Why?

I decided to start this blog to share some of my experiences living in Paris. I hope it serves as another way to stay connected to my family and friends. The plan is to update this blog once a week, each Sunday, with a few images, recounting of experiences and random thoughts about living in Paris. As you’ll likely see in the images I post, even after 7 years in Paris, I’m still very frequently entertained with quite simply what I see on the street here.

I journal everyday. I have for 7 years now. Each night, for the last 2,570 nights, I’ve sat down at my computer and written in my electronic journal (yes, I back it up regularly). My journal is many things to me: a way to organize and crystalize my thoughts, a reference for people I’ve met and places I’ve been, a tangible way to track the progress (I hope) of my own thinking over a number of years and a long-term insurance policy against Alzheimer’s.

There is an older woman named Gisele here in Paris that I met while wandering around the Marais my first week here who, in broken English, randomly asked me if I happened to keep a journal. I said I did and she said that she collected journals going back to the Middle Ages and had the audacity to ask me if I would send her my journal. I agreed and now, for the last 7 years, she’s been translating my journal into French and sending it to a French organization that archives journals for the purpose of documenting life during this time on earth. My journal is their first from an American this century. Don’t worry, I only use first names in the journal so if you’re mentioned you’re unlikely to get a phone call from some historian 20 years from now.

I’m writing about my journal because it will serve as the source for this blog. I will likely pull out some excerpts each week, embellish a bit, add some photos … et voila …my blog.

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Michel Gire on January 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Hi David,

    Thank you for Lady Gaga in Paris, OMLG that’s great!

    Reply

  2. Hi, I love your blog. Any chance you’d like to write for us? Please contact me by email.
    Thanks and keep up the great work!

    Reply

  3. Posted by Mark Steven Shepherd on September 8, 2011 at 4:08 am

    I would like to use a picture that you took of Clint Eastwood getting the Medal of Honor award in a documentary I am making. I attended the presentation of David Lynch getting his Medal of Honor at the Cannes film festival with Sharon Stone attending (she also has received the Medal of Honor. Please contact me. Sincerely, Mark Steven Shepherd tvnetnews@gmail.com

    Reply

  4. Posted by Sharon Southren on September 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I am trying to locate a photo of the Cafe Panis in Paris for a travel book we are working on. You have one image on your website. Would you let me know if you might be able to help, please?

    Reply

  5. Posted by Meir on November 17, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Master, every time i read your blog, it remindes me of you in a different way, the photos are offcourse amasing and the stories are just as well… Thanks and bravo!! Meir

    Reply

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