The Secours Populaire Français (SPF), or the French Popular Relief, is dedicated to fighting poverty and discrimination. And in honor of this year’s 70th anniversary, it’s organizing a giant party for children on August 19th.
Founded in 1945, this French non-profit organization operates on donations and aims to bring together people of all opinions, origins, and walks of life who wish to live in solidarity. It is particularly focused on providing victims of discrimination with emergency shelter, food, clothing, and referrals to health care facilities. The Secours Populaire Français also works globally, providing emergency aid and ongoing development projects, working closely with non-French associations capable of identifying local needs.
For example, here is the link to the SPF’s vital actions last summer in Gaza as it went to the aid of Palestinian children, traumatized by Israel’s sustained military assault that left hundreds of children dead, hundreds injured, hundreds disabled and/or orphaned.
Don’t you love TED Talks? I listen to them while toiling in the kitchen. Saturday mornings are sacrosanct for me and, I assume, everyone else who works all week. Sleeping in an extra hour, bacon sandwiches for breakfast, numerous espressos, lounging around in p.j.’s and listening to TED Talks on YouTube.
TED (technology, entertainment and design) is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas.
Here are three of my favourites. Below is the main link to many many TED Talks that you can choose and listen to.
I am so sick of seeing gigantic posters of gun-wielding actors in my face as I make my way around my city. As much as I love so many American films, I resent the glorification of weapons, not to mention the exportation of America’s gun culture to other countries.
In some posters, guns are flaunted like fashion accessories. Guns are not glamorous.
Isn’t there enough violence in the world?
This dazzling newly-opened center is located 20 minutes away from my apartment. Designed by Frank Gehry, it’s in the Bois de Boulogne in western Paris. The iconic structure resembles a ship with billowing sails, what Gehry calls “from nautical to natural”.
Here’s what Mayer Rus wrote in Architectural Digest –
Commissioned by LVMH chief Bernard Arnault to design a signature arts center for the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, architect Frank Gehry conceives a radiant tour de force wrapped in swirling glass sails
A dazzling center for contemporary art and culture, the project is the brainchild of Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of the French luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy–Louis Vuitton, and was brought to life by that most lyrical of architectural conjurers, Frank Gehry. With its shiplike exterior of billowing glass sails, the 126,000-square-foot, 2.5-story building suggests an avant-garde update of the Jolly Roger, gracefully piloted by Peter Pan through the Bois’s verdant sea of centuries-old trees with a trail of pixie dust in its wake. Bewitching and majestic, the structure alights in the park with the delicacy of the Winged Victory perched at the head of the Daru staircase in the Louvre. Suffice it to say, it’s the kind of place that invites ecstatic odes and mixed metaphors.
” When kids come to the Foundation Louis Vuitton
I want them to elevate their imagination,
so they grow up thinking of architecture differently “