Our 16-year-old set out, yesterday, on a 24-hr voyage. Alone, she flew from Nice to London, then London to Dallas, and on to Denver. Unsure of what to say to my daughter before she left, I slipped the following poem into her travel bag. Photo taken at the Vieux Port in Marseilles, on break from her internship... Read more →


An artist's residence in the seaside town of Bandol. Un mois sabbatique. Some talk of a sabbatical year, but one month may just be enough to recharge these batteries after 11 years of online journaling. In November, I'll follow a gentle rule: no emails, no blogging. Thanks for helping me stick to it.... If you have sent... Read more →


"A path of one's own." Our daughter Jackie in 2005, in Queyras. Keep marching toward your dream, My Girl, and don't forget to enjoy the sights along the way! More about our recent pep talk in today's story column. Forward it to a struggling student. (Note: the sign reads "block party".) A few seats are still available... Read more →


Thank you for your encouraging feedback on the recent video I made with Smokey. But after trying and failing to make a follow up recording, I'm wondering if I should just stick to photography (today's pic taken on our Rhone river cruise) instead! In times like these, I find the following saying to be particularly reassuring: dix... Read more →


Who (or what) is your muse? For me it can be a scene, like this one... and suddenly inspiration comes! Photo taken in Les Arcs-sur-Argens, where we lived from 1999-2007. France and Monaco Rentals. Exclusive Vacation Rental Properties throughout France. I tried to find a French synonym for une muse, but I landed on a French definition... Read more →


Puzzled at which photo to put up today... I found this forerunner in Ramatuelle. Picture taken last spring. avant-coureur (ah vahn koor ur) adjective : forerunner synonyme: précurseur (noun) A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse Next month this word journal will set out for—and near—its very dear ninth year! How to sum up one's... Read more →


Are you seeing the broken glass... or the pretty watermelon building in the back? Do you practice positive or stinking thinking? France and Monaco Rentals. Exclusive Vacation Rental Properties throughout France. entretenir de grands espoirs : to have high hopes Audio File: listen to my son, Max, pronounce today's expression and these words:Download MP3 or Wav file... Read more →


It's Vagabonde Vendredi -- time to stray from our comfortable way. I have been saving this favorite flower from my garden for you. Enjoy! THE GIFT OF GAUL Click here to sign up a friend or family member to French Word-A-Day. It's free & inspiring. aviver (ah-vee-vay) verb : to stir up French verb conjugation: j'avive, tu... Read more →


Bignonias always remind me of our home in Les Arcs, where the flowers clambored up and over the metal pergola beside our driveway, throwing shade onto the boules (or "pétanque" or "bocce ball") court just beyond. Our house in Les Arcs-sur-Argens was a 30-minute drive from Bagnols-en-Forêt, where my English friend, Michèle, had a "pied-à-terre", or second... Read more →