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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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Writing on Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday.  In the U.S. that day evocates New Orleans, the Carnival and the King Cake.   When I was a kid growing up in France, Mardi Gras had a very down-to-earth meaning. That day eggs, milk, butter, and flour were transformed – thanks to my mother’s culinary skills – into golden crepes and crispy beignets. My mother was especially talented at making apple … [Read More...]

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Quelques Fleurs New Yorkaises…

En 1986, ignorant qu’un jour nous nous baladerions avec des téléphones qui nous permettraient non seulement de parler mais d’envoyer des textos, de prendre des photos et des selfies, ignorant qu’une révolution technologique changerait à tout jamais notre façon de communiquer et de nous orienter, ignorant que le garçon qui m’avait passé son Guide du Routard de New York deviendrait trois ans plus … [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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Zero Plus Zero Equals the Head of Toto or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

Today marks the end of the series a Month of French Idioms From A to Z. Through familiar French expressions and their equivalents in American English, I’ve shared for twenty-six days my affection for my two favorite countries on earth. Languages and cultures may vary from one place to another, but the need for human beings to use metaphors and visuals to express ideas is the same. The … [Read More...]

Writing for Children

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Take your iPad to Paris and Normandy For Free Until Labor Day

To introduce my Young Adult and Middle Grade novels to the readers who cannot travel without their iPad, I’m offering Trapped in Paris and Chronicles … [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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On the Run…

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Writing on Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday.  In the U.S. that day evocates New Orleans, the Carnival and the King Cake.   When I was a kid growing up in … [Read More...]

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To Be or Not to Be a Circumflex Accent

I confess. I’m not a football fan. Men ramming into each other for a ball? Helmets and shoulder pads? A little weird, no? I’m incorrigible when it … [Read More...]

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Déjà Vu

Tous les ans entre la mi décembre et la mi mai, un nombre important de femelles phoques viennent mettre au monde leurs bébés au creux d’une crique au … [Read More...]

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A to Z

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Zero Plus Zero Equals the Head of Toto or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

Today marks the end of the series a Month of French Idioms From A to Z. Through familiar French expressions and their equivalents in American English, I’ve shared for twenty-six days my affection for my two favorite countries on earth. Languages and cultures may vary from one place to another, but the need for human […]

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Fried Whiting Eyes or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

As I wrote the literal translation for the French idiom du jour, I learned the proper name for the fish called “Merlan” in French. For some reason I tend to mix and match the French and American names for the countless varieties of fish.   YEUX DE MERLAN FRIT FRIED WHITING EYES MOON EYES   […]

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Bijou, Caillou, Chou, Genou, Hibou, Joujou, Pou: a Twist to a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

Unless you know of a French idiom starting with the letter X, I must give a twist to the expression-du-jour. I owe the idea to my husband. He masters the French language like a French native and finds a solution to any problem like an American. Merci, thank you, for letting me off the hook […]

To Put the Wagons Before the Locomotive or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

As soon as I embarked the A to Z Challenge, I knew that I would write about French idioms and their equivalents in American English. I also knew that I would have some trouble with a few letters. With a little bit of help (merci to my husband and to my Wonderful virtual French friend […]

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