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Kristin Espinasse
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Polly, Thank you for buying our book-in-progress. It is designed to be read online, and the format is similar to the blog. There is no download, but the sections can be sent directly to your inbox each time a chapter is complete. I will email you the codes so that you can log on and begin reading.
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Cynthia, The heatwave is not as bad as last week, but it is still here. Walking into our house feels like entering a sauna. 😥
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Thank you. No, she does not read it.
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I wonder if today's story is confusing or if it may sound strange? Then again, telepathy--whether with the living or the dead--is a mystery! (painting from 1880 of our seaside town, La Ciotat, by Johan Barthold Jongkind) Today's word: s'emparer : to grab, seize, take hold of Example Sentence: Au tournant du xxe siècle, les partisans du spiritisme s’émerveillent des progrès de la technologie et s’en emparent pour démontrer la validité de leurs thèses sur les phénomènes parapsychiques, comme la télépathie ou l’interaction avec les défunts. -Les spectres magnétiques de Thomas Alva Edison Translation: At the turn of the twentieth century, partisans of spiritualism marvel at the progress of technology and seize it to demonstrate the validity of their theses on parapsychic phenomena, such as telepathy or interaction with the deceased. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse The Other Side During a morning swim in the sea, I begin looking for my daughter who works in one of the paillotes de plage, or beach restaurants right here along the shore. Normally, I try not to be so conspicuous when I pass by Jackie's workplace (often on foot, via the boardwalk)...but after her father nearly ran his canoe... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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July 4th 1994 - For our civil ceremony, 25 years ago, we were surrounded by close friends. More about marriage, in today's chronique.... Two words for you today: oreilles & écouter... (look for the translation in the quote below) Ouvrez grand les oreilles. La meilleure chose que vous puissiez faire pour renforcer votre relation c’est de parler moins et d’écouter plus. Open your ears. The best thing you can do to strengthen your relationship is to talk less and listen more. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse "25 Ears" Setting out to write about our 25th marriage anniversary, I was wondering how to distill a quarter of a century into a neat and tidy blog entry...when I absentmindedly typed a title to this essay. A moment later, I noticed the coquille, or typo. Well isn't that the truth! I thought. 25 Ears is what every person needs in order for a relationship to succeed. I don't know that success is the right word for this, either. This commitment. This partnership. This union. Success can be fleeting and nobody anticipates that when they walk down the aisle. Endurance is a better word. The verb is even more poignant:... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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No worries, Sheryl. Sending you the info now.
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Hi, Jean, the information is on its way. Many thanks for your book purchase.
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A special thanks to those of you who left a comment following the previous post, about writing. if you only knew how much your words keep me going! une vue de l'esprit : attitude of mind : pure illusion, a mental projection A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE You may have heard about the current heatwave in France. Here in La Ciotat we're melting! At the farmers market, the cashiers fanned themselves with cardboard and la canicule made as good a topic of conversation as any: C'est une vue de l'esprit, the old man bagging cherries beside me remarked. He's got a point, it is sometimes a matter of perspective.* I should know this as I'm from the stifling hot Sonoran Desert (Phoenix) and experienced the record high 122F in 1990. And yet I can't sleep at night! As I type this it is 92F and I've just closed our wooden shutters (we do this after opening all the doors and windows at 6 a.m., to let the cool air flow into our home). But this morning, crossing the garden on my way to feed the chickens, la chaleur stopped me in my tracks. Paused there on the scorched yellow... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Joanne and Frank, ça y est. It has just been posted. I have kept your words--about taking the time--in mind. Thanks.
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Eileen, Knowing you are in Lyon, I wish I could thank you in person for your wonderful support over the years. Enjoy your time in France!
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Thank you, Kimberley, and for the encouraging notes you left for us at the book site. It means a lot!
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Hello, Janet, Funny you should ask. I considered ordering the English version online, but did not get around to that before the event on Sunday! I would prefer to read in English...but know I should read in French, a language I understand, even if it is easier and more enjoyable for me to read in English!
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The above is part of the invitation Jean-Marc and I received, to attend a most inspiring causerie. Read about it in today's chronique.... Today's Word: une causerie : une causerie is an informal talk by an interpreter, given in a familiar tone and often accompanied by a demonstration, a theatrical animation, a slide show, etc. Click here to listen to the example definition in French Une causerie est une conférence informelle d'un interprète, faite sur un ton familier et qui est souvent accompagnée d'une démonstration, d'une animation théâtrale, d'un diaporama, etc. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse 'Beyond Fiction' A somewhat fractured compte-rendu for you today...as I'm anxious to post Chapter 5 of our memoir (and promise to this afternoon)... Compte rendu, just the word to dive into today récit, about a talk Jean-Marc and I attended on Sunday. Mille mercis to Eric de Saint Victor, Anne-Laure Couralet, and the friendly team at Château de Pibarnon, for introducing us to an adventurer, philosopher, and geographer--and especially the writer Sylvain Tesson. Éric de Saint Victor welcoming his guests. There in the chateau's poetic Orangerie looking down through the pines to the Mediterranean, the sea breeze cooling the room,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Alice, Thank you for ordering Ephemera. Cheers!
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Many thanks, John!
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This is lovely! Thanks, Joanne.
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