Random Acts of Joie de Vivre

Christmas lights at the Bon Marché…DSC02338

Joie de Vivre, a new mantra… overcame my fear of public transportation last night, crossed the city through big crowded Metro stations, nervous about people with baggage, got out at Invalides, happy to see the Alexander III bridge, the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower…all because I had promised my friend Karin to help out at the children’s stand at a charity bazaar being held at the American Church on Quai d’Orsay. It was a good decision. Life affirming to see so many friends working together for a good cause, braving extremist intimidation. (The US Embassy has just boosted the alert level to “Extreme Vigilance”). We worked hard to set up the tables for the sale and were asked to gather midway through the evening for a moment of silence. Always moves me. Then we sang La Marseillaise. I felt transported back in time to the 18th century (check the date?) when the words were written and France was inventing a new national identity. I never liked the words up to now but understand them in a new way, as metaphors…

Speaking of revolutions…when I got home I saw posts about Youtube videos of Muslims burning the Daesh flag all over the world and more Muslims in France speaking out, launching a “spiritual Jihad” against Daesh… Observers wonder aloud if this is an inner revolution within Islam and I wonder what inner flags we can all burn to create peace? How about the one showing the US rearming Saudi Arabia to the tune of a billion and a half dollars? I try to keep my mind above politics, but sometimes it’s hard…

Focus on beauty in every moment, walking around this city is a meditation on loveliness…

So sorry the Climate March had to be cancelled along with so many other things, like the Model United Nations for high school students scheduled in other European cities… the kids learn so much about the world there and how to expand our narrow points of view…

If you’re feeling brave, do stop in at the AAWE Bazaar at the American Church today and tomorrow Quai d’Orsay, M° Invalides, to pick up some early holiday gifts and good vibes…It’s on two levels: ground floor theater (vintage shoes, clothing, beautiful hand made crafts…) 3rd floor “Thurber Room”: children’s clothing and toys, books and gorgeous cupcakes, delicious baked goods, “café”…

To be continued, Love, xxxx, Aliss

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