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(5) things we love…#79

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Oliver Jeffers StuckGroundhog day was the motto of my week. Stuck in an endless loop of sameness – same news, same routine, same anxiety – I have been looking for things that can move me forward.

lena dunham jenni konnerOne. The focus of our site is women in and around our age, but talent and intelligence are obviously ageless – or we would stop reading Rimbaud at 37. I have mentioned more than once I am an admirer of Lena Dunham and of how she has applied her talent to the cause of women. Her bi-weekly newsletter, thelennyletter.com, edited with her best friend, Jenni Konner, makes for intelligent and fun reading. Not every feature is for me but, overall, it is a brilliant insight in younger women’s minds, and a ray of hope for the future.

brainTwo. I have now lived half my life outside of Italy and Italian is not my default language anymore. I am stuck in that limbo of bilingual people who are stopped in their tracks, more often than they would like, looking for words in either language. Going back and forth between two languages is not as seamless as it once was. There is a reason for it and the end result is not all bad, on the contrary. If you are one of us, you can read why here, and why being stuck is good for your brain.

Three. Sometimes, to measure the present, you have to look back and remember the lessons of the past. It was Grammys week. But you might not have noticed. There is very little about the current Grammy offerings that makes my heart flutter. So, while we are all still reeling from the loss of David Bowie, I thought I would pluck the archives and come up with something special: the rehearsal of “Under Pressure” for the Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert back in 1992, performed by David Bowie and Annie Lennox. Mind you, not the actual show. A peep of two professionals at work (and check out George Michael in the wings).

tea cozyFour. In this age of high-tech coffee makers and timed tea infusions, here is a new twist on that old and fusty and quintessentially British object: the tea cosy. Courtesy of our wonderful friend Eddie C, who was having tea and was served a tea pot wearing this. I wish I could knit just to make it.

miu miu ballet flatsFive. If I could only take a step forward in these shoes. Miuccia Prada and I have been sharing the same quirky shoe sense for decades now. And lord knows how much of my hard earned money has gone to acquire her shoes. How about this twist on the timeless ballet flat??

Top Image by Oliver Jeffers from his book Stuck

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6 Comments

  1. Ellie Toffolo
    Ellie Toffolo

    I often feel those bilingual stumbling blocks, either way !!! However, it is easy to be immersed in English anywhere if you want to – the language having been so widely exported, as have films and TV – it is not so easy to keep up with Italian living abroad. However, I feel the language of one’s formative, school and study years is indelible – everybody counts in their mother-tongue. Interestingly enough recently read an article that says that first on the list of bilingluals are musicians…..

    February 21, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      I do still count in Italian and sometimes I dream in Italian too. Interestingly enough, it depends on where the dream takes place and who is in it. But, mostly, I think in English now.

      February 21, 2016
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  2. Looking at those beautiful shoes, I checked to make sure I had Epsom salts in the house. Getting old is damn hard on feet-especially with pretty or distinctive shoes! Happy weekend. ღ

    February 20, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      And it is so hard to find flat or low heeled shoes that don’t look “sensible”!

      February 21, 2016
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  3. Every pot in the place had its own cosy … They must have a knitter on the payroll 🙂

    February 20, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Maybe I should learn to knit and start a business. Would they ever catch on in California? (and thank you for making me realize the spelling mistake, by the way). Sometimes I think there might be a merit to the Brexit, if it helped England preserve some of its englishness (I know idiotic – what does the Frenchman think?)

      February 20, 2016
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