Promoting French Culture and Language
in the Greater Lynchburg Area for over 50 Years

January 29, 2014

Book Review : Le Bonheur - Simple, non ?

By Françoise Watts, President of the Alliance Française de Lynchburg
Le Bonheur-this is the subject of the new book by French philosopher Frederic Lenoir (Du Bonheur, voyage philosophique, Fayard). It is a bestseller in France right now, as if everyone wanted to know the recipe for le bonheur. What Lenoir says is that, for the most part, it is up to us to make our own happiness, and we can manage that by focusing on the little pleasures of our life. Simple, non?
There are however  cultures who are more predisposed to le bonheur than others, and this has nothing to do with material wealth (only 10%). But remember, le bonheur is contagious.
What I loved in the book is that Lenoir links philosophies of the West with those of the East. Montaigne, the great French philosopher of the 16th century who wrote in his Essays about le Bonheur is not that distant from Buddhism and Taoism.

January 26, 2014

Ce blog n'est pas une blague

Bonjour Lynchburg !

Lynchburg, Virginia is a city with deep roots in American tradition and culture, and is a leader in the region in education and high technology jobs.  Did you know Lynchburg also enjoys a strong foundation in the French culture?

For over 50 years, the Alliance Française de Lynchburg has promoted French culture and education in our region.  Led by American Francophiles and French expatriates who have come to Lynchburg over the years, the Alliance has built a strong French community in the Hill City.

We are a diverse group, with varied backgrounds and life stories, but we share the common desire to come together and enjoy French culture, food, and language.  We have already planned an exciting year of events and language classes.

Our big events include Mardi Gras, 14 juillet (Bastille Day-French Independence Day), and la Fête de Noël (Christmas party).  Other events include various lectures and film presentations, as well as monthly dinners and French cooking classes.  We hope you will join us at our events and in our classes through out the year.

à bientôt !!