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About seven years ago, a guy I was dating took me to A.’s birthday party. From the minute I saw her, vivacious and warm, I knew she had to be my friend. I did what I could to make that happen, and I am so lucky to say we’re… Read full post »
As some of you know, Fiction Friday has undergone some major
changes. One of the biggies is that it's now Fiction
You can find information about this, as well as prompts and a list of stories for each week, at the new blog I've created (with former Fiction Friday heads Rita… Read full post »
I don’t really cotton to politics. Mainly because they depress me and make me feel powerless. When it comes to the news, I prefer to burrow deep into celebrity gossip, which is mostly inconsequential and rarely, if ever, makes me overly sad or afraid for the future (the popularity of the… Read full post »
Every year the Eurovision Song Contest comes to TV’s across Europe. And every year, like a perpetually thwarted cartoon villain, the French have a foolproof plan to win.
The contest began in 1956 as a friendly competition between European nation… Read full post »
When I watched the royal wedding a few weeks ago, several things surprised me, some even more than my ability to finally and easily let go of my secret dream that William and I were destined for each other (even the engagement ring he gave Kate looks like a ring I… Read full post »
June: Peasants Harvesting Crops, with central Paris in the background, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
And suddenly, spring is falling away to summer.
After being away from Paris for three weeks, it’s amazin… Read full post »
Over the last few months, we fans of fiction here on OS have had a real treat, with Fiction Friday Open Calls.
Two weeks ago, Rita Bourland, the person who resurrected the tradition, announced that she was taking a break from OS, and Naomi de Plume graciously took up the… Read full post »
For those of you in the US, Mother's Day is tomorrow.
Now, some moms are pretty easy to shop for. Or maybe you give or do the same thing every year, to Mom's infinite joy.
But if you're in a pickle about a fitting gift for M-O-M, I have a… Read full post »
Just what is it about the Harry Potter books and movies? A story about a kid going to school to become a witch or wizard isn't new. When I was young, for example, one of my favorite books was Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. Stories about discovering magic/… Read full post »
In my normal state, my sense of smell has been described as “acute”. I think that if you put a hidden camera in our apartment, you’d find I’m a poor man’s Francine Fishpaw, sniffing things and reacting strongly to odors of all kinds.
But these last three wee… Read full post »
Well, I did it! Yesterday, at around 11am, I translated my last recipe in celebrity chef Cyril Lignac’s book La Cusine de mon Bistrot.
I think it says a lot about my love of all things involving sweets and pastries that the "Desserts" section of the book was by far the easiest… Read full post »
People live abroad for many different reasons. But whether you settle in a foreign country out of preference, a need for protection, love, or a better life, it’s never completely easy – and no matter how much you feel at home, someone out there is always ready to remind you how… Read full post »
On February 20, this non-foodie embarked upon an unexpected mission: the translation of French celebrity chef Cyril Lignac’s cookbook, La Cuisine de mon Bistrot. I figured it would make a unique gift to give my father and stepmom when we see them two weeks from now.
I knew from the… Read full post »
Originally, this post was going to simply be an interview with my boyfriend regarding the questions some of you had about the battle reconstitution he participated in about a month ago. Then, completely unexpectedly and from a totally different source, a question about a possible… Read full post »
Last night, some hurtful words were said to me.… They hurt so much, they took my breath away. I won’t write here who said them, or under what circumstances – mainly because that will only rub salt into the wound I’ve been licking since then. But suffi/Read full post »
Rita Bourland has resurrected Fiction Friday. This week, Rita gave a fifth prompt to all of us interested in doing some creative writing. Either you could write whatever you want, or you could write a story based on this prompt: You are on a subway in a large city (London, Paris… Read full post »
For most of my life, people have called me a bookworm, and I've seen no reason to argue. Like one of those perhaps mythical worms, I feel nourished by books. I love the physical presence of printed pages so much that I often bury my nose into them, savoring the… Read full post »
Got another PM today. Another OSer is leaving.
Not because of some personal issue or renouncing the internet for good or something like that - but because they couldn't take nasty comments and negativity they've run into on OS.
I don't like conflict, and I've been trying to keep quiet, bu… Read full post »
Is it to share some part of you - verbal, visual, video, all or none of these, with the world?
The French expression vider son sac (to empty one's bag) means to make a confession, put it all out there on the table, if you will.
I've been meaning to vider mon sac in the literal sense of the word for quite some time; lately, as I scramble for a pen, hand sanitizer,… Read full post »