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Published Women Authors

December 29, 2006 by  

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Marlene Fern Caldes, Host/Executive Producer of InnerVoice Network: Conversations of the Quantum Age Radio is seeking interviews with women authors to round out the 2006 programming and to have viable women candidates for the 2006 Quantum Age Book Award. Previous winners include: 2005
Quantum Age Book Award
On Grief and Grieving
Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss
by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and David Kessler 2004
Quantum Age Book Award
The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life:
by John Daido Loori. 2003
Quantum Age Book Award
Honoring the Medicine,
The Essential Guide to Native American Healing
by Kenneth Cohen 2002
Quantum Age Book Award
How Can I get Through To You?
Reconnecting Men and Women
by Terrence Real 2001
Quantum Age Book Award
The Way of Transition
Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments
by William Bridges 2000
Quantum Age Book Award
How to Know God
The Soul’s Journey into the Mystery of Mysteries
by Dr. Deepak Chopra 1999
Quantum Age Book Award
The Energy of Money, A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment
by Maria Nemeth,…

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Impressionists So Worth Their Praise

December 24, 2006 by  

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It is no surprising, American popularity lending a hand or not, that the Impressionists grab so many. And for so long. I spent time with various impressionists and post impressionists recently at Musee D’Orsay and Le Louvre. Artists follow the Lover; Lovers follow the Artist. Some eye candy for the soul. Go to Paris in December photo album for more shots from a few galleries. Impressionists_at_musee_dorsay_43 They had Odilon Redon’s Plante Verte Dans Une Urne (1910-1911), which had more of a post impressionist feel to it, its shade of green eerie at times. I came across someone I used to love when I lived in Europe, at a time when my life revolved around art: Emile Bernard. Somehow, I could tell what pieces were driven by feminine energy. I loved the dramatic 1887 Baigneuses a la Vache Rouge. Gauguin continues to blow me away, time and time again. Vairumati from 1897 was awe inspiring as were so many others. Many brought me to tears. Then there’s the texture and detail of Van Gogh’s work, whether its a portrait…

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More Reflections

December 23, 2006 by  

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I’m still reflecting on my recent Paris trip, partly because I used to live in Europe, so this past trip was more than just a business trip, it was more of a reflection on what was and what is now, not as noticeable after returning from European trips when I lived back east. The further west I go, the more dramatic the two lifestyles seem and are. Last week, I spent hours talking to an former journalist Parisian friend (still a sorta kinda journalist although now he also runs a technology company), in a wonderful quaint restaurant near Place L’Italie — I’ve yet to decide whether I should share this “find” with the world. He tells me of his plans to return to Mongolia using only solar power – solar together and six horses. Wanna hear the entire story? Stay tuned. The evening was more than interesting. Also, last week, a client secured the first of many amazing mobile deals, I spent two days telling the world so and my corner buddy Jean-Louis along Boulevard Grenelle started to treat me as a local, as he automatically prepared my favorite crepe as I turned the corner. He knew I needed one…

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Winter Paris Visual Moments

December 23, 2006 by  

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Gallery Lafayette around Christmas
Gallery_lafarette_better Paris Boutique
Window_along_grenelle One of my Favorite Shots — I took at a Weekend Parisian Market
Legs_at_grenelle_market Fromage at the Grenelle Boulevard Market on a December Saturday
Fromage Champs Elysees Bistro Window December 2006
Champs_elysees_window More Boutiquing
Shopping


Death by Match

December 22, 2006 by  

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Because it is impossible not to spend hours walking the streets of Paris, and because it is always so cold in December, it is essential to dive into cafes from time-to-time to unthaw your hands, feet and nose. In the first three cafes I retreated to for heat, each of them in a different part of the city, I was the only person over the span of a few hours who did not smoke. In order to avoid the reality of the smoke clouds on all sides of me, I start to write wildly on a paper table mat about anything and everything. Enter a café with me. The waiter does not quite know what to make of me or how to behave in my presence. Despite the fact that I only communicate with him in French, he knows I am not a native. It is depressing that my accent so quickly gives it away. Interestingly enough, many Parisians think I’m French before I open my mouth and are surprised to hear an American voice speaking English. Given that I apparently have French heritage on both sides of my family, this should be no surprise. After awhile, I begin to…

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Winter Paris Visual Moments

December 21, 2006 by  

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Gallery Lafayette around Christmas
Gallery_lafarette_better Paris Boutique
Window_along_grenelle One of my Favorite Shots — I took at a Weekend Parisian Market
Legs_at_grenelle_market Fromage at the Grenelle Boulevard Market on a December Saturday
Fromage Champs Elysees Bistro Window December 2006
Champs_elysees_window More Boutiquing
Shopping


Chains Along Champs Elysees

December 21, 2006 by  

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Champs Elysees is a famous boulevard worthy of praise for its beauty, lights, charm and decadence, yet it is lined with commercial chains you can find in any American city. It is also lined with crowds of tourists from around the world, most of whom are either standing in que for a cappuccino at one of the many cafes or snapping photos from the busy narrow landing in the middle of the avenue. Champs_elysees_paris_dec_2006_100 Admittedly I did the same thing and was nearly run over by a bus trying to perch myself on an iron box to capture the distant swaying trees together with glittery dazzle in the foreground. I used to make it to cities east of New York often as well as small European towns and villages; now it is a rarity. In all foreign cities, I make a habit of at least one shopping experience, largely do the fact that so few American cities give me much of a “creative” selection. Enter for a moment Les Champs Elysees in the heart of one of the most romantic and fashion-centric cities in the world. My head was spinning after three…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

December 20, 2006 by  

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Last week week in Paris, I walked along Citroen Quai de Grenelle, Rue Saint Charles, Grenelle Boulevard, Rues Lecourbe, St. Germaine, Du Four and Quay D’Orsay for hours. The bitter winter chill brought shivers to my bones and toes. My fingers ached and fiercely jumping up and down did little to bring the blood flow back to my extremities. Finally I gave in and jumped a Metro, where I jumped off at La Motte Picquet’s Grenelle station. Bouquet de Grenelle Café was across the street, where I met a friend of a friend for coffee the day before. I returned because they had fresh water oysters on-site for roughly a Euro a piece. Happily, I ordered a dozen and a quarter carafe each of the Gamay de Touraine Aoc and the Bordeaux Rouge Chateau Aoc Gantonet. They were both fabulous, yet the wine was far too chilled, as was the case on Air France en route. I tryed to order something healthy but the waiter was not all that helpful……aside from a dozen oysters, I had the choice of jambon, les oeufs et fromage or jambon, les oeufs et fromage. (ham, eggs and cheese). In nearly every restaurant, this was…

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