• No Matter What I Do

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 3 Permalink 1

    How it goes down chez nous An afternoon conversation: No matter what I do, I just can't seem to lose any weight. I've gained 2 more kilos since New Year's. Didn't you eat an entire pork turenne for lunch? It was all I had for lunch. It was a pint of lard! And some Cadenet bread to soak it up. And it was hours ago. I hoed two ...

  • Leçons sur la vie française : Souvenirs

    Friday, January 23, 2015 2 Permalink 8

    The blanket was an Emmaüs accident on the way home from Toulouse. In fact the name of those Catholic thriftstores is terribly apt - When you find the right junk, it can seem alternately revelatory and, often later, like you must have been blind. At the time the pattern seemed to me emblematic of the day itself - ...

  • Leçons sur la vie française : Meal times

    Thursday, January 15, 2015 2 Permalink 1

    “Everything a Frenchman does is toward a good dinner.” - Common Knowledge Southwestern France is all about fine food but – to break a stereotype - decidedly comfortable dining. The point is to enjoy yourself foremost, but as with so many other things in life, mastery of some basic local manners and a heads-up on the pitfalls ...

  • Tarama for Breakfast, 2am

    Thursday, January 15, 2015 1 Permalink 0

    Pieter Lastman. Jonah and the Whale, 1621. I always wondered if Jonah was looking and feeling his very best upon being vomited up back on shore. The Bible is brief on this scene, perhaps for a good reason. While there must have been a profound sense of relief, and an energetic motivation like never before toward ...

  • Thanksgiving with Grandmas and Grandpas

    Thursday, November 27, 2014 0 Permalink 0

    New ones come up like seed that's fallen from last year's crop in the fields. It volunteers, out of place sometimes, in the rises of the rows instead of the furrow, or outside the perimeters of the original intended field altogether. We can't control where it falls any more than the seed can itself control ...