• Of Bread and Bastides

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016 1 Permalink 0

    Distribution "Because of the mills," he said blandly while driving, without looking over at me, without any indication at all that he was blowing my mind. Because of the mills. That is why the villages here are spaced so evenly, at about 6km intervals. A stunned silence followed briefly, before the heavy gristmill of my mind started to ...

  • The long and scenic road to Earl Grey

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016 5 Permalink 1

    Bergamot Because of British friend T's sage advice months ago on Twinings as the only decent brand for tea in these parts, I have been working my way ever since through all the Twinings flavors available at our supermarket. Having exhausted the usual varieties several times over, I finally this week reached the last type in stock, on the back top shelf, ...

  • Wall art

    Sunday, February 7, 2016 0 Permalink 0

    Shadowland nobility We are at the New Moon, and I woke this morning still in darkness. It is not late enough in the year that 6am on a given Sunday is well lit. Across from the bed, M's shirt was laid across the weight bench. In the shadows the outline was clear and startling: A large cat. A jaguar. ...

  • Re-drawing (and a recipe)

    Thursday, January 28, 2016 5 Permalink 0

    Nicolas Poussin. Et in Arcadia ego, 1638. Et in Arcadia ego I prefer the interpretation of Poussin's title to mean, "I also lived in Arcadia." That is, one now dead in the grave speaks to the living through his epitaph, saying, I also lived in Arcadia as you do, but now am ashes and dust. Others more popular these days ...

  • December 2015

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015 6 Permalink 0

    Goodbye, December ...including the warmest weather on record, much fog, some guava jam which we scored at an international grocer and made into a Cuban tart, and the annual pilgrimmage to Brive for fantastical Christmas dinner(s).  But most importantly this end-year, we finally are closing in on the last of the rubble and junk in the house. That's ...

  • An important color

    Thursday, November 26, 2015 2 Permalink 0

    Hue and hewn When I first came to France I thought I would be a flag-waving purist about French Revolutionary values, and at the very least, for sure, always eschew any hint of royalism. Liberté-Egalité-Fraternité all the way! Napoleon Bonaparte was as far as I would go. It would be clear and distinct unadulterated colors for me: Bleu-blanc-rouge, ...

  • Levity among the ruins

    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 3 Permalink 1

    Armistice Day Armistice derives from the Latin for arma (arms or weapons) and -stitium (a suffix denoting cessation or stoppage). It means quite literally a stopping of weapons, a ceasefire. But in French l'Armistice, the armistice, sounds just like a made-up word, Larmastice. That latter would mean, following the same logic from the Latin, a cessation of tears, as tears translate ...

  • The Disco Dead Trilogy

    Friday, October 30, 2015 1 Permalink 0

    I. Andrea True is no more If you want to know how I really feel, Get the cameras rollin', And get the action going, More more more... Andrea True was a minor pop star of my early youth. She was from Nashville. She got her start in porn. She wrote a huge hit almost by accident which expressed the zeitgeist of an entire ...