One half of August

Friday, August 18, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Hard times, they say, but I can feel a change coming, and it's not just fall. I feel a revival. I feel a birth. We cleaned out our closets completely this week and were honest for once about what works and what does not. We took 26 bags of clothes to the goodwill bin, and then ...

The Martyrs of Bordelongue

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 0 Permalink 0

They resisted when others collaborated. They paid the ultimate price. Some were murdered there but most were murdered elsewhere and their bodies brought to the internment camp at Bordelongue and buried in two unmarked pits during the war. Their bodies were discovered in 1944 by a farm woman who had seen trucks moving back and forth ...

Well that explains alot

Sunday, August 6, 2017 2 Permalink 0

As most of you know, I am neither slow to words, nor brief. I like to think I can carry on with the best of them. But that's only true in English. Changing countries really takes you down a few notches! While my brain is the same pretty serviceable brain I've had for as long as ...

Lessons in France: Cussing abroad

Sunday, August 6, 2017 1 Permalink 0

In the aftermath of Mr. Scaramucci's brief but colorful tenure in the White House, I thought it was a good time to discuss how your own swearing changes when you live outside your mother tongue. Cussing M is having a small problem at the office this week: The French have asked him to refrain from cussing. It's not ...

La Vierta again

Saturday, August 5, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Earlier in these pages, there was a long and tortured story of another dinner at la Vierta at just about this same time of year. That dinner was mysterious, sultry, ominous, supernatural, and then revelatory, washed in rain and ash. Not so this time. A couple of years on, the Tzigane restaurant hidden in a low ...

Fruiting

Friday, August 4, 2017 0 Permalink 0

We may be more attracted to flowers, but it is the seed, fully formed, that sustains us. We eat the fruit and the seeds. The flowers are just an attractor toward the goal of fertilization. It's what comes next that propagates life - both of the plants, and our own. It is that time of the ...

La Charente-Maritime

Thursday, July 27, 2017 0 Permalink 0

It finally came - my second visit, technically, but the first time I really knew something about what I was seeing. Now I know why this region warrants singling out as its own region. I will be back many times, as often as possible: La Rochelle, Saint-Jean-d'Angély, Cognac, Angoulême, and of course a picnic with my ...

Fête au Village

Sunday, July 23, 2017 0 Permalink 0

Adaptation Originally our quaint little village of la Magdelaine sur Tarn was the leper colony for Villemur sur Tarn, the noble and larger town downriver. We may wonder why anyone would locate their contagious sick upriver, but such was the logic of the Middle Ages, and it is not ours to question. Presumably our house was at ...