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Kristin Espinasse
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Thinking of you, Audrey. Hope you can return home soon. ūüíõ
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This book recommendation comes to you from...my wonderful dad! We chatted via Skype last night and Dad could not stop raving about Portrait of a Woman in White. If you love history, art, and romance--and are interested in WWII--buy Susan Winkler's book! "Winkler takes a topic of growing interest, the recovery and return of art stolen by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
Thank you, Grant. That is helpful.
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Walking in the sea, mid-January, in La Ciotat, France. Some wore wetsuits, others (as in a man we saw just this morning) wear only an iconic Speedo! s'aérer l'esprit : to clear the mind Audio File: listen to Jean-Marc read the following French words: S'aérer l'esprit s'aérer l'esprit. marcher, promener, gambader, sont des bons moyens pour s'aérer... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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This photo was taken years ago, at our vineyard, but it could be our new place here in La Ciotat. We have the same chairs (from my belle-mère), same bougainvillea, same gravel, same dog. Familiarity is comforting, isn't it? If you have read this letter for years, you are getting to know our family. If you are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Dear Reader, The regular edition of French Word-A-Day will return in a few days. Meantime, I've been trying to write a eulogy for my belle-mère without sounding too sentimental, too dramatic, or too poetic--but all of these things, from poesie to sentimentality, evoke the richness of Michele-France's life. This--and her humor, her stubbornness, and that charming gap... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Bonjour et Bonne Ann√©e. Je suis boulevers√© par tous vos messages de soutien et vous en remercie du fond du cŇďur. Un nouveau chapitre de notre vie s'ouvre... Avec ma profonde reconnaissance. Hello and Happy New Year. I am overwhelmed by all your messages of support and thank you from the bottom of my heart. A new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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It is with great sadness that my family and I announce that Michèle-France--mother, belle-mère and granny extraordinaire--has passed away on Christmas Eve. We will share more about her life when we return to France for her funeral, which will take place on January 4th, 4pm local time in France. Amicalement, Kristi, Jean-Marc, Max, and Jackie Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Theresa. Delighted to know you and your daughter were able to make it to the tasting! And thanks for your words about the 50s. I am off to google the Servas info you shared! *** Wishing everyone reading this message a joyful holiday celebration and a meaningful new year! ‚ėÄÔłŹūüíěūüėė
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Une balançoire, or swing, in Paris to illustrate today's word.... une saute d'humeur : mood swing No dog is immune to a mood swing. Aucun chien n'est à l'abri d'une saute d'humeur (from the book Tout sur la psychologie d'un chien (All about Dog Psychology) A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse This past Tuesday,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you for staying subscribed, Diana. Please send me your old and new address and I will update your subscription. Send to Kristin.espinasse@gmail.com
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In this week's Wine Spectator Magazine, Robert Camuto has written a cohesive account of how things fell apart at our vineyard near Bandol. Find a link to the article in the following column. BASCULER : to topple over, to change dramatically Il y a 15 mois, alors que tout "roulait" pour moi, ma vie et celle de... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Ellen, sending continued best wishes to you. As for what I do: continue to stay committed to my decision and turn everything over to God. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me at kristin.espinasse@gmail.com
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Cathy, I love this! Thanks. Wonderful points about walking!
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Cate, I want to print this out and frame it! Such a lot to look forward to! Many thanks to you and to all who have left such thoughtful notes. They are much appreciated!
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Solitude revives the soul and the senses. Solitude is the crucible of the mind, the good is purified there; the fake evaporates there. La solitude ravive l'√Ęme et les sens. La solitude est le creuset de l'esprit, le bon s'y √©pure; le faux s'y √©vapore. Citation de Pierre-Claude-Victor Boiste ; Dictionnaire universel (1800) Photo taken in St... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Jackie, congratulations on your latest book!
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After I began watching Invisible People (homeless interviews) a series of unusual things happened here in the sunny south of France. Our heater broke. Then it snowed. Then our water heater broke. Then our car would not start. And then our daughter's car broke down! And then I ended up all alone for two weeks. This is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Robin! Yes, that is this December. Glad you can make it!
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Yes indeed. Thanks, Alan!
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Muriel, thank you for sharing about your visit to Cairo. I have deleted your first comment, to remove the visible email address, and am pasting that comment here: I once visited the garbage city, a part of Cairo, in a tour bus and the recycling that goes on there completely amazed me. And people live there; partially because they are heritage Christians and were not allowed to live in the city in times past; and partly because recycling (and the garbage pickup that goes with it) is their livelihood. They have an amazing cave cathedral there. The area pierces one’s heart.
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I woke up this morning thinking about my grandmother, Audrey Young. I was remembering a phrase she shared with me at the end of her life, in a nursing home. "The squeaky wheel gets the grease!" she would say. It meant that if you don't pipe up people will not help you! Sister Emmanuelle, who we learn... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hello, Ron. I hear you! And I do understand that the full inbox version is, in many ways, a good thing. But, for me, there are many helpful-to-my-efforts reasons to link to the full post. I will keep your suggestion in mind, and thank you for it.
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Hi, Ken. Looks like I left a few words out of that one. I will fix this now. Thanks! (Should be: In order to express thanks and gratitude, in Arabic, the term chukran is used.
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