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A Love Letter Where I am to Where You Are
2020-03-30 04:25 UTC by French la Vie

Sacha lives in Seattle where he is freelancing in cinema photography, and his Italian Girlfriend lives in Italy with her family as she studies art in the university. Due to the coronavirus, they do not know when they will see each other again... When Seattle went into Safe Shelter Sacha got in his jeep and drove to California to be with my family....

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Flower Power
2020-03-29 04:06 UTC by French la Vie



Weekly Top Posts: 2020-03-29
2020-03-29 04:00 UTC

  1. Heavenly Host Sky
  2. Mustard and Sky
  3. Together in Kindness
  4. I Want to Dance With Yann
  5. Chelsea Sent This Photo of Gabriel

One Day Soon
2020-03-28 04:50 UTC by French la Vie



Soon without a season

we will sit here again

our stories will unravel and some will go unsaid

as hearts can share without words

and where time has no meaning

Gabriel will crawl around our legs, maybe he will be walking. 

Will we be kissing cheeks twice with our friends?

Floating from one moment to another, sticking my fork...

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I Want to Dance With Yann
2020-03-27 05:30 UTC by French la Vie

I don't want to be the kind to hesitate

Be too shy, wait too late

I don't care what they say other lovers do

I just wanna dance with you
I gotta feeling that you have a heart like mine

So let it show, let it shine

If we have a chance to make one heart of two

I just wanna dance with you
I wanna...

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Chelsea Sent This Photo of Gabriel
2020-03-26 00:44 UTC by French la Vie



Gracefully Leading
2020-03-25 05:22 UTC by French la Vie


Standing still for a moment

feeling the hands of time rushing over me

Aware of the moment when the clock strikes and when the moon is like a halo above,

gracefully leading me to this day and the next.

Singular moments of time marking me

creating me.

The sun rises ah the dreams a mixture of yesterdays, today and tomorrows.


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Heavenly Host Sky
2020-03-24 04:41 UTC by French la Vie

Sacha’s Sunset from his Deck in Seattle.



Mustard and Sky
2020-03-23 05:45 UTC by French la Vie


Whitagram-Image (23)



The yoke hung on the wooden peg in the barn

boots kicked off not far behind

I walked out with the sweet smell of hay behind me

and an endless blue sky 

Mustard greens with bright yellow hats waving matching the sun





Together in Kindness
2020-03-22 05:32 UTC by French la Vie


together in kindness


As I walk I carry your kindness with me. 

Each of you who read my blog, who give so much of yourself to me, who are angels on earth...

Thank you. I am grateful for every one of you every day!

As soon as I can organize the letter writing I will get back to you. Thank you for the wonderful response. And to Isabel for...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-03-22
2020-03-22 04:00 UTC

  1. Baby I Miss You
  2. Social Distancing
  3. A Different Perspective
  4. Reaching Out
  5. Blackberry Faith

Reaching Out
2020-03-21 05:12 UTC by French la Vie




love letter


After reading Isabel's comment on yesterday's blog post I knew what I could do to help in this situation of self sheltering.

Reaching out to those of you who need a friend, if you would like to join me here is how we can reach out together. If you live alone or is a rest home please send me your address to


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Because You Have Asked...
2020-03-20 04:56 UTC by French la Vie

Corey amaro until the candles melt away


Because you have asked...

Yann is in France lock-downed at our home alone, fifteen minutes away by car Chelsea, Martin and Baby Gabriel are with Martin's parents locked down too. Martin's parents have a big garden and Baby Gabriel is loving discovering Spring. Unfortunately, because of the lock-down Yann cannot see them. They are fine,...

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Blackberry Faith
2020-03-19 03:19 UTC by French la Vie

blackberry faith

My mother sees blackberries on the dry winter branches,

she feels the sweetness in her hand

and smells the pie baking in the oven knowing soon her grandchildren will gather around her table laughing with blackberry pie in their mouths.

My mother sees goodness in things that are invisible to most of us she believes in love and God and puts her...

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A Different Perspective
2020-03-18 04:35 UTC by French la Vie


“A little different perspective someone just posted. Just a few positive thoughts to contemplate....


There is so much fear, and rightfully so, about COVID-19.


And, what if...” via Elizabeth Gardner Gray


If we subscribe to the philosophy that life is always working out for us, that there is an intelligence...

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Happy Birthday Marty
2020-03-17 03:43 UTC by French la Vie

Family m

Back in November Chelsea, Baby Gabriel and I came to Willows to visit our family it was as it always is a wonderful time spent with everyone. We went out to lunch with my brother Marty and my sister in law Suzy. Marty loves children, you know how some people just have that special spark with children, well my brother Marty has that spark. 


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Social Distancing
2020-03-16 05:33 UTC by French la Vie

”The very last thing we need right now is a mindset of mutual distancing,” the rabbi wrote. “We actually need to be thinking in the exact opposite way. Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we...

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Baby I Miss You
2020-03-15 05:40 UTC by French la Vie



Nine months old. 


Weekly Top Posts: 2020-03-15
2020-03-15 04:00 UTC

  1. French la Vie and the Corona Virus
  2. The Spirit of George
  3. Pink Spring Blue
  4. A Symbol of Hope
  5. That C Word

The Spirit of George
2020-03-14 04:04 UTC by French la Vie

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A Symbol of Hope
2020-03-13 06:51 UTC by French la Vie


My mother had a dream about Marty and it went like this:

Marty was swimming in the canal against the currents which are continuous, strong and unseen, Though without delay he made his way to the slippery embankment and climbed up to the path.

I told my mom to hold on to that image, that strength that she saw in her son, he made it out...

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French la Vie and the Corona Virus
2020-03-12 05:12 UTC by French la Vie

Due to the coronavirus and the message from President Trump regarding flights from Europe to the USA the French la Vie groups

in April will be postponed until further notice.

If you were planning to stay in our apartment(s) in April I will return your deposits.

Please contact me if you have any questions and or concerns. 

Presently, I am...

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Pink Spring Blue
2020-03-11 05:09 UTC by French la Vie

Dry branch

Delicate pink blooming 

Blue sky

Tears that don’t dry










That C Word
2020-03-10 06:06 UTC by French la Vie


 There is a bond of compassion that goes between people when they share something that you have experienced. When you share something that has carved a path within you, there is a silent understanding of knowing that unites one to the other.


Some people who write to me want to know what I did to beat the odds, how did I survive, how did I heal,...

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Old Barn
2020-03-09 03:37 UTC by French la Vie



My Lenten Path
2020-03-08 05:26 UTC by French la Vie



Take time to be with your thoughts,

sit hand in hand with your feelings.

Being available to others.


Embrace family and friends as often as you can.



Feel yourself breathing.

Be happy in your shoes.



The baptism of my nephew Warren 13 years ago


Look at your hands, what can...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-03-08
2020-03-08 05:00 UTC

  1. Bloom with Grace
  2. Family Photo
  3. Pretty Little Things
  4. embrace it and let it go is so so so easy to say
  5. Bright Star

Bloom with Grace
2020-03-07 00:51 UTC by French la Vie

Lavender French la VIe Corey Amaro


"Wherever life takes you

bloom with grace."


author unknown.





embrace it and let it go is so so so easy to say
2020-03-06 06:02 UTC by French la Vie

All of it embrace it











the why me

the why now





lack of appetite


fleeting feeling


Cancer is like taking a lovely rug (yourself) then shaking it out a window and watching every speck of dust (life's work,...

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Bright Star
2020-03-05 05:41 UTC by French la Vie

Only in darkness can you see the stars


2020-03-04 01:30 UTC by French la Vie



When something is loved

one does what one can to save it.

The caregiving to patchwork.


Family Photo
2020-03-03 06:55 UTC by French la Vie

Marty family

My brother Marty, his wife Suzy, their daughter Patti and sons Andy and Jack.

Photo via Facebook Chico American Legion Baseball







Pretty Little Things
2020-03-02 05:20 UTC by French la Vie

pretty old things Villa Saint Ange


pretty old things Villa Saint Ange



pretty old things Villa Saint Ange





2020-03-01 05:36 UTC by French la Vie



"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength

while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

Lao Tzu



Weekly Top Posts: 2020-03-01
2020-03-01 05:00 UTC

  1. Invisible to the Naked Eye
  2. Connected
  3. Above Us
  4. The Peaceful Path
  5. Our House

2020-02-29 06:50 UTC by French la Vie


. Daffodils


“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”

 Pablo Neruda


Our House
2020-02-28 06:25 UTC by French la Vie

French Brocante Corey Amaro Living in France





Our House
I'll light the fire
You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me
Come to...

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Saving Grace
2020-02-27 07:59 UTC by French la Vie

Holy Spirit Cross


When I was a child during lent my family would gather at my Grandparent' house. My many Aunts, Uncles and forty-some grandchildren combined.

We would kneel down together in my Grandparent' living room and pray the rosary. My Grandfather would lead it saying the Hail Marys, and Our Father's in Portuguese, we would follow in English.


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The Peaceful Path
2020-02-26 15:07 UTC by French la Vie



Above Us
2020-02-25 08:41 UTC by French la Vie

Love a crown worth wearing


                    Love is a crown worth wearing.


2020-02-24 17:43 UTC by French la Vie

beyond scope


The land surrounds me, there is nothing but the dirt under my feet,

the sky overhead

and my bare body.


I imagine what that would be like?

Back in the beginning whenever that was, back when sparks flew and light spoke in the darkness. Far behind the present life yet still living within us, it was then, now and tomorrow. Weren't...

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Invisible to the Naked Eye
2020-02-23 17:26 UTC by French la Vie


                         Applying Healing Balm

 I imagine the prayers being sent. I imagine them floating above him waiting to be placed on the area where he needs...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-02-23
2020-02-23 05:00 UTC

  1. The Woman with an Appetite for Teriyaki Chicken.
  2. Commenting on my Blog
  3. Spring May it Come Within
  4. The Broccoli Pipe
  5. A Head Full of Doubts

The Broccoli Pipe
2020-02-22 16:31 UTC by French la Vie

Baby loves broccoli.

Baby loves broccoli, fingers crossed he likes the brocante as much.

He was eight months old a few days ago.

I miss him.



A Head Full of Doubts
2020-02-21 17:56 UTC by French la Vie

head full of doubts


A Head Full of Doubts

Avett Brothers



"There's a darkness upon me that's flooded in light
In the fine print, they tell me what's wrong and what's right
And it comes in black and it comes in white
And I'm frightened by those that don't see it
When nothing is owed or deserved or expected

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2020-02-20 08:33 UTC by French la Vie



big and small, young and old.

     not with capes nor with superpowers 


whose big hearts surround like white oak tree roots,

and actions that create Pacific coast waves 

that cover every inch of fear into calm.


that hold us up to the light

where genuine goodness runs as...

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2020-02-19 08:19 UTC by French la Vie



Anchor- verb

to make something or someone stay in one position by fastening him, her, or it firmly
We anchored ourselves to the rocks with a rope.

The Woman with an Appetite for Teriyaki Chicken.
2020-02-18 19:56 UTC by French la Vie

The woman sitting next to my brother talked and talked on her cell phone to one person than another I could tell this wasn't her first day of chemotherapy but rather one of many. She talked about her plans for her bathroom, "Do you think tiling the bathroom wall is necessary, maybe we could have a free-standing tub and simply paint the walls... I...

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Spring May it Come Within
2020-02-17 16:26 UTC by French la Vie



Commenting on my Blog... Added note: IT WORKS!!
2020-02-16 15:53 UTC by French la Vie

A few weeks ago I asked,

"Regarding the comments on my blog, for some time now many of you have said that you cannot leave comments as the comment section does not open, or /nor can you see the comments, and I don’t know what to do I have talked to my platform server. They have said maybe to try a different browser and or use a different...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-02-16
2020-02-16 05:00 UTC

  1. Back Home
  2. No Hard Feelings
  3. Light is a Beautiful Hand
  4. Life's Unfairness
  5. a distant fragrance spoke

2020-02-15 15:42 UTC by French la Vie





5445 quotes on Goodreads about purpose (courtesy of Jennifer Lee and my blog reader Ann Maitland for sharing this link)


How to Sing a Love Song
2020-02-14 14:05 UTC by French la Vie

Singing love songs


How to sing a love song:

1) Find a song you like.






2) Practice singing it.







3) Sing it often, throughout the year, with family and friends.

Make sure it stirs you, encourages you to dance.




Love songs


4) Usually, if a love song...

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The Source is Community
2020-02-13 13:01 UTC by French la Vie

Angel of god corey amaro french la vie


kneeling in the church that I have known 

all my life

stained glass windows reflecting light and love

 sacraments I have witnessed

forty seventy no closer to hundreds maybe more

certainly more

washed with prayers holy water stains 

 your name was mentioned

please pray for

I lost it and at the same time...

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a distant fragrance spoke
2020-02-12 08:58 UTC by French la Vie

Tulip french la vie corey amaro
Tulip french la vie corey amaro


they said you were dead and that I should throw you away

those flowers are dried up toss them in the bin

fresh flowers wrapped in paper waiting for a vase


but I could not for a distant fragrance spoke

but look at the richness in color, and the elegance they speak in saying goodbye

note the movement surely they are a...

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Light is a Beautiful Hand
2020-02-11 09:03 UTC by French la Vie

French la vie corey amaro


How do we measure the ticking clock? What is time anyway?

Hearts don't tell it the same way. I must believe that to keep sane with most of my family and friends living far from my reach.

We know what love and friendship can do when it comes to bridges, walls,

mountains, differences, even distances.

We are closer than we can hold or...

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No Hard Feelings
2020-02-10 03:39 UTC by French la Vie

Angel above us corey amaro



No Hard Feelings
When my body won't hold me anymore
And it finally lets me free
Will I be ready?
When my feet won't walk another mile
And my lips give their last kiss goodbye
Will my hands be steady?
When I lay...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2020-02-09
2020-02-09 05:00 UTC

  1. Love Always
  2. Here Within Me
  3. Life's Unfairness
  4. Tell me Your Story
  5. Imagine All Good Things


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