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In pursuit of one's shadow... read on. (P.S.: ever seen the shadow of a tongue?) . Sur La Production de La Passion (On Manufacturing Passion) During a telephone conversation last night, Mom and I talked about passion and peace (a dichotomy?) On the one hand, our passions drive us... and yet we are always looking for the... Read more →


Though you can't see it, this basket has a hole in the bottom... which reminds me of a wonderful French idiom: "un panier percé" ("a pierced basket" or a spendthrift!). The expression is très imagée (one can easily visualize money falling right through the hole of the basket, as the reckless spender practices that iffy prescription known... Read more →


"She going places... only, sometimes, she wonders just where... " (pictured our 13-year-old daughter, Jackie) parler métier (par lay may tyay) : to talk shop Example Sentence: Aujourd'hui, Jackie vous invite de parler métier avec elle: est-ce que vous avez un boulot qui vous plaît? Today, Jackie invites you to talk shop with her: do you have... Read more →


Have you been vaccinated lately? As an adult, the DPT vaccination "rappel" or "booster" is every ten years... more in today's story. Thank you, David and Susan Howell, for the photo, above (part of Saturday's Cinéma Vérité gallery... Don't miss it! . la piqûre (pee kyer) : prick, sting, bite; injection faire une piqûre à quelqu'un =... Read more →


Leaving France behind... in the following edition. Picture taken near Sablet and Gigondas (that's Mont Ventoux in the background); today's photo may as well be titled "How to Keep Your Roof on in the Windy Vaucluse". (Squint your eyes in time to see the rocks that are holding down the roof tuiles...) une randonnée (ran doh nay)... Read more →


A couple of Max's cahiers from 4ème (8th grade). More than in the classroom, cahiers are used in many French establishments... le cahier (keye yay) : notebook, exercise book (from the Latin "quaterni" or "set of four": the first cahiers had four pages... from the pliage, or folding, of one page) le cahier d'exercices = workbook le... Read more →


Smiles and good wishes for all today. Isn't that what's needed? The following French poem was spotted in the neighboring village of Rasteau. Some "happy nester" had taped it to their front porch window.... Thank you, Newforest, for translating the text. (When you have read the poem, you might come back and visit the Mamie in the... Read more →


Current events have us wearing our hearts on our former façades... and it's a good thing, n'est-ce pas? haut les coeurs (oh lay ker) : lift up your spirit, take heart, be brave! have courage! Thank you, Carolyn Foote Edelmann, for today's French expression: Carolyn writes, in response to Monday's seisme post: Small thought - watching their... Read more →


En étant tous des enfants de la terre, on vous envoie, cher Japon, nos pensées les plus sincères. As fellow children of the earth, we send you, dear Japan, our most sincere thoughts. seisme (sayeezm) noun, masculine : earthquake Audio file: listen to our son Max (Download MP3 or WAV), who wrote these French words: On se... Read more →