Category Archives: Family

September 14: The long perspective

Joel is genetically optimistic, and despite trying very hard for decades to mutate his cheery DNA in my empty half of the darker, more anxious glass, it simply doesn’t seem to be working. I find myself being happy and relaxed … Continue reading

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December 17: Thoughts on dogs

When I was a kid, we always had dogs as well as cats. Joel and I have never had one together, despite how much I’ve wanted one, because they need more company than we’ve ever been in a position to … Continue reading

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November 18: a miraculous lunch

For All Saints’ Day, the day on which French gravestones disappear under bunches of chrysanthemums, we offered to take Denise to the cemetery where Joel’s aunt and his grandparents are buried. Unfortunately between moving apartments and me spending four days … Continue reading

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September 4: Fame and fortune

The BBC version of Jane Eyre is on TV here this week, but as it will be dubbed in French, I won’t watch it. If ever I am mistaken for a spy and captured, I will reveal all I know … Continue reading

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July 17: Four things I hear

(1) “Nee nee nee nee” That’s Louie, next door, singing. He must be nearly a-year-and-a-half-old now. Joel insists French people don’t really say Ooh la la, but Louie’s maman, Marie, disproves that every day, several times. She and Gabriel have … Continue reading

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January 22: Three dozen sea urchins

On our first “date”, Joel and I went to see the movie Gandhi, with Ben Kingsley, which came out in 1982. It must have been later that year or in 1983 that I first visited Nice. His dad was still … Continue reading

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September 27: Simply the best

I’ve just had an email from my brother, who was talking about shale gas (his speciality) to an audience in Paris. He told me he’d thought of me and my sister Sarah when he saw Pepperidge Farm cookies in Monoprix, … Continue reading

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