"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Friday, April 11, 2014

inspiration out of the blue

"Many are the strange chances of the world."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

It never ceases to amaze, how I find little pieces of Paris. With no warning and in the most unexpected places - inspiration out of the blue…

Yesterday was such a beautiful one, in my part of the world. Mid 60s, bright sunshine, the top down. My bestie - E - and I spent the afternoon wandering the countryside. Midway down a former Indian trail, we found a lovely wonderfully unusual shop - The Outpost General Store. And before I finished stepping through the front door I knew that I had found my next Postcard to Paris - and it's gonna be gooood. Stay tuned…

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

T & E

Thursday, April 03, 2014

…two blossoms on a single branch.

"…life's a beautiful thing 
and there's so much to smile about." 
- Marilyn Monroe

One of my dear friends is about to have her first baby. One of my baby shower gifts was an 'expectant mamma photo shoot' - my first. I kept it simple: a chair, a couch, a scarf and lots and lots of natural light. Bien sur, it helps when your model is absolutely stunningly gorgeous.


Welcome to the world little one

"Whenever a child is born the angels chant anew
the sweet tidings of glory, peace and goodwill."
- Hyman Enlow

Gemma Lorraine
Saturday 5 April 2014
6lbs., 9 oz., 20.5 in.

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Back down memory lane...

Chanteur moi
Chicago, 1998
"I stumbled on this photograph, it kinda made me laugh.
It took me way back, back down memory lane."
- Minnie Riperton, 1979.

I've really been getting into Throwback Thursdays on Facebook. It's been so much fun to dig out and rediscover photos of my children, my mother as a child, Mr. Gorgeous and I in high school…Mom's gotten into the spirit too. The other day she dug into her hidden photo treasure trove and gave me the photos in this post - talk about a walk down memory lane!

Singing was my first love - from the moment my mother took me to the Pump Room and put me on stage (I was 10 years old). Though I had been listening to it literally from birth, in my early teens Mom formerly introduced me to Jazz - when she gave me the cd - Ella in Rome (1958). It was love at first note ;-} In my early 20s I formed a Jazz Trio, took my act on the road and never looked back. With them, many others and solo I performed in Chicago, New York, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Italy and France. I recorded movie soundtracks and sang back up for whomever would hire me. I sang in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Renaissance Femme

Then, in the fall of 2000 in Paris I parlayed my way onto the stage at Le Bilboquet. After two songs, the owner offered me a permanent gig, asked me to stay. I was going to say yes. I wanted to say yes. But that night Mr. Gorgeous and I learned that our first child was on his way. My choice was made. A life on the road or family? Oui, for me there was only one a choice. I don't regret my decision. But I know that every facet of my current artistic life: my blog, photographyjewelry, and writing are all children of my first love. Still, I cherish those moments. What a wonderful walk down memory lane.

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Quiet City

The Quiet City: Winter in Paris by Julian Andrew
Music: Spiegel Im Spiegel for piano & violin.

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Friday, February 14, 2014



How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight.
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
most quiet need, by sun and candle light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use.
In my old griefs and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose.
With my lost saints, I love thee with
the breadth, smiles, tears all of my life!
And, if God chose
I shall but love thee better after death.


Vivre! Rire! Aimer!


Monday, February 03, 2014

Love is all it's cracked up to be.

"Love is all it's cracked up to be." Erica Jong

She is fearless, precocious, strong, intelligent, kind, funny, stubborn, adventurous, beautiful inside and out and effortlessly brilliantly free. For every one thing I teach or show her, she teaches and shows me three. Everyday she and her brothers confirm to their father and me that, yeah, love is all it's cracked up to be.

Happy 11th Birthday Sage!

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

Rory (12), Sage (11), Never (8)

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