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Kristin Espinasse
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Merci, Lindy 💕💕
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Thank you very much, Marti. 💕
Toggle Commented yesterday on Donation by check at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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CC, The loss of your Mother and brother, and within the year, is something for which no one could brace themselves. I think so many of us are trying to brace ourselves these days, because our hearts cannot bear this kind of loss. I am so sorry and send deepest condolences to you. 💕
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Chris, My heart goes out to you. So sorry you lost your friend. 💔
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Andrea, Your note means a lot. Thank you for taking the time to write, and wishing you a very happy and joyeux anniversaire.
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During 10 challenging years at two vineyards (before moving to this peaceful, postage-stamp garden where our wine memoir is underway), I kept a copy of today's mind-centering thoughts in my purse. In uncertain times, such words may be helpful to you, family, or friends. ONLY FOR TODAY... RIEN QU'AUJOURD'HUI Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once. Rien qu’aujourd’hui, j’essaierai de vivre ma journĂ©e sans chercher Ă  rĂ©soudre le problĂšme de toute ma vie. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behaviour; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself. Rien qu’aujourd’hui, je prendrai le plus grand soin de me comporter et d’agir de maniĂšre courtoise ; je ne critiquerai personne et je ne prĂ©tendrai corriger ou rĂ©genter qui que ce soit, exceptĂ© moi-mĂȘme. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one. Aujourd’hui je... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hello Jane, Thank you for sending it, and please give Mitzi our best. 💕
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My brother-in-law leaves us with countless memories of his generosity, big heart, and Tell It Like It Is character. In today's missive, a few French souvenirs, in memory of Doug. Today's Word: inoubliable 1. unforgettable 2. never to be forgotten Merci pour ces inoubliables moments en famille, Doug. Thank you for these unforgettable family moments, Doug. Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read the French A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse My brother-in-law passed away eleven days ago, Sunday. He was fifty-nine. My sister is currently writing Doug's obituary. I wish I could be there with Heidi, in Denver, to help her find the words, to sit beside her as we rifled through old photos and said a lot of Remember That Time Whens.... One thing I'll always remember about my beau-frùre was his no BS attitude. And when it came to his belle-soeur in France there was plenty of nonsense to call out! Take shower curtains for example. Years ago, when Doug and Heidi came to visit, Doug left a pool of water on our bathroom floor. It just wasn't like him - he was tidy, in an everything in its place way. And water’s place... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Good morning, Chris. I am on my way to correct this one. Thank you for seeing it. It is true that our eyes can run right over these misspelled words, even when editing, and it is so helpful to have others catch these errors. Merci, mon amie.
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Clare, It is truly an unusual name for such a beautiful place! I have no idea why it is called this way.
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Suzanne, This was one month ago. The water was not cold.
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Thank you, Nancy! I need to pedal back through this post and sort out the peddles/paddles/pedals. 🧐
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Thank you, Claudia. Off to fix this.
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A giant arbre (a Banyan tree?) in the market square of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, near Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Today's Word: le rivage : shore, bank, coastline Click to listen to Jean-Marc read the French example sentence: Tu ne traversera jamais l'océan si tu as peur de perdre de vue le rivage. You will never cross the ocean if you are afraid of losing sight of the shore. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse At a sandy cove in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, my daughter and I left our rented transats to wade out through the warm waters of La Baie des Fourmis. Noticing the sea was murky and the views (a thick curtain of yachts) were moyenne
.I began to have doubts about our mother-daughter getaway. We could have had this same beachy experience in our own seaside town--where the Mediterranean is clearer and there are fewer ships. This negative voice was quickly muffled by splashing. "So happy to be here with you," Jackie said, swimming beside me. "Now if only we could meet up with Crevette!" "Petite Crevette" is Jackie's friend from fashion school. Incredibly, PC was here too, in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat! Only it would be a little tricky getting to her...given she was employed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Years ago I had dinner at a friend's in Bandol and wrote about the musical evening--but never posted the story (it needed work). I found the written draft this morning and reencountered one of the characters from that night: Harry Rabinowitz. Today's column is in memory of the endearing British composer and conductor who was born in South Africa and died in France. Today's French word: savoir (verb) : to know, be aware of Listen to Jean-Marc read the quote below in French/English: Le Coeur, seul sait le Pourquoi. Only the Heart knows the Why. --KĂąlĂź Ferry. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse Sometimes I would have a glass of wine before going to a dinner party, but that was years ago. Last night I discovered an activity just as relaxing: picking an aromatic bouquet for my hosts. Gathering fragrant fenouil, blossoming purple basilic, flowering mint, leafy green l'estragon, and lavande--its blossoms only slightly fading, I stopped to inhale the floral medley. A nagging doubt coursed through my mind: Is this a weird gift? Is it appropriate? Is it enough? Honestly, I think Cynthia and Ian would appreciate the country bouquet. But what about the other guests?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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For this special edition, all the French vocabulary is featured in the story (the sound file returns next week). Picture taken last month at Ecrins National Park in the Alps. Today Jean-Marc and I celebrate 26 years of marriage. I had not planned to write un hommage (and was due to update you on a mother-daughter pĂ©riple)... when I realized il ne faut pas manquer cette chance! I would have liked to have composed a list of 26 Things (God knows that would be a colorful one!)
 but I think I just need to start from here, and work with what I have--and that would be this growing appreciation. I may not always feel that or realize that (or even want to admit that)... but the truth is: That my life is better because of him That my heart is larger from loving him That my soul is stretched forgiving him That my mind is calmed in union with him We may not always be better, loving, forgiving, or united with one another--but our hearts have somehow kept us on track. On second thought, The Grace of God has kept us on track. (I can’t speak for Jean-Marc here. But... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Hi Paige, stay tuned for the next post.... where this will be the featured word.
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Our daughter, Jackie (center, at her father's wine shop) reunited with her closest friends during her recent visit. Bienvenue to those who have just signed on to this French word journal. And a warm welcome back to longtime readers. Heureuse de vous retrouver! To get the most out of this language blog, be sure to read beyond the featured word--to the personal column about our life in France. Most of the useful vocabulary happens there! A link to a delicious tomato tart recipe follows when you read to the end of this post. Speaking of French food, check out The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux Samantha Vérant's delicious novel! Order it here. Today's word: sourire : to smile Click here to listen to the French Example Sentence Sourire mobilise 15 muscles, mais faire la gueule en sollicite 40. Reposez-vous : souriez ! Smiling mobilizes 15 muscles, but frowning requires 40. Rest: smile! A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Coucou! It's so good to be back after un petit congé sabbatique. I'm not quite sure it is over yet, this personal break, but I am cracking the whip this morning, trying to get back in the saddle... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Bonjour from La Ciotat where I am checking in from my staycation to share the good news of Jackie's arrival tomorrow, Wednesday. We are thrilled to see our daughter who we have not hugged since before this pandemic began. We thank you for keeping Jackie in your thoughts and prayers as she navigates 3 airports, traveling from Florida to Paris and onto Marseilles. Also, I'd like to highly recommend my friend Tessa's painting excursions in Provence. Many readers here have enjoyed these relaxing and creative getaways and have returned several times. Today's Word: le maraßcher (la maraichÚre) : one who sells produce at a farmers' market Audio File Listen to our daughter, Jackie, read this Wikipedia entry: Download MP3 file or Wave file Le maraßchage... est la culture de légumes, de certains fruits, de certaines fines herbes et fleurs à usage alimentaire, de maniÚre professionnelle, c'est-à-dire dans le but d'en faire un profit ou simplement d'en vivre, ce qui le distingue du jardinage. Le maraßchage... is the cultivation of vegetables, of certain fruits, of certain herbs and flowers destined for alimentary uses, in a professional manner, that is to say, with the goal of making a profit or of simply... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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If you've ever dreamed of living in France, it is not too late! Diane Covington-Carter proved that in her delightful memoir, "Eight Months in Provence, A Junior Year Abroad, 30 Years Late." Covington-Carter headed off to Provence at age fifty and discovered that wisdom and maturity made her "Junior Year Abroad" not, after all, thirty years late. But rather, right on time. A great summer read! Order here. Today's Word: l'oisivité L'oisiveté rend à la fin le travail difficile Idleness makes work difficult in the end. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse The only thing harder than writing...is not writing. Now there is a thought that has been on my mind all summer, as I try to decide just when to take a break from this 18-year-old blog--this ongoing chronicle of our life in France. What will happen if I don't write for a fortnight? A month? A year? At worst I would implode. At best I would lose the hang of things, lose ground, making this colossal effort of expression even harder. And we all know: The only thing harder than working...is NOT working, or, as the French saying goes: L'oisiveté rend à la fin le... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at FRENCH WORD-A-DAY
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Suzanne, That is genius! 😂😂
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Thank you, Susan, for this wonderful recommendation. Just watched the movie trailer, here: https://youtu.be/V67oGqKkxkM
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Ian, So good to have your thoughtful contribution! Interesting to read about Mary Anning. I imagine there have been books written on her life and will look into it. Sad to read about Tray. Poor thing!
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Thank you, chùre Natalia. Hugs from here. 💕💕
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