• Mushrooms in meringue

    Friday, March 2, 2018 1 Permalink 0

    Just before Christmas, neighbors A. and P. were talking during dinner about how to make perfect mushrooms. She was having trouble with hers and wanted his advice - that much I caught, of the rapid colloquial French. They were both very concerned that it be done correctly. There is nothing unusual in this conversation in our region. ...

  • Lord of the Frogs

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 4 Permalink 1

    A soulsearching post in which childless idealist Yours Truly finally encounters first-hand the much-discussed phenomenon of Bullying Tourists can't be patriotic I have never lived in any other place in which I feel such a full-throated accord with the dominant cultural values. Shout it from the rooftops: Liberté-Egalité-Fraternité ! And better, Solidarité. Solidarity. France is far from perfect, ...

  • Mirror World

    Monday, December 25, 2017 1 Permalink 0

    Tonight we are home from a brief sojourn just two hours to the north of where we live. It's the best country, in my opinion. La Corrèze is the home of fairy tales, and the bravery of la Gaillarde in wars since history began, and truly incredible food. It is also strikingly similar in both landscape and ...

  • Desolation Consolation

    Sunday, November 12, 2017 0 Permalink 0

    Grande Crue On Monday 03-03-30, a major disaster struck our region, which I have written about before in these pages. A spring flood swelled the Tarn River, but the debris in the water was more than usual, and that debris collected against certain railway bridges which then acted like dams. When those accidental dams finally burst, walls ...

  • 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 ...