Writer. Expressionist. Lover & la Flâneuse.

The Theme is Home.

The Theme is Home.

Mar 9, 2013

I slammed my white porcelain coffee tumbler on the table and threw my iPhone across the hardwood floor. I ran to the bathroom, crying. Except, I didn’t. As the tears came streaming down my cheeks I put my coffee cup down gently, even though I wanted to smash it. I carefully placed my iPhone on […]

French Life Friday: Bonsoir

French Life Friday: Bonsoir

Mar 8, 2013

My sheets are wet. So, even though I want to go curl up in bed, the warm and fuzzy feeling would evade me. With my mind running amok lately, forgetting to put the sheets in the dryer was just one more thing on the list that escaped me.

Pooped & Happy.

Pooped & Happy.

Mar 1, 2013

It’s supposed to be French Life Friday…. But it’s not. Even though I can’t muster too many words, I do want to wave a wee flag that says, “Hello, I’m here, I’m carrying on, all will be well.” I’ve been traveling the full spectrum of human emotion the past 10 days. There have been elated […]

French Life Friday: My French Haircut

French Life Friday: My French Haircut

Feb 22, 2013

I cut my hair this morning. By myself. In the bathroom, over the sink. It was an experiment and it didn’t work out that well. I had to. The last time I had a real haircut was March. Last year.

Seth Godin Joins Our Book Project.

Seth Godin Joins Our Book Project.

Feb 11, 2013

Seth Godin has joined our book project. Welcome, Seth! On Saturday he emailed me a graph of what I can expect on this book publishing journey. Wasn’t that thoughtful and helpful of him? It is a particularly moving gesture because we haven’t even told him we’re doing this project. Yet. Which can only mean: Seth […]

French Life Friday: the Perfect Paris Apartment

French Life Friday: the Perfect Paris Apartment

Feb 8, 2013

Sometimes we have to escape to dreamland…. particularly when we are procrastinating on making a choice. While avoiding a decision today, I slipped

Breaking the Cycle of Stuckness: Choice.

Breaking the Cycle of Stuckness: Choice.

Feb 7, 2013

It happened again. I signed up to get important, insider information from an ‘expert’. Mrs. Maxine, Charity and I have begun this new book project—which doesn’t have a name yet—and we thought, “Oh, yes, this looks like a good place to start.” But, I already knew 95% of the stuff he talked about. This is […]

French Life Friday: Woops.

French Life Friday: Woops.

Feb 2, 2013

Friday came. And I had some French thoughts tucked away, and I promised I’d get to them after our meeting about the project that doesn’t have a name but is about figuring out how to publish a book in a year. Then my sister-in-law came by (which was lovely). Then I got hungry. Then I […]

The Nameless Project Has Begun.

The Nameless Project Has Begun.

Feb 1, 2013

So, we started this thing. Except, it doesn’t have a name. ‘We’ means me, my sister and my mother.

French Life Friday: les Lettres & Manuscrits

French Life Friday: les Lettres & Manuscrits

Jan 25, 2013

Paper, I can trust. But an e-book? I’m not so sure. I hold in my hand a paper book, and we develop a relationship. We spend time together. Sometimes we even go in the bath together. Sometimes I drop a corner in the water. Never has a paper book complained or stopped ‘working’. It has […]

French Life Friday: Journey by Rail from London to Aix-en-Provence

French Life Friday: Journey by Rail from London to Aix-en-Provence

Jan 18, 2013

Airports are an insult to travel. Waiting in infinitely long and tedious queues just so you can disrobe in front of strangers and be chastised about your laptop being out of battery power leaves a sour taste in the mouth, which often lasts longer than the quick two-hour hop to your destination. One could argue […]

French Life Friday: A Little Self-Care

French Life Friday: A Little Self-Care

Jan 11, 2013

The day got away on me… what with the romance of drafting letters to the City Mayor and Council about ridiculous out-of-place developments proposed in yours truly’s neighbourhood….. And so tonight will be a night to take care of the softer side of things. An evening for a manicure à la moi, a Rose infused bubble […]

Everything’s Okay.

Everything’s Okay.

Jan 9, 2013

Hooray for me, I’m still alive! Usually, I’m not so shocked and grateful to notice that I am indeed alive for one more day (uh, yes, hello, can you say ‘taking for granted‘). But today is different because

Risking.

Risking.

Jan 8, 2013

I looked around then put the cap back on the highlighter. Nine-hour tealights from Ikea are set ablaze. And Laughing Buddha smiles down at them. A tiny lamp glows in the corner of my desk, which is actually our dining table. The lamp sits atop a stack of books: Paris – an Inspiring Tour Through […]

French Life Friday: The Green Velvet Chair

French Life Friday: The Green Velvet Chair

Jan 4, 2013

I didn’t mean to do it. I didn’t mean to open that can of worms. But there I was—in my pink plaid pyjama pants—watching in horror and amazement as the computer mouse tucked under my hand began clicking and moving seemingly all on its own. I had to face the facts: I was googling “Paris […]

French Life Friday: Eau de France

French Life Friday: Eau de France

Dec 28, 2012

I want to return home new. I want to be a new woman. Vivacious. Alluring. Bold. Feminine, but not dainty. I wanted to be French when I got back on the plane to fly home. This was part of my secret plan for the time I would spend in the southwest corner of France, midway […]

French Life Friday: Champagne Apocalypse

French Life Friday: Champagne Apocalypse

Dec 21, 2012

Finally, finally after three years of fretting over when to drink a gleaming bottle of Amour de Deutz 1999 Champagne, the answer is obvious: now. I love bubbles. Bubbles of all kinds: soapy, frothy, foamy, bubble-bath-y, summer bubble blowing with kids in the sunshine…. and champagne. And here’s where the snobbery enters. It must be […]

French Life Friday: Christmas in Paris

French Life Friday: Christmas in Paris

Dec 14, 2012

To stroll through Paris is gift enough, but to happen upon the beautiful Place Vendome bedecked with glistening Christmas ornaments? Wondrous. I wish I could gloat that the photo was my own and I had the pleasure of experiencing this Christmas dream in the flesh. Alas. Not true. The photo belongs to Carla Coulson, the […]

I bit off my nails (most of them, anyway).

I bit off my nails (most of them, anyway).

Dec 10, 2012

Change is afoot. It’s in the air. There’s nowhere to hide. Something is simmering in me. Something wants to express. And I’m not letting it out. Yet.

French Life Friday: Parisian Social Stationery

French Life Friday: Parisian Social Stationery

Dec 7, 2012

Books, paper and pens turn me into a ravenous beast. I can’t get enough. Visiting a proper paper shop—especially a traditional stationer’s lair—is likely to send me into fits of bliss and I can easily foresee myself fainting with delight…