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Anais Nin Remembered
By Maryanne Raphael
Last edited: Sunday, August 28, 2005
Posted: Saturday, August 27, 2005

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I will always remember the first time I saw Anais Nin. It was the Spring of 1974 and we were at 3 Washington Square Village, New York City.

    When she opened the door it was all I could do to keep from staring.  Here was the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen in my life.  Anais Nin was wering a soft, velvet, floor length, acquamarine gown that accented her fragile, mysterious air, her warmth, her physical loveliness.

      Of course I had seen photos, taken I had assumed when she was a very  young woman.  But I knew she was seventy and it didn't seem possible that she could have kept all of her youthful glow, vitality  and fascinating Greta Garbo beauty.   Surely this woman had the secret for remaining young in every possible sense of the world.  The later conversation  proved this so.

      She ushered us into her room while she went to the kitchen to prepare tea.  The room echoed her enchanted beauty, rich lavenders, soft sea greens and blues, fabulous Indian  multi-colored mirrored pillows.  Everything reflected her gracious simplicity, taste, love of life and beauty.

      Meeting this woman I had come to know and love through her works was one of the most exciting moments of my life and yet she made me feel at home immediately.  The whole atmosphere was one of meditation, comradeship, openness, calm.

       The more time I spent with her the more I fell in love with her.  This was the woman I wanted to become, and yet when I meet someone I admire so much ordinarily I'm so taken back by that person I begin to feel self conscious.  But I too was born under the sign of Pisces, and I shared her favorite colors, her interest in Astrology, dance, literature and dreams.  Rather than feeling incompetent, I felt I was on the ladder climbing towards becoming as much as possible like this woman whom I admired so much.

     Anais became my friend.  Whenever she was in New York for lectures, she called and gave me her schedule.  Everything about her was unforgettable, her voice, her smile, the way she walked, the way she glowed.   When she gave me a copy of her fifth diary, she wrote, "To Maryanne who lives as many lives as I do."

      She transcends death because she was so alive when she lived.  She was mystery, generosity, love, sensuality, passion and creativity.  If you were her friend, she was as close to you as your own mind, and as mysterious.

       The most continuous, unbroken, life-giving threads in her life were music and love.  Music is the key to  her writing style, as she expresses the flow of the unconscious.  And, as she once said, "Love is the title of all my work."


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Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 12/31/2006
OMG. YOu are so so lucky to meet Anai' - I have the perfume named after her, her book and I love her movie, Henry and June! It's my total favorite, my heart melts for her! She is Love in every speakable word! Her passion is as deep as the Passion I have for Life! Thank you for all your Wonderful Tributes to a Giving, Courageous *( She made me who I am in in love, freindships and reality) WArm, Kind and CAring and Most Passionate Creative Women~ In her day~
WArmly, Sheee
HAPPY! Most Joyous New Year to you and Anais'- Please give her a HuG for me, and Tell her- Thank YOU for sharing so much of her HEART to so many! Her history will be forever known and felt deeply! PLEASE tell her for me. Today is 12-31-06 End of the Year! A NEw and Passionate and Vibrant New Year is about to begin in less than 1hr. I hope Anais is well and you also Maryanne! WArm HuGs, Sheee
Reviewed by L. Figgins 8/27/2005
Thank you, Maryanne, for sharing the memories of your freindship with Anais. Some souls shine as brilliant as stars...

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