Week 40 - Vision: Classic Novel

October 3, 2018 (276/365) • Week 40 - Vision: Classic Novel #dogwood52 #dogwoodweek40

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning-- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

My Type of Project

July 2, 2018 (183/365)

"There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris." - Ernest Hemingway

Thanks to Eric, I finally have the vintage Royal typewriter that I have wanted for years. Ernest Hemingway wrote both The Old Man and the Sea and my favorite A Moveable Feast on his Royal Quiet de Luxe. Hemingway's 1940's Royal was still at his home in Havana (now a museum) until 2007 when it sold at auction for $2750. Mine sits on a card catalogue in our living room along with a few favorite books including A Moveable Feast. I'm not very crafty, but I love today's little project -- a framed copy of my favorite Hemingway quote, typed on my Royal.


June 23, 2018 (174/365)

« Il faut que je supporte deux ou trois chenilles si je veux connaître les papillons. »

“I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” 

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince

French Friday: Hemingway's Paris

le 25 mai 2018 (145/365) « Paris est une fête. » | "Paris is a moveable feast." - Ernest Hemingway

Much like Gil Pender in Midnight in Paris, I have often wandered the streets of Paris in search of my own literary idols. I have even perched upon the steps of Saint-Étienne-du-Mont, dreaming that a classic Peugeot would pull up and whisk me away to the Paris of the 1920's. 

"Hemingway slept here" has become a cliché, but it's true that Ernest lived on the third floor of 74 rue du Cardinal Lemoine with his bride, Hadley, from January 1922 through August 1923. Their time here became the inspiration for his Paris memoire, A Moveable Feast

The Hemingways left Paris in anticipation of the birth of their son, "Bumby," (John Nicanor Hemingway), but returned in 1924 to an apartment on the rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs near the Luxembourg Gardens.

During this second sojourn in Paris, Ernest fell in love with Hadley's friend, Pauline Pfeiffer. When Hadley discovered the affair in 1927, the couple separated and divorced. Ernest and Pauline occupied to 6 rue Férou before moving to Florida. (Of course, as a true fan girl, I have also visited the Hemingway Home in Key West.) 

While in Paris, Hemingway spent a lot of time at Sylvia Beach's bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. The original was on the rue de l'Odéon, but it was permanently closed during the Nazi occupation. The second iteration of Shakepeare and Company is still thriving on the rue de la Bûcherie, across the Seine from Notre Dame. Read more about this iconic bookshop here and here

Since his earlier Paris apartments had neither plumbing nor heat, Hemingway spent much of his time writing at the Closerie des Lilas on the boulevard Montparnasse. Most of The Sun Also Rises was written here, as well as the journal entries and notes that would later become A Moveable Feast.

When he wasn't reading or writing, Hemingway was often found at the cafés in Montpartnasse and Saint-Germain.

Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore were two favorites.

Papa's presence can still be felt throughout Paris, yet nowhere is he more celebrated that at the Ritz. In 1944, Hemingway famously "liberated" the hotel and, of course, the bar of the remaining German soldiers by drinking 51 martinis. 

"When I dream of afterlife in heaven, the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz." - Ernest Hemingway

When I'm Paris, I do a lot of "girly" things -- shopping, fashion shows, high tea, etc., but for the past two years, I have chosen to toast both my 50th birthday and my 50th "Gotcha Day" at the Bar Hemingway

I'm not sure why I'm so fascinated by the very "macho" Ernest Hemingway, yet to balance out the testosterone, I sipped a Miss Bond, served by the incomparable barman, Colin Field. Cheers to Hemingway in Paris!

La Rose

May 24, 2018 (144/365)

« C'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante. Tu es responsable de ta rose... »

“It's the time you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important...You're responsible for your rose.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince


April 24, 2018 (114/365)

« L'air y était saturé de la fine fleur d'un silence si nourricier, si succulent, que je ne m'y avançais qu'avec une sorte de gourmandise. » - Marcel Proust


September 27, 2017 (270/365)

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The oppressive heat finally broke last night. Today the air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and it finally feels like fall. The year begins to wane in autumn, but the constant cycle of renewal continues. Fall is a great time to reflect, to make plans, and to set goals. 

French Friday: Le Petit Prince

September 8, 2017 (251/365)

« Toutes les grandes personnes ont d'abord été des enfants. Mais peu d'entre elles s'en souviennent. » 

- Le Petit Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Today is International Literacy Day, and we're celebrating at PHS with summer reading book discussions and the ultimate luxury -- 45 minutes of uninterrupted time to read! Another way that we are promoting our own love of reading is by displaying a "read thread" with the name of a favorite book. I have read and taught Le Petit Prince more times than I can remember and, each time, I discover something new. From its whimsical watercolor illustrations to its ironic view of adults, from its social criticism to its touching advice about relationships, this universal tale of love and loss, of courage and faith, of vision and imagination -- disguised as a children's book -- is a must read for everyone who wants to avoid being labeled a "grande personne."  Le Petit Prince has taught me to look at life from different points of view, to notice beauty in ordinary things, to slow down and appreciate quiet moments -- not just with my eyes, but with my heart: «On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.» Last winter, when I was in Paris, I visited the Petit Prince Boutique in the charming Saint-Germain neighborhood in Paris -- a great place to reconnect with one's inner child.

French Friday: Bar Hemingway

July 21, 2017 (202/365)

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris...then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” -  Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

During my birthday week in Paris, I did a lot of "girly" things, but I chose to toast the big day in the Bar Hemingway at the Ritz. The hotel boasts that "Cole Porter would spend up to 9 hours a day in the Hemingway Bar: he's said to have composed Begin the Beguine here. F. Scott Fitzgerald had his favorite seat; Ernest Hemingway and Gary Cooper made it the epicenter of their life in Paris." In fact, in 1944, Hemingway "liberated" the bar of German soldiers by drinking 51 martinis. I had only one very lovely, very expensive French 75 (to be fair, it did come with olives, almonds, and chips). I'm not sure why I'm so fascinated by the very "macho" Ernest Hemingway, but since high school he has been one of my literary idols. So it's fitting that today's French Friday post, on what would be "Papa's" 118th Birthday, features the Bar Hemingway. Cheers!