Friday, February 25, 2022

The littlest things. Thinking of the women of the Ukraine.

 

Annabelle and I are at home being pretty lazy while Don is in town running errands.  


Post Office, drug store, bank.  You know, those little things we just do without much thought.


Unless we're in the process of deciding what to cram into a backpack to carry with us as soldiers invade our country.



My lazy day included pampering myself a little with a mask.





One of those girly-girl things so many women do.





The soothing coolness of my facial mask fought with the salt of my tears as I thought about the women in Ukraine not having a choice today as to whether they might want to have a lazy day of pampering or decide what to cram into a backpack to carry with them as soldiers invade their country.




Some of us love our potions, and creams.  






Some us enjoy playing with them.  Or just knowing they're there.


We paint our nails.  We paint our faces.  We spritz on a bit of favorite fragrance.


We enjoy being women, doing what women around the world do.





And have done for hundreds of years.





Small things.


Inconsequential.


Material things.


But things that remind us that we're women.


We may be thought of as soft, and we may possess softness others think of as a weakness, but only a fool would think that's the all of us.  Along with that softness is the strength to decide what to cram into a backpack to carry with us as soldiers invade our country.


It won't be their potions and creams the women of Ukraine will be packing, of course.  Sadly, those are only a few of the parts of their lives they'll be leaving behind.


Wondering if they'll ever see them again.

Ever spend a day of pure delicious laziness ever again.




In the meantime we will read stories like the one about the brave Ukrainian woman who offered a soldier a handful of sunflower seeds.



Thinking of Ukraine today.

Thinking about the acts of bravery we will be reading about during the coming days.

Real bravery.

While many much less brave will continue to bitch and moan and whine about wearing a mask during a global pandemic.




This is what inspired me to write today.


Ukrainian artist Olesya Hudyma (b. 1980), "Angel of Peace for Ukraine XI," oil on canvas. She posted 13 hours ago that her family woke to the hum of planes and they are putting backpacks together.

https://www.facebook.com/olesyahudyma



























Friday, February 18, 2022

Another reading rabbit hole


Remember the adorable book IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE?


"If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he'll ask for a glass of milk.   When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask for a straw..."


Otherwise known by grown-ups as "going down a rabbit hole."


You who are among the curious know exactly what I'm talking about.


Reading books on our Kindle encourages these rabbit hole forays by allowing us to highlight a word or a phrase in the book we're reading to do a web search.  Wonderful!  No more putting your book down to reach for a dictionary, or to jot down a name, a place, a recipe, or a quote you want to learn a little more about.  Just highlight and search  -   VOILÀ!   I've been known to get so wrapped up in the search, I totally forget about my book for awhile.  



Getting back to what I was going to say . . .



NetGalley.com recently approved my request to read an eARC of The Perfume Companion






Although it was a book I might never have had pop up on my radar, I ended up reading it from cover to cover, finding it fascinating.


I have always loved perfume and have a virtual storefront of fragrances on a shelf if my own.

Many I no longer wear.


Especially now that I am head over heels in love with (aka addicted to) Maison Francis Kurkdjian's Baccarat Rouge 540.  Admittedly, it is out of my price range.  But.  I did treat myself to a bottle.  No apologies.  I am worth it.  (Than you, Cybill Shepherd).



Anyhooooo . . .


Back to what I was saying . . .


The Perfume Companion sent me down a rabbit hole to explore perfume books.


There's a gracious plenty.







Not all as enjoyable as The Perfume Companion, but still interesting and fun.







Coincidently, novels featuring fragrances have always been of interest. 

Stories and myths are in abundance and play a large part in the history, and mystery, of perfume.


These are a few I've enjoyed over the years.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Horizon (to Tristan Tzara) by Philippe Soupault

 


The whole town has come into my room
the trees have disappeared
and evening clings to my fingers
The houses are turning into ocean liners
the sound of the sea has just reached me up here
In two days we’ll arrive in the Congo
I’ve passed the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn
I know there are innumerable hills
Notre-Dame hides the Gaurisankar and the northern lights
night falls drop by drop
I await the hours

Give me that lemonade and the last cigarette
I’m going back to Paris



translated by Rosmarie Waldrop




Monday, February 14, 2022

My Paris Reading List - NON-FICTION - Updated 2/14/2022


Photo by Austeja Gudziunaite



UPDATED - 2/14/2022

 THERE ARE NOW TWO SEPARATE LISTS

FICTION AND NON-FICTION

You can find the Fiction list here



Non-Fiction:



Paris: A Curious Traveler's Guide by Eleanor Aldridge





My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home by Lisa Anselmo




Paris Peasant by Louis Aragon & Simon Watson Taylor




Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living by Robert Arbor





Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget





The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden by Alain Baraton




A Place in the World Called Paris edited by Steven Barclay





Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard





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Here's one I highly recommend!


Carousels of Paris by Kaye Wilkinson Barley and Don Barley




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Me. Photo taken by Don Barley


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The Bonjour Effect by Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau





Chic & Slim Toujours: Ageing Beautifully Like Those Chic French Women by Anne Barone





Ritz & Escoffier by Luke Barr






The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris by John Baxter





Montparnasse by John Baxter





Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach




Paris Cocktails: An Elegant Collection of Over 100 Recipes Inspired by the City of Light (City Cocktails) by Doni Belau






The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring Tale of Theophile-Alexandre Steinlein by Susan Bernardo, Illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher






My Paris Dream by Kate Betts




Paris Sketchbook: Jason Brooks





A Paris All Your Own - Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light edited by Eleanor Brown - Contributing authors include Paula McLain, Therese Anne Fowler, Melissa Shapiro, Jennifer Coburn, Maggie Shipstead, Lauren Willig, Cathy Kelly, Rachel Hore, Meg Waite Clayton, Ellen Sussman, M. J. Rose, Susan Vreeland , Megan Crane, Michelle Gable, J. Courtney Sullivan, Julie Powell, Jennifer Scott, and Cara Black.







Five Hundred Buildings of Paris by Kathy Borrus and Jorg Brockmann







F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Paris Years by Paul Brody






The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury





Hidden Gardens of Paris: A Guide to the Parks, Squares, and Woodlands of the City of Light by Susan Cahill






Parisian Charm School: French Secrets for Cultivating Love, Joy, and That Certain je ne sais quoi by Jamie Cat Callan






The Gargoyles of Notre-Dame by Michael Camille







City of Immortals: Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris by Carolyn Campbell






The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart





Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson





Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train by Ina Caro





Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris by Federico Castigliano





The Grand Louvre: From the Fortress to the Pyramid by Catherine Chaine







Hermes: Heavenly Days by Alice Charbin





My Life in France by Julia Child





Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set) by Julia Child






Hidden Paris: Discovering and Exploring Parisian Interiors by Caroline Clifton-Mogg





Samaritaine: Paris Pont Neuf by Harold Cobert





The Hermes Scarf: History & Mystique by Nadine Coleno




A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes by Delphine Constantini






A Walk in Monet's Garden: Full Color Pop-Up With Guided Tour by Francesca Crespi









Permanent Parisians: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of Paris by Judi Culbertson & Tom Randall





In Paris by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide





Strapless by Deborah Davis





Life in a French Country House by Cordelia de Castellane





The Secret Gardens of Paris by Bruno de Laubadere and Alexandra D'Arnoux





100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go by Marcia DeSanctis





Old-Fashioned Corners of Paris by Christophe Destournelles







Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, and More by Christina Henry de Tessan





City Walks: Paris, Revise
d Edition: 50 Adventures on Foot City Walks by Christina Henry de Tessan






The Hare with the Amber Eyes: a Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal






The Best of Doisneau: Paris by Robert Doisneau





Paris Pop-Up by Ehrhard Dominiq












A Table in Paris by John Donohue







A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light by David Downie





Paris, Paris: Journey Into the City of Light by David Downie and Allison Harris







A Beautiful Fall by Alicia Drake



Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin





The 500 Hidden Secrets of Paris by Marie Farman





The Little Book of Paris by Dominique Foufelle





Poems of Paris edited by Emily Fragos




All You Need to Be Impossibly French: A Witty Investigation into the Lives, Lusts, and Little Secrets of French Women by Helena Frith-Powell






Secret Paris by Jacque Garnce & Maude Ratton






Eugene Atget: Paris by Jean Claude Gautrad




Paris Mansions and Apartments 1893 by Pierre Gelis-Didot




Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass





The Maid and the Queen, The Secret History of Joan of Arc and Yolande of Aragon by Nancy Goldstone




Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology by Adam Gopnik





Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik




DON'T BE A TOURIST IN PARIS by Vanessa Grall





City Trails - Paris by Helen Greathead






Paris by Julian Green







A Drinkable Feast: A Cocktail Companion to 1920s Paris by Philip Greene






Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan






Around My French Table: More than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan






Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature by Viv Groskop






French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano





French Women for All Seasons by Mireille Guiliano






Why French Women Wear Vintage: And other secrets of sustainable style by Alois Guinut






Gail Albert Halaban: Paris Views by Gail Albert Halaban and Cathy Rémy






Shakespeare and Company: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart edited by Krista Halverson







Dior in Bloom by Jérôme Hanover, Justine Picardie, Naomi A. Sachs, Alain Stella, and Nick Knight





Paris: Capital of Modernity by David Harvey






EVERY FRENCHMAN HAS ONE by Olivia de Havilland





There's Only One Paris by April Lily Heise





A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway






The Tuileries Gardens, Yesterday and Today: A Walker's Guide by Emmanuelle Héran





Eating and Drinking in Paris: French Menu Translator and Restaurant Guide by Andy Herbach






Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Renee Herrington






Monet's House at Giverny : A Pop-up Carousel by Bob Hersey









Paris: Through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess




F. Scott Fitzgerald's Taste of France by Carol Hiker





Demystifying the French by Janet Hulstrand





La Vie en Rosé: A Very French Adventure Continues by Jamie Ivey




Paris under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 by Jeffrey Jackson





Paris in Love by Eloisa James



Forever Chic: Frenchwomen's Secrets for Timeless Beauty, Style, and Substance by Tish Jett





I. M. Pei: The Louvre Pyramid by Philip Jodidio






The Little Pleasures of Paris by Leslie Jonath & Lizzie Stewart







Dreaming in French by Alice Kaplan





White Truffles in Winter by N.M. Kelby





Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City by Stephane Kirkland







A Day with Picasso by Billy Kluver





French Milk by Lucy Knisley



French Love Poems edited by Tynan Kogane





Karl Lagerfeld: Paris Photo by Karl Lagerfeld





Paris in Bloom by Georgianna Lane






The Ceiling of the Paris Opera by Jacques Lassaigne





My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz






L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Home in Paris by David Lebovitz






That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light edited by Vicki Lesage





Curiosities of Paris by Dominique Lesbros





The Most Beautiful Villages of France: The Official Guide by Les Plus Beaux Villages De France Assoc.




In a French Kitchen by Susan Herrmann Loomis




Man Ray's Montparnasse by Herbert R. Lottman





A PARIS YEAR by Janice MacLeod






PARIS LETTERS by Janice MacLeod






Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love by Ann Mah





A Writer's Paris: A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul by Eric Maisel




King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV by Philip Mansel





Pop-Up Paris (Lonely Planet Kids) by Andy Mansfield





BEMELMANS The Life and Art of Madeline's Creator by John Bemelmans Marciano






My Good Life in France, In pursuit of the Rural Dream by Janine Marsh





My Four Seasons in France by Janine Marsh





Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton





A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle (and all those that followed!)






The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo






The Widow Clicquot: The story of a champagne empire and the woman who ruled it by Tilar J. Mazzeo





The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough





Paris: Panarama Pops by Sarah McMenemy





BOOKS, BAGUETTES AND BEDBUGS by Jeremy Mercer




Time Was Soft There by Jeremy Mercer





ROOFTOPS OF PARIS by Fabrice Moireau and Carl Norac




Timeless Paris: Ateliers Emporiums Savoir Faire by Marin Montagut




60 Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong: Why We Love France but Not the French by Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow




Quiet Corners of Paris Unexpected Hideaways, Secret Courtyards, Hidden Gardens by Jean-Christophe Napias








History of France by John Julius Norwich



Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier



What French Women Know: About Love, Sex and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind by Debra Ollivier






Delicious Days in Paris by Jane Paech




Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French is Better than being French by Jordan Phillips





American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment by Donald Pizer




Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home by Danielle Postel-Vinay





FRANCE IS A FEAST: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child by Alex Prud'homme & Katie Pratt



Doorways of Paris by Rachel Puig





Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet by Ruth Reichl





Spectacular Paris - Rizzoli Classics




Paris in Love by Nichole Robertson






Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson




Literary Paris by Nichole Robertson






The Paris Journal by Nichole Robertson and Evan Robertson





Follow Me Through Paris by Jill Robinson and Michel Delacroix





French Toast: An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French by Harriet Welty Rochefort





How to Read Paris: A Crash Course in Parisian Architecture by Chris Rogers






Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune by Kristin Ross




May '68 and Its Afterlives by Kristin Ross




Paris Was Ours by Penelope Rowlands




Paris by John Russell





Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands






Be My Guest: At Home with the Tastemakers by Pierre Sauvage (Author), Ambroise Tézenas (Photographer)





Do Not Go Gentle. Go to Paris.: Travels of an Uncertain Woman of a Certain Age by Gail Schilling




Hats by Madame Paulette: Paris Milliner Extraordinaire by Annie Schneider







The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino




La Seduction: How The French Play The Game Of Life by Elaine Sciolino




The Seine: The River that Made Paris by Elaine Sciolino




Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott





LE PARISIENNES by Anne Sebba





Paris Chic by Alexandra Senes and Oliver Pilcher




Impressions of Paris: An Artists's Sketchbook by Cat Seto





Half an Hour from Paris by Annabel Simms




An Hour from Paris by Annabel Simms



Paris Flea Market Style by Claudia Strasser





The Paris Apartment by Claudia Strasser





Paris in 500 photos 500 Photos by Maurice Subervie





Paris: An Architectural History An Architectural History by Anthony Sutcliffe





PARIS, MY SWEET: A YEAR IN THE CITY OF LIGHT (AND DARK CHOCOLATE) by Amy Thomas





A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse: A Cookbook by Mimi Thorisson



Living Well Is the Best Revenge by Calvin Tomkins





The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta





The New Parisienne: The Women and Ideas Shaping Paris by Lindsey Tramuta





Almost French: Love and A New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull





Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story by Amanda Vaill





Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir by Samantha Vérant





Quiet Paris by Siobhan Wall



In Love With Paris by Anne-Katrine Weber





Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution by Caroline Weber




PARIS IN STRIDE, AN INSIDER'S WALKING GUIDE by Jessie Kanelos Weiner and Sarah Moroz




Atget: Postcards of a Lost Paris by Benjamin Weiss




Our Paris: Sketches from Memory by Edmund White




The Guide to the Architecture of Paris by Norval White





The Historic Restaurants of Paris: A Guide to Century-Old Cafes, Bistros, and Gourmet Food Shops by Ellen Williams






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Bonne Lecture!



Photo by Paris Photographer Geneviève Thomas of My Joli Coeur Photography