paris (im)perfect

Hot on the heels of Halloween is another holiday American expats have to improvise over here. I like this celebrating of traditions in new ways.

I’ll be heading to a Thanksgiving “apero” on Friday (hey, it’s a cultural melange!), but in the meantime, here is an abbreviated gratitude list. I’ve been incorporating this practice of recognizing life’s bounty into my regular routine anyway; the holiday is just a more formalized chance to say thanks!

I’m thankful that my close friend came through his heart procedure successfully today. I’m thankful for my own open heart.

I’m thankful I can sit with uncertainty, though it can feel scary and hard.

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do,” artist Georgia O’Keeffe once said.

I’m thankful for inspiring quotes. Inspring stories. Inspiring people and lives.


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There are lots of people who are going through tough times right now.  Personal issues, environmental events,economic crises, and cultural clashes exist around the world.  And it feels like the chaos is getting closer to home.  I swear I have heard more ambulances and sirens in my small neighbourhood in the past three weeks than in all the years I have lived here.

Whatever form of chaos you are living in right now, there is only one sure thing about it and that is that it will change.  You can either choose to acknowledge and flow with the changes, or you can set up your expectations and try to govern the ungovernable. But I’ll tell you now…resistance is futile.

Change is a funny thing because we all fear it, whether we need it or not.   We resist change around and within ourselves.  Even if we live in total…

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Arizona Highways

This week, we asked you to choose our “Friday Fotos” theme and the people’s choice was (drumroll, please)…………… mountain views.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed a photo… because there were so many spectacular images to choose from, we couldn’t post them all… Not to fret: when you’re done scrolling through the photographs below, you can scope out everyone’s pics on our Facebook page.


P.S. Don’t forget to share this week’s gallery with your favorite people via social media… they will love you for it.

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Design-centric shopping site Fab is getting a new distribution partner for the holidays. On Thursday, the New York-based company announced that it would curate a special collection of items for deal site LivingSocial‘s gift guide. As part of the deal, LivingSocial will promote the gifts on its site and in emails to its 24 million U.S. members.

Fab, which has 9 million members and its own set of Holiday Shops launched earlier this month, already has strong traction and reach. But the new distribution deal – which the company said is just the second after it’s deal with Facebook – will allow it to access even more shoppers.

“It’s an opportunity for us to get the Fab brand and products out in front of another large user base,” CEO Jason Goldberg told the Wall Street Journal. “Whether it’s LivingSocial or Facebook, it’s less about selling a specific…

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Thought for Today

If you are seeking closeness to the Beloved,
      love everyone.
Whether in their presence or absence,
        see only their good.
If you want to be as clear and refreshing as
         the breath of the morning breeze,
like the sun have nothing but warmth and light
           for everyone.

~ Abu-Said Abil-Kheir (967-1049, Sufi Poet and Mystic)

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