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The Signs of Falling in Love
2018-11-17 22:10 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



One of the first signs that a person is falling in love is that the person smiles constantly.


I was looking back at some blog posts when I stumbled upon this post that I wrote about Chelsea when Martin (Mr. Espresso) came to Willows ten years ago. Ten years ago. Ah, one of the many good things about journaling and...

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Make a List
2018-11-16 21:39 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


Make a list of the things that make you happy




Make a list of the things you do every day




Compare the lists





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Thankful for my Peace of Mind
2018-11-15 19:27 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


The sun sends forth the last rays of light, as it pours through my kitchen window spreading across the kitchen table, the gift of light: The sun gives whether there are clouds, rain, or things in the way, then repeats the same gift the next day. Steadfast. Light for everyone and thing regardless who or where or what they are.

Contently, as I...

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Not So Still Life
2018-11-14 19:13 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



Where Do Our Words Leads Us?
2018-11-13 18:42 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

words as song


Last night I watched a video (linked below) called: The Birth of a Word. I was amazed and moved. Amazed that someone could imagine how to capture the birth of a word, and amazed at that implication of what that means.








Imagine capturing the birth of a word?!

While watching the video...

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The Lessons We Learn are not all Behind a Book
2018-11-12 22:19 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Photo by Tracy Englund Paradise

Photo Via Facebook Tracy Englund


A letter recently posted by Aaron Draper to the students at Chico State University:


Aaron Draper

Dear Students,

Our CSU Chico President, Gayle Hutchinson, has decided that it would be best to cancel classes next week. I support this decision 100%. The air ...

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2018-11-11 22:45 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Marseille Notre Dame


“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” 

― Rumi


Weekly Top Posts: 2018-11-11
2018-11-11 05:00 UTC

  1. La Vie in France
  2. Freezing But Happy at the Brocante
  3. French Story Books for Children in English
  4. Brocante at Home
  5. Judging a Book by its Cover

Where to Send Donations to #campfire
2018-11-10 21:23 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


2018-11-09 23:04 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

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Thank you for your messages of concern, prayers sent and love shared. My family is safe but many others are not. Friends we fear have lost their homes, and or businesses the fire is devastating as you probably have heard on the news. The photos are apocalyptic, I cannot imagine the fear many experienced and what they must face with...

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And This I Offer
2018-11-08 22:00 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



First, political news that is unsettling and divisive, then another shooting in Southern California, and now a tremendous fire in Northern California near where my family lives.

Putting my hands palm to palm,

I opened them to form a cup.

I pray, imagining my prayer taking form into my cupped hands.

I imagine, God as love, with...

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Lay Faux Toy Excitement
2018-11-07 19:53 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

 Memory from 1992
"Corey, there are, old ones, nice ones, I think they are nice. Someone in the office building threw them away, the chairs are outside by the garbage, should I bring them home?" My French Husband said out of breath, was there a sound of excitement in his...

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Why the French Don't Show Excitement by Emily Monaco
2018-11-06 16:18 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Corey amaro French la Vie Paris

My friend's daughter Charlotte sent me the article below, Charlotte like my children grew up in France with bi-lingual/bi-cultural parents, her father is French and her mother in English. Charlotte thought I would enjoy this latest article from the BBC Travel by Emily Monaco. Hopefully, the article and photos attached well to my blog so that you...

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Being French at the Bistro
2018-11-05 21:41 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

French cafe Lifestyle

French Bistro, Morning: 

Walk straight to the counter, when the bartender looks at you, nod your head, point your pointer finger up, and at the same time mouth whisper, "Espresso please". Grab a croissant off the platter, pinch off a bit (do not bite into the croissant) and pop it into your mouth, when the espresso comes, down it in two...

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What's the Beef?
2018-11-04 21:08 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



Flash Back 1988:

      Staring at the French menu, French Husband translated it for me but not word for word. He read, "Chicken no. Lamb no. Bunny certainly not. The liver of a duck...Oh, I use to love the liver of the duck... mais no."

We were vegetarians in a world of meat eaters. Slim pickings' with a whole lot...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2018-11-04
2018-11-04 04:00 UTC

  1. Delicate and Divine
  2. Yann's Return
  3. Going to India
  4. Memories of Scones Before I Ever Went to Ireland
  5. A Favorite

Speaking French But Not Really
2018-11-03 21:33 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


This is our grand niece Tatianna she is fifteen years old.

In 2009 I wrote this about her:



The mothers gathered at the school gate wore their coats unbuttoned. I took off my scarf and stuffed it in my pocket. The Autumn day felt more...

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Yann's Return
2018-11-02 22:42 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Yann came home from India. I can see in his eyes that he has had a wonderful adventure, snippets of stories unfolded one moment to another as he unpacked his bag and settles back to daily life. He brought a few gifts, scarves, perfume, Safran and fewer photos that have yet to be seen. As soon as I have some of his photos I will post...

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The Undergarment Shop Reveals the Truth
2018-11-01 22:27 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Women Swimsuits in the 1800s (7)

A little girl who had short red curly hair, bobbed up and down the aisle while her Mother looked at undergarments. I was amused by her non-stop chatter and her Mother's forthright replies. When the little girl wandered-off, the Mother would question, "Where is my shadow?" The little girl would quickly return assuring her, "Here I...

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2018-10-31 22:31 UTC by Tongue in Cheek





This evening I put two paper mache pumpkins on the window sill, though within minutes the rain had reduced them into an orange puddle. I turned on the outside light in hope that some brave Trick or Treaters might come to my door. Halloween is on the rise in France, each year it becomes more animated.

This year there was a display...

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The Man Digging Through the Garbage at the Train Station
2018-10-30 20:57 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

portrait French la vie




A homeless man rummaged through the garbage at the train station, he found a coffee cup that someone had thrown away he opened it to find it empty. He gently put it back in the garbage then turned around not looking at anyone he was smiling. He stood and watched the crowd seemingly entertained I assumed he...

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The Master Painter and the Canvas
2018-10-29 22:36 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


La place du Tertre



Painting Paris. Painting France. The vivid colors of day to day life mixed in with the fantasy and history. The stuff of dreams: Golden baguette, blue shutter, red-checked cloth, a dab of red wine, a splash of the Mediterranean and a swirl of Versailles.





Where does your...

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Snapshots from India
2018-10-28 21:09 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


I haven’t heard much from Yann. Three phone calls: One was to say he arrived and all was will, the second was while I was in the train and the connection kept cutting out, « ... I had a fall at 80km... don’t worry... great time... all ok? », and the last call was at four in the morning, «... leaving for ... ten hour train...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2018-10-28
2018-10-28 04:00 UTC

  1. Delicate and Divine
  2. Autum Color
  3. Going to India
  4. A Few More
  5. A Favorite

Freezing But Happy at the Brocante
2018-10-27 21:39 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

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I could barely focus due to how cold it was at the brocante in Paris this morning. It did not help that I wasn't dressed for the 20-degree drop in temperature. Before I left to go to the brocante this morning I put on nearly everything from my suitcase: Three sweaters, a down vest, a hat, two scarves plus a coat did not help...

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Faces in a Crowd
2018-10-26 21:09 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

A friend who was staying with us told me I had too many people in my home. When I asked him to explain he said he counted 55 things (dishes, paintings, etc.) that had faces on them in one room alone.

If I bought this I guess it would be considered a crowd.

I am guilty of liking things with portraits on them.


La Vie in France
2018-10-25 21:05 UTC by Tongue in Cheek




Before arriving in Paris Lizzie, Laurie and I had a private brocante at an antique dealer's home in Provence, and if that wasn't the cherry on top of the delicious cake of a time we were having the antique dealer served us lunch. We had a tomato olive tart that I asked for the recipe and will have to...

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A Little Bit of Everything
2018-10-24 21:36 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

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Wow, what great guesses you gave! You never cease to amaze me with your creative responses. I especially liked Kathy B's about it being for plunking an elephant's eyebrows. Not that anyone would do that, but to think that the guessing game item might be made for that unimaginable task me laugh out loud. Elephant's hair...

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French Antique Guessing Game
2018-10-23 21:54 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

French antique Guessing game


French Antique Guessing Game

What is it?



French antique guessing game


An iron like tong with a long cord attached.


french antique
french antique guessing game


Every now and then I come across an antique at the brocante that I do not know what it is. 

Do you know what it is, what it was used for? If so write...

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Snapshots from Yann in India
2018-10-22 20:56 UTC by Tongue in Cheek












Before Yann left for two weeks in India, I asked him to send some photos back. 

Well, he did and without text. Some are easy to figure out, others well, you will see below.

I spoke with Yann yesterday he said, "India is AMAZING. It is incredibly...

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A Few More Photos of the Wedding
2018-10-21 21:02 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



My brothers Mark, Marty, and Zane and my mom and me.








Oh did we dance!

And dance.







Weekly Top Posts: 2018-10-21
2018-10-21 04:00 UTC

  1. Going to India
  2. A Few More
  3. Judging a Book by its Cover
  4. A Favorite

Delicate and Divine
2018-10-20 21:17 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

View this post on Instagram

Handmade lace... beautiful, airy seemingly divine. #lace #handmade #antique #beautiful#

A post shared by Corey Amaro (@coreyamaro) on Oct 18, 2018 at 11:48pm PDT


Keeping Me Company
2018-10-19 21:15 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

friends, French la Vie

Laurie and Lizzie who I met through blogging came to stay with me while Yann is touring India. This morning when I went into the kitchen I noticed we were all wearing black and white striped shirts, we are a team! 

We went to the Lourmarin market today, a beautiful market with a castle as the backdrop. While there I ran into...

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Autum Color
2018-10-18 21:23 UTC by Tongue in Cheek





A Few More
2018-10-17 20:20 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

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 Note: Recently we received the wedding photos from the photographer Sophie Epton. I will be sharing a few throughout the weeks to come. These were taken at the reception by the chateau ruin.

Going to India
2018-10-16 21:10 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

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Several months ago Yann heard about a group that offered motorcycle tours but not just motorcycle tours, Yann rides a  motorcycle nearly every day, rain, hail, snow, in the evening, in the summer, in a suit, in jeans, always equipped and I trust him completely, but tours on vintage motorcycles truly off the beaten...

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A Favorite
2018-10-15 21:50 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


After the wedding and before the reception outside in front of the church I asked Sophie the photographer to take this photo of us. This facade is right next to the church. I asked the owners who were sitting on their kitchen chairs (to Yann's right) if we could take a photo by their house, they agreed then I quickly told Chelsea,...

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Judging a Book by its Cover
2018-10-14 15:52 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Book lover, French la Vie, Corey Amaro


Books at the brocante are as plentiful as going to the library, the only difference is it outside, noisy, and you never need to return them. Books on every subject exist at the brocante: fashion, religion, history, dramas, dictionaries, and from current authors to authors whose names speak volumes: Voltaire, Racine, Proust,...

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Happy Birthday Mom
2018-10-13 14:56 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

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Happy Birthday, Mom and many more!


If you are in Willows please drop by and say hi to my mom. This morning when I called her she said she made cream puffs... "...that way I have goodies if anyone comes over to wish me a happy birthday."

That is one of the many qualities that I love about my mom she is always thinking of...

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Brocante at Home
2018-10-12 21:39 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



Brocante hunters


My friend Valorie brought a group of American women over to my home for a private brocante. 

I told them everything in my house was for sale, and as a reference, I added, "... instead of saying

I do not want to sell that, or that isn't for sale I will just announce a crazy price like 10,000...

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Pumpkin Idea
2018-10-11 21:12 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Autumn pumpkin JPG

A scarred pumpkin from my cousin Judy.

Want to know how to do it?


How to scar a pumpkin.

See how to scar a pumpkin.


Do tell me your favorite pumpkin recipe?


2018-10-10 07:35 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Rumi — 'Love is the whole thing. We are only pieces.'


'Love is the whole thing. We are only the pieces.'



French Story Books for Children in English
2018-10-09 12:07 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



Chelsea and Sacha a year ago, right before Sacha left for Seattle.




A blog reader of mine asked me about French gifts for her grandson who is four years old. I thought I would add my list of gift ideas (books) for children here on my blog. With that said my mother would suggest that the best gift to give is the...

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Every Life Tells a Story
2018-10-08 10:16 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


Stories collected, memories gathered thoughts that keep me going on dark days. The patterns in the sky, the unfolding of hearts, life in the monastery and how I learned to pray while cooking. Stories...

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Chestnut Soup
2018-10-07 21:15 UTC by Tongue in Cheek




Chestnut Soup

In a large heavy soup pan, saute a chopped large onion, three tall thin carrots, and the heart of the celery with their tender tops with a tad of oil or butter.

Toss in 30 or so *cooked chestnuts,  stir around...

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French la Vie Creative Journeys in France
2018-10-06 08:24 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

French la vie creative journeys in France, corey amaro



Some of my favorite photos from my friends Jean and Natalie's antique shop in Lourmarin, a must see.

Happy Birthday, Natalie!


French la vie creative journeys in France, corey amaro
French la vie creative journeys in France, corey amaro
French la vie creative journeys in France, corey amaro
French la vie creative journeys in France, corey amaro


If you are in Provence and would like to come by my home please let me know. Thank you, Judy, for your visit this week I enjoyed meeting you and your...

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How to Fake French
2018-10-05 20:03 UTC by Tongue in Cheek





How to Fake French. The clip has four steps on how to fake French, No. # 2 is especially true. Did I ever tell you about the time I had an entire conversation with a French saleswoman by making sounds similar to step NO. # 2. Well, I did, and in the end, I bought a blouse from her shop.


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Maybe Children Should Lead the World
2018-10-04 20:06 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



Cassis Demolition Day
2018-10-03 18:16 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Renovtion Cassis


After climbing to the third floor you arrive at Gary and Ching's apartment. The landing or entrance is small and dark, it is behind the bathroom wall. 

Today was the demolition day, and the bathroom was the first room Rene smashed up to itty bitty pieces that need to be hauled down three stories by foot. Just...

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The Latest Renovation Project
2018-10-02 14:23 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Renovation: Gary and Ching's home in Cassis



After renovating numerous homes that Yann and I own, I have been asked to manage my friends Ching and Gary's home that they recently bought in Cassis, a stone throw (or should I say seashell?) from our place in Cassis.

The apartment is in the center of Cassis, on the main street with one of the most...

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The Ripple Effect
2018-10-01 17:30 UTC by Tongue in Cheek



Casting our pebble is a daily choice. 
We might not be able to save the world or help those in need in another country or place.
But we can love and encourage each other every day where we are.
The rippling effect.
A small do-able gesture that has an impact and sends forth a message of love.

I Was Born to do This
2018-09-30 21:24 UTC by Tongue in Cheek

Joan of arc


Reading about Joan of Arc, such courage and faith she had in what she believed was right and her duty. As she was burned at the stake she said, « Hold thé cross high so I may see it through the flames » Damn that was one very brave woman. I do not have that sort of courage, but I admire those who do.

In her words:


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Doors in Paris
2018-09-29 08:04 UTC by Tongue in Cheek


Doors to open French la Vie



French la Vie Corey amaro




French la Vie Corey amaro




French la Vie Corey amaro



corey amaro French la Vie


A few doorways in Paris.

above photo via Yann.



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