Reading Hemingway in PARIS Good Choice, Says FavD

25 07 2009

Favorite Daughter had a favorite professor, her first as it turned out and in her favorite field, a lifelong lover of words and a writer like herself. While they were collaborating on a student teaching project, he visited Paris and brought her back a beautifully weighted classic fountain pen. Then in April at her graduation and knowing her summer plans, he presented her with Hemingway’s collection as an expatriate writer in Paris.

Waterman Philias Fountain Pen, Paris

Waterman Philias Fountain Pen, Paris

In today’s travel report she reveals that she packed both pen and book in what precious backpack space she had, so both are with her now in Paris as an active part of the experience, adding layers of richness to her past, present and future power of story all at the same time. . .

(Btw, there’s some juicy new controversy over the book for those of us more likely to follow that sort of thing than Le Tour de France.)

en route

“Saw Most of Paris Today”
Posted by Favorite Daughter (penguindust)

Well, as I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled to know, we went to the Eiffel Tower first thing today. We stood in line for only a half an hour – trust me, that is unheard of – in front of a very very large tour group of Asians. Kiki left her flag in the hostel, so we didn’t present any threats to the gentlemen in security, and we got on the elevator and glided right to the top.

Okay, we changed elevators on the second level. But still. We glided.

The view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower is even more spectacular than you think. You can see the neat layout of the arrondissements in the city proper, and you can actually spot landmarks, like Sacré Coeur and the Arc de Triomphe. I wrote a couple postcards while I was up there, since it was four o’clock in the morning stateside and I couldn’t call anyone going, “Guess where I am!”

Then we went to scope out the Champs-Elysées for tomorrow’s Tour-de-France-ing. We went all the way to the Arc de Triomphe, but Read the rest of this entry »

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Smarter Than the Average Mother Bear?

25 07 2009

I love this story!

It’s got summer outdoorsy appeal plus everything from feminism to food, education to evolutionary implications. 😉

Last month, her achievements were noted in an article in Adirondack Explorer. And she now appears to have apprentices. . .

So you think Cynthia “Hunger is a positive motivator” Davis will now claim this is what she meant all along?

(She will, if she’s smarter than the average Mother bear.)

Could be awkward when “intelligent design” comes up though. Animal mother bears smarter in the wild than human mother bears being wild, no way, what intelligent deity would ever design that as power of story and expect to sell it? — oh, right, I forgot, the cartoon gods!

The ultimate Mother Bear apparently having been divinely designed even less than average-bright, hopefully made other food plans for her resignation picnic Sunday?

She just, to me, lacks substance and dedication,” poll respondent Barbara Jamison, 59, a data-entry worker at a publishing company. . .
Palin will resign on Sunday at a picnic in Fairbanks.