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Is Hemingway’s Paris lifestyle still possible? | Washington Examiner

by RJ Smith, October 13, 2022 11:30 PM

from article…

If you were asked to picture life as an expatriate in Paris, your mind is likely to drift to one of two images, at once similar and radically different. The first is literary squalor — the starving artist — as depicted in books such as George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London and Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. The second is the cafe society associated with figures like F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Straddling both categories is the quintessential Parisian literary expatriate, Ernest Hemingway. In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway writes of walking around Paris with an empty stomach and a head full of ideas, resembling the nameless narrator of the 1890 novel Hunger by Knut Hamsun, whom Hemingway says “taught me to write.”

Before becoming the starving flaneur, Hemingway was the Paris correspondent for the Toronto Star newspaper, a position to which he was appointed at the ripe old age of 22. Hemingway’s articles of this period — written in the Star’s lean, declarative style, which would come to characterize the American’s fiction — are highly revealing of life in Paris a century ago.

In an article titled “A Canadian with $1,000 a Year Can Live Very Comfortably and Enjoyably in Paris,” Hemingway discusses the amount of money required to live well in the City of Light.

Source: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/is-hemingways-paris-lifestyle-still-possible

Surprising Things After Moving From the US to Ireland | Insider | Home | Lifestyle

By Alexis McSparren, Feb 6, 2022, 5:00 AM

I’ve been blown away by the beauty of the Irish countryside.
Alexis McSparren

I first fell in love with the idea of moving abroad five years ago after spending a semester in England.

I met incredible people, tried new things, and focused on what I wanted most out of life while temporarily letting go of everything stressing me out at home.

But after I returned to the US, the stress came back, and I realized I’d do anything to make my dream of living abroad a reality. Picking up and moving to Ireland on a spur-of-the-moment decision two years ago has presented many challenges, but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Read on for some of the things that surprised me when I first got to Ireland.

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33 ways to practice the art of self-care – Lifestyle | Los Angeles Times

By Marielle Wakim, Jan. 13, 2022 7 AM PT

(Lively Scout / For The Times)

When you hear the phrase self-care, chances are you fall into one of two camps: You either want to retch violently or you want to raise a glass of wine in tribute (one that you’re somehow managing to drink while lying face-down on a massage table).

Arguably, both responses are valid. The practice of self-care has strayed from its radical roots — more on those in a second — and evolved into a posh solution for myriad modern-day ailments, including but certainly not limited to long workdays, tense family gatherings, political conversations, and circling the parking garage at the Grove two days before Christmas.

But in its more nascent form, self-care, which surfaced as a term in the 1950s, was far less luxurious.

Before it became synonymous with the larger wellness movement, self-care was something doctors and health professionals encouraged among elderly and mentally ill populations; everyday practices, like personal grooming, were ways to reclaim a sense of autonomy.

In the years following, academics began exploring the ways self-care might combat the stress experienced by workers in high-octane fields (think healthcare or firefighting).

The idea was simple: Taking care of oneself — whether that meant addressing a physical need like eating, or a psychological need like engaging in therapy — would more adequately allow someone to take care of others. You hear it on airplanes all the time. Put on your own oxygen mask first before helping those around you.

Source: 33 ways to practice the art of self-care – Los Angeles Times