Legacy

“Hope costs nothing. ”  Sidonie Gabrielle Colette Sidonie Gabrielle Colette died on August 3, 1954, at the age of 81, in her Paris apartment at the Palais Royal.  A legend within her lifetime, thousands of mourners attended her state funeral.  Her writings have stood the test of time.  Even today, Colette’s thoughts continue to shape…

Colette On Writing

Writing is bringing together words to articulate a thought or organize a narrative. It is a straightforward undertaking that has the potential to generate far-reaching consequences.  When does this latent power become a reality?  How does an idea span a globe, transcend cultural norms, overcome time limitations? Perhaps the answer is in the definition.  Sidonie…

Finding Love

“I want nothing from love, in short, but love.”  Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, La Vagabonde Sidonie Gabrielle Colette found love and happiness when she met Maurice Goudeket, a young businessman turned journalist.  They met in 1925, married on April 3, 1935 and remained together under Colette’s death in 1954.  This was her longest and happiest relationship.  During…

On Growing Old

A lifeline move in one direction as it marks the hours, months, years.  Our bodies may feel the effects of aging, but our hearts and minds have the capacity to be ageless.  Always be astonished with the essence of living. “You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished.  To be…

Unknown Worlds

“On this narrow planet, we have only the choice between two unknown worlds. One of them tempts us – ah! what a dream, to live in that! – the other stifles us at the first breath.” Sidonie Gabrielle Colette Colette’s writing career spanned five decades, from her early 20s to her mid-70s. Her themes were…

No Shame or Sadness

“I love my past, I love my present.  I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it.” Sidonie Gabrielle Colette Sidonie Gabrielle Colette’s life was marked by three marriages and numerous affairs. Described as vivid, sensual and highly imagistic, her writings held autobiographical nuances.  It…