When we grow up in a dysfunctional family, like most of us did, we may feel grief, anger, frustration, sadness and more. I sure did. Did you? Or may be you were among the gifted ones who were raised in a supportive, loving and nurturing environment. Since I had plenty to deal with, I healed a bit at the time and in due course became a spiritual counselor. I understood what my clients were telling … [Read more...] about How Did I Come About to Offer My Services?
Last weekend, my son and his family celebrated Mother's Day in France. It triggered a memory of his coming into the world. Here is a recount of the hours before my son was born at home. It was a planned home-birth. What will women do? They will do whatever is needed! (Unedited excerpt of my memoir.) Sylvaine Francine © 2019 Time passes, the contractions come on more frequently. I begin to … [Read more...] about A Ride In The Night
I recently listened to a conversation on "You Can Heal Your Life Summit", organized by Hay House Publishing. Robert Holden from England and Rabbi Steve Leder from Los Angeles were discussing the gems found in More Beautiful Than Before—How suffering transforms us. Rabbi Steve Leder wrote this book with gratitude in mind. A serious accident left him in pain and incapacitated him for months. … [Read more...] about More Beautiful Than Before
©2019 (Unedited Excerpt from my memoir) A good neighborhood—Le café “Aux Deux Magots,” feverish with activity on Le Boulevard St Germain, faces La Rue de Rennes and right there, on the same sidewalk the little church of St Germain stands as always. I live in the center of Paris between the churches of St Germain and St Sulpice. I barely acknowledge them, reserving my ecstatic admiration for … [Read more...] about Paris – 1979 Left-Bank Neighborhood
Unedited excerpt of my memoir - ©2019 Sylvaine Francine I close the low gate behind me. The twins, Nicolas and Marion, run toward the children. I sit on a bench and think about Sam and India. Our fights over his drinking on dry days when no liquor can be purchased or consumed. We didn’t leave in the best terms; I was too upset with him. “Your French uptight temper, a real problem.” “Your … [Read more...] about 1978 – Encounters – India and Pakistan
Don't you like my vertical desk? I can wheel it around and work from wherever I feel like it. On the front porch, I sit at the round table. I place it next to the sofa where I sit. I love to wheel it to the bedroom, I spread everything the bed. It reminds me of my student days in Paris. Unedited excerpt of my memoir - ©2019 Sylvaine Francine On the other hand, I have a good life in Paris: … [Read more...] about My rolling desk