arrive two weeks earlier, with friends. He asked me for contacts in order to rent a place to stay.

I will put him in touch with one or two people. I was warm, but business-like and tried to find if he could help other participants with cheap flight/train tickets. He refused, saying he could only find a way out for himself.

But my question is not N. My question is B, my favorite guy. Will I be able to get out of my business-like talk and show some emotion? Will I be capable to tear down the wall that is supposed to keep me safe but also keeps me apart?

B, I don’t care if you like my events or not. (Ok, you’d better do). Let’s go out for a walk, leave your mom and friends for a while and let’s kiss in to the woods.

The weather is beautiful, the sun is shining this weekend and the birds are singing.

So should we!

Photo de l'équipement Jardin du Luxembourg - Horaires d'ouverture

http://equipement.paris.fr/jardin-du-luxembourg-horaires-d-ouverture-1793

 

 

 

 

May 9- Into the Woods again: the Jardin des Plantes

Hello dear May,

you want to know if I have been progressing today? I will give you some elements, so you can be the judge of it!

The day was dedicated to a meeting, concerning a big event which will take place mid-July in Paris. No, not my event in the South of France, which is much smaller, just one day at the end of July; if mine is as big as a teaspoon, the Paris event is as the Eiffel Tower. You see what I mean.

International artists will be present for a week. I participate in the organizing team, and we were to meet in order to discuss practical details like: the final program, where people could stay in the midst of a very touristic period, what they should eat, and also, some suggestions for their free time –if they’ll have any. How to publicize the whole thing, and if we could do it without money: this becomes a habit 😉

I volunteer, and at the same time, learnt a lot, since the other participants have more experience than me in the subject.

The funniest part was the tour that one of the members suggested: he showed us photos and a trajectory of a walk he was proposing: the highlight was a photo of the “Jardin des Plantes”, with a statue of a dinosaur. His suggestion was not approved. But still, it is interesting to see how different views we have on what is valuable in the city.

I am not a big fan of the dinosaur statue, but it is a question of perspective. I agree the “Jardin des Plantes” is a magnificent botanical garden, where as they say “you learn about plants as you walk”. By the way, it was founded by king Louis XIII in 1635 as a garden for medicinal plants.

Maybe I just need to loosen up a little and go “into the woods” to meet the big bad wolf, the dinosaur, or whatever magnificent creature might be hiding there. After all, surprises are possible even in the square close to my home.

It is spring!

For the Paris Botanical Garden: http://www.jardindesplantes.net/

 

 

April 12- Into the woods

April hello again

April 12-“Into the Woods”

I have been ‘Into the Woods” tonight, in other words, to watch Stephen Sodheim’s musical at the theater of Châtelet in Paris. The music so beautiful, but  the script by James Lapine is a form of dilemma:

a. is what we wish what we really want and need?

b. are we happier when we get what we wish for?

Cinderella, Little Red Hood and some other fairy tale heroes are the main characters who face this dilemma.

In the case of Cinderella, that interests me more, she gets married to the prince only to realize that he is unfaithful, superficial and a pure egoist.

So what to do? She quits her job as a princess and decides to get together with a baker who recently lost his wife and raise his child. Oh, and she is ready to go back to her cleaning habits.

Seriously, Stephen and James is that what you wish for us women?

Are you telling me to forget the prince and the artistic projects and practice my cooking skills?

Ok, I admit that a prince that is chosen only because he has power, looks, and wealth, does not guarantee happiness. Once you get used to these attributes, they mean nothing.

So what does true love look like? Does it have to be the baker? Is he in any way “better than” the prince?

What am I looking for?

Feeling good, in every possible way, being completed and complementary, fulfilling a purpose together.

Is what we wish for what we need?

The only way to know is to make my wish come true and if not, then learn from experience and make another wish!