Blog Sin

Forgive me, bloggers and readers, for I have committed blog sin. I have not posted a blog entry in darn near a month. There are three posts below to begin to atone for my blog-sin…

In that month I:
– taught a bunch of classes on media ethics and media and politics, some totally shocking. There will surely be an upcoming post or two on that.

– went down the Seine through Paris at night

– went to the top of the Eiffel Tower with 22 students

– toured Paris’s sewers

– saw where the French Revolution began and it’s near Hemingway’s early Parisian haunts

– hung out with students in costume in Closerie de Lilas, one of Hemingway’s favorite cafes

– was disappointed with the Musee d’Orsay’s renovation

– spent an amazing morning with Australian author John Baxter in St Germain des Pres (Do this if you ever can — he is funny and generous and one of the most knowledgable people in the world on this stuff.)

His home is here, just above where Sylvia Beach lived and ran Shakespeare & Company and published James Joyce’s Ulysses and lent Hemingway books. He let us all come in and hang out! We stood in the hallway where Hemingway asked if Beach had collaborated during World War II. He has view of Notre Dame from his balcony.

– saw the faerie show at the Moulin Rouge (overrated)

– sang at one of Paris’s oldest cabarets, one Picasso made famous with this painting (good fun)

– toured the Picasso museum, a great way to spend a few hours in Paris

– ate a great dinner at La Rotonde. I love that Jake Barnes talks about this place in The Sun Also Rises. Iread them the passage while they ate a wonderful three-course dinner.

– had a great group lunch at Cremerie Restaurant Polidor

– had one of my most memorable dining experiences ever at Dans Le Noir The waitstaff are blind and you eat in complete darkness. These restaurants are all over Europe now — it’s fascinating and fun… the food was great, too!

– spent two days at Disneyland Paris, in a hotel themed like the Old West

– got most of the 22 students to understand Baudrillard’s theory of the hyperreal while eating at an all-you-can-eat buffet in Disneyland Paris’s Hotel Cheyenne. Here we’re at Disney’s disco…

– ate dinner overlooking Paris from the Institut du Monde Arabe

– found a new favorite hotel (request room 608 – it’s not the largest room but has a balcony with a view of the Eiffel Tower) Two of my students had this room and said they felt like Carrie in Sex and the City — they’d wake up, throw open the french doors and stretch each morning with the Eiffel Tower as their backdrop.

– took my last youth hostel shower. I just don’t need to ever do that again.

– spent an afternoon in the neighborhood police station adjacent to the Luxembourg Gardens after a student’s purse was stolen in Montmartre

– had a great lunch in the Cafe Paul Bert in the antiques market at Clignancourt

– hung out in the Centre Pompidou

– appreciated Pere Lachaise cemetery

– ate these different kinds of crepes: fromage, jambon et fromage, nutella; nutella and banana, butter and sugar, another ham and cheese, another nutella

– saw The Devil Wears Prada on the Champs Elysees

– saw Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth

and got paid for it all!

– got wireless Internet access at home WOOHOO!

– bought a season pass for Grey’s Anatomy on iTunes and now see the week’s episode without commercials the day after it airs in the US YAY!

– introduced Stefan to Mufasa (see post below)

– accompanied Stefan and Mufasa up to the top Monte San Salvatore

– bought a new digital camera and a color printer

– explained to Stefan what the words “snuggle” and “vomit” mean (I had the flu)

– learned that my beau loves to shop and has a sweet tooth bigger than my own

got way, way behind in almost every area of my life
and still got paid for it!

Maybe I fell in love with my job this last month. Yes, I think maybe that’s it…

Finally, I love this photo a student took of the evidence after some of them had visited the neighborhood patisserie…

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  1. The pictures are wonderful, the list of adventures in Paris make me so jealous, and the shot of you is one of the best I have ever seen. It seems that Stephan captured your beauty, appreciates your intellect, and his shot portrays a maturity that agrees with you!
    I am excited to think that you are more aware of the pros of your decision to move abroad. You know how concerned I am that our society is not doing justice to our children, families and all citizens. One of my colleagues walked in to my office yesterday sharing that a recent murder victim (in Sarasota)was a woman from her church who,leaving work was abducted by a homeless man, a drug user, who was later found with the victim’s cell phone and wallet.There we were talking about murder, almost matter-of-factly! I was thinking how tragic that murder no longer shocks us and that most people here do not understand this is not the way it is in most parts of the world! Then there is the election today! Another nightmare to have observed a process totally out of control.If all the money spent on these campaigns was spent on social services, imagine how much we could accomplish.
    So, dear daughter, you really are in a good place. Continue to thrive in it!
    Love, Mom
    PS-The “myth” was more like a “dream” for those of us living in that era. I think it is important to recognize that society changed, became more transient and mobile with more choices for everyone to make and longer lives to live. Today I do believe it is a “myth” to think that many relationships can, or should be required to survive for long periods of time. I once read a Margaret Mead comment that different periods of life dictate different needs, physical and emotional, and that is OK. It makes sense to me. I still say that your short marriage met a need at that time for you and just imagine all the personal growth that came from it. Oddly, your Dad has these different personalities (Butch, DR & Richard) so it was like me being with 3 people over these 43 years! The trick was figuring out when he was which person! I am sure you two kids found that pretty confusing. I should have explained it more as you were growing up!

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