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Kristin Espinasse
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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 yesterday 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'âme et les sens. La solitude est le creuset de l'esprit, le bon s'y épure; le faux s'y évapore. Citation de Pierre-Claude-Victor Boiste ; Dictionnaire universel (1800) Photo taken in St... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago 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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Read The Family Under the Bridge to a young person and help spread homelessness awareness. "Armand, an old Parisian living on the streets of Paris, relished his solitary life. He begged and did odd jobs for money to keep himself warm and fed, and he liked his carefree life. Then one day just before Christmas, a struggling... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you very much, Arlette! That is a wonderful motivation to continue. 💛
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In order to express thanks and gratitude, in Arabic, the term "chukran" is used. (Hear this sentence in French, below.) Photo taken on the northeast coast of Morocco, at Tmadet Sidi El Bachir. Today's word: "afin de" : so as, in order to, AUDIO FILE: Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce the following sentence in French: Click here to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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After a recent dog-walking clash there was no time to linger in the comfort zone of home, dwelling on a negative experience. Une nouvelle expérience awaited just around the corner of North Africa.... LE DÉPAYSEMENT : change of scene * dépaysement can also have a negative connotation, for it also means "culture shock" or "disorientation" AUDIO FILE... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Thank you, Ann. Corrections are always helpful and appreciated. And many thanks to all who have taken the time to send in tips, edits (I see Kent left another, farther down), and encouragements for walking Smokey again! I have just ordered the Gentle Leader, as recommended, and have high hopes! I will fill my pockets with treats and get on with training Smokey. Your notes have lifted my spirits and helped so much. Merci beaucoup for sharing your experiences and stories!
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Ever since I dislocated my elbow while walking my dog, outings with my golden retriever have changed. I am more aware of the dangers around every corner. Giant barking dogs can leap out of nowhere, causing a dog on a leash to react in self defense, and even tiny chiens can wreak havoc. For walks to go... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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By tradition, in France, two minutes of silence are respected at 11 am, the 11th day of the 11th month: it is at this time that the armistice was implemented. Listen to this sentence in French, just below. JOUR DE L'ARMISTICE : also known as Le Jour du Souvenir, and Veterans Day, November 11th is an official... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Our chère Natalia, May all these lovely images of what is free in life... be a room full of flowers surrounding your dear Lissy after her operation. An outpouring of love and support is another something free ☀️. May it lift you, Rod, and dear Lissy, too 💛💛
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De rien, Jeanne! Thank you for your lovely words. And I will now search for the green flash, too! I had never heard about that before.
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I don't have a story to go with today's word. Tout simplement, I learned it Friday night on the backstreets, or les ruelles, of Cassis. About a hundred steps from the old port, Jean-Marc and I were dining with another couple when the word ristourne popped up in conversation. Here's what it means, followed by a few... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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