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May 11, 2011

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Hi Elaine, how lovely to spend some days in Paris! My first visit was a one day jaunt from London in 1971 to find oboe reeds for a friend in Australia from a little man out in the suburbs. The second visit was 2 or 5 days of just walking, no museums. I would love to go again some day but ... Loved your photos. Best wishes from Robyn A after a long time.

Maggie, I so enjoyed meeting you! You are an inspiration and a truly lovely soul. I fell in love with Paris completely -- will write you an email and tell you more.
xo Lainie

Love you! even though I just met you... but your words sing to me, Elaine... great to share some time with you in La Rochelle...and so glad that Paris is caught your heart. It is a wonderful place, full of soul, history and love. great to read your post! Thanks for sharing it! hope to see you sooner than later!

I loved l'Orangerie and yet I don't generally recommend it because it really has just one perfect thing rather that the hit parade of d'Orsay. I'm so glad you liked it (and Paris). I can't wait to hear about the rest!
The Nymphéas tell an amazing story about Monet--about where he lived, his vision (literal as well as artistic), and the way France changed during his life. Next time you go to France, make a trip to Chartres, Giverny, and Rouen. (Because there will *be* a next time!)

How wonderful!

How wonderful to have had that time in Paris, you certainly saw a lot in a short time. This has brought back memories of our first and only visit there exactly two years ago. We stayed in an apartment in Le Marais and used the Batobus on the Seine every day. Aaah, thanks for sharing.

Paris is one of my three favorite cities, so different from NYC, for instance, yet equal in my affections. You spent your brief time there doing exactly the right things to experience it. And your description so perfectly evoked it that you made my heart ache to be back walking by the Seine again. Thank you for sharing this experience. I loved reading it.

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    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
  • Contemplation
    Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
  • Skill
    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
  • Teaching
    Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
  • Quality
    Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
  • Beauty
    It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
  • Community
    Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
  • Expression
    Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.

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