Freshly Pressed

Last Friday, my husband, our son, and I toured colleges in Southern California. I wanted to focus on my son and on this unique time of his life, so different from my college experience in France, so I left my computer behind.

We spent two days filled with conversations, observations, and silences, too, since I only used my phone to snap shots of our moments together.

Back home on Sunday, I wrote a post in French about our trip to L.A. and Cesar Chavez Day.

Later, I worried when I saw the unusual amount of mail I had received over the last days. Spam, I thought with a sigh.

But instead of looking into it, I checked my blog.

This is when I understood, through one blogger’s comment, that my latest post had been Freshly Pressed.

My blog is my tiny house from where I post about writing, reading, and living a life Made in France and in the USA.

I’ve always felt that my best rewards are the “Like(s)” and comments of other writers and bloggers. Yet in the same way that writing competitions have pushed me to work on my writing, having a post selected by WordPress triggers my desire to do my best.

I want to thank in the first place the bloggers who clicked on  “Like” and commented shortly after I published this particular post, days before Krista, editor at WordPress, noticed it. Most are regular readers and I appreciate their constant visits very much. Some of them have also been Freshly Pressed, and I’m humbled and happy to be part of their community.

Now that I have read each comment on my post I realize that words have indeed the power to unite human beings.

Although living continents apart, most bloggers told of common childhood experiences.

The Famous Five united us.

Sisters, fathers, and mothers connected us, too.

The memory of our very first written words was still fresh on our minds.

This Freshly Pressed post is for you, my little sister.



P.S. Today happens to be April Fools’ Day, Poisson d’Avril in my native France, but every word above is not part of a prank. I swear.

If you want to know more about April 1 in France from an American perspective, you can pay a visit to Patricia.




  1. Uncle Spike says:

    Wow, now that is an award 😀
    Well done Evelyne :D…

  2. I’m surprised it took them so long to find you. Congratulations. You deserve it and I’m so glad others have been given the opportunity to discover your work.

    • Thank you, Juliette. There are many, many excellent blogs on WordPress. I am often in awe with the quality of writing. I’m still learning this beautiful English language, so I was surprised to be noticed.

  3. Uncle Spike says:

    I’m gonna find a badge that says “I follow someone who is on Freshly Pressed!” 🙂

  4. Evelyne, congratulations and bravo for being Freshly Pressed! What an honour! Thanks also for the shout out to my blog for more on the Poisson d’Avril! Onward!

  5. Bev Broughton says:

    You are an inspiration to all who read your beautiful, inspiring words. Hope to see you at the Town Hall Luncheon. I have found a beautiful friend.

  6. Hey, good for you! How exciting. Félicitations!

    • You are the first person who sent a nomination award my way and I didn’t forget your kind words back then. Shortly after I received more nominations and decided to keep the likes and comments as my rewards. But yours was special because I had been hiding until then. So merci beaucoup, Winifred. See you on your blog.

  7. Congratulations Evelyne, your writing is well deserving of being freshly pressed!

  8. How wonderful to read this Evelyne, many congratulations, and may I say richly deserved. Your posts are beautifully written and I can see why your ‘Famous Five’ post written for your sister gained such recognition. How marvellous to come home to such great news and I hope your son gains the place he desires at the college of his choice. Just as a little bit of info, my eldest son attended Cal Poly where he started off with Computer Science and then changed to History with a view to doing law. He completed his degree in the UK when he moved over here. Now he works as a Software Developer. Life is full of surprises isn’t it? 🙂

    • Thank you, Sherri. I appreciate your support. I enjoy your blog very much too. As for my son, Cal Poly is in the mix as well! Life is indeed full of surprises and a blog is a cool place to meet so many different people who, once in a while, have a lot in common.

  9. Nice!

  10. Attagirl, congratulations!

    • When I was new in the US I never understood what people meant when I heard “Attagirl.” It took me a while to get the meaning and more to say it (almost) perfectly. Thank you, John.

  11. True, words have a power to unite people. Thanks, Lakshmi

  12. Congratulations. Well-deserved honor, your blog is one of my favorites!

    • Thank you, Dan. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting any recognition. Your blog is very cool because it is so different from most. I learn something with each of your post. And many appreciate that too since you are also Freshly Pressed.

  13. cardamone5 says:

    Dear Evelyn:

    Congrats! That’s huge. Now I’m doubly disappointed I couldn’t read your post (my grade-school French not allowing me to understand it!) I’ll just have to enjoy how it looked, I guess! Sure looked nice.


    • Thank you, E, for your comment. The post that was Freshly Pressed is in English so you shouldn’t have any issue to read it. It’s called My Sister and the Famous Five. See you soon.

  14. Congratulations on this most notable recognition. So well deserved – very happy for you.

    • Thank you, Mary. You know, I admire your work because I’m a clutz with pencils and paint brushes. Words are easier tools for me. I suppose that each of us has to find the right ones to express ourselves.

  15. What a nice surprise! congratulations!

  16. Thank you, Mona. I appreciate your visit and support.

  17. Congratulations! I love that you end this post with a salute to your sister.

    You have a lovely writing style.


    • Thank you, Cathy, for your kind words.
      I am still in training, a work in progress, really, with my writing. This is why blogging is an important part of my journey. Regularity is teaching me some discipline. But I’m not there yet.

  18. That’s wonderful, Evelyne! So glad you got this recognition 🙂

    • It’s always a pleasure for me to visit your blog, Jennifer. I admire the way you write so beautifully about your dual identities. So your compliment goes to my heart.

  19. Wow! That must have been and amazing feeling. Good for you.

  20. Thank you, jazzytower. I enjoy reading your poems on your blog and I like your photos too.
    I was surprised by the Freshly Pressed recognition to be honest with you. See you soon on your blog.

  21. Hé hé hé !!
    Belle récompense en effet!
    …continue the good work 🙂 !!

  22. Merci, Ellen. Jolie surprise de te voir ici. La pression monte quand on est Freshly Pressed. Alors au travail! Merci encore.

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