Six

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 4 No tags Permalink 0

Six years. A lot happened in six years. Whirlwind. Changes. Our little boys grew up. The one rowdy and bright eyed, the other rather mournful and private became men, smart and vibrant. And handsome. And have something of their uncle about them. Our young men went to college; one became an architect, the other a designer. One graduated ...

Happy Birthday, Julia!

Saturday, August 15, 2015 8 , Permalink 0

I was given a set of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in 1986 just after I had moved to France, which was, when I come to think of it, a bit like bringing coals to Newcastle or, as I did, bringing a pasta machine to Italy. Although I have always loved my copies of "Mastering," it ...

One More Day

Thursday, June 25, 2015 8 No tags Permalink 0

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo ...

Learning Curve

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 15 No tags Permalink 3

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut Shortly after I married, I began working as an interpreter in a large, prestigious cooking school in the center of Paris. The gentleman for whom I worked had created the Anglophone section at said cooking school ...

Learning to Swim

Monday, March 2, 2015 8 No tags Permalink 1

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. - Pablo Picasso It’s astonishing how quickly one can become acclimated to something new: a new life, new schedule, new job, even a new profession. I have been feeling lately that starting over in life is like being ...

A Hotel with a Soul

Sunday, February 8, 2015 9 No tags Permalink 0

We always long for the forbidden things, and desire what is denied us. - Francois Rabelais  A hotel with a soul. That’s what he said. “That’s what is missing these days, hotels with a soul, une âme, warm, welcoming places where one feels at home. That’s what you have here. The hotel, your neighborhood, your region, ...