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published in Dreams/Goals, Family, Food, Gratitude, Inspiration, Travel, Writing by Maryanne | September 7, 2016 | 8 Comments

Deux Pope à Paris 🙂 


MA and Tracey in front of the Louvre

MA & Tracey Pope in front of Louvre

“I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.”

– Amy Thomas, Paris, My Sweet; A Year in the City of Light


I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. I sure have! My sister-in-law Tracey (my brother Doug’s wife) arrived on Saturday morning and over the past few days, we have seen enough magnificent architecture and stunningly beautiful art to knock a cow over backwards.

arc de triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

carvings on Notre Dame

An archway on Notre Dame Cathedral

eiffel tower

Eiffel Tower

paris streets

Paris apartments

We’ve mastered the metro and become experts at choosing the best café in any given neighbourhood to sit and watch the world go by – glass of wine (or beer or cafe creme) in hand. The food, of course, is exquisite and the people-watching is fantastique!

MA drinking beer in Latin Quarter

MA at a cafe, Latin Quarter

MA & Tracey cheers beer in Latin Quarter

Beer cheers, Latin Quarter

We even spent some time with the, er, remains of people past – 6 million of them – when visiting the Catacombs far below the streets of Paris.

skulls in light at catacombs

Bones in the Catacombs

skulls and big bones pile

Skulls and femurs stacked high

Tracey & skull

Spooky shot of Tracey in Catacombs

MA & Tracey freaked out in Catacombs

MA & Tracey spooky selfie

Here are a few more of my favourite pics of Paris so far:

black and white Seine shot

The Siene

stained glass in notre dame

Stained glass window in Notre Dame

MA in red beret in red chair

MA (in matching red beret) on crazy swivel chair in Centre Pompadou (modern & contemporary art)

Pain au chocolat

A beautiful sight…no caption needed

We are off to the Louvre today 🙂

Oh and I am still getting some excellent writing done, just in case you’re concerned. Hah! What I do is get up early and write for about an hour every morning before we head out to wander the streets and see the sights (and eat more delectable delights). Très bon.

Au Revoir!

Previous Paris blogs by Maryanne:

Je Voyage à Paris!

Je suis arrivé à Paris!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

This is the 9th & final Mothering Matters blog for the 2016 campaign:

Tackling Childhood Hunger One Lunch at a Time


boy eating sandwich

“If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.”

– Buzz Aldrin

For this final Mothering Matters blog for 2016, we wanted to highlight an organization that reflects the concept of “mothering in the broader perspective.”

As the old saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. And sometimes it takes a community to feed a child – or three thousand of them, which is how many lunches the organization, Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, often makes in a day for children who would otherwise go hungry.

So we asked BB4CK Executive Director, Tanya Koshowski, for her thoughts on how tackling childhood hunger links to the theme of Mothering Matters.

Please click here to view the 90-second video Tanya and her team made in response to this question. We LOVE Tanya’s message!

brown bagging logo

If you’re interesting in supporting BB4CK, each lunch costs only about $1 to make, thanks to the help of their in-kind partners. So a small donation goes a very long way 🙂

mothering matters logo 2011

For further information about the Mothering Matters blog series, here is the link.

If you would like to receive the Mothering Matters blogs (when the next campaign starts in spring 2017) and/or read the other blogs, please click here.

published in Book Reviews, Eating, Food, Health, Self Esteem, Self Worth by Maryanne | July 31, 2015 | No Comment


Inner Hunger – Getting to the Root of Eating Disorders


Inner Hunger book cover


“Some girls learn that they must sacrifice certain aspects of themselves – their appetites, needs, feelings, and goals – in order to gain support, acceptance, attention, and love. These girls are called “people pleasers”: they try to be everything to everyone. In doing so, they lose who they are to themselves.”

– Marianne Apostolides, Inner Hunger

I recently read the book, Inner Hunger; A Young Woman’s Struggle Through Anorexia and Bulemia, by Marianne Apostolides.

What a story.

The book was published in 1998 – and given to me in 2004 by the author’s aunt (a friend of the family). Then it sat on my bookshelf for more than a decade. I’m not sure why I put off reading it for so long but when I finally got around to reading it a few weeks ago, I could barely put it down.

I honestly had no clue about the horrific inner struggle a person faces when he or she is dealing with an eating disorder. Now I have a better idea. And frankly, it sounds like a terrifying, frustrating and lonely journey – especially for a young woman just starting out on her life path.

As a teen, Apostolides found that the seemingly best way to control her thoughts, feelings and life was to control her intake of food – be that vastly limiting the intake of food (anorexia) or consuming enormous quantities of it (bulimia).

Inner Hunger is an extremely candid account of the author’s personal experience with eating disorders and the hell she went through trying to become healthy again – physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually.

For, as the title suggests, Apostolides wasn’t just dealing with an extremely unhealthy relationship with food, she was unsuccessfully trying to feed an inner hunger with an external substance – food – that could never satisfy what she was so desperately lacking in herself.

However, the book isn’t just the graphic details of her personal journey. Rather, as the back cover explains: “Inner Hunger is more than just a memoir: it is a starting point on the road to recovery. Realizing the importance of therapy and guidance in her own healing process, Apostolides includes invaluable sections giving the causes of eating disorders; different types of treatment; advice to parents, friends and educators; and a list of organizations offering information and support.”

Obviously, Apostilades is not alone in her struggle. According to The Emily Foundation (US), 1 in 5 women struggle with an eating disorder or disordered eating – and 90% of those are between the ages of 12 and 25.

Eating disorders are a significant issue that are not going away any time soon. Although I don’t have any sage advice or personal experience to share on the subject, I know an expert who does: Esther Kane, Registered Clinical Counselor and author of the excellent book, It’s Not About the Food; A Woman’s Guide to Making Peace with Food and Our Bodies.

If you know of someone who might be struggling with an eating disorder, Esther’s article, How to Help Someone with Disordered Eating, is a highly informative and helpful read.

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive Maryanne’s weekly blog, sign up here.