Tag: France

The Carnival is in Town, It's My Son's Birthday, and I'm Longing to See the Ferris Wheel

The Carnival is in Town, It's My Son's Birthday, and I'm Longing to See the Ferris Wheel
The carnival came to town today, filling the streets of my town with candy-colored tents and the usual thrill rides that jerk, whizz, and clang on their revolving tracks and gears. Bells ring, music blares, and lights flash while hawkers shout out offers at varying games of chance. The smell of spun sugar and popcorn... Read more »

The Best Valentine's Day Gift in the World

The Best Valentine's Day Gift in the World
Yesterday, I published a post about Maggie and Mike, two local Peace Corp workers who fell in love half a world away. It’s a remarkable story about their love and commitment to each other and to making the world a better place. Today, I want to share a different love story for Valentine’s Day. Mine.... Read more »

Chicago, Paris and the Cleansing Beauty of Snow

Chicago, Paris and the Cleansing Beauty of Snow
The forecasters were right. Today there is snow outside my window. The first of the season. It’s lovely. Fresh. Clean. Peaceful. Hidden beneath it is the refuge of fall: broken twigs, clumps of brown leaves. But not for long. Next week it will warm again and the snow will melt. The leaves and twigs will show... Read more »
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Why Attacking Paris is Personal to Me

Why Attacking Paris is Personal to Me
Because it was Paris, I thought it couldn’t be true. No, I thought. Not there. Not in Paris. I was wrong. Friday night, soulless terrorists inflicted senseless slaughter on the innocent in Paris. Brought death and darkness to the City of Light. Paris. I cannot even say her name without sighing. Without remembering my first view... Read more »

What Not to Say in French After Picking Protected Wildflowers in Switzerland

What Not to Say in French After Picking Protected Wildflowers in Switzerland
It’s been an exciting week. I’ve contacted a pastor in Macedonia, a young man in Thailand, and a British adventurer who spent 45 days on a rock in the middle of the North Atlantic. I am so grateful to all of them. Our conversations remind me that no matter where we live we are more... Read more »

France: Le Colonel and Me

France: Le Colonel and Me
Three men are responsible for supporting and inspiring me to write this blog: Steve, my husband; Graham, my son; and a 90-year-old Frenchman named Paul Fossat. Eleven years ago this spring, my husband joined an online game site called It’s Your Turn (IYT). From the very beginning, Paul stood out above the others. Steve and Paul... Read more »
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A Story of 23 Chromosomes

A Story of 23 Chromosomes
“It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling.”   — Khalil Gibran  Patience is necessary to writing this blog. After all, I am prevailing upon strangers to work me into their busy lives. Without their responses, this blog would not exist. But a clog in the pipeline... Read more »