The Heart of France

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A memory from August 15th, 2014: “Paris, City of the Goddess… This morning in our courtyard I could hear bells ringing everywhere for a long time, the way it must have been before cars, watches, and smart phones, when the streets echoed with human voices and bells tolled the time. The city is almost empty and today is Assumption Day. You don’t have to be Catholic or even Christian to feel the feminine energy here. Notre Dame stands in the very center, where geobiologists say Telluric Currents meet and people have been drawn to worship from time immemorial. Traditionally all distances in France were measured from Notre Dame. When you were out in the provinces, the old road signs used to read ‘Paris Notre Dame xxx km.’ There are shrines to Mary everywhere with ex-votoes at the entrances and on the walls saying, ‘Thank you, Mary’ or ‘Thank you, Mother’ and sometimes details about the events of her intercession. Whatever your beliefs, these places seem like portals to another dimension where you can release your fears and pain if you are willing to trust that somehow they can be transformed through grace beyond human understanding…I thought this was all superstition until I moved to Paris. The Goddess of La République, called ‘Marianne,’ seems to be replacing Mary in some contexts. Her statue stands on one of the major squares of the city and in all the Mairies, or town halls, presiding over civil ceremonies of all kinds. If she allows us to imagine a higher power of justice and gives birth to compassion and hope, then is she Mary’s secular sister… or daughter?”
 xxxxx Aliss

Notre Dame

Reposted from March 2017Point zero*

Embedded in the cobblestones in front of Notre Dame Cathedral is this marker, the starting point of all main roads leading to French cities and the endpoint used for measuring their distances, the very heart of the country. DSC03304The cathedral itself is a visual encyclopedia of French culture and history.DSC03305

Beside the main altar stands a 14th century statue of the Mother. No matter what tradition you come from, she is the incarnation of compassion enfolding soul,  reminding me of Kwan Yin, (Guanyin) the Buddhist bodhisatva, sometimes compared to Mary.

I’m grateful to have this sanctuary nearby, to sit in silence, in candlelight, sending and receiving love through this portal, always, but especially in times like the ones we are living.

To be continued xxxxx Aliss

*Photo: Jean-Jacques Breton, Paris à vos pieds, editions Parisgramme, Paris 2013, p. 106. (Scan and color-adjustments, Aliss Terrell)

Is it Love or Robots?

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A screen shot taken this morning on the Margaritas at Midnight YouTube Analytics page where the number of views continues to zigzag in the war between Youtube and the Robots (?). Are these real people loving the video or bots masquerading as people? Will YouTube approve these views or delete them? Enjoying the suspense!! Never a dull moment!!

To be continued!!

No, I didn’t hallucinate :-)

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Test shot for M@M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLT2uGolYIA

Playing the YouTube video game! In one week the views for Margaritas at Midnight have gone from 5,000 to 8,000+ back down to 5,000 up to 6,500, back to 6,100 and now 7,600+!

What a roller coaster for a newbie like me… Here’s a screen shot from 5pm today:

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To prove to myself that I didn’t hallucinate. Chills, thrills and spills!

Apparently this happens a lot? The YouTube algorithm thinks robots are watching and culls those views?

To be continued! xxxxxx Aliss

Thousands of YouTube Views! Am I a Star Yet?

Margaritas at Midnight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLT2uGolYIAIMG_1302One of my test shots for the video…

Making this video has been the biggest blast of my life so far! It brings together everything I love: writing, singing, music, images, designing, fabrics, hanging out with creative genius buddies and loved ones…

I’m also the producer!  I should be posting like crazy, in everyone’s faces “consistently” as the gurus advise… but there’s been other work to do: copyright papers and DVD’s, registration with the producers’ union, uploads to music platforms, film festival entries, airplay… and of course announcing the release on social media.

The video was chugging along happily on YouTube racking up views by friends and well-wishers when suddenly the numbers started jumping 300+ a day and we flew pas 1000, 2000 and 3000! Wow! Is it going viral? Should I think about gowns and jewels for the red carpet? Start writing acceptance speeches? Hit the gym? Get super body positive? Bleach my teeth? Exciting!

Turns out National Margarita Day was coming up on February 22 and YouTube was featuring Margaritas at Midnight all over the place. After the big holiday things the pace slowed to 50 or so views a day, still very nice! We’re moving past 3600

Looks like I might not be a threat to Cardi B or Lady Gaga just yet. Less pressure. Plenty of time to plan the next video and build a set around M@M, best it out on intimate audiences before the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, the perfect calling card and launch pad to get my a** back into music after a long family break…

Thank you everyone who watched, shared, commented, recommended 🙂

Stay tuned! xxxxx Aliss

PS since I posted this we’ve picked up 4,500 views! 8,000 and counting! Mysteriously the numbers vary depending on the device…And keep going up and down!!!!

Today (Wednesday March 6th) YouTube shows 6,238 views! Is there such a thing as negative views? Are they like anti-matter? Do they bombard the positive views and nullify them? What an adventure!!

TO BE CONTINUED

 

xxxxxx