Alysa Salzberg

Alysa Salzberg
Location
Paris, France
Birthday
December 31
Title
Writer, copy editor, translator, travel planner. Head servant to my cat.
Company
www.alysasalzberg.com
Bio
A reader, a writer, a fingernail biter, a cat person, a traveller, a cookie inhaler, an immigrant, a dreamer. …And now, self-employed! If you like my blog and if you're looking for sparkling writing, painstaking proofreading, nimble French-English translation, or personalized travel planning, feel free to check out www.alysasalzberg.com.

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OCTOBER 23, 2014 6:13PM

A time of goodbyes

When I found out I was pregnant, I thought there would be only one goodbye I’d have to say: to myself.  I’d vowed a long time ago that I wouldn’t have children unless I absolutely, 100% wholeheartedly wanted to.  But things didn’t turn out that way.  Julien wasn… Read full post »

Two nights ago, Julien, the boyfriend, and I went to an OS meet-up in Manhattan.  It was a wonderful experience overall. But there were a few things about it that were disappointing, too.

First, the wonderful things:

1. It happened.  As a lot of you guys know, we got some… Read full post »

moonface 

 

When you have a cat, you’re pretty likely to hear all sorts of horror stories about how they’ll be once your baby is born.  When they found out I was pregnant, some people just said to us, “You’re getting rid of Ali, right?”

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"Wha?… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 5:54AM

On the news of your failing health

When I heard it I tried to keep my head above water.  But two traitorous tears flowed from my eyes anyway.

This morning, it’s like a Cubist painting: I’m seeing it from your perspective and mine.  I think of your coming death and how much I love you,&nbRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 10:57AM

An OSer's escape

Well, it's been a while, guys.  I've had a crazy two weeks, and things now are so calm....  Julien is away at his grandparents' for a few days, and I find myself with time on my hands, time to do things I've been meaning to do.  I wanted to start withRead full post »

AUGUST 28, 2014 9:25AM

At work

I wake up with ideas about how to approach articles I've got to write, assignments I've taken on.  They float, bobbing in my mind as I play with Julien, as I give him his second morning bottle, his bath.  When he's asleep - if he's asleep - I never know howRead full post »

AUGUST 19, 2014 11:27AM

I've lost that lovin' feeling...

I've lost that lovin' feeling...

...Not when it comes to the boyfriend or Julien or life in general, luckily.  But movies, man.  Blockbuster movies.  They're not my absolute favorite genre, but sometimes there is just nothing better than a popcorn flick.  I used to go and get sRead full post »
AUGUST 7, 2014 4:59PM

The secret to taking good pet photos

Visiting animal-related websites is a dangerous business.  On the one hand, you’re bound to discover fascinating, heartwarming, and funny articles and videos.  On the other, you’ll probably come across some soul-crushing reports of cruelty and neglect.  

Still, I was brows… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2014 12:02PM

Loneliness

A few days ago, I got an email from one of my friends.  Towards the end, she wrote: “Can I ask you a question – and you don’t have to answer – does being a mom ever get lonely?”

A lot of my friends have been weird about my becoming… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2014 11:54AM

A new mom's impossible(?) wishlist

catinthehat 

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A few weeks back, I started reading to Julien.  One of his favorite authors is Dr. Seuss.  Well, at least as far as the illustrations go, because although his grandparents say he's a baby genius, and I find myself totally agreeing with them, at four months… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2014 7:25PM

Sword stuff - for Gerald

A few days ago, I posted a piece about my search for real Revolution-era guillotines in French museums. OSer and all-around good guy Gerald Andersen commented that the post made him think about an old sword he'd bought at an auction as a preteen.  He commented that he was inspired to s… Read full post »



Inspired by a question that I couldn't stop asking, I started working on this article a few years ago.  When I finished, I had my answer (mostly), but I couldn't find a home for it.  In honor of the July 14th (Bastille Day) weekend, I'm posting it here.
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One of my favorite photos of Julien, taken when he was about a week and a half old.  The heart behind him wasn’t planned – it’s on a cover we use for his changing mattress – and when I saw him there with it above his head, I started takingRead full post »

Well, life is still busy - and Julien's just woken up from an unexpected nap - so off I go, but I'll be back soon - hopefully.  I can't wait to read you guys' answers - and thanks so much, Marilyn , for a great OC!

 Here they are, 10 things I wish… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2014 6:15PM

How to....

My labor was easy, and not as long as I’d thought it would be, from the horror stories other people had told me.  But after nine hours, I guess my head was a little light; as we got to the end, I couldn’t understand the two midwives who were telling me… Read full post »

 

Not everyone knows or cares about The Eurovision Song Contest, an annual competition to which each European country sends a musical act, and viewers give points to their favorites (with the exception of the act from their own country) via text message.  While it sounds like it could… Read full post »

MAY 2, 2014 10:31AM

The moon has come to earth

 

When I was young, I thought the moon was following me.  From the back seat of my parents’ car, I’d watch as it seemed to glide along a parallel road in the sky.  Or maybe I thought it bobbed beside us like a ghost? I only have the recollections of… Read full post »

APRIL 14, 2014 8:49AM

Creature Feature

bottleandmug 

 

I’m not sure exactly when it was that my dad started referring to babies as “creatures”.  He likes to say things that stir up trouble sometimes, so I chalked it up to that and nothing more.  Then, I had a baby of my own. 

Since giving birth, it&r… Read full post »

MARCH 27, 2014 12:46PM

He's here!

meandjulien 

Last Saturday, a week before my due date, I felt a little strange – and not just because I had a pressing urge to vacuum, my least favorite household task. By 11 pm, we’d decided to head to the hospital, suspecting that my water had broken.  It turns out it… Read full post »

MARCH 20, 2014 10:06AM

Nothing's gonna change my world?

If all goes according to plan (not that it always does), in nine days I’ll be having a baby.  

As my due date approaches, I find myself getting increasingly terrified.

I’ve heard this is normal for first-time moms, and when you think about it, that makes perfect sense:… Read full post »

There are lots of articles out there called or dealing with “What not to say to pregnant women”.  Sadly, like many of the commenters on this recent XOJane post about just that, I have to say that despite the subject’s ubiquity, there are still some people who just don… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2014 3:09PM

Parisian ghosts

ruedeconstantine1865 

 Rue de Constantine, Paris, ca. 1865 by Charles Marville 

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That man – do you see him there, on the lower right? – is still standing in his doorway today, looking out at the comings and goings of the street where his shop is found.  

It’s nRead full post »

A few weeks ago, my friend A. died unexpectedly in her sleep.  A heart condition she’d had all her life had finally caught up to her.  

I wrote about it here – about how A. was my closest friend in Paris, and in many ways, more than that, a sort of… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 1:14PM

The (uterine) walls have ears

“The walls have ears.” That’s what my mother used to say when other adults were around who were about to say something that she didn’t want me or my siblings to hear.  But I wonder if she knew that, apparently, we were already listening in the womb? 

Today, it&rsquo… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2014 10:11AM

Loss

 

A week ago today, I read an email that made me scream.

My friend A., my best friend here in Paris, my friend of nine years, had died in her sleep.

Despite my scream, despite the disbelief that made me ask my boyfriend to read the email toRead full post »