"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






Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Birthday...


I named my firstborn after you, so I get to say your beautiful name at least one thousand times a day. And he has your effortless, gorgeous, grace. My daughter has your lovely smile and your quirky sense of humor, she gifts me with them often. My youngest son has your booming laugh and your quiet boldness and your quiet fierceness. You’ve been gone 20 years this month. I miss you so! But I am blessed because everyday, in countless small and large ways, you are…here with me.

Happy Birthday sis.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Bonne Fete Papa


"The only way I can describe [fatherhood] 
- it sounds stupid, but -
at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas
you know how his heart grows like five times?
Everything is full; it's just full all the time."
- Matt Damon

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

Temple


Sunday, June 08, 2014

A List of Random and Unrelated Things to Remember...




A List of Random and Unrelated Things to Remember
by Victoria Erickson

Time heals.
Mountain winds sound exactly like ocean waves.
You are worth everything now.
Walls can be destroyed.
The sun always rises (and is always beautiful).
Children know the answers.
There is music in everything.
Logic doesn't produce magic.
Somewhere, somebody loves you.
You don't need to choose mediocre when fire exists.
The moon orchestrates our nights and tides.
Trees can grow through rock.
Your heart expands when it's broken.
You should do it now.

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

Temple









Thursday, May 29, 2014

Paris Playlist #18 - Sam Smith: Sang


"Can I lay by your side? Next to you.
And make sure you're alright.
I'll take care of you. You."
 - Sam Smith

In the African American vernacular, when we come across an incredible singer we don't say "Oh what a spectacular voice. He can sing!" We say "Oooooh he can sang!!" Quite by accident I stumbled across such a voice. Sam Smith is a 22 year old amazingly talented singer and songwriter. His lyrics are so deep, sure and true they cut to the bone and straight to the heart. And his voice? Piercing, soaring, sweet, throbbing, romantic perfection. In a word, he can SANG. His debut release "Lay Me Down" was 'made' and sang for Paris Playlist. Discover, enjoy, swoon…

 

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!
Temple




Girl Interrupted


"She lit the match." 
- Susanna Kaysen, Girl Interrupted

Bonjour mes beautés, 

     Oh! How I've missed you! Yes, I'm still here. I've been dividing my life into thirds: 

Motherhood - proud sports mom and chauffeur X three (thanks the gods for my convertible and Dunkin' Donuts). 

Photography - joyously, I've been quite busy on that front: my first  expectant mamma shoot, a hairstylist/beauty diva has hired me to construct her 'blogspot' and photograph her journey, a boudoir shoot for a fantabulous 40-something, a gorgeous bride and her dashing fiancée, an actor's entire portfolio, trying to master fast action sports photography and, of course, my Postcards.

Sistah-Author - But I've been spending most of my time putting the finishing touches on my contracted manuscript. I'm nearly there, and I'm lovin' it, but it's hard time consuming work!

     But that's not what has kept me away from Pour l'Amour. For two years now I have to been unable to return to my love - Paris. Quite simply, posting here had become too painful. Then, a few weeks ago I got an email:

"Hello, I stumbled across your Etsy page and signed up for your blog. First, your photography is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing…I [too] have [loved] Paris since day one…It's nice to see a beautiful black female with similar interests (photography, travel, all things French). Looking forward to keeping up with your blog. Myra." 


Myra - fellow Girl Interrupted

"Life is what happens to you 
while you're busy making other plans."
- Allen Saunders (1957)

     That was the beginning of my e-convo, and friendship, with Myra. I soon learned that we share a similar story Parisanne, and remarked: 'we're girls interrupted.' To which she replied: "My business degree was supposed to be back up for my…dream of living in France. Somehow, life got in the way…or I got lost along the way. Hence, girl interrupted." 

     Myra's comments snapped me out of my funk with a quickness. The whole reason I started writing this blog was because I didn't want to continue to allow life to happen to me, I wanted to take the feelings and inspiration Paris gives to me and inject them into my everyday life - no matter how small or how large. I didn't want to be busy making other plans, because I would be too busy bringing those plans to fruition. And that's exactly what I have done and will continue to do. But I also wanted to inspire like minded people to do the same. Precious letters like Myra's remind me of these things but, most importantly, inspire me too. Thank you Myra ;-}

    The definition of interrupted is: 'to cause or make a break in uniformity.' I am a girl interrupted, because I'm living a full, loving, challenging, imperfect life of following my passion(s). And following one's passion(s) can never run along a smooth even flowing uniformity - where's the fun in that? My life is not happening to me, I'm happening to it! 

Myra's @mail has given me an idea and maybe a new Pour l'Amour... section. I'd love to hear about how you are following your passion(s), your girl interrupted and boy interrupted stories. 

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!
Temple



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

i rise


4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014

"Just like moons and like suns,
with the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I rise."



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!
Temple

T & E


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