Archive for January, 2019

January in Essoyes (2019)

“This month I found myself inside our village church on three separate occasions–two of them large public events that filled the church with people–once with people mourning, once with them celebrating. The other time I found myself inside there completely alone, not exactly seeking solace, but finding it anyway…

Continue Reading January 27, 2019 at 10:56 am 2 comments

Remembering Madame Cintrat…

“…this year, on the evening of New Year’s Day, the church bells in Essoyes tolled. They were not pealing joyously, as they had that very morning, to welcome a new year: they were now tolling mournfully, because Mme. Cintrat had died on Christmas Day,..”

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Book Review: The Gardener of Eden by David Downie

A review of David Downie’s (wonderful) new book, The Gardener of Eden…

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Demystifying the French

Thank you so much, Sara Somers, for this wonderful chance to tell people about my new book, Demystifying the French. I’m so glad you liked it and found it helpful. Janet

Out My Window

As I told you in my last blog about la politesse, while finishing it up, my friend, Janet Hulstrand, asked me if I would read and review her latest book: Demystifying the French. How to Love Them and Make them Love You (What you’ve heard about them is not entirely true….).  I love reading most anything and, as it turned out, this was a very special read. I learned a lot. The book is small and can be read quickly. You can earmark pages you want to return to and give more thought to it. I highly recommend that anyone visiting France for the first or the twentieth time, read this book. I think that means I give it five stars!

The book is broken down into two parts. The first part is made up of what she calls: Essential Tips for Even Very Brief Encounters. Saying Bonjour is…

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January 18, 2019 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Announcing “Demystifying the French”

“Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You,” is now available for purchase.

Continue Reading January 8, 2019 at 8:09 am 4 comments

Bonne Nouvelle Année d’Essoyes (2019)

“…And so we have arrived at a New Year that many of us hope will be better than the last one. This morning there was a rich, melodious, joyous pealing of the church bells to usher in the New Year…”

Continue Reading January 1, 2019 at 11:54 am 2 comments


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