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Red or Blue?
2023-02-01 08:38 UTC by French la Vie


This randomly popped up on Facebook. 

The red pill is fascinating if I could go back in time, be aware that I am back in time, and the same people are in my life. But one choice leads to another, and having knowledge or awareness at six would certainly, bring me to another point. So, I suppose it is a question of happiness, and or if one...

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Rocking Out to the Wildest Evening Desiring Sleep
2023-01-31 10:19 UTC by French la Vie

Some people are just rude.

Their rudeness cannot be overshadowed even when you are kind to them.

Maybe they do not seem rude to their friends, but most likely, their friends are rude too. Perhaps not one hundred percent rude, but any negative quality can stain the clearest of water.

The other night in Paris, the neighbor upstairs was away, and...

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A Peek of my Village
2023-01-30 07:12 UTC by French la Vie


A daily view when I walk around my village.

at the base of Saint Baume.

The church is from the 11th century.



Weekly Top Posts: 2023-01-29
2023-01-29 05:00 UTC

  3. Buche de Noel Birthday Cake
  4. All in a Day

Winter Seat
2023-01-28 22:03 UTC by French la Vie

Winter Seat


"Art is never finished, only abandoned."

Leonardo de Vinci


What are You Doing this Weekend?
2023-01-27 22:47 UTC by French la Vie

happy Weekend Corey Amaror
happy Weekend

Happy Weekend.



The Game of Life
2023-01-26 21:39 UTC by French la Vie





French Texture
2023-01-25 22:33 UTC by French la Vie

French Texture


French texture...

After thirty-five years, married to a Frenchman, having children, doing business, and living in France, I have lived longer in France than in my native homeland California by five years.

I could ask myself: "How does it feel from when I first arrived?"

"How many changes in both places have I seen?"

While the...

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A Street in the Center of Marseille on a Winter Day
2023-01-24 22:49 UTC by French la Vie

A Street in the Center of Marseille on a Winter Day


Blue skies like a top hat sitting on the buildings.

Unexpected, potted plants in plastic garbage pails lined the street. My cousin Judy would say that is a sign of a frustrated gardener wanting a yard in a limited space.

The sun glowed on the building, intensifying the golden patine.

I walked along smiling and chatting up anyone with...

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Update: Asthma
2023-01-23 20:52 UTC by French la Vie

At last, I feel better, the best I have felt since April. I went to the specialist, and the report was that I have asthma that is brought on by any respiratory infection. The type of asthma I have cannot be managed with Ventolin. Allergy tests were taken, and I did not respond positively to any of them, I am not allergic to dust, mites,...

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Guest Post: Christine at Studio 4
2023-01-22 22:11 UTC by French la Vie



Last November, my blog was 18 years old. To celebrate that, I asked my readers to submit a Guest Post for my blog to celebrate our connectedness as a community through social media. 

I hope you will send me your story or a glimpse into your life. I know so many of you through the comment section and emails; I hope this will...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2023-01-22
2023-01-22 05:00 UTC

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A Dabbler and Scribbler
2023-01-21 21:53 UTC by French la Vie


love for you


Thank you for your messages. They humble me. 

My blog is an assortment of whatever is rattling around me; often, it is a message to myself to be a better person.

If it brings you something positive, then that is a bonus.

I am not a Jack-of-all-trade and certainly a master of none. 

I dabble and scribble.


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2023-01-20 22:59 UTC by French la Vie



Thank you, little flowers under our feet, giving way without a cry as we pass by.

Thank you, fresh air fills our lungs, restoring us without our constant awareness.

Thank you, light that shows us today and guides us towards tomorrow.

Thank you, heart, for beating, for dancing within us, even when we do not hear your steady song.


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2023-01-19 21:31 UTC by French la Vie


Let us share what we have,

Let us trustingly lean into each other.

We are one into the other





Unearthed Discoveries
2023-01-18 12:11 UTC by French la Vie

Roman ring



The French brocante offers more than old things from someone's attic and more than boxes of disheveled junk. The French brocante is not just a place to find unbeatable prices for disregarded items or the chance to find an unbelievable Picasso. It is a living museum with touch-able history where you can be the digger in...

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The Re-Telling of How Martin Became Mr. Espresso
2023-01-17 21:59 UTC by French la Vie


In 2008, I wrote this post about my future son-in-law, Martin, and why I called him Mr. Espresso on my blog.



The Theme: A Mother/Daughter Moment Shared.

The Stage: Daughter's (Chelsea) studio.

First Scene: The Coffee Machine.

The daughter shows Mother, her...

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The Challenge of the Graceful Path
2023-01-16 15:46 UTC by French la Vie


These trees leaned towards the river, with their roots woven into the soil. Many walked carefully along this narrow path for hundreds of years, not to hook their foot into the trees' roots. 

How often I stood there casting a stone into the river as a symbolic gesture of letting go, and at the same time, prayed that as I let go of whatever...

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Quinoa with Peppers
2023-01-15 22:52 UTC by French la Vie



Quinoa small grains that look like seed pearls.

Saute the quinoa until golden brown, then add boiling water (two parts to one) and cover, allowing it time for it to become one.

Dice red, green, and yellow pepper and saute them with olive oil and garlic.

When the stiff peppers have surrendered to softness, add chopped almonds and saute...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2023-01-15
2023-01-15 05:00 UTC

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A Beautiful Sunny Day in Cassis
2023-01-14 16:49 UTC by French la Vie





The Columbian Salad
2023-01-13 22:03 UTC by French la Vie

My friend, Laurie-Annya, introduced me to her friend Angela.

Both of them enjoy cooking, which is a big plus for me.

They came to my home with arms full of food. 

Come on in, sit down, and grab a fork.

You gotta try this salad.

Oh my yum is what it is.

Is this in your recipe collection?



Living in France
2023-01-12 15:08 UTC by French la Vie


Stone French fountain
Bird song is what I thought the French language sounded like when I first arrived in France.

After a while, it just sounded difficult.

I was utterly lost after a person would say, "Bonjour."

When I was first married French Husband and I lived in Paris. A few years later, we moved with his business to Marseille.

The first few things...

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That Age Thing
2023-01-11 21:13 UTC by French la Vie

My passport soon will expire to renew it means amongst other things that I need two identical photos of myself.

I took some.

None of them were appealing.

A prune came to mind.


Wrinkles. Like a roadmap, or
lines best in read in a book. 

Eyebrows doing the tango.

I will stop there.

I know the reasons and sayings about beauty,


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What Drives You Bonkers, Pet Peeves
2023-01-10 18:29 UTC by French la Vie

Pasta pet peeves corey amaro living in France


Pet Peeves:

Over-cooked pasta.

A few things get my goat so to say, and when it comes to getting my goat "pet peeves" over-cooked pasta is one of them, and I am not Italian.

Cracking knuckles, God, I cannot stand that.

If you want to torture me just serve over-cooked pasta, crack your knuckles, play heavy metal music, seeing someone biting...

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Thirty-Five Years Ago
2023-01-09 10:04 UTC by French la Vie

Dang, that is a long time, and still, my French is far from perfect, and I do not write it at all.

Thankfully, the language of love is perfect in its imperfection.

Corey amaro French life

Last night while we were having dinner at home, a song came on the radio. It was a French song, one I had heard before but never paid attention to the words. French Husband, between...

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A Favorite Daily Routine
2023-01-08 20:01 UTC by French la Vie


Largeribbontiedintobow Tabletop

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Setting the table has been something I have enjoyed doing since I was a little girl.

The fork is on the left, and the knife is to the right, with the cutting part of the blade towards the plate.

As I place the silverware alongside the plate, I imagine those who will sit around the table and dine.

They are hoping...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2023-01-08
2023-01-08 05:00 UTC

  3. A River of Memory

Moments Before
2023-01-07 21:34 UTC by French la Vie


moments before

the last rays 

flickering through the bare branches

caressing the fallen leaves

creating shadows

twilight’s theatre

until tomorrow 




The Brocante Bug
2023-01-06 20:16 UTC by French la Vie

brocante bug

How to recognize the brocante bug:

The person infected with the brocante bug usually is not in bed sleeping on a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Their homes have a certain look about them. 

A person who has the brocante bug usually stops the car if they see --

An old table leg, a patch of fabric, or worse, a...

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Related Stories


An Angel
2023-01-05 21:02 UTC by French la Vie



The Magic Wand
2023-01-04 20:14 UTC by French la Vie



...of the things we call life,

of the moments we label divine,

of those beginnings and endings,

the ebb, the flow, the ache, the challenge.

Life doesn't stand still,

not even if you blink your eyes.

Instead, it grabs us. Can we feel it?

 Oh, glorious...

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An Incredibly Warm January Afternoon in Cassis
2023-01-03 18:58 UTC by French la Vie














Getting the Pie
2023-01-02 21:27 UTC by French la Vie

Nicolas G. Instagram quote

Via Instagram Nicolas G


New Year Dip in Cassis
2023-01-01 22:16 UTC by French la Vie










To welcome the year, we decided we would dip into the sea, a renewal, a baptism, a fresh start...

Or, as my mother said, "Don't call me if you are sick tomorrow; you are crazy!

You are just starting to feel better, and then you do something like this!"

If the water had felt like ice, I would not...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2023-01-01
2023-01-01 05:00 UTC

  1. Christmas Eve
  2. Spiritual Love
  3. Merry Christmas Home at Last
  4. The 20th
  5. Be the Wings

The Last Day of 2022
2022-12-31 10:03 UTC by French la Vie

























































Looking back on this year, I will remember being with my family, celebrating life,


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Dutch Baby
2022-12-30 09:49 UTC by French la Vie



The whopper Dutch Baby I have ever seen come out of my oven. The same recipe as usual, but it seemed it had a life of its own.

Three large eggs

1 tsp sugar

1/2 cup of milk (I used part coconut milk)

Two heaping Tbsp of flour

1/2 tsp vanilla powder

A pinch of baking soda,

Pinch of salt

2 tsp scoops of butter.



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Every Little Piece Can Change the World
2022-12-29 11:51 UTC by French la Vie

Corey Amaro Photo


Desmond Tutu


One little bit.

Yesterday, I went for a walk to the place where the locals play "pétanque," a Provence game of balls.

It was the first time since I left the hospital that I went outside, and the weather has been flawlessly, usually warm. 

I was in a terrible mood of self-pity and frustration. Not my best look. I wasn't...

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Blog Reader Judy's Singing Debut (Christmas Memories Shared)
2022-12-28 07:49 UTC by French la Vie

A few days ago, I asked on my blog to share a Christmas memory of yours with me, had shared about my brother Zane’s mishap with the nativity.

This memory was from Judy:




The Christmas program at District 53 was the biggest event of the school year.  Two weeks before the program, the school board built a...

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The Days After Christmas
2022-12-27 07:31 UTC by French la Vie


Thank you Rebecca Carvin NYC , « Corey Amaro  when I saw this on your blog today, I thought "oh that's beautiful" and then, "oh that looks familiar"  I cannot even tell you how flattered and tickled I am that you shared this.  This poem has always spoken to me, and the photograph is from a visit we made to The Abbaye...

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Christmas Morning Photo
2022-12-26 02:23 UTC by French la Vie






Merry Christmas Home at Last
2022-12-25 16:33 UTC by French la Vie



We unwrapped the gifts. Gabriel was giddy and gladly helped each of us unwrap our gifts.

We keep the tradition that my family had growing up. After Christmas Eve dinner, we do the washing up and set the table for dessert. Then, we gather in the living room, and the youngest passes out the Christmas gifts. Since Olivia was asleep,...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2022-12-25
2022-12-25 05:00 UTC

  1. Christmas Lights in Paris and Reusable Source
  2. Seeing the Good in All Things
  3. Dear Santa Letter From Gabriel
  4. Chrysanthème in France

Christmas Eve
2022-12-24 22:07 UTC by French la Vie


Christmas Eve.


Gabriel set the table.

Martin and Chelsea prepared dinner.

Yann entertained the baby.

I sat by the table admiring how beautiful Christmas unfolded.

Not as I imagined it a month ago, but it surpassed my expectations and the gift I gathered « let go and let be. »

Merry Christmas one of shared joy and peace!

Thank you...

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Spiritual Love
2022-12-23 07:31 UTC by French la Vie


My grandmother Amaro said to the five-year-old me while we were sitting in her car that spiritual love was stronger than physical love. She told me this because I had asked her if she died, how would I know that she was by me if I couldn’t see her? This was also around the time when her husband, my grandfather, died. I was at a threshold...

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2022-12-22 07:43 UTC by French la Vie


There is a common practice amongst smokers in France.

As soon as they walk outside they light up.

Inhale as their life depends on it.

When every tobacco leaf is burned they deposed their cigarette where they stand.


Today, I walked outside to see an ashtray at my feet.

Dear Smoker,

Second hand smoke kills.

Please smoke away...

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Be the Wings
2022-12-22 06:50 UTC by French la Vie


Be the wings.




Provencal Christmas Tradition
2022-12-21 05:03 UTC by French la Vie

Sainte Barbe and the Christmas Wheat
Repost from year's ago.
On December 4th, the feast of Sainte Barbe, the first Provençal Christmas tradition, takes place in France.
Growing wheat.  
First, you find a plate or jar that is...

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The 20th
2022-12-20 20:21 UTC by French la Vie


Girl Dancing for her teddy bear, Paris, 1961. Photograph by Philippe le Tellier


Today I was to have a long-awaited rendezvous with a reputed pulmonologist in Marseille. Forty-eight hours ago, I had an acute asthmatic attack and had to go to the nearest emergency room. Unfortunately, I had to forego my rendezvous with the pulmonologist as...

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Becoming Kinder a Rebellious Act Sometimes
2022-12-19 15:44 UTC by French la Vie


Via Brad Montague




Christmas Lights in Paris and Reusable Source
2022-12-18 11:42 UTC by French la Vie



Christmas lights sparkling outside our window in Paris. This year in many cities around France, Christmas decorations are at a minimum due to the threat of electricity shortage and to protect our planet from overconsumption of disposable products. Usually, the Christmas lights extend all along our street and stay lit throughout the...

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Weekly Top Posts: 2022-12-18
2022-12-18 05:00 UTC

  1. Seeing the Good in All Things
  2. Another Beautiful Thing at the Brocante
  3. My Mother’s way to a Long Life
  4. The Child and a Mud Covered Demi-John
  5. Chrysanthème in France

For Courage For Peace
2022-12-17 07:07 UTC by French la Vie






Sacha was asked and worked pro bono with a team to bring awareness to the plight ongoing in Iran.

Mahsa is the first Iranian stuntwoman, and stood on this plane during the film.

To see the film and more click here.

Two parts.


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A Collection
2022-12-16 20:02 UTC by French la Vie
















A collection seems to catch attention more a than a single piece.

or at least it brings us in to look.

As a buyer, an entire collection saves time and energy if the price is right.

A grouping of things catches the eye, not to say that a single piece doesn't, though when a...

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Dear Santa Letter From Gabriel
2022-12-15 05:59 UTC by French la Vie




Dear Santa,

I would like 

A construction truck

Construction work clothes 

A remote control car 

and nothing else.


We are going to have apples, bananas, and crackers. And carrots for the reindeer. 

And that is all.



Please no hugs.

We will be sleeping upstairs.

You can come in...

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Kindred Spirit in a Shoe Shop
2022-12-14 05:59 UTC by French la Vie





Walking to the bus stop, I noticed An old fashion shoe shop that was closing. In the window, I saw the shoe holders from the 1920s and wondered if those would be for sale, too, considering everything in the shop had to go. I hesitated but pushed myself through the door to ask if they were for sale.

The owner, an older man, said...

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