S’épancher: to pour out one's heart + Another grocery store encounter
Manger son Chapeau + Change a habit not a spouse :-)

Video Interview: Jean-Marc with Kristi at the vineyard in 2009

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Dawn Hamilton

I have followed you for YEARS, and LOVED your positive flow from afar! Notwithstanding, the Handsome Husband, 'Chief Grape'! :) I have ALWAYS wondered, with GREAT disappointment, that when you send us your 'French Word-a-Day', that you have never allowed us how to actually pronounce the word. You give the French word with its meaning, but you do not elongate HOW to say the word accurately. I have never understood this.
So, I have to look up the word on google, and hear it.
Well, once again, I enjoy the reads from you and your Perseverance! :)

Sarah LaBellle

Dawn, there are “sound files” in each newsletter. Jean-Marc reads the French words, so we all can hear how the words are pronounced.

If I open mail on my phone, I do not see the text when the sound file opens. If I use a larger screen, I can see the words as I listen to him saying the words.

Now you can compare his accent to the one on Google translate.


I love listening to you speak French despite not understand anything - oh spirituality - got that one :-) I so want to learn this beautiful language …

Gorgeous you and handsome husband both look the same!
The secret?
It must be the wine (for him) and the garden ? (for you?) or the love? And of course the beautiful French countryside … voila.

Love your way

Diane Covington-Carter

Wow, so wonderful to hear you speak French so fluently and well. The interviewer spoke so fast that I had a hard time following. Bravo!

Pamela Roberts

Thanks Kristi for sharing... great video... cracked me up at the end.

Patricia Sands



What an excellent glimpse behind the scenes, as it were. I was especially thrilled to see what I assume was Smokey in the background!

Merci pour tous les efforts et l'aide!

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