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One of Paris’ Secrets – in the 13th

Wandered through the 13th arrondissement yesterday. Overall it feels like a good, working class neighborhood that holds Paris’ newspaper building (Le Monde), their ultra-modern Bibliothèque Nationale (national library), and Chinatown, which I’ll return to see next week. The streets widen, becoming avenues divided by the Metro rail tracks. When you come this far out from central […]

neighborhoods , Paris - September 8, 2012

The Louvre or Not?

The following article was published by Huffington Post on the front cover of their Healthy Living section. Excuse me, but I’m going to be a bit sacrilegious for a moment. I’m walking the 1st Arrondissement in Paris today, the neighborhood that houses the Louvre, the grand sentinel of the world’s art treasures. But I doubt […]

graffiti , neighborhoods , Paris - September 5, 2012

Pedaling ’round Paris

[blogcount num=40] Vélib’ (pronounced vay-leeb) Bike Rentals – it’s a really brilliant idea Paris has implemented. They’ve put 20,000 bicycles into 1800 stations, all around the city. The bikes are available 24 hours a day and are free for trips of 30 minutes or less. A one-day ticket is only €1,70, or a little over […]

neighborhoods , Paris - July 20, 2012

..probably not best if you have trouble getting up

[blogcount num=58]   . . . more on finding an apartment in Paris for the month of September: I emailed five apartment owners and have heard from only one – in French. Thank goodness for translation.com. His apartment is not available all the days I need, so one down. Am having a blast reading Airbnb.com, […]

neighborhoods , Paris - July 3, 2012

Paris Anyone?

My trip to Paris is coming up fast. September will be here before I know it. All I’ve planned so far is to walk all 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods) of that great city. My sister has pinned lots of places on Pinterest, but if you have any first-hand recommendations for me, please let me know below […]

neighborhoods , Paris - May 25, 2012

A New Lease on Life

Who’da known that signing on the dotted line would’ve give me a new lease on life. You see, I signed a lease today to stay in this little rental house I’ve been in for 6 months. The last few weeks have been very unsettling. The house went under contract to be sold. I was facing […]

Atlanta , Learning , neighborhoods - May 5, 2012

Atlanta Beltline Mile 1: What’s Underneath?

In the 30 years I’ve lived in Atlanta, I’ve passed over this bridge dozens of times, never once considering what lies below. I can’t say where the bridge is because if the world knew, the residents here would lose their homes. As I walk past a man’s home, I can see through his front window, […]

Atlanta , Atlanta Beltline , neighborhoods - April 22, 2012

The Atlanta Beltline : 22 stories around 22 miles

A little over a year ago nine enraged women came into my life. I had met only one of them, Julie. The other eight were total strangers. Today I consider these women some of my best friends. Four or five of them have different color skin than I do. One or two are of a […]

Atlanta Beltline , neighborhoods , social media tricks - April 16, 2012

NOLA: Story of a Diamond

Who would ever believe this story? Only in New Orleans: On Friday night, after all the pre-planned activities were over, a bunch of our NOLAbound members embarked on Frenchmen Street, a two-block long stretch of street full of music joints. You never know who might pop up playing on any given night on Frenchmen Street. […]

neighborhoods , New Orleans - March 22, 2012

The NEW Orleans

In a commencement speech, Steve Jobs tells the 2005 graduates of Stanford that, “death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make room for the new.” Because of all the recent changes in my life, I’ve relied on these words quite often […]

neighborhoods , New Orleans - March 16, 2012

NOLA – Day 1

I arrived into New Orleans a little after 9am yesterday morning. Luckily I slept the entire flight. Lucky because, from the minute my feet hit the pavement in this town, I have been moving. A bit indicative of what’s going on in this town. There’s so much happening here. Young people everywhere. Young, hip, smart, […]

neighborhoods , New Orleans - March 15, 2012

New Orleans, Here We Come

I’m nervous. Tomorrow morning I board a plane to New Orleans for probably one of the most exciting opportunities of my life. I have a sneaking suspicion it will be life-changing. The 27 of us chosen to participate in the NOLA bound project will come from Boston, Houston, Cleveland, New York, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Buffalo, […]

neighborhoods , New Orleans - March 10, 2012

NOLA Itinerary #2

: : : : : : : : : :  DAY TWO { I’ll need some of that thick, strong, chicory coffee like they serve at Café du Monde } Out of bed early the next morning . . . just in time for an 8am breakfast meeting at the  NOMA, the New Orleans Museum […]

Learning , neighborhoods , New Orleans , restaurants - March 6, 2012

What to do in NYC?

Two of my Facebook friends from Sweden posted this question on Facebook yesterday: “We’r 2 girls from sweden going to NY now on the 13th March, You guys have any tips for fun stuff to do / see / eat *_* or just wanna hang? 😀 Cheers! /Maria & Ida the explorers.” How in the […]

neighborhoods , NYC , restaurants - March 2, 2012

2012: Paris

About this time last year I remember flipping through the course catalog from The New School at Parson’s. Christmas was over. The kids were out with their friends. The house was quiet. I poured myself a glass of wine and, for a moment, I just let my mind wander. I had received the Parsons catalog […]

neighborhoods , Paris , Uncategorized - December 30, 2011

Chelsea Market

One of my favorite spots for ‘meandering’ in New York is Chelsea Market, located at 75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets). It’s described by Wikipedia as “an enclosed urban food court, shopping mall, office building and television production facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood.” It houses such companies as The Oxygen Network, the […]

neighborhoods , NYC , restaurants , Uncategorized - November 14, 2011

An Art Museum, Sealed 4 Stories Under NYC

{ a long-abandoned subway station four stories under the streets of NYC  } 103 artists worked for over a year and a half, illegally, in dark tunnels and in fear of being arrested, to showcase their contemporary art form. When finished the show’s creators unveiled “The Underbelly Project” for only one night, allowing a single […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - November 9, 2011

High on The High Line

Two men went to a community meeting. They didn’t know each other. But they had a similar idea. Listen to this video. Just sitting here, reminiscing about last week in New York. I was back for a BlogHer Writers conference. Although my few days there were scheduled tight, I stole a bit of time to […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - November 8, 2011

Not-The-Met Museums

Unless you search hard you’ll miss some of the best, most interesting, museums in New York:   El Museo Del Barrio @ 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street (upper East side) – After walking the Barrio in East Harlem and marveling over the Latin graffiti, I was particularly struck by the art in this museum. […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - October 25, 2011

Should I move to NY?

Because of my obvious love of the city, I often get asked, “why don’t you move to New York?” Honey, I spent many a night this summer, lying in bed wondering what my destiny was. Should I just sell everything, pack up my clothes and move to a place that feeds my spirit, a city […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - October 24, 2011

God, I love this place

I love this place called New York. Nowhere else in the world affects me like this city. Literally  minutes after deboarding the plane my entire body is infused with energy. A bit trite, but I get a kick in my step, a smile on my face, and a sense of youthfulness that I find nowhere […]

neighborhoods , NYC , Uncategorized - October 22, 2011

Oh, the Laundromat

It’s funny how little insignificant scenarios in life can open a whole new world for you. There’s no washer and dryer in my new house – we left ours in the house when we sold it. I’ve not had time to shop for replacements, so I was forced to find a laundromat to take care […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - October 13, 2011

Garden Hills or Old Fourth Ward?

“Saw you had a contract on the house. Where are you going?“ If another person asks me this question, I’m going to flatten them. I have no idea where I’m going. I don’t want to talk about going anywhere. And I certainly don’t want to face the fact that I have to be out of […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - August 19, 2011

9/11

It was September 11, 2001. Four of us were in Playa del Carmen, in Mexico, celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday when the terrorists attacked. I’ll never forget walking out of our room to have breakfast on the beach. I was alone. All the waiters were huddled around a tiny, rusty TV set perched on a stool. When […]

neighborhoods , NYC - July 25, 2011

My last full day in NYC

I woke up at 6:00 this morning. Unfortunately, I had used the last of the coffee grounds two days ago and was not able to have my customary morning cup of coffee. You see, I wasn’t about to pay $10 for another pound, especially if I was only going to be here another two days. […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 24, 2011

KoreaTown

Left my class last night about 5:30 and headed across town on 32nd Street. About the time I hit 5th Avenue, the whole landscape began to change. I’ll let pictures speak for themselves: Oscar Meyer a la Korea: Korean BBQ? Not sure that sets well with this Southerner: KoreaTown’s version of popsicles. Green tea, mango, […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 23, 2011

Hell’s Kitchen

I walked through this neighborhood a few days ago. I’d heard it was and up-and-coming area but couldn’t really see much to photograph and write about. But its name, Hell’s Kitchen, intrigued me. You’ve gotta love anyone who lives in this area – they’ve got to have a certain edginess about them. Can you imagine […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - July 23, 2011

East Harlem & Spanish Harlem

Today was the first time I felt unsafe in any neighborhood in Manhattan. I came out of the subway station at 125th street in East Harlem and immediately felt intimidated by the hoards of young men hovering around the subway entrance. Across the street a group was forming around two young men who were screaming […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 21, 2011

Wall Street or Canal Street?

I learned in my class last night that I needed to start naming my blog posts with “keywords.” As you probably know keywords are terms you might Google to find specific information. Since I doubt anyone would type in “Day Seventeen,” I’ll be forced to pay more attention to the titles. I hopped on the […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 15, 2011

DAY SIXTEEN

What’s that saying?  “A friend is someone who will bail you out of jail, but your best friend is the one sitting next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun!’ “ Well, that’s the type friend I have in Annie G. I was walking down Broadway in broad daylight, minding my own business, when she […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 11, 2011

DAY TWELVE

My back hurts, my legs, my shoulders, my whole being aches. I probably should have stayed in today, but I’m not made that way. Unfortunately, GOT-TO-ACCOMPLISH is my mantra. My first thought this morning was how good this change of scenery has been for me. Most mornings in Atlanta I go through a robot-like routine. […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 7, 2011

DAY ELEVEN

. . . and on the eleventh day, Lisa crashed.  

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 6, 2011

DAY TEN: Fourth of July

July the 4th, 2011: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York. I’m an Air Force brat so as you can imagine, I grew up in a very patriotic household. We put out the flag each morning and took it down each evening before sunset. On Veterans holidays we visited our military cemetery. I choke […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 6, 2011

DAY SEVEN

“Day Seven” ~ It shakes me up to write those words. My first week has flown by. I’ve worked very hard, not only walking, but also learning how to blog, how to maximize this iPhone, how to tag, add keywords, and basically learn the new language of SEO. Most days I get up by 6 […]

neighborhoods , social media tricks , Uncategorized - July 2, 2011

DAY SIX

I have a bad habit of trying to cram all I can into my days. Not just on this trip, but in my life in general. The more I can do, the more I have to mark off a list. The more lists I can make, the less time I have to delve deep into my soul. […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - July 1, 2011

DAY FIVE

Today was a very retrospective day. It finally hit me that this dream had actually come true. If for some reason I had to leave tomorrow, this experience will have already exceeded my expectations. I was standing on the jogging path in Central Park, looking over the lake at the skyline of the East Side. […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - June 30, 2011

DAY FOUR

I want to name today’s post “Stupid Is as Stupid Does.” Just like Forrest Gump, I started walking toward my subway station and kept walking until I hit the East River. Then I turned around and walked until I hit the other side, the Hudson River. In other words, I walked the entire width of Manhattan, twice. […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - June 29, 2011

DAY THREE

Today was a reality check. It was a typical Monday morning with leftover client work from home to complete, a conference call to make and some billing to send out. My equipment was not cooperating with me. The software I use every day of my life decided to crash. The backup drive I’d brought from home […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - June 28, 2011

DAY TWO

Why is it that I always find myself in the middle of historic events. I was in Memphis when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot. I was in France when their president Georges Pompidou died and I was shut out of the country when the 9/11 disaster occurred. Now I’m in New York as the governor signs […]

neighborhoods , NYC - June 28, 2011

DAY ONE

  Where do I start? I’ve got so much to tell. First time in my life I’ve ever arrived at the airport on time. Write that one down. The night before I left was quite eventful. We had a bad storm and a tree fell, covering the driveway. Then we lost power. Couldn’t wash clothes, […]

neighborhoods , restaurants , Uncategorized - June 26, 2011

9 more days but who’s counting

Two days ago, Parsons called and told me they had cancelled my class. I was devastated. Within minutes of posting my disappointment on Facebook, I had friends calling me on the phone and posting this one message: “You are going anyway!” Yep, my apartment was paid for, I had my airline ticket. Come hell or […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - June 16, 2011

Tunnel or bridge?

1977 was my first encounter with the Big Apple. The Big, wonderful world of creativity, energy, diversity, possibilities…all there, packed into a small 23-square mile island called Manhattan. It’s the most visually and sensually stimulating place I’ve ever been. I knew I’d come back. I have, in fact, been back a dozen or so times. […]

neighborhoods - May 9, 2011

Sidewalk Cuisine

Ever heard of The Vendy Awards? It’s the Oscar Awards for street food vendors, or as they like to be called, “New York City Sidewalk Chefs.” Pretty smooth spin on ‘hot dogs.’ Yep, once a year an annual competition is held to find the Best Street Food Vendor in the city. The $100-per-ticket admission goes […]

neighborhoods , restaurants - April 18, 2011

Is that Popeye?

In doing research for my trek back to school, I happened upon this wonderful little hotel, The Jane. I look forward to visiting it while I’m walking the Meatpacking District, in the southwest part of Manhattan. The Jane’s efficiency rooms were inspired by luxury train cabins. Their tagline line is priceless, “For Travelers with More […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - April 13, 2011

So much I don’t see.

I am so excited I can hardly breathe. It’s Friday night, April the 8th and I just got back from doing my first trial walk. As many of you know, I plan to go back to school this summer at Parsons in NY and walk every square mile of Manhattan . . . then blog […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - April 9, 2011

Clarify your purpose

When a group of us gals got together for one of Tavey’s Enneagram classes, “Set Your Intentions” we were instructed to grab a magazine, scan its pages, and pull out things that interested us. We were given a small piece of poster board on which to assemble our finds. Here’s mine: This assemblage is so […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - April 3, 2011

Blessings in disguise

As I mentioned in one of my previous writings, I took my son to New York just three months after 9/11. I remember asking friends if I should expose a ten-year-old to such a fresh visual reminder of horror. You see, my son is an avid historian. In my heart I felt sure the lessons […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - April 2, 2011

away from my desk

I have an assignment to design a logo for a children’s program at one of the malls here in Atlanta. After 20 years of volunteering for my church, my children’s preschool, elementary, middle and high schools, I have designed more logos using kids’ icons that you can shake a stick at. It’s hopeless to think […]

neighborhoods , Uncategorized - March 22, 2011

Junque!

Nothing I love more than a good street market. I love taking in the sounds, the smells, the colors. I especially love watching the characters who sell their wares. { My love of open-air markets dates back to my youth. You see, my father was in the Air Force so my family lived in El […]

neighborhoods - March 18, 2011

My home-away-from-home In NY

A friend from church who lives in NY will be in Europe all summer, so she has asked me to house sit her home while away { twisted my arm! }. Only 7-8 blocks from Parson’s, I couldn’t have asked for a more incredible gift. My home-away-from-home is a studio apartment in a lovely part […]

neighborhoods , restaurants - March 5, 2011

NYC in 20 little pieces

You see, I have this crazy plan to walk every square mile in Manhattan. I just googled NYC and learned that there are 23 square miles in Manhattan. It’s 13.4 miles long and 2.3 miles at its widest point. I’ll be there for 28 days, so I’m setting my goal to do one square mile […]

neighborhoods - March 3, 2011

First Day In NYC

Honey, if you’d grown up in Mobile, Alabama, you too would’ve been raised to fear New Yorkers. The first time I stepped foot in New York was in October 1977. Skye McLeod and I were big time execs (LOL) for an ad agency in Birmingham, Alabama. We decided to take 4 of our vacation days […]

neighborhoods , NYC - March 3, 2011

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