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keep knocking on doors… the story behind The Alchemist

The Alchemist has been one of the most influential books in my life. I read it the first time years ago when I was traveling alone in Thailand. I’ll never forget sitting on the patio of my tiny beach hut, looking out at the ocean, reading The Alchemist for the first time. When I recommended it to an Australian friend who was on her own world tour, years later, her download onto her kindle came with an inspiring introduction by Paulo Coelho himself.

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expanding the scope of imagination

In my twitter feed this morning I came cross the brainpickings of the day, entitled: ‘Ursula K. Le Guin on Power, Oppression, Freedom, and How Imaginative Storytelling Expands our Scope for the Possible.’ No other book has expanded my scope for the possible than her famous ‘The Left Hand of Darkness,’ so I had to read on.

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Vincent Van Gogh

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The village famous for it’s beauty, plane trees planted by Napoleon over a century ago, and the asylum where Van Gogh came to recuperate after cutting his own ear off in Arles. There’s a walk dedicated to him, that connects downtown Saint-Rémy to the Saint Paul’s Asylum, called Avenue Vincent Van Gogh, lined with plaques of his paintings and excerpts from letters he wrote to family and friends.

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