Adrian Leeds invites you to participate in an "Intimate Group Consultation" with four other people and her personally on Zoom, this Summer 2020
Planning Your Future in France after Coronavirus Intimate Group Consultations with Adrian on Zoom, Summer 2020 Minimum 3, Maximum 5 Participants Per Session Per Person, Per Session 75€
This is your chance to meet with Adrian Leeds and four other people who have similar goals as you, and very often the same questions. These are single-topic meetings, designed to help answer some of your initial questions in order to move you further along in reaching your goals. Each session lasts 90 minutes. Everyone has an opportunity to openly discuss their dreams and aspirations so that Adrian can answer your questions and guide you toward success. These intimate group consultations cost a fraction of a personal consultation with Adrian at only 75€ each, and will put you light years ahead in your thinking. You may register for one or more or all seven if you like!
Note: If you are at a more serious stage in your planning, a two-hour personal consultation with Adrian will be the most beneficial, with your immediate family or friends. The cost is 350€, and it applies toward our property search services so nothing is lost.
Here's our agenda for Summer 2020:
***France for the Single Woman
June 18, 2020 6 p.m. CEST*, 12 Noon EDT**
***Moving to France 101 [Added]
June 22, 2020 6 p.m. CEST*, 12 Noon EDT**
***Buying vs Renting in France [Added] June 29, 2020 6 p.m. CEST*, 12 Noon EDT**
***Where Should I Live in France? July 1, 2020 6 p.m. CEST*, 12 Noon EDT**
***Getting the Best Return on Investment July 9, 2020 6 p.m. CEST*, 12 Noon EDT**
***Buying in Paris or Paris Suburbs? July 15, 2020 6 p.m. CEST*, 12 Noon EDT**
*Central European Summer Time (France), **Eastern Daylight Savings Time (US)
Register now! Click here to download the PDF Registration Form. Complete it, scan and send it to [email protected] Upon receipt of your payment, you will be formally registered and will receive your Zoom instructions by email.
To book your personal two-hour consultation, email [email protected] to schedule a time most convenient.
Dear Parler Nice Reader,
Yesterday's Après Midi was the second Zoom meeting we held since confinement, but won't be the last. Our last meeting of the season before the summer break (we take August off) with author and Nice expert, Ella Dyer, will also be held on Zoom at the special time of 6 p.m. Paris Time, 9 a.m. Pacific Time to allow people from coast to coast and here in Europe to participate, but take note...it will also be held one week in advance on July 7th from the regularly scheduled "second Tuesday of the month" due to Bastille Day falling on that particular day.
Award winning author of five novels, seasoned lecturer at international women’s economic forums and former publisher of Savvy Woman magazine, Talia Carner delighted our Zoom audience from her Boca Raton home — where she has been since confinement — with a talk about her novel, Jerusalem Maiden, because half of the story takes place in Paris in 1924 during the avant-garde era. It is the story of a young Jewish woman's struggle between her religion and her passion for art. She chose this topic because we all thought we'd be in Paris for her talk where the topic was particularly relevant.
Talia's newest book is The Third Daughter, a remarkable story, inspired by little-known true events, about the thousands of young Jewish women who were trafficked into prostitution at the turn of the 20th century, and whose subjugation helped build Buenos Aires. Talia was born in Israel and develops many of her characters as Jewish, something she culturally knows and feels deep within her.
Answering one of the questions that arose out of the attendees:
"What advice would you give to someone who has always wanted to write a book, but has not yet done so," her response was what she called "TIC" — meaning "Tush In Chair."
I understood that immediately to mean "doing the work" or just sitting down to actually write it. For those of you who don't know what a "tush" is, the word comes from the Yiddish word, "tókhes," meaning buttocks. But if you use it, don't pronounce it like "hush," pronounce it like "tooysh." The vowel sound is somewhere between an "o" and an "oo" and if you don't say it correctly, we'll all know it's been culturally appropriated!
Ian Thomas Shaw
"Cross Culture or Cultural Appropriation" is the topic of a panel open to the public that I am moderating for the Paris Writers Workshop to be held July 5-12, 2020. I must admit that I had to do a bit of research to fully understand the topic to keep up with the brilliant authors on the panel: Alecia McKenzie, Caroline Vu, and Ian Thomas Shaw.
"Cross Culture" I fully understand, but Wikipedia gives "Cultural Appropriation" a complex definition — "at times also phrased cultural misappropriation, is the adoption of an element or elements of one culture by members of another culture. This can be controversial when members of a dominant culture appropriate from disadvantaged minority cultures."
So, does this mean that my habitual wearing of berets, a hat associated with the French culture, worn on the head of an American, is cultural appropriation or is it misappropriation? And do the French think I look silly trying to look more like them?
What sparked even more interest in the topic was today's CNN headline: "Congressional Democrats criticized for wearing Kente cloth at event honoring George Floyd." "Congressional Democrats wore stoles made of Kente cloth during a moment of silence for George Floyd, drawing criticism from observers who felt they made the traditional African textile into a political prop.
"Is that "appropriation or misappropriation?" Jade Bentil, a Ghanaian-Nigerian researcher at University of Oxford got bent out of shape and commented on Twitter that "My ancestors did not invent Kente cloth for them to be worn by publicity (obsessed) politicians as 'activism' in 2020." I'm sure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the other members of Congress, who knelt to observe a moment of silence at the Capitol's Emancipation Hall on Monday wearing their Kente cloth, never dreamed for a moment that their show of solidarity would have been taken as offensive. But, if they had been wearing yarmelkes (skullcaps worn by religious Jews), I might feel the same way.
I watched the funeral and memorial for George Floyd on CNN last night and found myself verbally responding to the preachers as if I was in that church mourning and praying to God just like the audience, most of which were African American and hugely appropriate. When Reverend Bill Lawson said, "Obviously, the first thing that we have to do is to clean out the White House," I said "Amen, Brother!" Was I culturally misappropriating, just by acting out in a way that's not part of my own culture?
(Note: you can read the full transcripts of all the eulogies and speeches here)
As an American living in France, it seems we can't help but cross our cultural divide or appropriate the other culture on a regular basis...like my beret-wearing or eating foie gras or uttering "oh-la-la." Aren't we all guilty of wanting to fit in and crossing the cultural divide or appropriating the other culture? For the panel discussion among authors, the topic will take a different bend — leaning toward how this affects their writing and their storytelling.
I'm looking forward to the panel and what the panelists and participants have to say about the topic, as I question myself how I view this within my own Franco-American realm in which I am constantly faced with the dilemma.
Take note:Join us for the Après Midi Zoom Meeting with Ella Dyer Time: July 7, 2020, 06:00 p.m. Paris Time, 9 a.m. Pacific Time Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 304 126 3588
This year, Paris’ literary heritage is at your fingertips! PWW has been WICE’s flagship creative writing event for over two decades. Held every two years, the event features distinguished and award-winning faculty.
July 5-12, 2020
In addition to the master classes, all participants are invited to enjoy an opening reception, join in our panel discussions and meet over a closing cocktail.
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