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Threads Creating Beauty
2020-06-05 03:57 UTC by French la Vie


Life's Color


Colorful threads

part of fabric

that covers us

warm and safe.


Patterns vary

bright, delicate, bold, intricate


endless single threads




Life's Color









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What We must Do to Bring Change
2020-06-04 00:03 UTC by French la Vie

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If you have suggestions on how to help bring change pleases leave your ideas in the comment section. 


Breaking Tide
2020-06-03 01:13 UTC by French la Vie

The storm



Have you ever waded with your thoughts? Vaguely remembering where they started and unsure where they will end? I know I have. The waters with their sirens and whipped seafoam are uncharted, rendering a certain uncertainty. 

Why are we still here? Where are we going?

Is there another way? Will we reach the shore? What...

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Tender and Tangled
2020-06-02 03:58 UTC by French la Vie



Let There Be This Time
2020-06-01 06:10 UTC by French la Vie

"Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be

With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony

Let peace begin with me
Let this be the moment now.

With ev'ry step I take
Let this be my solemn vow
To take...

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2020-05-31 04:33 UTC by French la Vie



Weekly Top Posts: 2020-05-31
2020-05-31 04:00 UTC

  1. What is Going On Today
  2. Nearing 100,000
  3. Questioning Almost Everything
  4. Down by the Seashore
  5. War and Peace

To Live What I Believe Without Fear
2020-05-30 01:32 UTC by French la Vie

trusting and living


I saw this on Instagram. 

A lot of things I do not do but maybe would like to are not based on fear. Most have to do with not having the talent, nor wanting to put my resource towards it. Fear is not often the reason I do not do something unless it is something like parachuting or bungee cord jumping.

And you?

After reading the...

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What is Going On Today
2020-05-28 23:47 UTC by French la Vie



Maybe it is because nobody has come into our home since mid-March, 

Maybe it is because it is very hot today,

Maybe it is because I tossed and turned most the night,

Maybe it is because I am missing the owl's nightly mantra,

Maybe it is because I run a small part of my walking path for the first time,

Maybe it is because I am...

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Questioning Almost Everything
2020-05-28 02:47 UTC by French la Vie



When Chelsea was three these are some of the questions she asked me,

Where is heaven? What does it mean to die? When I yawn why do my eyes water? How does water come to our house? How does our body make urine? What does God look like? Who was born first? Why can't we make grapes in the kitchen with a recipe? Why do we have two...

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Down by the Seashore
2020-05-26 23:14 UTC by French la Vie

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Finally a moment together.

Yann, Chelsea, and Gabriel spent a few days in Cassis.




War and Peace
2020-05-26 05:05 UTC by French la Vie



The strongest of all warriors are these two

— Time and Patience.

Leo Tolstoy

War, and Peace


May we have both. May all of us poor, rich & in between. And while this becomes more our reality may I know how to help, encourage and be calm instead of wanting to throw my shoe at the TV and repeat soundbites. Is it...

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Nearing 100,000
2020-05-25 04:21 UTC by French la Vie



”The cover of Sunday’s New York Times. It lists the names of 1000 Americans, dead of Covid-19. One thousand is just one percent of the number of those officially counted as dead of coronavirus we will likely hit this Memorial Day weekend.


It is “AN INCALCULABLE LOSS,” the headline reads. “They Were Not Simply Names on...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-05-24
2020-05-24 04:00 UTC

  1. The Road is Home
  2. Stand Still and Take the Moment at Hand
  3. Homemade Apricot Pie and Crust
  4. The Sky Was the Ultimate Lusciousness This Evening.
  5. My Mom’s BlackBerry Pie Recipe

Wherever You Go
2020-05-24 03:24 UTC by French la Vie


Bye Bye Blackbirds
2020-05-23 05:08 UTC by French la Vie

Birds in nest and nature's course

Every day I go for a walk around the rice fields behind my mother's home. I can walk along the dirt roads that the farmers use to check their crops for miles and miles endlessly around rice fields that are taking root. The pleasure of seeing nature take its course and farmers working steadily with the season.  The blackberry vines are...

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Homemade Apricot Pie and Crust
2020-05-22 04:05 UTC by French la Vie

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My Mom’s BlackBerry Pie Recipe
2020-05-21 04:31 UTC by French la Vie

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The Sky Was the Ultimate Lusciousness This Evening.
2020-05-20 07:20 UTC by French la Vie

nature's glory

As the evening started to fall Sacha and I saw that mother nature's elements were in place for another spectacular night. So off we went back up Hwy 162 heading towards Elk Creek to see if our good fortune would strike twice.

To see Sacha's photos please follow him on Instagram.

At first, the light was too harsh and the sun kept disappearing...

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The Road is Home
2020-05-19 05:06 UTC by French la Vie

Foothills to France


Sacha my son often asks, "Why did you leave?"

And my heart stings.

Following your heart is not always easy.

Especially when it divides you in two.


Oh, distant geese that fly overhead where are you going?

Rolling gold along the long grey paved road.



photograph scouting




open the gate to your heart





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Stand Still and Take the Moment at Hand
2020-05-18 04:31 UTC by French la Vie



Weekly Top Posts: 2020-05-17
2020-05-17 04:00 UTC

  1. I Miss You
  2. The Bird's Nest
  3. We Still Have to do the Hike
  4. I Love You Mom
  5. Just Me

Faith Before All
2020-05-17 02:31 UTC by French la Vie



The Bird's Nest
2020-05-16 04:32 UTC by French la Vie

bird's nest


While on my daily walk around the rice fields Sacha pointed out a red wing crow's nest in the ditch amongst the reeds. I would not have noticed it as it was well concealed and neatly created. A masterpiece exactly as nature is.

We marked the path so we could go back and check to see when the blue eggs had hatched.

Yesterday two of them...

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We Still Have to do the Hike
2020-05-15 05:25 UTC by French la Vie



This quote was on a friend’s Facebook, it resounded in me so I thought I would share it.

After these endless days that have turned into weeks, that have stretched into months with no end in sight some of us are shifting our position and some of us are wondering what is next to stay safe shelter if we can or to venture out...

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The Walk in Nature
2020-05-14 03:02 UTC by French la Vie






















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I Miss You
2020-05-13 05:14 UTC by French la Vie

I miss you 

you know that

I don’t need to say it

and I know you miss me.

Missing feels sad and tender at the same time

like an arrow piercing and an invisible hug

missing you and you and you and you...

I wonder what it is like not to be missing someone?



Casting our Stone
2020-05-11 22:57 UTC by French la Vie




Years ago there was an interview about Mother Theresa who was in India caring for the dying.

In this particular interview, Mother Theresa was feeding a starving baby while reporters pestered her with comments such as: "You cannot save the dying, you are only one person, look at you care for one baby in the sea of many dying...

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Just Me
2020-05-11 05:57 UTC by French la Vie



I Love You Mom
2020-05-10 04:55 UTC by French la Vie

the lovely flower


 Over the last few years, Yann and I toyed with the idea of my coming over to California to spend a few months with my mom while she was/is in good health. Yann and I wonder what the best time was, and like things that are not urgent, it was pushed back to let's wait and see maybe next spring, or after the baby is born, or maybe...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-05-10
2020-05-10 04:00 UTC

  1. Finding Sweetness
  2. What a Day Will Bring
  3. One Pink Iris
  4. Rowing My Boat
  5. We Do What We Can and Best When We Do It Together

Rowing My Boat
2020-05-09 00:10 UTC by French la Vie



Row row row your boat

We have little control over how life will unfold.

We can plan, create, directed our desires, and dreams into a hopeful reality. But in the end, it is life's currents that take us down the stream. It brings new meaning to the children's song

"...row, row, row your boat gently down the stream..."

Life is graceful, enduring,...

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Guess Who is Walking
2020-05-08 02:06 UTC by French la Vie

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Gabriel is walking.



What a Day Will Bring
2020-05-07 04:27 UTC by French la Vie



The silver lining being home with my mother and son during COVID 19 is this extension of time, together as we pass these uncertain days I get to be with them with quality and quantity of time on hand. Plus the space and fields around my mother's home allow us a freedom that many do not have. A friend who lives in Milan, Patricia, said...

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Where Do Your Thoughts Lead You?
2020-05-06 07:12 UTC by French la Vie

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The frame is very old, missing a few pieces, and crooked.

The tiny metal shield has two angels painted on it with a monstrance.

Behind the two objects a page out of French book with words such as Holy Family, Take Courage, Contrast, Divinity, Faith... a page out of a religious text that is certain, but not intended.

Why am I posting...

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Finding Sweetness
2020-05-05 04:14 UTC by French la Vie



One Pink Iris
2020-05-04 06:01 UTC by French la Vie

Mom's pink iris


My mother found one delicate pink iris in her garden.

I have been posting a photo of a flower every day on Facebook.

So far over forty photos since I started six weeks ago. I started posting photos because the news of coronavirus was overwhelming and I wanted to do something to bring peace in the storm.

Today it was a pink iris that...

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We Do What We Can and Best When We Do It Together
2020-05-03 05:36 UTC by French la Vie



Gabriel is ten months old and he loves to crawl up to his mom and dad and take their hand so he can walk. He loves to walk and walk and walk but not by himself not just yet.

He knows who he can trust and who to turn to when he wants to walk.

Simply by going towards them and taking their hand.

We are stronger together than...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-05-03
2020-05-03 04:00 UTC

  1. The Sweetest Boom in our Garden
  2. In Memory of my Dad
  3. Superstar Breakfast
  4. Spring What Will You Bring For Us
  5. Incognito

Spring What Will You Bring For Us
2020-05-02 05:33 UTC by French la Vie


Lace curtain, early morning


Return of happiness that is what the first of May brings in with spring.

That is what the Lily of the valley symbolizes.

Spring: Morning light, the flowering almond, and cherry trees, awakening color, the roses growing over my bedroom window, birds song- especially the evening owls singing their mating song that I love...

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My Brother’s Almond Orchard
2020-05-01 05:10 UTC by French la Vie


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It is hard to believe that 12 years ago I came home on Feb 5th because my dad was ill, I quickly packed a few things and came to be by his side. I ended up staying for seven months. During that time Yann came over three times, and Chelsea and Sacha came over twice. 

Fast forward to the present date... I came to...

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In Memory of my Dad
2020-04-30 03:46 UTC by French la Vie


The Sweetest Bloom in our Garden
2020-04-29 05:31 UTC by French la Vie



Roses from my garden back in France. Chelsea and co. came to stay with Yann for several days. Our garden is at its best in May. But this year the roses bloomed in advance as did the Irises.

Chelsea and Yann both have been sending me photos that please me.

Those Eden roses give perfume as beautiful as they look.





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2020-04-28 04:52 UTC by French la Vie



Childhood Bedroom
2020-04-27 05:35 UTC by French la Vie



Looking out to this view that I know by heart even with the ever changing rice fields as they alternate between seasons. Change and rebirth constant companions feel like nothing compared to this gigantic shift. Serene from my window brings me what I need for the day x


“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot...

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Superstar Breakfast
2020-04-26 04:21 UTC by French la Vie

My mother is a baker. Baking comes to her naturally. My mom would love to bake all day long but I prefer to walk than to roll. And roll I would if I eat all her would be goodies. I am no fun as I do not want her to bake.

But breakfast cream puffs oh yes bring them on!



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

  1. Will Hugging be in our Children's Memory?
  2. Some Bright Spots
  3. Standing in the Midst of it All
  4. Hope Against the Odds
  5. Write it on Your Heart

Today Like Yesterday and Possible Tomorrow
2020-04-25 04:33 UTC by French la Vie

M o n d a y

T u e s d a y

W e d n e s d a y

T h u r s d a y 

S a t u r d a y 

S u n d a y 




Write it on Your Heart
2020-04-24 03:32 UTC by French la Vie



Some Bright Spots
2020-04-23 04:08 UTC by French la Vie


old vines and holly hocks


vine covered walls in Paris

flower path in paris


The Garden of Black and White
2020-04-22 08:01 UTC by French la Vie


Tangled in the black and white

nothing seems certain 

once where your fragrance guided me to such a sweet place

now the ache of not knowing leads the reins

I took for granted the littlest of things not knowing how they could change 

not ever questioning the possibility

a rose with its enchanting perfume 

standing in the...

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Hope Against the Odds
2020-04-21 00:11 UTC by French la Vie



When walking in what feels like a dark tunnel what brings hope is a flicker of light, no matter how small, at the end of the tunnel.

Faith is something personal and either the person has it or doesn't and one might start to look for it because of need.

Encouragement from others can help with focusing on the light at the end of the...

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Will Hugging be in our Children's Memory?
2020-04-20 05:45 UTC by French la Vie



My sister in law is a well-loved elementary school teacher. The other day while she was at the grocery store trying to go quickly and being mindful of her every movement a child-student saw her and came running up to her with open arms, "Mrs. Amaro!!" Then as fast as her excitement mounted the little girl abruptly stopped and stood back...

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Standing in the Midst of it All
2020-04-19 06:21 UTC by French la Vie


That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

Source: Leaves of Grass (1892)


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

  1. The Luxury of Being Safe
  2. Who Have I Become?
  3. Unsung Hero
  4. This is Happiness
  5. Ten Months Old

This is Happiness
2020-04-18 04:35 UTC by French la Vie



Unsung Hero
2020-04-17 05:47 UTC by French la Vie



Blackbirds flew in a perfect pattern landing gracefully on the freshly toiled field while

Dust billowed in the distance behind the farmer’s tractor

As the sun’s golden fingers touched the earth and redden my face, the canals filled with water made ready to flood the fields where the rice seed will float and root. The raw endless...

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