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A New Chapter in Being at Home in France
2017-08-17 05:42 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

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Me... I am preparing to open the door. To put on my best smile, and wave: "Have fun! I'll miss you! Be good! Be careful! I love you! Goodbye! See you later..."

The funny thing is as I sit here typing my blog at the kitchen table the thought occurred to me...

When I arrived in France I realized that this was it... That I was...

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Grandmother Amaro's Hug
2017-08-16 14:47 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

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What is love? That famous question that seeks an answer, over and over again.

And yet we know what love is.

The last time I saw my Grandmother Amaro, she stood behind me and embraced me. I laughed telling her it was a funny way to be hugged good bye? She hugged me tighter, and then holding back tears told me the reason...

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One Giant Step Forward
2017-08-15 14:06 UTC by Tongue in Cheek




The family gathers, shares stories, enjoys each other's company while diving into lunch. A family where the core is at home at the table, where nourishment is more than the food they partake and the messages of loyalty and love run deeper than the disagreements or imperfections. A family that doesn't begin nor...

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Red Tomato, The Glory of Summer
2017-08-14 16:48 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


Nourishment for the soul, 

late in the afternoon, 

a cool breeze caresses while I

stand in the garden,

my toes wiggle in muddy silk, 

Sun-ray halos,

I bite into the fresh tomato,

juice runs

 down my chin, down my neck, between my breasts...






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Teresa's Advice
2017-08-13 15:52 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Compass,guide, living in france, Corey amaro


An eighteen-century wooden compass with intricate graphics.


I loved what my friend Teresa wrote in the comment section, she wrote:

"...Say the things you wanted to hear when you left for France..., and say the things you wish someone would have said to you."

What honest good advice, I will follow it.



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Weekly Top Posts: 2017-08-13
2017-08-13 04:00 UTC

  1. Everyday
  2. Creating Space in an Old Home
  3. A Scene in the Life of a Brocante Dealer
  4. French Love Letters
  5. The Arrow that Flies

Sweet Denial
2017-08-12 07:43 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

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The first step in accepting...


When Chelsea heard about Sacha's move she said,

"Oh no! I guess we will have to break his legs."

I said, "Or kidnap him."

A box came to mind.

You see we will be in denial for a few days, he leaves September the 13th.

The adult in me is happy for him, encouraging him, but the...

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The Arrow that Flies
2017-08-11 14:28 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Brocante, Corey Amaro, Living in France


Sacha bought his airline ticket to go to the U.S. today.

As in Seattle.

As in going to live in Seattle.

As in leaving France, as in leaving.

Leaving France, leaving us.

I tried not to cry when he told me. I am trying not to cry as I type this. But it is no use, I am sad. I never wanted to believe this would happen.


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Finding a Path
2017-08-10 12:21 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

France travel beauty


Traveling the spiritual journey. Taking the inner road. Following the path that leads from the heart, that echos the soul, that opens our eyes to seeing that which is longing to be seen.

A spiritual journey is not only about religion, nor is it a singular practice of faith, for me it is about listening, about taking time to be with...

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A Scene in the Life of a Brocante Dealer
2017-08-09 09:15 UTC by Tongue in Cheek




The Scene:

Two women walking around a very shabby and not so chic brocante in France.


Gina: An American woman who speaks some French, loves the brocante, knows what she likes and is happy to be brocanting in France. Enjoying the scenery-- but focused.

Corey: American woman who lives in France. Addicted to the...

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Creating Space in an Old Home
2017-08-08 10:55 UTC by Tongue in Cheek




Corey amaro renovating, creating home in France



The heat wave that had been raising havoc these last few weeks finally broke, bringing strong cool winds. At the brocante the usual conversation of what one has found and how much they paid for it, circled instead on the much needed change of weather. I thought out loud, "Isn't it funny how the...

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