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Chronicles From Château Moines

Chronicles From Château Moines, my middle grade novel, is now Released! This is entirely a work of fiction but the cultural, social, and historical backgrounds of the early ‘70s in France and the USA inspired the writing. The story starts on September 14, 1970. This is back to school day in Château Moines, a small French town. Sylvie isn’t too happy. Her maman has said no to the pair … [Read More...]

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Readers Are Writers’ Gifts

Sometimes I find it hard to return every day to my notebook and computer to go on with the story I'm currently writing. Even though I'm disciplined enough to write on a daily basis, I’m also lazy and easily distracted. There are so many books to read! So many movies to watch! So many desserts to bake! So many walks to take! It’s also fair to say that writing is a solitary task that doesn’t … [Read More...]

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La Toussaint or The Day of the Dead

Yesterday I wrote about my American Halloween experiences and how my first one was so foreign that I could have been E.T. for all I know. On the other hand, if there is something foreign to the American people it is La Toussaint or the Day of All Saints. Also called Le Jour des Morts or The Day of the Dead, this day, celebrated on November 1 all over France, honors all dead … [Read More...]

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Welcome Home

The only reason I tolerate the elliptical machine and the stationary bike at the gym is that they allow me to catch the morning news. The only problem is that I never liked plugging earphones – I don’t even like earrings.  So unlike the men and women who pedal next to me, I can’t listen to the news. But I can read, thanks to the closed captioning. Closed captioning is great, but sometimes … [Read More...]

Writing for Children

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Readers Are Writers’ Gifts

Sometimes I find it hard to return every day to my notebook and computer to go on with the story I'm currently writing. Even though I'm disciplined … [Read More...]

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En l’honneur de l'anniversaire de Martin Luther King Junior (né le 15 janvier 1929), les écoles, les services postaux, les banques, et bureaux du … [Read More...]

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A Galette des Rois and a Kings’ Cake

Traditionally a religious celebration commemorating the visit of the Three Wise Men to baby Jesus, Epiphany Day is thoroughly enjoyed in France beyond … [Read More...]

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Looking for a Gift Made From Scratch and Created With Passion?

On the Golden Gate Bridge I saw a couple of cars decorated with reindeers’ antlers and red noses.   Sorry I couldn't take a good … [Read More...]

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What Can Happen When We Feel Strange, Stupid, Different

While I am working on promoting my Middle Grade novel Chronicles From Château Moines, I re-read Wonder, which is in my opinion one of the best Middle … [Read More...]

On the Run…

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The Face of Serenity

Anyone who moves often experiences a sense of displacement. This feeling can be especially strong for immigrants who leave their place of birth, … [Read More...]

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Post Charlie

Les attaques terroristes contre la rédaction de Charlie Hebdo et contre une épicerie juive à Paris, entrainant la mort de dix-sept hommes et femmes, … [Read More...]

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Morts de Rire

  Don’t talk politics and religion with your friends and family, my father reminded me countless times. They are guaranteed to upset someone. … [Read More...]

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From the New Year’s Front

  I find it interesting that one single day can trigger so many different opinions. January 1st doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. On the … [Read More...]

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