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Overview

  • 6 References 2 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English, French; learning Spanish
  • 52, Female
  • Member since 2007
  • godmother from the heart/marraine de coeur : "if you don'...
  • How have I been educated?? or formated to think and act??...
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

godmother & marraine de coeur for inmates/détenus, orphans/orphelins through heart felt correspondance/

ABOUT ME

Openminded, trusting (until proven otherwise), trustworthy, cheerful, joyful, enthusiastic, talkative BUT good listener as well, heart godmother for people in distress, sharing all that I have and taking care of the luxuries for life will take care of the necessities, Saint Bernard in friendships and penfriendships, faithful, available, deep thinker, meaningful conversations, child at heart, love to teach and playing all kinds of ball games in the Great SandBox of Life...

Love to bring out from The "Little Prince" what is dormant or needs nurturing...

PHILOSOPHY

Yesterday is History
Tomorrow is a Mystery
Today is a Gift
That's why
We call it The Present"

I think I could name here almost EVERY SINGLE THING Oscar Wilde has written...!!
Great mind!! wonderful person...!!

"Trust your guts, follow your Intuition AND GO FOR IT"

"JUMP!! and the Net will appear..."
(You just got to trust... AND TRY IT: IT WORKS!!!..)
... Then it becomes natural after a while..

"Every Child is born an Artist : The Problem is to remain so.." (Pablo Picasso)

"We have to grow in order not to shrink"...

"We can NOT keep on doing the same thing and expect a different result" (Albert Einstein)

"Happiness is when what we think, speak and do are in Harmony" (Gandhi)

Et deux que j'aime particulièrement :

"Je prends le Monde tel que je suis"...
(Louis Scutenaire)
"I take the World as I am"...
45 ans de réflexion pour en arriver

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Willing to welcome ANYONE as long as they are open, respectful and in for a sharing experience...
Although I live in a small town, 5 Kms away, is the place I just moved from : it is on an ancient pilgrimage trail (Chemin de st Jacques de Compostelle/St James' Way/JacobsWeg) quite close to major cities (Toulouse 85k, Bordeaux 150k, Montauban 45k, Agen 28k) and welcome those who want to have a break in the country/small town and willing to show them around treasures hidden in the region...

Quiet night in or night out... We'll see what mood we're in...

Also getting involved in my local group, willing to organize and be part of local events...

with the involvement of CSers, I wish to create a network of godmothers,(M/F) who wish to sustain through correspondance inmates, orphans and mental health patients in hospitals. relationships godmother/godson(goddaughter) are through hand written letters. penpals from the heart : welcome...!!!
"if you don't go to prison, think of its prisoners" & "if you don't come from an orphanage, think of its children"...
everything else is Warmth, Care & Sustenance...

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

One experience so far excellent for 3 days having one New Zealander staying with me for 3 nights...

I have had friends staying with me for weeks at a time, and my childhood was a Couch Surfing experience...
Made me adaptable to all situations, picking up from a glimpse how "things" are working...
Lived with family and friends as well... at times in my life...
Heard no complains, yet..!!

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Interests

Personal development, Ancestral Wisdom (especially if made practical in my doings and thinking...), Philosophy (but careful : "knowledge without conscience and awareness is ruin for the Soul...), Volunteer work (distress phone line and suicide prevention, networking "godmother" for unemployed people, inmates, orphans to get them (back) on tracks and bring them (back) self-confidence, autonomy and desire to grow into a great caring individual), working for a better world (as much as I can), corresponding with inmates, orphans. working on setting up workshops in jails, orphanages with caring godmothers (penpals), creative workshops with children and adults through activities, games and languages, "jumpstarter", healing energies, daily creative and practical writing, creative writing workshops (organizing and participating), coloring mandalas, playing in the Great Game of Life, read and learn, write and learn, meet and learn, travel and learn, live and learn...
And share, share, share...

And OF COURSE, in the middle of that, I have/give NO time whatsoever to "sell" my own time hourly (... read : being an employee..) to other "people" who would make "financial" profit out of it or out of me... (where money is concerned...)
I prefer to "walk" with people, being a campanion for our mutual growth (in anything I do...)
Well, this is my aim...
I try to learn to be a good archer...

  • writing
  • coloring
  • walking
  • boating
  • traveling
  • volunteer work
  • survival
  • surfing
  • sailing
  • history
  • languages
  • volunteering
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

The Butterfly Effect, Immortel, Angel-A, Leon, The Green Mile, Usual Suspects, The Constant Gardener, Sixth Sense, V for Vendetta, I am a Legend, I robot, A.I, the Fifth Element, Gandhi, Chaplin, Fahreinheit 9/11, The Schindler's List, Legends of the Fall, And a river runs through it, Thelma and Louise, Interview with a vampire, Snatch, Ocean 11, Fight Club, Troie, Spy game, Mr and Mrs Smith, Lara Croft-Tomb Raider, Tarzan, Dolores Claiborne, Unglorious Bastards and many moooooooooore....
Also, many "Alternative" documentaries on many subjects on the Net too...
AND especially those hidden from us...
It is beyond belief sometime...
BUT shown with hard proof, it gets ONE thinking if ONE wants to..!!
And so many more...
Ho!! Check "Joyeux Noël" : a Wonderful French movie where German and French soldiers befriended during WWI on the front line on Xmas eve & Xmas day... A True Story... Heartwarming... BUT hélas, with a lethal end for each one of them...
All S. Spielberg's movies...
Peter Sellers' movies as well...
French comedies : St Jacques La Mecque, Chouchou, Les Rois Mages, Ma Vie est un enfer, les ch'tis...
I love stand up comedians as well...
(especially genious & witty minds..)
Robin Williams definetely and Anthony Khavannah (for those who know this hilarious Haitian French Canadian comic...)
Female stand up comics are my fav'!!!!
DEFINITELY : the heroins for me are female...
Mado la niçoise (seen last week in Montauban -9/10/09) Muriel Robin, Valérie Lemercier, Anne Roumanoff...

Although I got hooked on the Da Vinci Code like half the Planet, I do not read novels unless it is mind blowing (for me) like "Replay" for example... Do NOT ask me why but Time travel movies/stories fascinate me... If I told you how many times I watched Back to the Future, (especially part II), you would probably think I am either insane or lying..
Once, I hid in the dark in the hallway one evening when I was about 7 or 8 to be able to watch one movie I begged to watch and was not allowed to (School night!!) : the Time Travel machine/La Machine

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

being born!!!...
Whale watching on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Walked 3000 kms on the Camino de Santiago/St James' Way/les chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle in Spain and France... Crossed Holland walking, have dinned with a group of people using 6 languages at a time around the table, Meditated on the top of a mountain in Rajasthan (India) with the valley at my feet an eagle passing again and again in front of the sunset, Drove accross Canada (4500K) and discovered in awe the Rocky Mountains (did not find anybody to screw my jaw back on though), Lived for one year on a boat & still sailing, Have made it through 10 Canadian Winters (!!).., helped raised 42 children in 17 years and of course discovered CouchSurfing...
RECENTLY re-discover myself as NOT ME BUT THE SELF... In completely different quantum loops... BUT my feet are still on the ground, thanks God!!

Teach, Learn, Share

Can teach English to non native speakers if their skills are rusty or need to freshen up, can also pack a French Survival Kit for them for further travel, able to also do the same thing in Spanish...
a session of LIFE coaching may not be enough to spark a great turn in your life in ONE EVENING in our mutual life... BUT I am a great ignitor of sleeping or forgotten dreams inside people... I know this for facts as it seems to be my lot with what people have to say around me : that is what I see unfolding in front of my eyes and hear from them...
One friend has recently named me Enigma... When I asked why : because you are "TNT for the brain"..!!
LOL : so TO HANDLE WITH CARE...
Practical skill?? Humm... I know how to sew a button..!! Oh yes!! I do know how to make crispy and tasty, fabulous and delicious chips/french fries with ONLY ONE tablespoon of oil..!!
Know how to measure energy.. Can show you.. It's easy..
Want to learn Polish... (language of my grand parents)

What I Can Share with Hosts

I have plenty of time even though I have activities. I can show you around.
I love to share insights, experiences. languages, the comfort of my home.
If I love to talk, I also love to listen.
finding clarity in untangling difficulties.
and enjoy good heart felt conversations.
lightness or depth. OR both.

Countries I’ve Visited

Antigua and Barbuda, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Croatia, Dominica, Greece, Guadeloupe, India, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Maldives, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Vatican City State, Venezuela

Countries I’ve Lived In

Canada, France, Martinique, United Kingdom

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