Chronicles From Château Moines

Chronicles From Château Moines, my middle grade novel, is now Released! Check here what Publishers Weekly wrote about my novel. Chronicles From Château Moines is entirely a work of fiction, but the cultural, social, and historical backgrounds of the early 1970s 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 … [Read More...]

Monday Miam-Miam: Chez Donna’s in Charm City

One of the most pleasurable aspects in my life now that my kids are no longer kids is to meet them on their turf. Especially when they are making their lives on unknown territories, away from familiar states. One of our daughters is currently a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. When she chose the university over other offers on both coasts of the … [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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

From the Writer’s Den

For the second year in a row I was able to attend the Amelia Island Book Festival, set on the gorgeous Northern Florida Coast. This festival always … [Read More...]

From Maine to You

  Over the last months, many countries, including my native France, have been the target of particularly cruel violence. Whether the acts … [Read More...]

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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On the Run…

Monday Miam-Miam: Chez Donna’s in Charm City

One of the most pleasurable aspects in my life now that my kids are no longer kids is to meet them on their turf. Especially when they are making … [Read More...]

Happy Father’s Day! Bonne Fête des Pères!

Unlike moms and mamans, dads and papas are celebrated on the same day in the US and France. So I wish you all a Happy Father’s Day and une Bonne Fête … [Read More...]

French Friday: Driving in the USA

Travel guides should mention that driving is one of the best ways to catch a genuine glimpse of what a country really is. In the early 1990s, I found … [Read More...]

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A to Z

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 […]

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   […]

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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