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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...]

To Want the Butter and the Money From the Butter or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

I especially like today expression because I learned its English equivalent quite soon after I moved to the States. Although it's supposed to match the French idiom, it remains to this day a little strange to me. For some reason I never found the English idiom as explicit as the French one.     VOULOIR LE BEURRE ET L'ARGENT DU BEURRE TO WANT THE BUTTER AND THE MONEY FROM THE … [Read More...]

To Want the Butter and the Money From the Butter or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

I especially like today expression because I learned its English equivalent quite soon after I moved to the States. Although it's supposed to match the French idiom, it remains to this day a little strange to me. For some reason I never found the English idiom as explicit as the French one.     VOULOIR LE BEURRE ET L'ARGENT DU BEURRE TO WANT THE BUTTER AND THE MONEY FROM THE … [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...]

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Publishers Weekly

I am pleased to share with you what Publishers Weekly wrote about my Middle Grade novel Chronicles From Château Moines. Through my blog posts, my … [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 … [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...]

On the Run…

To Want the Butter and the Money From the Butter or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

I especially like today expression because I learned its English equivalent quite soon after I moved to the States. Although it's supposed to match … [Read More...]

To Wear Out the Seat of One’s Pants or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

Finding an idiom starting with the letter U presents a challenge, forcing me to pick an old expression du jour.   User ses Fonds de … [Read More...]

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To Pull the Devil by the Tail or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

Some letters in our alphabet offer more options in terms of expressions than others.  Choosing one for the letter du jour was a … [Read More...]

To Rub the Board With Soap or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

As I plow my way, letter after letter, through the alphabet and French idioms, I am more and more aware that the French language is packed with such … [Read More...]

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