This book recommendation comes to you wonderful dad! We chatted via Skype last night and Dad could not stop raving about Portrait of a Woman in White. If you love history, art, and romance--and are interested in WWII--buy Susan Winkler's book! "Winkler takes a topic of growing interest, the recovery and return of art stolen by... Read more →

Walking in the sea, mid-January, in La Ciotat, France. Some wore wetsuits, others (as in a man we saw just this morning) wear only an iconic Speedo! s'aérer l'esprit : to clear the mind Audio File: listen to Jean-Marc read the following French words: S'aérer l'esprit s'aérer l'esprit. marcher, promener, gambader, sont des bons moyens pour s'aérer... Read more →

This photo was taken years ago, at our vineyard, but it could be our new place here in La Ciotat. We have the same chairs (from my belle-mère), same bougainvillea, same gravel, same dog. Familiarity is comforting, isn't it? If you have read this letter for years, you are getting to know our family. If you are... Read more →

Dear Reader, The regular edition of French Word-A-Day will return in a few days. Meantime, I've been trying to write a eulogy for my belle-mère without sounding too sentimental, too dramatic, or too poetic--but all of these things, from poesie to sentimentality, evoke the richness of Michele-France's life. This--and her humor, her stubbornness, and that charming gap... Read more →

Bonjour et Bonne Année. Je suis bouleversé par tous vos messages de soutien et vous en remercie du fond du cœur. Un nouveau chapitre de notre vie s'ouvre... Avec ma profonde reconnaissance. Hello and Happy New Year. I am overwhelmed by all your messages of support and thank you from the bottom of my heart. A new... Read more →

It is with great sadness that my family and I announce that Michèle-France--mother, belle-mère and granny extraordinaire--has passed away on Christmas Eve. We will share more about her life when we return to France for her funeral, which will take place on January 4th, 4pm local time in France. Amicalement, Kristi, Jean-Marc, Max, and Jackie Read more →

Une balançoire, or swing, in Paris to illustrate today's word.... une saute d'humeur : mood swing No dog is immune to a mood swing. Aucun chien n'est à l'abri d'une saute d'humeur (from the book Tout sur la psychologie d'un chien (All about Dog Psychology) A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse This past Tuesday,... Read more →