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HOME IS WHERE I BELONG NOT WHERE I WAS BORN. IT IS WHERE I FIND MY SENSE OF MEANING AND PURPOSE. THE PLACE I HAVE SEARCHED FOR AND MY SANCTUARY. MY SEARCHES FOR HOME LEAD ME TO FRANCE. IN MANY WAYS, I HAVE BECOME A CHILD AGAIN : LEARNING RULES, LAUNGUAGE, EXPLORING MY ENVIRONMENT AND MORE. MY EYES ARE WIDE OPEN. IT IS MY ENDEAVOR TO SHARE THESE DISCOVERIES AND OTHERS. IN THESE PAGES, I WILL SHARE MY JOURNEY TO THIS SACRED PLACE CALLED HOME, DISCOVERIES MADE HERE AND MY LOVE FOR FRANCE AND HER PEOPLE.

* Art and France are not mutually exclusive. Art is the loom the tapestry known as France is woven upon – Léa Forslund

* France’s greatest treasure is her people.

Please visit my other blog: http://poetryphotosandmusingsohmy.wordpress.com

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    1. Hi Cynthia, you are so kind. Please know I appreciate this as the other awards you have sent my way. Unfortunately, I am unable to post the awards. My attempts to do so have been a brick wall. Thanks again for thinking of me and hope you will continue to visit and comment. 🙂
      Léa

      1. Hi Lea! Congratulations, even if you are unable to claim the award now! I want you to know that I have high regard for your talent and your writing style that inspires your reader from start to finish. Just keep writing!
        Cheers,
        Cynthia

      2. Hi Cynthia,
        Once again, thank you! It is nice to have your continuing support. Your photography skills are something I continue to aspire to as I shoot.
        Léa

  1. Yes…! What we’re born into is rarely what we choose to stay in for our lives (whether place, relationships, perspectives etc). It’s all a matter of accepting these changes and following our own true nature. Good for you!

    1. Please forgive the delay in responding to your kindness.

      Your generosity in nominating me for awards is appreciated. However, your continued participation in this blog is the award I valued most. Merci!

    1. Merci pour visiter et pour suivre un de mes blogs. C’est le type de vous commenter. Je sais gré pour cette occasion d’habiter en ce pays magnifique. Je devrais aimer entendre n’importe quels commentaires que vous avez du blog. Sincèrement, Lea

  2. What a life you are living – love it. Thanks for taking a look at one of my posts though small recompense compared to yours! Best wishes across many miles but mere fractions of a moment here. Cheers.

    1. Since coming to France, and for the very first time, I LOVE MY LIFE! 🙂 Thanks for signing on. I must warn you that I have signed on to your blog and loved some of the images it has already given me. I see a lot of writing in my future! If you would like to check out my other blog? http://poetryphotosandmusingsohmy.wordpress.com I would love to have your opinion.
      Léa

  3. Hi,

    I am honoured to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Please pick-up your award at http://danieladragas.wordpress.com/. Copy and Paste the Award to your blog and follow the rules of acceptance. I am very aware that some people do not wish to participate in Awards, and I completely respect that… no strings! But in any case, Congratulations, you have a Lovely Blog 🙂

  4. Bonjour, Lea! I enjoy reading your blog and looking at all your photographs. I was wondering if you have ever visited the old insane asylum in Marseilles, France? In America, as you know, nothing is really old. If you ever visit such a place, please let me know. Have a great day! -Lin

    1. Thanks for all the “likes” and stopping to comment. I was not aware of the old insane asylum but it is now on my list. My degrees are all in Psychology so that would be most interesting to me and perhaps a few following my blogs. Such a visit will no doubt prompt some poetry as well. Thank you so much for the suggestion.
      I have been following the Suitcase Project with great interest and sent the link to others. If it were not so far, I would love to see the exhibit. I would also love to see The Library of Dust. However, I have no intention of returning. It is all such great work.
      Unfortunately, Mental Illness is still often marginalised. Have a great day and wonderful week-end.

    2. Hi Lin,
      Would you happen to have a link for the asylum? I am having trouble finding it. The closest I have come is an old “charity” hospital in Marseilles. Thanks, Lea

      1. Hi Lea, My project is “The Inmates of Willard 1870 to 1900,” a book I published last December, and a blog I created last July. I post historical documents and articles, especially from New York State, from the nineteenth century concerning anything having to do with mental illness. One of my latest posts was about the “Utica Crib,” which was actually invented in 1845 by a French alienist (psychiatrist) named Dr. M.H. Aubanel of the Marseilles Insane Asylum. (http://inmatesofwillard.com/2012/09/08/the-utica-crib/) I was interested if you had ever come across such a place? I found some information on the doctor on google books, but my French isn’t what it used to be. I wish I had a link to the exact place, but I don’t. By the way, I have nothing to do with the suitcase project although I promote it because I think it is wonderful. Thank you so much and I love reading all your posts! Sincerely, Lin

      2. Hi Lin, I found your blog from the suitcase project and follow both. Thank you for your kind comments about my blog. I do look forward to each of your posts and from Jon Crispin’s blog. Without a doubt, many of the people that wasted away in such places did not belong there. After working in California’s Child Protection System and other jobs I have held, too little is still available for those in need.
        I shall continue the search for that asylum and I look forward to blogging what I find. While Marseilles is about four hours east of me, it is not impossible. Please know that I appreciate you letting me know about it and I look forward to a visit there. Kind regards, Lea

      3. Hi Lea, I couldn’t find a link to the asylum at Marseilles but this sketch and the caption, provided below, is what led me to another asylum in Paris (Illustration by Etienne Equirol’s Des maladies mentales considérées sous les rapports médicale hygiénique et medico-legal (Paris 1838), at: Diseases Of The Mind: Highlights of American Psychiatry through 1900. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/diseases/debates.html.) Have you ever been to the asylum at Paris? Thank you so much!! -Lin

      4. Hi Lin,

        I shall check out your link but will continue to search for the old asylum near Marseilles and any others. While I currently have no plans to visit Paris in the near future, I shall check it out when I do get there. Of course I would blog the visit but would also be happy to send you additional information when I find it. Most of all, thank you for alerting me to its existence.

  5. Thank you for the amazing photos and history. Good to show the world in photos and words what the world is. A wise person learn something everyday of their life.

    1. It is my pleasure. Thank you for being part of it. Perhaps I will be wise someday…
      For now, I just keep learning. 🙂 As you know, as we learn about the rest of the world, we can rid ourselves of the toxicity that is ignorance.

  6. Hi there, I’m not quite sure how I found you but somewhere along the lines I clicked to follow your blog and I’m so, so glad I did. Thank you. 🙂

  7. Léa, tu as 2 blogs intéressants et magnifiques… 🙂 Sooo glad I’ve discovered them & you, of course… 🙂 Warm greetings and my very best, Mélanie

    1. Mélanie, merci beaucoup! You are so very kind. 🙂 My french is improving but it is still difficult. However, your english is excellent. I am wondering if you have poetry on your blog as I have not yet found it? 🙂
      Kindest regards,
      Léa

  8. I was an Au Pair girl in Paris years ago. I majored in the language in college, but sadly, after years of disuse, I’m not longer fluent. But I could make do were I to find myself in Paris again, which I hope to do someday. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my site. I appreciate it!

      1. That must have been exciting!

        I never studied abroad but I have traveled a bit which is an education in itself.

        There is something about finding a co-worker sharing the same “bush” on a dusty road in the middle of Vietnam that changes the way you perceive each other… 🙂 It was humbling to stand with her at her father’s grave as she spoke about watching him be gunned down by soldiers.

    1. Paris is great. I adore it! However, there is so much more to France which most people never discover… Perhaps you will take a bit of time to explore beyond the city when you return. I know you will be rewarded.

      I enjoyed your site very much and signed up to see what you post in the future. 🙂

      1. I’ve been to other parts too (Nice, Normandy) but never extended periods like I was Paris or Arcachon. Maybe when the kids are gone, the hubs and I will journey through the country. That would be lovely.

    1. Merci beaucoup! Becka, please know that I do appreciate the thought as it comes from you. However, I am not comfortable with awards and must simply say thank you. 🙂 xx

    1. The Tower is amazing but I recommend seeing it twice. It is one thing to see it by day but at night it is amazing! I appreciate you choosing to follow one of my blogs and I hope you continue to enjoy the posts. When you do come to France, remember, Paris is one city and France is an Aladdin’s cave filled with magic!

      1. I understand, participation is voluntary. I am following your other blog. I wish you continued success with both and hope your traffic count is high.

      2. Thank you so much. I wish you continued success and look forward to your future comments. As for traffic count, it has been growing very slowly over the years but I shall hang in there. 🙂

    1. Andre, please know that your generosity is appreciated. However, from the beginning, I have maintained an Award Free Blog. Thank you for your kind consideration.

  9. I am now following your journey and have found much here of interest. I still have another page to check and I will let you know when I have managed to do that as well. I’ll read you shortly.

    1. Glad you enjoyed France and I hope you were traveling around la belle France as it changes softly with each step… 😉

    1. Hi Joanne, I must admit to being intrigued by your generous offer. I’ve been looking at your blog and have read a few of the Second Acts so far. They are so interesting I may work my way through the entire list eventually. You may have notice I have not been online much lately and can go into that elsewhere. Please be warned, this story would have more than two acts as my life has been a long, curved and bumpy road with numerous re-inventions.
      It would be nice to know what you say on Chris’s blog that sent you in my direction?
      Please give my regards to kindest regards to Canada. There are some fond memories there.
      Léa

  10. Have nominated you for the sunshine bloggers award , you haven’t got to do it , but I hope you will take care x

    1. This is very kind of you. However, both my blogs will continue to be award free as I began over three and a half years ago. Thank you for your kind thoughts. x

    1. First let me congratulate you on your success.
      It is very kind of you and I am honoured. However, I both my blogs shall continue to be award free. Kind regards, Léa

    1. Merci beaucoup! I’m so glad you did. Thank you so much for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I do hope you enjoy. Now back to your blog and currently Peter Gabriel…

    2. BTW, have you found your way over to Anna’s blog? She and Lotta are my favourite Swedish bloggers. They have both shared information with me for a book I plan to work on next year. My father was Swedish. 😉

  11. I want to thank you formally for following my blog. I envy you living in France! I love the country from afar and the language in pieces. It is a pleasure to meet you.

    1. Enchanté! I loved France so much, even before visiting, I put my house up for sale, came over with a rail pass and backpack for six weeks. It broke my heart to return but That was a decade ago and I’ve been here nearly eight years. Nobody believed me… I don’t want to be anywhere else. Lea

    1. Merci beaucoup!

      I’m so glad you did. When I was back in California working for the County (Child Protection Services) I always went to the schools and met with the teachers. They had information. Often they would tell me they couldn’t do my job. I replied that I couldn’t do theirs.
      A good teacher is a diamond. Unfortunately, they don’t get the support.
      Bonne courage mon amie!

      1. How kind, thank you. Alas, I don’t know of anything that could pry me out of France. 🙂 You are a remarkable teacher.

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