Where Writers Go to Hide

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“in books i have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.”
– anna quindlen

Profound and great truth about the world of books. For those of us who love them, they open a world outside of our own experience. Even more intriguing is the world that books open into our own souls.

Shakespeare & Co. famously nurtured aspiring and accomplished writers in Paris during the artistic boom of the 1920’s. This image is just one of many I captured during my visit there in August. I felt transported to a world that was at once comfortable, familiar and new. It was breathtaking and creativity inducing.

I am still searching for such a place now that I have returned home. Do you have a place like this where you feel drawn to go in and hide out? If so, tell me where so I may discover it too.

Perhaps I will have to create one of my own… a place where writers and readers and dreamers can go to hide, to dream, and think.

If I create a space like that, would you come visit?

Image Note: This image was chosen for my dear artistic friend Jen Folz who sent me a handwritten note and remarked about the image in my sidebar that shows Shakespeare & Co. When I read her note, I knew I needed to share another image, if just for her to imagine herself in this magical place.

What image from Paris would you like to see next? More bookstores and artist haunts or museum pieces and landmarks, rivers and parks? Let me know and I will do my best to oblige!

Two Men on the Metro

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Paris Metro Underground, 2012

This was a rare moment when the escalator I was on was empty and the two men going the opposite direction were the only ones in my camera frame. A perfect moment. Their heads down, not looking up. The stark track lighting of the underground. Random pieces of art trying to liven the dreary environment.

Where are you heading in 2013?

It is a mistake…

Paris, France

Daily Delight Meets Oprah

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I hope you’re enjoying this DAILY DELIGHT project as much as I am! I love the combination of Parisian images, inspiring words and compelling design. It calls on all of my artistic sensibilities and allows me to stretch my creativity. A perfect combination and right in line with my goals for this project. Even if I’m the only one benefitting, I’m thrilled to have found a new creative outlet.

This image was shot as I walked up and out of the metro. The sky was beautifully grey-blue with low hanging clouds. The fashionable Parisian women were engaged in conversation. The famous metro sign was perfectly positioned. It was one of those moments you smile knowing it’s captured for all time.

If you’d like to get regular updates on new DAILY DELIGHT with free wallpapers for desktops and mobile devices, it’s easy to sign up. Would love to have you join us for the journey in 2013!

How Much Freedom Do You Have?

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The journey is long on the metro moving walkways in Paris. Getting from one station to another, making your connection and navigating the underground maze is an adventure in itself.

This image was shot on our way to the Bastille Farmers Market, one of the most amazing and authentic markets in Paris. Less tourist. More local. Simply incredible. We visited there twice during our two-week stay in Paris, one of those times being on my birthday!

Feel free to pin and share the image! Be inspired. Be free.

If you’d like to get regular updates on new DAILY DELIGHT with free wallpapers for desktops and mobile devices, it’s easy to sign up. Would love to have you join us for the journey in 2013!

A Thousand Little Choices

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The Parisian subway system is a marvel, winding its way above and below city streets. It will take you almost anywhere you want to go in Paris and even to the outskirts of the city.

The challenge is making sure you know where you want to go and how to get there… and then getting the right ticket for the right train at the right time in the right direction. That, my friends, is the greatest challenge of all.

A thousand little choices at every turn. Not much different than our lives. We never know the impact our “little” choices today will have on our future… so choose well. Choose very well.

If you’d like to get regular updates on new DAILY DELIGHT with free wallpapers for desktops and mobile devices, it’s easy to sign up. Would love to have you join us for the journey in 2013!

DAILY DELIGHT: Paris Desktop Wallpaper

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Ever since my first 365 challenge in 2010, I’ve wanted to find another 365 project that incorporated the best of my photography, design and inspiration. After much soul searching and journaling, I came up with the idea of DAILY DELIGHT. With the fresh start and creative push of a new year, I’m finally ready to release it into the world.

My intention is to release a new image from Paris every day. Some will have quotes and inspiration, others will just focus on the imagery. Some will become free desktop and iphone wallpaper downloads, others will be just for your viewing pleasure. Most will be part of a series as I have an incredible set of over 20 photo series I plan to process and share from my Parisian adventure.

Ultimately, my goal is to provide DAILY DELIGHT to my favorite readers. Are you in? It’s 2013 and time to freshen up your wallpaper! If you like it, leave a comment and let me know. And I’d love if you’d share on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook too!

This is my first foray into creating desktop wallpaper, so bear with me as I work out the kinks. I’ve included links below to the most widely used desktop dimensions. If you would like to request a different size, just let me know! I’ve even included one for the iPhone (or other mobile device).

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Enjoy and delight in the wisdom of the words on the image.

Is your life worth watching? If not, make it so!

A Movie to Delight Francophiles and Night Owls

FRANCOPHILE DEFINED: A Francophile (or Gallophile) is a person who has a strong positive predisposition or interest toward the government, culture, history, or people of France. This could include France itself and its history, the French language, French cuisine, literature, etc.

It was a delightful movie that brought me that much closer to my beloved Paris and France. A movie that is a beautiful homage to the city of light. It begins with a long montage of vistas and iconic shots taken from all over the city. Place de l’Abbé-Basset was the centerpoint of the movie and the steps that transported our golden age loving hero back to a beloved and nostalgic time.

It’s “Midnight in Paris” and literally a movable feast with stunning locations photographed in a dreamy golden hue that set the nostalgic mood for this fantasy tour of a city so many dream of visiting. They feature Montmartre, the Clingancourt flea market, bridges on the Seine and even Carla Bruni in the Rodin gardens. It’s like taking a trip without leaving home and Paris in the rain is a delight all in itself. (Of course coming from a Seattlite that sentiment shouldn’t be too surprising.)

Why the allure? What drew me to this movie? From the authors, artists, painters, and creatives it featured, to the landscapes it presented, to the memorable quotes that leave you wanting more.

Here are just a few of the quotes that stuck with me…

No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure. – Ernest Hemingway

That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me. – Adriana

Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present… the name for this denial is golden age thinking – the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in – its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present. – Paul

One final thought on this movie I saw three times in the theatre. Researching the term Francophile, I learned this:

The opposite of a Francophile is a Francophobe (or Gallophobe) – someone who dislikes all that is French.

I cannot imagine why anyone would be this way, but I do know that they exist. Seeing as how my cousin is married to a French man, he has relayed numerous humorous and sometimes painful stories of Francophobe’s who were less than friendly to him because of his country of origin. Something to think about.

Broken (D321)

I have what you might call a quirk. I don’t like to use things right away after I get them. I like to leave them in their original packaging and just enjoy them in their pristine condition for a while. The length of time I leave them that way often is in direct correlation to the size, cost, and amount of time I waited to get the new thing. My Breville juicer is a perfect example. I got it for Christmas and didn’t unbox it until months later.

This also translates to not using things that are special or sentimental, even if they are meant to be utilitarian. For example, wedding dishes, autographed books, and special mugs.

With my recent detox diet, however, I chucked most of the plastic we were using and now we are using more mugs instead of plastic cups and the good wedding dishes instead of plastic plates and bowls. There are certain sets for the kids and adults… even certain mugs that are just for Mommy because they represent either a time or place that holds some meaning.

One such mug is red and white with hearts… nothing special to an onlooker, but to me it’s incredibly valuable. It was a gift from a student in my first classroom. She was the ring leader and the supposedly the hardest one to reach. Over the course of the year, we bonded and she became one of the brightest spots in my day. This morning, the handle of that mug was broken off completely. My heart broke a little.

Another favorite mug is the tall one with Paris and the Eiffel Tower on it. It’s a memento my hubby bought me when he took me to Vegas and we visited the Paris Hotel. Since it’s always been my dream to visit Paris, we joked that he fulfilled that and bought a mug to remember it. This afternoon, that mug was chipped beyond repair. My heart broke a little more.

I’m not a hoarder, which is why the few things I do keep as memories of times past are special to me. I know they are just things and I do keep them in perspective. But for today, this picture makes me sad.