Adam Blatner

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Being a “Contemplateur”

Originally posted on January 2, 2014

That term, “contemplateur,” is one I just made up, describing those who get a kick out of contemplating life, and maybe even writing about what bubbles through my brain-jelly. A boulevardier is a French term for one who saunters up and down the avenues of Paris or some other big city. If they weren’t so well dressed they might be called “street people” or “vagrants” (and thus eligible for arrest and imprisonment). (It’s funny how class or status changes semantics or the emotional spin we give to words.)

Aaaanyhoo, I’ve recently been having fun contemplating a number of topics that I’ll be talking about in February in a class I’m giving for our lifelong learning program for folks our age: Kings of Africa; protozoa; tall tales in folk song and legend; mind-spectrums; and who really wrote Shakespeare’s plays. If any of you have input on these topics, I welcome your correspondence. In early April I’m flying out to Oakland to give some talks at the conference of the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP). In addition there is dancing and singing and other activities.

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