"I came to Giverny as a young woman
and hope that my decades of work and
dedication, which I continue, contribute to
preserving the beautiful legacy Monet created."
---Helen Rappel Bordman
You never know who on ActiveRain has a special connection to someone who is an Author who has a personal connection to a story written about someone as famous as Monet. Thanks to Adam, I learned about Aileen Bordman, an Author who wrote a beautiful book titled "Everyday Monet, A Giverny Inspired Gardening and Lifestyle Guide to Living Your Best Impressionist Life."
If you do not know him on ActiveRain by now, his name is Adam Feinberg from Manhattan, NY. Adam made an interesting comment when he read my story on July 28th, The Immersive Monet & The Impressionists stating that a friend of his is the author of Everyday Monet, and Monet's Palate Cookbook, and also Creator of the film Monet's Palate. The photo used as an introduction to this post was one, I took at the Immersive Monet Exhibit in Dallas with permission. After reading Adam's comment, I was immediately intrigued, curious, and wanted to learn more about the Author and her mother, Helen Rappel Bordman. As luck would have it, my local Barnes & Noble Bookstore had only one copy on their bookshelf waiting to be purchased since 2020 when stores had to be on lockdown. The clerk at B&N was quite surprised to learn, the book was still there, and asked if I wanted it. Yes! Of course, I replied. I purchased the book, and it is a treasure worth reading!
I highly recommend the book. The author writes: "In 1980, after considerable dedication and work, I became an American representative and volunteer at Monet's garden at Giverny. After Monet passed away in 1926, the garden slowly lost its luster." With the help, 'along with the those of the curator at Giverny,' and the staff, dedication and persistence paid off to 'help preserve the beauty Monet created.' The Author, Aileen Bordman is also a "filmmaker, photographer, and the president and founder of Monet's Palate, Inc., a company dedicated to sharing the world of Claude Monet."
For alluring photography, stories, and inspiration, including ideas for a garden, kitchen, and bedroom, the book is worth the price I paid. It also makes a nice addition to a coffee table or any other special place you have in your home.
Buying a home was a dream I had when I was a child playing with my dollhouse. Over the years, I have enjoyed decorating my home in a style pleasing to my eyes. Becoming a REALTOR® gave me ideas from observing how others lived and decorated their homes. Becoming a member of ActiveRain was the gift I gave myself to establish rapport with colleagues active in the real estate industry. I discovered a blog post is much more than just a story published on this platform for Real Estate Agents. It is a place where we sow seeds of information, knowledge, inspire, and make new friends from vast members throughout the United States and faraway places like British Columbia.
As my years of blogging go by, I am forever grateful to people like Adam who sparks my imagination and gives me an opportunities to learn more about the things I love and enjoy. Furthermore, I am grateful for world renowned Artists and Authors who share an array of beauty and inspiration, such as Monet, Aileen Bordman, and people on earth who make impressive contributions to the world in which we live!
Composed by Patricia Feager