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Sunday Zen: Bernhardt

“Life begets life. Energy begets energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”
— Sarah Bernhardt

From The Words of Extraordinary Women
Selected by Carolyn Warner


Hugo's inscription on a skull

In 1877, when French actress Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), triumphed as Doña Sol, Victor Hugo presented her with a human skull. On it, he inscribed the words: 105 more words

Benny Thomas

La Belle Juive

by Yaëlle Azagury

“There is in the phrase ‘a beautiful Jewess’ a very special sexual signification, one quite different from that contained in the words ‘beautiful Rumanian’, ‘beautiful Greek’, or ‘beautiful American’, for example. 2,471 more words


My grandmother’s origins were always kept hidden from the family.  She was another Catherine (Kate) Styles.  At least, she became so after she married my grandfather. 235 more words

Disraeli’s Daughter

Pointe des Poulains - island at the island

One of the must visits on Belle-Île is the Pointe des Poulains and the former residence of France’s famous actress of late 19th and early 20th century, … 201 more words



“Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”   Sarah Bernhardt

Stormy Sarah knew a thing or two about spending oneself:She lived a big life, full of excitement and drama – not just on the stage, though it was there that she electrified people and created shared experiences that many theatre-goers never forgot. 385 more words

Hello Thames, and Other News from the Plot

It’s been pretty wet on the plot of late and I’m very behind on digging the beds as they’re too waterlogged to be worked. That’s nothing compared to the situation at home. 298 more words