A True Story

une histoire vraie

Once upon a time, I was, without knowing it, a magician. All it took for me to actualize a desire was simply to will it.  But, at a certain point, my powers started to dissipate until, zap, they just totally faded away. For a long time, I felt enfeebled and longed to be a protagonist once again. To get my mojo back, I tried affirmations, powerballs, meditation, mantras, mudras, visualizations, and breathing techniques.

Sometimes, in trying to overcome an obstacle, shear recognition of its presence gives the obstacle permission to exist. Like Quantum Voodoo. But denial is dangerous, too. Drowning in a desire to change, I grasped at what was closest to me–me. For a week I kept a diary based on factual events.  The second week I dumped reality and rewrote all the entries according to personal fantasies.  And now my life is everything that I want it to be.

This is a true story.

[FOTO:  Stéphane Thidet “Une histoire vraie” néon, structure en aluminium, Musée Delacroix, Paris]

And special thanks to the Petite Mademoiselle for her assistance in Paris.

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Bon Voyage!

On the Plane to Paris

Tomorrow, I will be like the Eiffel Tower—high in the sky.

Back on the ground, I will avoid getting lost in that  labyrinth the French call métro by walking the rues of Marais with the Petite Mademoiselle. We will gawk and stare and gape and goggle until our eyes pop out.  And, when totally In the Mood, I will sing Les Feuilles Mortes and Et si tu n´existais pas with my Iggy Pop accent.  The Petite Mademoiselle will cringe and sigh and say S’il vous plaît, ne chante pas!  So I will take her to  a sidewalk café and, with the help of Monsieur Croque and a carafe of wine, my French will improve. The Petite Mademoiselle  and I will become so much a part of the Parisien Panorama that, if Robert Doisneau were still alive, he would  turn us into a picture postcard.

A toute à l’heure!

related links: Packing & Suitcases + 4 Days in Paris + Yin Yang Paris + Stories set in stone + Inspiration or Appropriation? + Paris as a Cabinet of Curiosities + The Gaze of Victorine Meurent + Droit d’image

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