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Sitting on my Desk
2020-08-05 19:21 UTC by French la Vie

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2020-08-04 19:55 UTC by French la Vie

If only I could have taken a photo this evening

of the little boy (who was between three and four years old,)

galloping around the village fountain

in only bright yellow underwear and a homemade cape attached with a red ribbon tied around his neck.

His smile was megawatt, his eyes glowing with glee as he raised both arms in the air leaping...

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Brocante Diet
2020-08-03 20:33 UTC by French la Vie

Salade 1 Euros


Months have gone by with my brocante diet fasting. I put something I had online and helped a friend sell some pieces, and well fasting no more. 

As far as diets go-

Green salad is healthy.



Green beans fresh

Green beans with ginger.





Apples, meet the need for the crunch. But not when someone else...

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So Worth Listening To...
2020-08-02 16:55 UTC by French la Vie





Weekly Top Posts: 2020-08-02
2020-08-02 04:00 UTC

  1. Bye Bye Blackbirds
  2. Home at Last
  5. A Half Open Door Where is it Leading?

Readjusting Slowly
2020-08-01 10:12 UTC by French la Vie

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Thank you to High Anxiety’s Instagram account for the above images and quotes.


Returning to France this time has not been as smooth as the times before. After spending months self isolating with my mother barely seen anyone, rarely going out, and amongst other self isolating habits I did not even hug my family goodbye. The first shock...

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In the everyday
2020-07-31 13:49 UTC by French la Vie


In the stillness. In the darkness. In the forgotten places. In the daily steps. While washing the dishes and taking out the trash. In the emptiness and the fullness and especially at the end of the day,

find beauty.





Undeniably FRENCH
2020-07-30 15:03 UTC by French la Vie


Opening the Book on the Shelf
2020-07-29 19:16 UTC by French la Vie

French Antique Paper Back Books


Voltaire's Theater Volume two.

Pink paperback.

Worn, though I do not believe this book was ever read. Most likely it sat on a shelf, eventually, it was put into a box and stuffed in an attic. Years later an antique dealer bought the belongings of the house. Discovering the book(s) he found them interesting, decorative, valuable enough...

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Some of Life's Pleasures
2020-07-28 14:05 UTC by French la Vie

Being so close to someone you hear their heartbeat.

Planting a seed and watching it bear fruit.

The subtle change of one season to the next.

Hearing silence.


Witnessing courage.

Hearing your own inner voice soothe yourself.


Stories like Annie's ... the watermelon juice.

Being forgiven.

Having faith without reason.


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Go Ahead You First
2020-07-27 15:39 UTC by French la Vie

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Walking as a Prayer
2020-07-26 18:30 UTC by French la Vie



















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The morning walk that I have...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-07-26
2020-07-26 04:00 UTC

  5. How to Dress in the French Countryside

A Half Open Door Where is it Leading?
2020-07-25 21:54 UTC by French la Vie



"When one door closes, another opens;

but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door

that we do not see the one which has opened for us."

Alexander Graham Bell 


But what if the door only opens half-way?


Lately, life seems to be pulling out all sorts of tricks, the world's "door" seems to...

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2020-07-24 20:24 UTC by French la Vie


baby love love


Chelsea calls him "Love Love" and he is and we do.

Chelsea was washing the dishes, I was preparing something and Gabriel sat at the kitchen counter angle between us. When I saw the light, and those silk ribbon tied rolls I grabbed my cell phone to take a photo of him. It is times like that I wish my camera was as near as my...

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What a Collection!
2020-07-23 20:14 UTC by French la Vie


A Bit of Brocante
2020-07-22 20:56 UTC by French la Vie

paper antiques corey Amaro


Antique paper



But I cannot get attached that is the downside to being a buyer.

Desire.Hoarding.Sentimental. are not qualities to have if you are a buyer to resale.

(Wait a sec is hoarding a quality? Insert laughing face.) 



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Taking the steps to reopen my online business. Though all I...

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I Promise I Won’t Post Baby Photos Everyday...
2020-07-21 20:49 UTC by French la Vie

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I promise I won't (though I that is all I want to do) post baby photos every day. Chelsea and her little family stayed with us for a few days. I am amazed I didn't gobble Gabriel up in one bite. He is a healing balm, an adorable joy, a cautious little boyboy and almost as big as me. My brother Marty asked that I send a photo of Gabriel...

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This Little Life
2020-07-20 10:49 UTC by French la Vie

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119 Flowers
2020-07-19 21:47 UTC by French la Vie

flowers for peace of heart

Back in early March when I started to feel the delicate balance of our world as we know it and COVID 19  gaining ground I began to post a flower photo a day to my Facebook account to offer a sign of hope, cheer, serenity...

As of today, there are 119 photos here a few of them for a Sunday Bouquet.




Flowers from my...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-07-19
2020-07-19 04:00 UTC

  1. How to Dress in the French Countryside
  2. Home at Last
  3. A Seed Affirmation
  5. What is Going On Today

Mother and Child
2020-07-18 20:39 UTC by French la Vie



Mother and Child
2020-07-18 20:39 UTC by French la Vie



The Sacred Forest Where I Live: Saint Baume
2020-07-17 13:40 UTC by French la Vie

walking trail


The healing grace of living and walking in the countryside.


walking trail


These photos are from my village which sits at the base of the Saint Baume Mountain. The ancient stone bridges are at the Source du Nans natural park about a mile from our home. Chelsea and I strolled Gabriel there to put his feet in the ice-cold natural spring...

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Blackberries What is it Lately
2020-07-16 21:26 UTC by French la Vie


On the trail, I spotted a small blackberry patch its pink petals waved me over, the blackberries are weeks away from ripeness. As I walked on I thought, "What is it with blackberries this year?" It is as if it is my symbolic message guide or something. Thinking that struck me funny as Covid 19 has changed me... Today a large black beetle...

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How to Dress in the French Countryside
2020-07-15 20:18 UTC by French la Vie

As I was doing my morning walk I flashed back to the rice fields that I toured for the last five months where I witnessed three seasons unfold. Though where I live in France I would never use the word pancake or the word crepe to describe the landscape around my Provencal village, though in the Sacramento Valley where my family lives the landscape...

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Home and Happy
2020-07-14 17:12 UTC by French la Vie

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Home at Last
2020-07-13 20:56 UTC by French la Vie


Today I came back home. 
Though what I did not expect from the three hour train ride from Paris to Provence was that the train would be full, not one single seat empty. When I saw the mob to catch the train I knew that there wasn’t going to be any spacing. Sure it was obligatory to wear a face mask. But after months of being...

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Singularity by Marie Howe
2020-07-12 08:42 UTC by French la Vie

is ALL is everything is





by Marie Howe

          (after Stephen Hawking)

Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity
we once were?

so compact nobody
needed a bed, or food or...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-07-12
2020-07-12 04:00 UTC

  1. Back in France
  2. Staring at Me
  3. Nurture the Growth of Goodness
  4. Everyday
  5. The Flame Has Wings

Biggest Cherry Ever
2020-07-11 11:26 UTC by French la Vie

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 These photos don’t do justice 
to the biggest cherry I have ever seen, honestly, a cherry like this could make a pot of jam as well as put a smile on my face. Cherries remind me of my old neighbor Mr.Porte who passed away years ago. Mr Porte taught me about gardening plus I would pick cherries and figs from his trees and make jam....

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Cracks Makes Way...My Interior Wall
2020-07-10 14:01 UTC by French la Vie






Soulfood restores the heart and mind. 

Finding my source was needed. 

Love leads the way, it does. Finding what gives us life, passion, desire does too.


I will go home on Monday. 





Thank you for your messages yesterday. I feel more grounded today. Yesterday I...

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Staring at Me
2020-07-09 09:02 UTC by French la Vie

The bricks came one by one

Did that make it a ton?

it felt like it.


Looking closely at the hues of burnt orange mixed with red 

The wall did not appear, not even a stump,

just bricks out of place staring at me.


I know I know 

and yet I don't

bricks not so heavy

but damn them being out of place.



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The Second Thing I am Going to Do....
2020-07-08 06:50 UTC by French la Vie


Yann called

missing me

tempting me to foregoing quarantine

to come home...

he said,

“ Gabriel is coming here tomorrow,”

(you see Chelsea and Martin will be with us for summer as Martin can work from home,)

Yann continued,

“... and I am going to cuddle him, play roll the ball with him, smell his sweetness, push him in the swing and do...

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Back in France
2020-07-07 08:32 UTC by French la Vie

back in france

Back in France. Surreal experience at the airports with the haunting emptiness and everyone respectfully wearing masks at times I thought I was in a science fiction film. I arrived last night in Paris and will stay at our apartment to self-quarantine so I haven’t seen my family yet. It feels odd to be this close and not home. But...

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Living it as it Comes
2020-07-06 13:55 UTC by French la Vie



Unexpected Pool Party
2020-07-05 05:56 UTC by French la Vie




My brother drove up to my mom’s home, then he got out with his two children and jumped in...

Who says you cannot bring a pool to the party?

So unexpected and original my mom and I laughed and laughed. We did not get it due to self distancing but man oh man was the temptation great!


Weekly Top Posts: 2020-07-05
2020-07-05 04:00 UTC

  1. One Step Closer to Home
  2. Guess What His Favorite Two Foods Are?
  3. C'est Craft Interview with Kaari Meng
  4. Updates
  5. Fly On in Faith

Squeezing the Toothpaste
2020-07-04 05:47 UTC by French la Vie















I like to squeeze the toothpaste in the middle, I always have.

I can't help it the plump spot just aching for a squeeze tempting me like a pinch to a fat baby's cheek.

There are certain things we aren't supposed to do.


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Blackberry Feast
2020-07-03 05:27 UTC by French la Vie

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A Million Wonders of Now
2020-07-02 06:19 UTC by French la Vie

living the simple pleasures


Life is running alongside us begging us to take hold,

literally feeding us with all it has

surrounding us with an invisible yet visible bountiful blanket.

How easy it is to be blinded by the beautiful abundance,


as we wake up to a new day with too many stars and grains of sand to count.

Whatever brings you joy no matter how...

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2020-07-01 05:35 UTC by French la Vie



  • My nieces and I are having a hand-picked homemade blackberry bake-off with social distancing outdoors. I plan to lose, have fun and gain some weight tasting the entries.
  •  Chelsea told me that before leaving the apartment Gabriel walked over to the cupboard opened it and out took a tin of sardines to carry to the park....

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C'est Craft Interview with Kaari Meng
2020-06-30 04:27 UTC by French la Vie

French general

Photo via Kaari Meng

Join French General Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am PST for chats with some of our favorite friends, craft demos, and a few of our favorite things.

Our chat will be on Kaari Meng's French General's Instagram live and on YouTube.





I must say as happy I am to be asked to be part of French General's chat I...

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One Step Closer to Home
2020-06-29 06:37 UTC by French la Vie

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the saying goodbye part is stirring

how could it not

knowing I will be going home makes it a soft landing

saying goodbye this time feels different as you can well imagine

I am trying to focus on the absolute lucky chance, the beautiful chance I have been given instead of the hard goodbye.






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Guess What His Favorite Two Foods Are?
2020-06-28 04:23 UTC by French la Vie

baby food


One year old

without a single tooth

sucking on an apricot.

He walked at ten months, so did his mom, but she had plenty of teeth at his age.

His favorite food, not the apricot he devoured, nor the seasonal Provencal fruit, oh yes, of course, he likes it- he likes everything except avocados. But his favorite food, the food he eats no...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-06-28
2020-06-28 04:00 UTC

  1. Creating a Bouquet
  2. The Normal That is Far From Normal
  3. Sunflower Happiness
  4. Fly On in Faith
  5. Living in the Country

Fly On in Faith
2020-06-27 03:42 UTC by French la Vie


Fingers crossed the flight I have back home to France will take off July 5th.

I am a mixed bag of various feelings and thoughts as you can imagine starting and finishing not in order with Yann, my mom, my brother, my family, little boy boy... will the plane leave or be canceled a fourth time, covid 19... 





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Sunflower Happiness
2020-06-26 04:10 UTC by French la Vie

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Creating a Bouquet
2020-06-25 06:18 UTC by French la Vie



Shortly, after my mother and I started sheltering in place due to Covid 19 I started to post photos of flowers I had taken to my Facebook page. My goal was/is to post a photo of a flower a day in the hope to add a gentle soft spot in the midst of the sadness, confusion, followed by many other thoughts and feelings, my brother's illness,...

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Living in the Country
2020-06-24 18:56 UTC by French la Vie




During the shelter in place, Sacha and I planted a garden or if truth be told a few vegetable plants. Zucchini, cucumber, tomato, green onion, green beans, and crooked neck squash. Nothing beats homegrown. I wish I could say we have an overabundance of vegetables but that is not the case with one plant each of the above...

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The Normal That is Far From Normal
2020-06-23 03:47 UTC by French la Vie

Anyone who knows my mother knows she does not sit still. She is a Matriarch-o-holic, bakes up a storm, volunteers for everything, has a large garden, is a neat freak, and has a million adoring grandchildren around her.

But when life changes, routines change too. The shape of normal changes. Either we roll into the new shape or wrestles with...

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Always Love
2020-06-22 06:45 UTC by French la Vie


love always




Father's Day
2020-06-21 05:47 UTC by French la Vie


Some of my father's and brothers' motorcycle trophies


It is funny how something comes out of nowhere, and it can remind us of someone, and they are right there beside us.

Dad, no matter how far away I am, I always have you in my heart pocket.

Memory: I am eight years old and riding in front of my Father on his motorcycle. We are...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-06-21
2020-06-21 04:00 UTC

  1. Soon I Will Go Home
  2. Birthday Boy Photos
  3. A Seed Affirmation
  4. Gabriel Turns One
  5. Like Grandfather Like Grandson

A Seed Affirmation
2020-06-20 03:02 UTC by French la Vie

One word uttered       


Have you ever been given a "seed affirmation"? A seed affirmation is when someone says something to you and you feel it take root, and grow inside you. The one-word affirmation sets the wave to...

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Happy Birthday Sacha
2020-06-19 04:13 UTC by French la Vie


H   A   P   P   Y         B   I   R   T   H   D   A   Y     


Sacha came to California at the beginning of Covid 19, nearly two months later he returned to...

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Like Grandfather Like Grandson
2020-06-18 03:06 UTC by French la Vie




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