Linda Shell unhesitatingly identifies the particular moments she will always remember. . . .
- 1976–My first kiss with Sal C. at the Sheepshead Bay bus stop when he took my text book from my arms and leaned in so dangerously close and said, “put your lips like this. . . .”
- 1983-Standing in front of the full length mirror in my hospital room, just before leaving with my newborn baby, Brandon, in my arms — and realizing, “yesterday I was one person and today there are two of us.”
- 2016–I saw the Eiffel Tower. For the first time.
A mere two days later, I made the decision to move to Paris. I had no idea how it could work, but I was determined to confront the unknown and deal with every challenge (not unlike motherhood!).
Here I am in 2018- running a tour company, Paris Tour 1, and starting almost every morning at the South Pillar of the Eiffel Tower.
I admit, our love affair has had its ups and downs.The Iron Lady can fill you with wonder, dismay, frustration, thrills and so much more.
My most memorable Iron Lady moments – revelations, even — will be engraved for your pleasure in my Eiffel Tower Diary. Come with me….
Sabine Tourtellier’s mom is English, her dad is French, so she’s been bilingual (almost) from birth. She teaches both languages to corporate employees and independent contractors, individually and in small groups (no more than four or five students). On the side, she manages her film quiz website, Cinetour, and sometimes can be persuaded to lend her computer science expertise to her friends’ blog|sites. A former actress, Sabine thinks of her teaching role more as emcee than conventional instructor. She’s as likely to base a lesson on a fun situation as on a grammar premise, on accent reduction inflection. . . English language dynamics. . . or engaging video sessions (Ted Ed or Ted Talks, depending on student level). Eclectically inclined, she accommodates special requests, customizing subject matter to meet the prospective student’s particular needs and expectations.
Alicia Ranney-Regua is an Army veteran and graduate of SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont and of the University of Southern California. Armed with a Clinical Social Work Masters, she works in community mental health and plans to follow her professional passion to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help reconfigure mental health counseling services for her fellow veterans. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and cat. As a former Army translator, Alicia loves to learn new languages and travel, and especially enjoys speaking and practicing French in the city of light. She adores Paris and all things Parisian. Her professional background ranges from military intelligence and education to agriculture and mental health. She has written articles for military and veteran-themed publications such as Hire Our Heroes and We Are the Mighty.
Peter Quirk, editor and mentor for the New York chapter of Mystery Writers of America, also is an adventurer at heart who has traveled the world. He was born and educated in England in the aftermath of World War II. At various times he has taught English in France, taught skiing in both France and Austria, and spent several years at sea as a fisherman and with the British Merchant Marine. When he settled in the U.S., he became a building contractor, a profession that gave him the opportunity to spend his winters skiing and snowboarding. He owns a ski chalet in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, and has taught skiing at Windham Mountain for more than twenty years. After selling his building business several years ago, Peter took to writing; his most interesting assignment to date: writing for a French chef on a Chinese cable television channel. He won a literary award (2005) for short story writing. “Trail of Vengeance” is his first novel.
Beryl Goldberg, NYC-based photographer, has traveled internationally to photograph for clients including Planned Parenthood, U.N. agencies, The New York Times and McGraw Hill. She was 2017 visiting photographer at SUNY-Oneonta, NY, where the university exhibited her African photos and she was a guest speaker to some classes. Her goal always is to function as “an engaged observer,” she told students, “providing insight into the lives of people around the world.” In Cambodia and India, she photographed and interviewed clients of Family Health International. She also has had assignments in London, Paris, West Africa, Israel, Camden, New Jersey and Utica, New York. Her photographs have been exhibited in Canada, England, Norway and the U.S. In 2013, Rutgers University devoted a show to her Burkina Faso portraits, and her work was included in several CURATE, NYC online group shows.The following year, the Burkina Faso portraits were exhibited at Lehman College, City University of New York. Having earned her B.A. in Political Science from Douglass College of Rutgers University, Beryl did African Studies graduate work at NYU.
Nathalie Prébende worked contemporaneously for about ten years in professional photo labs, while shooting remained her compelling passion. Whether it’s about life in working class or bourgeois neighborhoods, whether I catch a silhouette on a street corner or “paint” a portrait in my studio, each subject faces the lens, as close as possible to identity — a bit of life in the photographic instant. Nathalie says she aims for “simplicity, avoiding artifice or scene setting, to try to approach naked reality.” Focusing on on the urban landscape, and social, educational and cultural life, her photo-reportages are much used in corporate and institutional communications, as well as by local governments and the press: Le Paris du 19ème, A Paris, L’Express, Le Monde Magazine, A Nous Paris, Madame Figaro, Le Figaro, Town & Country, WWD, UGC Illimité, Les Cahiers du Cinéma, Positif, Le Film Français, Europa Cinéma, Genius [China], Objectif Aquitaine, Amina, Forumdesimages.fr, Madamefigaro.fr, L’Express.fr, Paris.fr…
Thibault Leroux, longtime Associated Press foreign correspondent filed stories from four continents, as well as from France. Thibault also was a political writer for AP’s French service then for Sipa News agency. Currently, he teaches journalism to doctoral students at Sorbonne University and works on special projects for Agence France Presse.
Lydia Dahling moved to New York City for studies in classical voice at Mannes College The New School for Music, where she earned her Masters degree in 2013, and participated in the Professional Studies Program in 2014. Particular areas of musical interest include French melodie, the operas of Mozart and music by current composers — such as the work of Dorian Wallace, whose chamber work, “A Letter to My Wife,” she premiered with Tenth Intervention in 2014. Other highlights of past performances in New York have included Zerlina in Don Giovanni, for which Opera News called her “sweet voiced,” and Shostakovich’s “Seven Romances on Poems by Aleksandr Blok.” Dahling’s day job as executive assistant at British American Household Staffing is a perfect fit. Somehow, she finds time for writing, photography, cooking, and yoga.
Gregory Grube relocated to New York in 2014 after spending 17 years in Madison, WI, where a vibrant community is inclined to nurture artists working at the grassroots level. He presented his own work frequently with a group of footloose choreographers known as Barebones Dance, danced with Madison Opera, and performed, choreographed and taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Dance Department. He co-authored a full length dance piece, “Dim All the Lights,” at The Bryant Lake Bowl in 2008 in Minneapolis, MN. Working now as a Pilates teacher and administrator, he also is plotting a NYC performance.