#howtostaysaneinacrazyworld is learning to speak french with heather in arles!

oh, darlings

dearest Heather all the way over there in FRANCE popped on the percolator to make a small cafe au lait and then, with the glorious goldens weaving in and around her legs, she sat down at her beautiful desk in the glorious Provencal countryside and took a lot of time to pen the Most beautiful article about the book.


we are so Very VERY grateful.


especially for this……..you never know how our Paths cross and why and when people will be there in another time zone all together when you can’t calm down in the one you’re in and they Know and they respond and, in time, everything becomes clearer and richer and infinitely different in a truly miraculous way.

I found teamgloria right after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, having been moved by a comment at Daily Plate of Crazy and I was instantly hooked. I too was drawn to Gloria’s vision of the world as a calming counter-balance to our chaotic society. So it was with great excitement that I read the news that Sophia was planning a book, the very one that she wished that she had by her side during her recovery. And now that I have it, I can say that it is absolutely beautiful.

and then she gave us an extra gift.


(if you can’t see this transmission in your territory, ask mr. google to bring you the file folder that contains this: “Mad World – Gary Jules” – you’re most welcome)

now there’s no way that Heather could know that when who-we-are-in-RL was fourteen, she managed to sneak into a Gig where Tears for Fears were playing (at The Dome, Brighton, 17th Dec 1983 to date us all but why the hell not, love) the Original version of Mad World.

and who-we-are-in-RL was Transfixed – by the words, the music, being fourteen, surrounded by (slightly) older people (and thus feeling very glamorous and naughty and Out Late) and then she listened to the message in the song and the B-side later (Ideas as Opiates)

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
‘Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very
Mad world

and right at that Moment – in the Dome, Brighton, being all fourteen and awkward and scared about the present but excited by the Future – it all came together – it was a Mad World – but people wrote about it and other people listened and somehow that made it less Mad and more Magical.

so Mad World was one of our original inspirations for what became “How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World” and all those *gulps* years later – Heather in Arles took the time to order the book and wait patiently for her French postal carrier to come through the Provencal wooden gate and up the winding path and hand her the book and upon reading it, sipping a little from the cafe au lait from time to time, enjoying the sound of dogs pattering around the parquet flooring and looking hopefully out of the window for their morning walk, she thought about Mad World and wrote the loveliest, kindest, most generous book review – and somehow the circle closes (before it opens again, because it always does, in the nicest possible way as we all grow and change and move on and flourish).

n’est-ce pas délicieux?

mais, oui!

your review was a beautiful thing to write – and written so beautifully – merci, Heather.

27 thoughts on “#howtostaysaneinacrazyworld is learning to speak french with heather in arles!

  1. I can’t wait to see the book. And I love the image of our dear Heather writing the post with her “glorious goldens weaving in and out of her legs.” I’ll gladly don my sorels, ugly black down coat, hood and gloves and trudge down our long driveway to pull this baby out of the mailbox. Yay! Something to look forward to! (Tongue a little bit in cheek. It’s not quite that bad here. This is Concord, Massachusetts, after all.)

    1. Judith

      So very thrilled to see you here.

      and, in advance of your purchase, may we say thank you for your most excellent image of the verdant lane with the mailbox at the end in Concord, Mass. love that.


      _tg. x

  2. Hello Teamgloria! So nice to “meet” you – thanks so much for popping by I Dream Of today. Heather’s description of your book was so lovely. I’m very much looking forward to reading it, and like I mentioned in my comment on her post, have some friends in mind who I think it would be perfect for. A girlfriend was telling me last night how overwhelmed she was feeling with her two kids, two dogs, a husband who is like a third kid, and running her own business. I kept thinking that I wish I knew how I could help her – and then Heather brought me to your book. Isn’t wonderful how life works?

    Hope you sell many, many copies and bring lots of sanity to this crazy world in the process!

    Best wishes,


  3. And their tears are filling up their Google glasses… Just sayin’
    Now, I have to catch up on that gorgeous review, and to crib from you, darlin’…
    Isn’t life glorious!

    1. hello, saigon!

      Jeanne – thank you for your lovely words – and thanks to Heather for pointing a signpost in our general direction – much, much appreciated.

      _tg xx

    1. hurrah!

      it’ll LOVE an Asia to America plane ride – would you post a pix to IG of it on the seat? that would be a fine sighting indeed.

      thank you thank you thank you

      _tg xx

      1. Of course! In Korea we call those shots 인증샷, loosely translated as “evidence shot,” a photo literally providing evidence of you having been somewhere, done something. My pleasure to take a little breather in the air with the lovely book!

  4. Hello dear TeamGloria,
    I’m so happy to discover your blog via wonderful Heather Lost in Arles.
    What a brilliant review she wrote! And…I fell under the spell from the very first post…
    and I’d love to stay to know you better.
    So much enjoyable reading awaiting.
    Thank you for your tireless open heart.

    Your new follower from Toronto.

    1. Natalie

      Thank you so much for visiting us here!

      and we’re most grateful to Heather for the kind introduction.


      _tg xx

  5. it’s such a heart-warming review. and it has something recursive with that fab photography :)

  6. Hoorah! I will get to meet George for lunch and now this! I am very moved that you appreciated my post. Honestly, it was the least that I could do. I really think that your book is going to help a lot of people and I know of no finer thing to acheive in life…

    And as for the music…it was a lucky guess based on an exchange we had quite some time back. That song meant a lot to me then too (still does) and I very nearly posted the original but was too transfixed by the delightfulness in the new version…
    Gros Bisous,

    1. hey, since mr google won’t let me comment chez toi: I loved the review. as usual, great images. the link I sent you was meant as much for you as for your honey, and sister you know it ;)

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