Tout à l’heure je pensais à Regis Boyer, le grand professeur de culture Scandinave et traducteur de toutes les Saga islandaises. Je voulais voir s’il donnait toujours ses conférences et j’ai découvert qu’il est décédé il y a quelques jours seulement, le 16 juin.

Je ne l’avais rencontré qu’une fois en 1997 ou 1998 à l’école Estienne mais son érudition, sa bonhommie et sa présence m’avaient beaucoup plues. On sentait chez lui une infinie curiosité, une chaleur et une autorité en même temps qui me parlaient et dont j’aimais me sentir entourée.

Quelle tristesse lorsque les grands érudits meurent. Où part toute leur connaissance? Et qui pour les remplacer?

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“Nous savons que nous allons vers la mort et, face à cette occurrence inéluctable, nous n’avons qu’un instrument : le rire.”

   – Umberto Eco

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A propos des ancêtres: je voulais à la fois les honorer et les défier.

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Self-Care – Self-Care is anything you do to reduce stress and take care of your physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual health and well-being. Those with CPTSD expend a lot of time and energy dealing with internal chaos and real/perceived external dangers. This is energy that they do not have to truly take care of themselves in a healthy, nurturing and life affirming fashion. One major aspect of recovery from CPTSD involves (re)learning how to care for the self (e.g., physically, emotionally, cognitively, spiritually, socially, financially).

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It is clear from Nora’s testimony that her mother still hoped that her husband’s life might be spared. She was shocked when he told her that he was to be executed. Connolly told his wife, “Well, I suppose you know what this means.” Lillie responded, “Not that James, not that.”

Nora continued: “My father said, ‘Yes, for the first time I dropped off to sleep. And they wakened me to tell me that I was to be shot at dawn.’ ”

Lillie said, “Your life, James, your beautiful life.”

“Well, Lillie,” he answered, “hasn’t it been a full life, and isn’t this a good end?”

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Learning to hide.

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Constant anxiety. Unability to experience pleasure. Overwhelming feelings of guilt.

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Marcia Langton

Bennelong

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A dance to the music of time.

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