I’LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS!
Listen to the confessions of a French native!
I want to show you the magic of a rainbow over a certain bridge in Paris glistening in the rain… Or teach you a few French words so you can hear your voice sound romantic like in the movies. I want to guide you safely along the Chartres labyrinth into your journey of self-discovery.
Come along for a carefree experience My Paris!
Immerse yourself in French culture with me so you can do much more than “visit” Paris and Chartres as a tourist. Discover your inner pilgrim as you walk the Chartres labyrinth in a sacred way. Find inspiration in simple pleasures, listening to the caramel delights of a crème brûlée. Experience Paris en situation, interacting with your surroundings. Anchor your voice in its history and art, alive at every corner, and write down your story, whether true to facts, fictionalized or poetical, but always compelling.
Blame it on my father’s Armenian genes or my mother’s literary inclination, but I was always the girl in school looking out the window, softly humming a Beatles song, daydreaming of adventure under a foreign sky. I lived in England in the seventies, and in the 80s, I moved to the USA – America! Somehow, reassured by Bogart’s line in Casablanca, I told myself, “I’ll always have Paris.”
Much time has passed since then, much water has flowed under the bridges of Paris. I’ve taught English in France, French in America; graduated with an English Master’s Degree from the University of Bordeaux, France, and taught French at the University of Nebraska. I’ve lived in Colorado, and the Florida Keys until January 1995 when I discovered Wilmington, NC, a creative community by the sea, which I’ve been happy to call home ever since.
You could say I’m a bit of a serial career woman.
I love change and change loves me back, stimulates me to personal growth, sparks my creativity. Through it all, one thing has kept me sane and grounded: writing.
From stream-of-consciousness journaling in French, to penning short stories and poems in English for Colorado publications, then publishing personal essays and interviews in magazines, writing has been my solace, my confidante, always nurturing me, my BFF.
Writing was what I came back to when my father moved us across the country every four years for his career and I was always “la nouvelle,” the new girl in class, the one with tearful love letters and a broken heart.
Writing was how I expressed intense emotions when, at 35 years old, I had a car accident that spun my life 180º – literally. Writing is also how I celebrate a magical Christmas Romance with my musician boyfriend.
Throughout crisis and healing, loneliness and love, writing has been my rock, my anchor. My lifeblood.
It gives me tremendous joy to bring people together and help us connect with each other to reach a greater purpose. I’ve traveled the world over but always come back to my French roots. Forever seeking balance, I frequently renew myself with visits to Paris, and Chartres where I took my high school Baccalauréat in Philosophy. There, I reflect quietly in the 12th-century cathedral where I enjoy walking the labyrinth to the rhythm of my breath.
Now an accomplished “Renaissance Woman,” I want to share my experiences with you.
Hemingway said it best: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
And since Paris is a moveable feast, I know you’ll take it back home with you, rolled up in your unique story, bejeweled with priceless memories. And like Bogart in Casablanca, you too will say with a smile and a twinkle in your eye, “I’ll always have Paris!”
Come along with me for a carefree experience of My Paris.
Come, this could be the beginning of a beautiful story!
Read my recent pieces:
- Enchanted Romance – Salt Magazine
- The Good, The Bad & The Obvious: 7 Self-Editing Tips for Magazine Publication – NC Writers’ News, Spring 2018
Read Testimonials from my clients and workshop participants.
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