Silver Lining Book: The Flâneur

A dear friend suggested the most beautiful image to incorporate into my post-chemotherapy slow-down (which was especially thoughtful knowing that slowing down usually isn’t in my repertoire!).

Knowing how much I love Paris, she suggested that as I take my daily strolls, I envision being a Parisian flâneur and gave me the following book:

The Flâneur by Edmund White

Flâneurs, she said, “are of of the most romantic sorts of people who used to walk with turtles on a leash to slow them down to appreciate the journey.”

A little research reveals that a flâneur moves about Paris without apparent purpose but is secretly attuned to the history of the place and in covert search of adventure.

How divine!  I’m there…strolling…now….ahhhhhh.

Charles Baudelaire describes a flâneur as that of “a person who walks the city in order to experience it”.  Isn’t that beautiful?

Now, how is this for a SL (silver lining): The Husband looked up from his morning iPad reading and  (without knowing what I was writing) suggested that we spend New Year’s Eve 2011 in Paris!

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  1. Ginni says

    Hello and Happy New Year my Dear Sweet friend! I have been thinking of YOU so much and sending YOU love the whole time!!!
    This next year is going to be a blessed one for all of us because we are going to all help YOU win this battle. With your positive attitude and all of us sending YOU our love, prayers and positiveness……we are going to all make this go away!
    Hollye, YOU are so loved and such an important person in our lives….it is a honor to be able to go through this tough time with YOU! Happy New Year!! 2011…The year that FBC is cured and F…Bombs are only used for the spilling of a very nice wine! xoxoxoxoxo

  2. Jody Soosman says

    Happy New Year to you all! May 2011 be filled with SL'S!!!!
    We love you!
    Love Always,
    Jody and the boys