Daylilies Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen 24 12" 60 x 30cm
Geranium Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen non stretched 7 x 12" 18 x 30cm
Begonia on an Indian Background Laurie Fox Pessemier Acrylic/linen 12 x 12 30 x 30cm
Roses in a Terra Cotta Pot Blair Pessemier Acrylic/linen 13 x 18" 33 x 46 cm
Blair and I actually watched our Internet TV this week, for the first time since last summer. We saw and heard Comey testify in front of the Senate committee. I loved hearing his eloquence: whole sentences delivered in a calm, deliberate way.
I have watched other “speeches”, mostly on YouTube, that give me a feeling of belonging, and inspiration. The Mayor of New Orleans, for one: Emmanuel Macron, president of France (my French language has improved since learning Italian) and Pope Francis (who speaks, slow, easy Italian). My favorite speech of all time, in person, was given by Jane Goodall.
I have a weekly morning “meeting” on Skype, with a good friend in Paris. She listens to experts in a number of fields, and often turns me on to them. This week she was listening to Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba.com. So, I thought I’d give Jack Ma a whirl. I had looked on his site, Alibaba, both as a seller (of my paintings) and as a buyer, first of canvases, and, when I was in Paris, I looked for a builder for Monet’s Painting Boat. I knew nothing of Alibaba's founder.
Jack Ma was rejected from Harvard 10 times. He ended up attending a humble school in China. But he had a dream, and never let go of it. “Never give up” is his mantra. He’s the 14th richest man in the world, but always felt money was not the only object, but to do something good. His current desire is to work with young people. All of this in the context of Alibaba. “People come to me with new ideas, but I must stay focused.”
Now he says maybe he’ll go to Harvard and lecture. One of the things he though most important on the road to success was INSPIRATION. I was [inspired], by him, and I will continue to seek inspiration.
We ate dinner this week at the Faro restaurant, to celebrate our anniversary and a friend’s birthday. The view from the Faro makes any occasion seem outstanding: it is among the top four view restaurants I have ever been to. The food is not bad, either. I had tortellini in brodo (in broth), because I’d just been to the dentist: no hard food for 24 hours. The dentist was able to fashion a filling for my old tooth (80.00), rather than a crown (600.00). I could have splurged on the savings, had I been able to chew.
Everyone in Rocca Malatina goes out – you can always afford a coffee and visit with the locals. My summer preference is the shakerato – a coffee with ice and one sugar, made in a martini shaker; I get cold milk on the side, to add. It’s only a euro.
I mention this concept of “everyone going out” to our dinner companion. “It’s because the TV in Italy is so bad,” and she goes on: “In the UK (where she’s from), and the US, we had good TV shows to watch”. It made me feel so glad I live in Italy.