What’s a Bohemian?

When I hear the word Bohemian, I always think of a liberal minded person, someone with a tendency toward live and let live. They have a lot of books and those books are scattered about and maybe a bit dusty because they believe in enjoying life and not stressing too much about trivial things. When I hear Bohemian, I picture someone who explores and appreciates cultures other than their own. Bohemia also designates a country and whether that country still exists, is confusing, since Czechoslovakia became “the former.” I’m never exactly sure I know what a Bohemian is. A hippy? I did a little research.

Bohemia is not only a place, “Bohemia,” but “Bohemian” is one of the Slavic languages. It’s also a word used to describe someone who has “informal and unconventional” social habits, an intellectual of the artistic class, a lifestyle rebelling against social conventions, especially social relations. The dictionary goes on to use examples as an artist or a writer and mentions art galleries and sushi bars. When you throw art galleries and sushi bars into the mix, I’m reminded of another word coined some years back, Yuppie, short for young, urban, professional.

Using the word Bohemian to describe someone’s lifestyle originated in the mid 1800s, from French Gypsies who came from Bohemia, though the Gypsies may have only traveled through Bohemia to reach the west.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)


The Guild (Book 2)


The Last Quadroon (Book 3)


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The Lies ot he Lion   NewCoverTheGuild   TheLastQuadroonFrontCover


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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