Expat Blog Awards and Amazing Synchronicity!

Happy 12.12.12!

As many have noted, this is the last repetitive date we’ll see in our lifetimes (unless you can hang on another 88 years to 01/01/2101).

I’m a bit of a number nerd. Not so much into math, but a person who keeps strange little superstitions, making wishes at 11:11 and imbuing certain combinations with meaning. Hey, you never know!

Sometimes life does offer amazing moments of synchronicity, though.

After posting my James Baldwin essay yesterday, my fabulous roommate revealed that her uncle was close friends with the author. “Jimmy” was her cousin’s godfather!

James Baldwin and Robert Cordier

James Baldwin and Robert Cordier (photo from Wikimedia Commons, posted by Acting123)

WHAT? I’ve been living with someone with a connection to my literary hero?!

“Yeah, we should all get coffee sometime,” she said casually.

“This is amazing!” I said.

She shrugged. “I wasn’t even going to mention it, but you keep talking about him.”

Sure enough, her uncle’s name sounded familiar. I went to my Baldwin biography and found several mentions of Robert Cordier. Then I googled him (of course) and found more: playwright, director, famed acting teacher, etc, etc. Whoa!

Mind officially blown.

ExpatsBlogAwardsIn other fun news, I’ve been nominated for an Expat Blog Award!

The contest has been going on for awhile, but I was too shy to mention it before. But along with my slight number fixation and surprise connections, I must also have a competitive underdog streak somewhere in there, too.

If you want to help create a last minute surge in the rankings, nice comments here by Friday count as votes for my blog. Hop on over if you’d like. Merci!

Stories of synchronicity to share?

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6 Responses to “Expat Blog Awards and Amazing Synchronicity!”


  1. 1 Franck December 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Where did I hear that name before? James Baldwin, an american writer, hum… And… suddenly the light! He was a host at Simone Signoret and Yves Montand’s table in Saint-Paul de Vence where he finished his life. And, now something completely different: huge ice-skating-park in the Grand Palais!!!
    PS: you did not save the children!!! Such a shame!!!

    • 2 paris (im)perfect December 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Yeah, Baldwin met and made friends with some amazing people in his time. A really interesting life! And thanks for the the tip – I didn’t know about the ice skating park in the Grand Palais! Did you go?

  2. 3 Amy Kortuem December 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Wow. It’s just fantasticness all over the place for you. I’m so happy!

    I also have some good news to share – I entered an essay in a writing contest, and while it didn’t win the contest, it was a finalist and they want to publish it anyway!

    Yay! My first “real” publication!!!!

  3. 5 Franck December 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I’d love to but my old back is stuck! Maybe a good old crash against the icy planet would be the right cure! Your great laughter under the coupole would ice cracking perhaps?


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