Friday, November 28, 2008

Bloggers Have a Voice

Thanksgiving was especially potent for me yesterday as I celebrated with new friends and my fiance here in Paris. I was thankful I was able to prepare some delicious side dishes from my mother's cookbook to share, but mostly thankful that God's given me this enviable life today. I say enviable because many people envy it. And while it is "God given," I worked hard for the life I have today. And when I say "worked hard," I worked hard on myself, on improving areas of my life that weren't working so well anymore and becoming a better person (to myself and to others). I have some projects I'm slowly commencing on, and I am able to let myself be "in process" and not feel rushed to be the first to market, so to speak.

I was also brutally aware of my gifts in life as I watched, on the various news channels, the horrible events unfolding in India. Grateful I was safe (for today) and not in a terrorist situation. And my heart going out to everyone - but everyone - involved.

What was also an amusing--and very revealing--statement to me was on CNN. Bloggers were criticizing security in India. This in itself is not shocking. The events and security issues could be shocking. What was so amazing to me was that CNN is giving credibility/a voice to bloggers and their opinions. Of course, this isn't shocking in today's times. I'll be the first to admit that bloggers have changed the world. When more people blog, and more voices are heard, global changes begin because it's a global consciousness being raised. Bloggers are doing that. What's amazing to me is the near-futuristic reality of it all.

When was it when we said, "one day bloggers will be an important voice in media today." When was it when we said, "bloggers opinions will be so important they are cast on mainstream, network television."

Well, that day has come.

And for that, I, too, am thankful.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

L'amour d'Obama

Even before the elections I knew, by practically every French person I spoke to, that the French love Obama. He was spoken about favorably by the media and spoken about frequently. What was even more amazing to witness was that these feelings were given an opportunity for expression, which the French normally do only reluctantly (other than at dinner parties and with close friends). As soon as I stepped out of my apartment, I saw two girls, one with OBAMA on her right cheek in black ink, scurrying down the sidewalk. On the metro, a wizzened old "hipster" wore an ObamaElection08 T-shirt and had pins on his jacket. People were reading the free "Metro" papers given out on the subway that had all the up-to-date analysis and numbers. Back at home, each channel (this morning too) was covering all the angles of the election. Most channels also showed coverage from around the world. People all around the world are jumping up, hootin' and hollerin' with joy at Obama's victory. Once again, I heard that "Obama is the President of the world" because for many, the man who is president of the United States carries power to affect the world. Everyone is caught up in the wave of enthusiasm and hope that Obama's message carries.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

The World Transfixed

The parties have started and most expat bars have their satellite TVs tuned to "France 24" or "CNN" as they host all-night election events. I'm home sick, unfortunately, but have our 50" flat-screen TV tuned to CNBC. Many in Paris consider this election for the "President of the World," as the President of the United States has so much influence and power on world events. It's fascinating to observe foreign attitudes towards "my country." I've never felt more patriotic till I moved abroad, no matter for how little time it might be.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Obama and Palin Dancing With The Stars

This is scary. And funny. Meanwhile, it is very interesting to observe how the French love Obama. There are 1/2 page ads/promotions that I saw in the Sunday paper, and the journalists love talking about him. There are at least four major Election Night parties (ranging from 10 to 160 euros) going on for Democrats and Republicans together. This could be dangerous normally but they're united by the fact that they're also American at the base. And there are parties for each party individually, not to mention that for each of these, Americans (and other expats), throughout the City of Light are hosting parties in their homes. Of course, unlike Election Night parties in the States, these all BEGIN at midnight and go on through the night till 6:00 am (yes, all of them). One will be serving Barack Obagels beginning at 3:00 am. The French/English TV news channel "France 24" is hosting a free party beginning at 7:00 am, also serving coffee.

Sunday, November 02, 2008


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