Alysa Salzberg

Alysa Salzberg
Paris, France
December 31
Writer, copy editor, translator, travel planner. Head servant to my cat.
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


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AUGUST 8, 2011 11:48AM

Silly Maladies

For years after I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, I didn’t tell anyone outside my close family about it.

It’s not that I was concerned my friends would be worried about me.  It’s not that I didn’t have cause to say anything.  In fact, with regards to th… Read full post »

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AUGUST 4, 2011 8:50AM

Some cherished old photos of strangers

Growing up, my life was empty of old things.  Many families keep heirlooms, reminders of where they come from.  But not mine. My maternal grandparents had a few old photographs and other trinkets; for various reasons, my paternal grandparents didn't, as far as I know.  And that wa… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2011 3:37PM

old op test

AUGUST 3, 2011 1:47PM

photo test

AUGUST 3, 2011 12:35PM


JULY 29, 2011 4:29PM


August 16 will mark five years of the boyfriend and me living together.  It was a choice that came about when a job I had here unexpectedly fell through, and I had no way to pay rent and was looking at going home.  "Stay with me," the boyfriend told me that… Read full post »

JULY 26, 2011 10:38AM


As we strolled down the sunny street, I saw something on my boyfriend’s neck.  I reached up and put my finger in front of the spot.  The ladybug climbed atop and flew away before I could say “Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home…”



Our bathtub is surrounded… Read full post »

 Brighton Cat 1

One of Harry Pointer's "Brighton Cats" (image source


Back in February, I posted an open call about new favorite things– meaning, not the things you love and forever will, but new things that have come into your life and brought you happiness, joy, and fascinati/… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2011 2:29PM

How do you see yourself?

the eye

 René Magritte, "The Eye" (image source)


I was reading the Daily Mail online the other day.  Not that I like to keep informed about things like politics and current events – those usually depress me.  No, I like the Daily Mail because there are s/… Read full post »

JULY 18, 2011 11:30AM

Our Hero

Ô ma patrie ! Tes infortunes déchirent mon cœur ; je ne puis t'offrir que ma vie !

(Oh, my country!  Your misfortunes tear my heart; I can give you only my life!)

- Marie-Anne-Charlotte de Corday d’Armont, L’Adresse aux Français amis des loiRead full post »

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JULY 15, 2011 10:14AM

Burnt Cars and Distant Fireworks

The fireworks display near the Eiffel Tower is a wonder to behold. But it’s also a very, very crowded event. Between threading your way through masses of people, and trying to find a Metro station (the ones close to the Champ de Mars and other key viewing points are closed for… Read full post »
JULY 14, 2011 3:28PM

All about "Bastille Day"


UPDATE: I posted the photos and wrote about this year's fireworks experience here.&nbs/Read full post »

JULY 12, 2011 6:19PM

It's That Time Again...



....time to get Beguile- d!

 After a hiatus of more months than I'd like to think about, my e-zine Beguile is back!

Issue 4 goes online tomorrow, July 13!

 If you love great essays, stories, and poetry, if you're a fan of the visual arts, or if you're just looking… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2011 9:06AM

It's not "Bastille Day"

JULY 10, 2011 12:09PM

Open Call: The Proust Questionnaire

In my years as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher, someone's always had my back. 

And that “someone” is a dead French guy named Marcel Proust 

Proust and I are not well acquainted. I am afraid to attempt his enormous opus A la recherche du temps perduRead full post »

There’s a point in a relationship where you can’t hide anymore.  I don’t remember when that point was chronologically between me and the boyfriend, but I remember when I crossed a line that could not be uncrossed.  As happy music played in the background, I took a deep bre… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2011 11:45AM


The first time I saw him, he was a head popping out from the canvass cover of a lifeboat.  That’s also how I imagine his first sight of me, though he claims it was an arm, and that may be true.

Whatever we first saw of each other, there we… Read full post »

JULY 6, 2011 11:44AM


The first time I saw him, he was a head popping out from the canvass cover of a lifeboat.  That’s also how I imagine his first sight of me, though he claims it was an arm, and that may be true.

Whatever we first saw of each other, there we… Read full post »

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JUNE 29, 2011 8:24AM

Undeniably American in Paris

Living abroad, I’ve come to find that there’s no single moment when I’ve felt most American.  Rather, it’s an almost everyday occurrence.   

I’ve never been patriotic, and I chose to leave my homeland because I fell in love with another country.  But… Read full post »

JUNE 27, 2011 11:17AM

No, sir, you cannot have this dance.

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly….

                                                                      … Read full post »

JUNE 22, 2011 4:48PM

The Dream Marriage

The Fiction Wednesday prompts for this week were:

Plan A: Do your own thing.  Write on any topic, in any style you want.


Plan B:  (Suggested by OSer Shiral): 

Write a story where the main character accidentally (or deliberately!) crashes a wedding.  

I chose P… Read full post »

JUNE 20, 2011 7:53AM

Bath Time

 When I was a teenager, I gathered free travel brochures and carefully cut out images of places I dreamt of visiting, places whose existence reminded me the world was a remarkable place, even when my own life was darkened by hard times.  The pictures were taped to a huge sheet of… Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2011 1:09PM

Does Size Matter?

Dear reader, let me start this by saying, the question in the title refers to post size.  I’m very sorry if you were thinking of anything else.  I’d add a perfunctory “Get your mind out of the gutter!” But truthfully, most of the time I’m right there with you.… Read full post »

This week's Fiction Wednesday prompts were: a. do your own thing, or b. write a story in 500 words or less.  I chose the latter, knowing it would be a challenge, since I'm...shall we say a bit long-winded?

I'm happy to say my story comes in at 499 words - I even… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2011 10:27AM

Paris Cobblestones - for Brassawe


Though the city’s history began long before cobblestones, they are an essential part of Paris.  

The streets of Paris were first paved in the late 12th or early 13th century, under King Philippe-Auguste, who also constructed the city's first wall.  While the wall was co… Read full post »