Some Thoughts for February 25, 2023 From Paris..

 I am having difficulty staying grounded. I don’t know why. Am I getting better or worse ? I think I am getting better because my mind is sharper than before.  I remember things I got rid of when I was downsizing.  Dave Harrison gave me a watch that worked reliably. I got rid of it because I was angry. I am sorry I did that. I am focusing on staying grounded. I am better 

I need my journals for reference 


 No one is ever ready. Now is a good time as any…..

When I was acting, I had terrible stage fright and still do.


Guess what!  I am creating again .

Singing and writing eating new foods. I’m not sure what happened I am now working with what I can.

I miss my former life but I’m moving on.   And I will not stop.  I am healthy and working with my body as my copilot .  

A thought…..


Beginning today, I will no longer worry about yesterday.

It is in the past and the past will never change.

Only I can change by choosing to do so.

Beginning today, I will no longer worry about tomorrow.

Tomorrow will always be there, waiting for me to make the most of it. But I cannot make the most of tomorrow without first making the most of today.

Beginning today, I will look in the mirror and I will see a person worthy of my respect and admiration.

This capable person looking back at me is someone I enjoy spending time with and someone I would like to get to know better.

Beginning today, I will cherish each moment of my life.

I value this gift bestowed upon me in this world and I will unselfishly share this gift with others.

I will use this gift to enhance the lives of others.

Beginning today, I will take a moment to step off the beaten path and to revel in the mysteries I encounter.

I will face challenges with courage and determination.

I will overcome what barriers there may be which hinder my quest for growth and self-improvement.

Beginning today, I will take life one day at a time, one step at a time.

Discouragement will not be allowed to taint my positive self-image, my desire to succeed or my capacity to love.

Beginning today, I walk with renewed faith in human kindness.

Regardless of what has gone before, I believe there is hope for a brighter and better future.

Beginning today, I will open my mind and my heart.

I will welcome new experiences. I will meet new people.

I will not expect perfection from myself nor anyone else: perfection does not exist in an imperfect world.

But I will applaud the attempt to overcome human foibles.

Beginning today, I am responsible for my own happiness and I will do things that make me happy . . .

admire the beautiful wonders of nature, listen to my favourite music, pet a kitten or a puppy, soak in a bubble bath . . .

Pleasure can be found in the most simple of gestures.

Beginning today, I will learn something new; I will try something different; I will savour all the various flavors life has to offer me. I will change what I can and the rest I will let go.

I will strive to become the best me I can possibly be.

Beginning today. 

And every day.”

Author-Penny White

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we cannot change. It can be frustrating and disheartening, but it’s important to remember that these challenges are not meant to defeat us, but to inspire us to change ourselves. When we face adversity, it’s an opportunity to grow, evolve, and transform into a better version of ourselves. It’s part of the essence of life, and it’s what makes us resilient and adaptable. By embracing change and committing to personal growth, we can overcome any obstacle and live a life that is rich, fulfilling, and meaningful. So when life throws you a curveball, don’t despair – instead, take it as a challenge to change yourself and become the best possible version of you.

Another thought…..

This is the reason Hercule Poirot is Belgian 😏

From Writer’s Almanac:

“It’s the birthday of Belgian mystery writer Georges Simenon (books by this author), born in Liège (1903). He wrote over 500 novels and short stores, many of them featuring a compassionate detective named Jules Maigret, who enjoyed fine wine, his wife, and solving cases by pondering human nature, rather than using violence. Simenon said he got the idea for his detective while on a boating trip in The Netherland Canals. He said he imagined ‘a large, powerfully built gentleman I thought would make a passable inspector. As the day wore on, I added other features: a pipe, a bowler hat, a thick overcoat with a velvet collar, and, as it was cold and damp, I put a cast-iron stove in his office.’

Before Simenon hit it big with the Maigret novels, he wrote pulp fiction under 17 pen names and worked as a police reporter and rubbed elbows with prostitutes, murderers, and thieves, which helped make his novels more exciting. He once said, “We are all potentially characters in a novel — with the difference that characters in a novel really get to live their lives to the full.”

Simenon could write 80 pages a day and sometimes finish the draft of a novel in 10 days, a rigid schedule that required him to have doctor’s checkups before the start of each new work. He found characters names by thumbing through telephone directories from around the world and often wrote out detailed maps of the towns and cities in his books. William Faulkner was a big fan of Simenon, saying, ‘He makes me think of Chekhov.'”

“Don’t ever wish for another’s pain in their heart to go away. Don’t try to fix or remove it, or hurry it away. Don’t wish for them to be just happy, over it; okay.

For this pain holds essential truth for them. It holds the very seeds of the healing their soul needs, even if they don’t consciously know that themselves. At some deep unfathomable level, in a place that’s unseen and unknown, a quiet wisdom is working away, sowing the necessary seedlings for that person’s soul’s next steps.

Their pain IS the essential soil of that healing. So to wish it away or gone or over already, is to stop growth in its tracks. Everyone’s soul works on its own time. It must never be hurried or denied. Honouring this simple yet profound truth is the best type of support you can give to someone in pain. To be a solid yet soft presence in their life, holding consistent attention and love for them, is the most “doing” you ever need to offer them as they journey forward at their own pace and in their own way.”

— Angela Dunning 

Just something to think about…

Jay is speaking.   Hello, ….

Best,  Jay 




Published by jjaywmac

Jay W. MacIntosh (born Janet Tallulah Jewell) is a retired attorney, actress, and writer from the United States, living in Paris, France. She is a member of the California Bar and selected to the 2018, 2019, 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list. She holds a Master’s Degree in Drama from the University of Georgia and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Zodiac Scholastic Society. As an actress, she is a member of The Actors Studio, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP, performing in film and television in the United States and France. Her published works include Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 1, Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 2, The Origins of George Bernard Shaw’s Life Force Philosophy, Moments in Time, Capturing Beauty, JAYSPEAK on the Côte d’Azur, and Janet Tallulah.


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