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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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Let’s Eat. Let’s Read. Let’s Celebrate the 4th of July.

  My husband and I have signed a new deal. When we are on the road toward our little Maine lake cabin, the chef (my husband cooks more than I do, now) picks the table of his choice for dinner, as long as there is an independent bookstore in town for book lover-me. Sometimes, I score big when the bookstore happens to be located where a favorite author lives. On Friday, we drove to … [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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Trapped in Paris and a Little Bit More…

One of the bonuses when writers attend conferences and book events is to meet other writers. There is a genuine and quick sense of recognition among … [Read More...]

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My Essay on the Children’s Writer’s Guild

  I’m pleased that the Children’s Writer's Guild published my essay Written Words Don’t Have an Accent this week. This essay about language … [Read More...]

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What if You Went to a Book Festival?

Most writers I know would rather stay home or in the corner of their favorite library or café to write. But once in a while we all need to get our … [Read More...]

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On the Run…

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Let’s Eat. Let’s Read. Let’s Celebrate the 4th of July.

  My husband and I have signed a new deal. When we are on the road toward our little Maine lake cabin, the chef (my husband cooks more than … [Read More...]

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On Father’s Day

For several years now, I’ve shared nuggets of my life, through regular posts in English and French. They talk of the books that move me, of the … [Read More...]

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In Memory

So much is new, so much has to be learned when you are a newcomer in a foreign land that I forgive myself for ignoring the meaning of Memorial Day … [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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