Paris is a writer’s delight, and a cherished destination for artists of all kinds.
This week in Paris, I’m trying to complete a challenging chapter of my memoir. The chapter’s main events occurred when I was living in Sydney and struggling with some complicated activities in Paris.
Now I’m sitting in Paris, writing about Sydney and reflecting on the cycles of life.
Clive, meanwhile, is tackling yet another DIY project in Felixstowe. Thanks to Skype we keep each other company on our breaks.
Many writers have made Paris their home, or their part-time home away from home. Two of my favourite Americans in this group are Benjamin Franklin, the American founding father, and Lisa Taylor Huff, a gifted writer and blogger whose untimely death last July touched readers around the world.
Inspired by Ben and Lisa
Among Benjamin Franklin’s notable quotes is, ‘Write something worth reading or do something worth writing.’
I’m hoping one day my book will be worth reading – at least by my nearest and dearest, who are too kind to refuse.
Lisa Taylor Huff, whom I wrote about in Tribute to a Woman I Never Met, succeeded brilliantly at both writing and living. One week from today would have been the 11th anniversary of her first ‘Bold Soul’ blog post.
In that poignant entry, Lisa wrote, ‘I am a writer. And what I want is to write and to live in Paris.’ She made her dream come true and remains a shining role model to writers and readers, including me.
Next week I’ll raise a toast to Lisa on her ‘blogiversary’ date.
Until then, back to Sydney. Thank you, Lisa and Ben, for your inspiration.
Cheers and thanks for reading. Next week’s letter will be from Paris.
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