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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 »
In these beautifully written, admirably honest pieces, both women discuss their life choices as pertains to being part of a couple - or lack thereof.
As I read thes… Read full post »
Recently, I did something that really isn't like me, and though it turned out well in most ways, I'm not sure how to feel.
I gave a brief (for me) answer in the Comments section of his… Read full post »
Lanterns and cherry trees, Ueno Park
A few weeks ago, when revolution was taking place in Egypt, several of you shared some stunning images from your trips to that country. I enjoyed looking at them, and though I could understand the reasoning behind showing what a c… Read full post »
NOTE: My pal and fellow Open Salon writer, Dom Macco, came up with an idea awhile back about a fictional character named “Carl” who has recently died. In the story, other fictional characters have been asked to prepare eulogies for Carl’s funeral, but each has little or no ac… Read full post »
Please don't hate me for this, but I've got to say it....
Lately there's been a lot of static about various unpleasant elements of OS.
For one thing, the spam. I know, it clogs up the feeds. I know, it's annoying when you get a new comment… Read full post »
This is another test. The last time, I typed directly onto the “New Post” form. Now I am typing in Word first, then pasting in the text and adding a hyperlink and a picture.
As of now, all text is uniform (Times New Roman, size twelve fo… Read full post »
This is a test to see if this will work. I'll add a link to see what happens. The text so far seems the same.
I'll add an image:
The text seems to stay the same now, too. Very interesting.
Okay - whoa nevermind.... why did i… Read full post »
Two weeks ago, OSer Rita Bourland resurrected Fiction Friday. This week Rita gave a second writing prompt to all of us interested in doing some creative writing. Either you could write whatever you want, or you could write a story that included these three things: a tent, a… Read full post »
First celebrated a hundred years ago in Germany and other central European countries, International Women’s Day began mainly as a political event, focusing on women’s achievements and rights. Today, it's become become truly international, celebrated in a large number of countri… Read full post »
Newly returned from the country,
while you sleep I will remove everything from your bags,
untangle strands of hay from your shoe-soles,
take up your clothes to wash.
Smells come to me, escaping from their wrinkles like birds to the air:
fire, grasses, cold earth.… Read full post »
This morning, my beloved went to war.
Well, not an actual war. At least, not in our time.
As some of you might remember, back in October I posted about the Napoleonic-era reproduction pants that my boyfriend made entirely by hand (even the wooden buttons), follo/… Read full post »
Today, I got out of work early and decided to check out an art exhibit I’d been wanting to see for a while: "Lucas Cranach et son temps", featuring paintings and engravings by Northern Renaissance artist Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), best known for his graceful nudes wearing saucy red ha… Read full post »
From photos I’ve seen and posts I’ve read recently on OS, spring is coming, pushing through winter like new chutes and buds through frozen earth.
In the spirit of the approach of a new season (and also because I’m a little bored!), I’ve decided to list some new favorite thing… Read full post »