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My journey as a writer began as a child, but my first published book came as a result of my ovarian cancer diagnosis. The title is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received three awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthor www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2018.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Friends & Followers: I am writing this blog from Paris, France and I hope that my photos show up. If not, I apologize that Google and I are having some difficulty. Just know that I have a wonderful 6 days here and look forward to the rest of my trip, which I will share with you in the days to come.

In the 1867 my great-grandfather, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, at the age of nineteen went to Paris for the first time to study sculpture. He was one of few American artists to be admitted to the prestigious and highly regarded Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  

I visited the school recently and admired the grandness and beauty of such an old building that dates back to 1648. Other famous artists such as Edgar Degas, Renoir, and Mary Cassatt to name just a few also studied there.
I could not help but think of my great grandfather who at such a young age studied hard and was so well rewarded. He was fortunate that he was quite fluent in French because his French father taught him from the day he was born.

He was at the Exposition when the Eiffel Tower was first displayed in 1889, celebrating one hundred years since the French Revolution. It had a 20 year permit to remain and then in 1909 be torn down. However it proved to be valuable for scientific purposes and so was granted to remain.

Gus, as my great-grandfather was affectionately called, was more impressed with the statue of Joan of Arc by Paul Dubois which he declared to be one of the finest statues in the world.

In April of 1900 at the Paris Exposition, Saint-Gaudens was very proud and pleased to have his statue of General Sherman and a plaster cast of The Shaw Memorial on display. There he won Grand Prize and was named a member of the Society des Beau-Arts. Today the Sherman monument stands near the entrance to Central Park and the Shaw Memorial is in the Boston Common.

I have read about my great-grandfather describing the beautiful Luxembourg and Tulieres Gardens, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Champs Elysees where he often stopped at a local cafe. He had studios near the Luxembourg gardens during his many trips to Paris and other parts of France.

The Opera House was opened in 1875 which was a place Saint-Gaudens went to frequently. He loved opera and classical music with Beethoven and Mozart two of his favorite composers. He had a wonderful tenor voice and often hummed or sang the Andante of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

What an exciting, thrilling, and spiritual experience it has been for me to visit the places where my great-grandfather had once been. When my grandfather was a young boy about 12 years old he lived in Paris for about a year and went to school at a lycĂ©e. He also spoke fluent French learning from his father.

As I have spent these beautiful fall days here in Paris I have shed tears of pride and love for a man I never met. However, I know him at a spiritual level because of the great and endearing love I had for and received from my grandfather, his son.

I hope you have enjoyed your time with me in Paris. This beautiful and bustling city is the first stop in my celebration of one year of remission from cancer.




Elaine Stock said...

Karen, I'm so very happy for you, that you're in remission, and that you're celebrating in Paris!! I'll try to share on Twitter and FB. May God bless you richly in health and joy.

Ann Ellison said...

So happy for you. What a wonderful way to celebrate. God Bless.

Kathy Dukes said...

CONGRATULATIONS Karen, I wish you the time of your life in Paris and a great Celebration of your remission.. You are my hero and I knew you could do it. We need you with us to lead the fight. I was so proud this September to see all the Teal out there and all of us making our voices heard. Enjoy your trip so much, Have fun, Looking forward to more blogs on your trip..With Much Love <3, Your Teal sister, Kathy

Karen Ingalls said...

Elaine, Thank you so much for your support and love.

Karen Ingalls said...

Thank you, Ann. It has been a beautiful and exciting time for me. My tears of gratitude have been overflowing.

Karen Ingalls said...

My teal sister, Kathy, I appreciate your kind words and support. Our teal voices must keep shouting out and someday they will be heard by all. Best wishes to you.

Darcia said...

What a wonderful trip! I'm so glad that you got to realize your dreams. Keep on dreaming!!