Anais Nin: Writer, Wildcat, Bigamist and Bon Vivant

A wonderful post about Anais Nin.

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She was an author, a philosopher, a makeshift psychoanalyst, a flamenco dancer, an actress and an international woman of mystery. Her love affairs were legendary, and her tell-all erotica is hailed by critics as the finest ever written.

Born To Be Wild

Anais Nin, birth name “Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell” (you can see why she shortened it!) was born on this day, February 21, 1903 in Nueilly, France. Her father, Joaquín Nin, was Cuban pianist of Spanish descent, and her mother Rosa Culmell, was a Cuban singer of French and Danish descent. Even at birth she seemed destined for an artistic life which would lead her across continents. 

Sadly, her parents separated when Anais was only two years old. Rosa then took Anais and her brothers to Barcelona and later New York City.  Anais began high school but dropped out at age sixteen. She then…

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Recycling and Climate Change…17th February 2020…Good news and the top 3 polluters…

Carol’s weekly recycling and climate change news.

Retired? No one told me!

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank you also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It seems many of you loved the video on the Sai Sanctuary as much as I did …Trees really do play such an important role in the circle of life…

There have been a few things this last week which have really made me question things…Generally, I am a happy soul and try to keep my posts positive but circumstances are making that very hard…I don’t know why or when as a society it has happened but it has and is happening…I want to believe in the good and the kind…But all these reminders telling us to be kind really shouldn’t be needed…Should they?

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#Orkney’s Neolithic sites – the Standing Stones of Stennes, and the Ring of Brodgar #Scotland #holiday

Deborah Jay’s post on The Mainland of Orkney’s neolithic sites.

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I promised more posts from October’s Orkney holiday, so here’s the next one.

I mentioned before that Orkney’s history is amazingly rich, and spanning an incredible range of ages. Most intriguing for me are the Neolithic sites found all over the islands, most incredibly well preserved compared to others of comparable age across the world.

We started our Neolithic tour with Maeshowe chambered cairn, then moved right on along the road barely a mile, to find first, this lone stone standing on the side of the road

We never did find out any more about this one, but it is located in an area so rich with standing stones, we just treated it as an appetizer!

Moving a few hundred metres further, we came to the Standing Stones of Stennes

And to put a bit of perspective to the size of these monoliths…

Moving right along (which is what…

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Recycling and Climate Change…10th February 2020…Trees, wildlife Gardens and Whales…

Carol’s weekly recycling and climate change blog with more wonderful eco-friendly solutions.

Retired? No one told me!

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It seems the dog/cat beds were much liked a very good use for old tyres methinks…I love the idea of circular recycling and there are so many very innovative ideas around the world.

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Like Noah who knew all those centuries ago the importance of saving the animals…Many animals and trees play such an important part in the health of our wonderful world that we need to heed the signs …organisations who are planting trees and more trees but yes we know why…Well, sort of…But do we really know to…

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Streets Ahead Book Promotion: Words We Carry: Essays of Obsession by D.G. Kaye

As a writer, D.G. Kaye has captured my attention time and time again with her wonderful, heartbreaking and riveting true-life memoirs.  She also writes with bravery and openness which I know has helped me come to terms with many things in my childhood and adulthood. Her books have helped many of us and that is a fantastic talent to connect with readers all over the world.

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At night I used to steal the rose of your mouth, so that no other woman could drink there. The one who now embraces you is taking away the shivers I drew around your limbs. I am your wayside. The one to touch you is bound o fall. Can you feel my essence all over, as if it were a distant hem?

Else Lasker-Schuler was born in 1869 in Elberfeld, Germany to an assimilated Jewish family. She knew she was Jewish but was unaware of Jewish tradition.

Due to illness she left school at eleven and was homeschooled by her mother, also a poet.

After her mother and brother passed away she grew into an unusual, for that time, woman. A queen of the bohemian circle, she won the Kleist Prize in 1932 for her poems.

A feeling of alienation dusts her poetry from this time, not quite Jewish but not quite German either.

She married twice and divorced twice and had a son, who died in 1927 from tuberculosis.

In 1933, aged 64, she was beaten on the street by Nazi thugs and on impulse fled Germany to Switzerland. From there she travelled to Palestine to visit Jerusalem and during a visit in 1939 war broke out and she was denied re-entry to Switzerland.

The reality of life in Jerusalem compared to her imaginings was harsh and full of loneliness and poverty for her.  She died in 1945 after completing her last collection of poems, My Blue Piano.

My Blue Piano/ Else Lasker-Schüler, 1943

At home I have a blue piano.

But I can’t play a note.

 

It’s been in the shadow of the cellar door

Ever since the world went rotten.

 

Four starry hands play harmonies.

The Woman in the Moon sang in her boat.

Now only rats dance to the clanks.

 

The keyboard is in bits.

I weep for what is blue. Is dead.

 

Sweet angels, I have eaten

Such bitter bread. Push open

The door of heaven. For me, for now —

Although I am still alive —

Although it is not allowed.

 

Articles referenced: https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/else-lasker-schuler-the-poetry-of-alienation/

http://meetingbenches.com/2017/05/german-poetry-love-poetry-else-lasker-schuler/

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling and Climate Change…3rd February 2020…Nature-based solutions and Jute Bags…

Carol’s weekly recycling and climate change news.

Retired? No one told me!

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It was interesting to hear how snowmobiles for many are a problem by causing noise and pollution and there was much interest in the electronic version used in  Lapland which had zero emissions…Thank you, Tori, for bringing that to my attention.

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What is happening this week on my radar???…

Climate Change…Is always in the news now…

Is it as bad as many people claim? Or is it hype as many others claim?

Take the Paris Agreement…The world was up in arms against Donald Trump when he withdrew America…Since…

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