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Back around Thanksgiving, OSer Beth Mann wrote a post called "7 Things I'm Surprised I Like". I thought it was a really cool idea, and contacted her to see if we could turn it into an OC. She agreed, and many an intriguing post was the result.
I also asked Beth if we could… Read full post »
This year’s unusually warm autumn made us think we’d escaped the October wind.
There are different kinds of wind – wind that soothes you, wind that buffets you, wind that embarrassingly lifts up your skirt or blows your hat off your head and then across a parking lot. But the… Read full post »
A few days ago, my friend Christine sent me an email with a link to a CNN.com article on Lessons from Madame Chic: The Top 20 Things I Learned While Living in Paris, a new book by American blogger Jennifer Scott. She wanted to know what I thought about it.
I have… Read full post »
The more time I spend in France, the more I have to admit I don’t really like most French movies.
Don't get me wrong - the French have some amazing films in their repertoire. The silent films of Georges Méliès (who’s a character in Martin Scorsese’s… Read full post »
In the movie Jaws, bad news is heralded by that famous music: Dun…nuh…Dun…nuh…Dun-nuh-Dun-nuh-Dun-nuh (at least for the audience). Of course, in real life, there isn’t always a warning sign when something is going to go wrong/… Read full post »
Sometimes Claire looked at Carlos and wondered how they’d managed to find each other. If he hadn’t happened to become her temporary neighbor by apartment-sitting for the Dupont's, they probably would have never met. And now, a few months later, Carlos had finished his graduat… Read full post »
Though hard economic times have led to lots of restaurant, café, and clothing store closures, it's rare that a Parisian bookstore fails. On the other hand, I’ve read with sadness and horror about the closings of many US bookshops – be they chain stores like Borders, or smalle… Read full post »
There are some diseases that never completely disappear, but only lie dormant. Although a portion of people suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) seem to come to a point where they find a cure – be it through diet, lifestyle, or other methods, many others will never completely sh… Read full post »
A few days ago, Beth Mann wrote a list of seven things she's surprised she likes. Not only did I think Beth’s list was a good one, I also thought her idea would make for a really cool open call – especially on Thanksgiving weekend (for those who celebrate).
I w… Read full post »
Ten years ago, I was a prolific novelist.
Not a published novelist, or even necessarily a good one – though the few people who read what I’d written did have nice things to say. Then again, they were my best friends.
I tried to pen a novel almost… Read full post »
When I was in fourth and fifth grade, you could say I was many things -- including the dumbest kid in the Talented and Gifted Students program.
Despite my horrific performances in just about anything involving math, every Tuesday I’d go with the other kids in the program out… Read full post »
Ever since she joined OS back in February, Ingrid Ricks has been sharing elements of an extraordinary life story – her own.
Born to a devout Mormon mother and a father who can’t resist the call of the ope… Read full post »
Gabriel Brousse (back row, second from right) in Greece with his comrades in arms, 7 March 1916.
Most native French families have at least one ancestor who fought in World War I. Often these men didn’t come back from the front.
Though photographs and othe… Read full post »
Our belated Halloween party this past Saturday turned out to be pretty successful. For one thing, I was amazed that all of our guests – even one who was only 7 months old – came dressed up, like we’d asked! In years past, this request has mostly gone unheeded, but this… Read full post »
The murderer’s rage had ended. Cissy and another victim lay beside each other in the little space under the floorboards.
“Do you think he’s gone?” Cissy whispered.
“I think so,” the other victim, a man, replied.
Both their bodies lay supine, still,… Read full post »
Last Thursday, I went to an exhibit at the Bibliothèque Forney, a public library at the southern edge of Paris's Marais neighborhood. While the exhibit, called Gaz à tous les étages, didn't allow photos (I have got to make a fake press pass and see where that… Read full post »
I knew this year that things wouldn’t be the same. All Saints Day falls on a Tuesday, which means that a lot of people could have a four-day weekend by taking off the day before (most French people do this whenever a holiday falls in such a way – there’s… Read full post »
The ghost of the Comtesse de Marignac stares mournfully out the window, waiting for her husband, who she knows will never come back. It's a sight that would move anyone to pity. Except me. I’m rather sick of it.
It’s certainly easy to feel sorry for her. A y… Read full post »
Hi, I’m Carmen. I’m 35 years old and come from Argentina. Do you want to go to the movies sometime?
I finish typing and click “Publish”. And just like that, I’ve committed identity fraud.
But with Carmen’s approval.
Carmen* is one of my best fr… Read full post »
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A few days ago, OSer and all-around great guy Macco launched an OC that encouraged us to share truly terrible Halloween jokes - perhaps revealing the worst Halloween joke ever. At the time, I didn't think I'd ever be able to come up with one. But the winged muse visite… Read full post »
A few years ago, I took a roadtrip across the US… Read full post »
Last week, my brother-in-law returned to Paris after visiting his parents in the French countryside. We had some lazy days, but also some really full ones. A friend here asked me to post some pictures of the things we saw and did. Here are a few from last Monday, our… Read full post »
OSer Sally Allen has a knack for making people think about and enjoy reading even more than they might already– and she does so with the perfect mix of intelligence, insight, and wit, all while remaining down-to-earth and fun. Now, she’s launched a really cool OC, asking us to l… Read full post »
“He’s back again,” she peered anxiously through the blinds into the dark desert night. Why did it have to be so dark? Maybe they were afraid to order streetlights because the locals would sabotage the vehicles. Would they?
“Shh!” he chided from the arm… Read full post »