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  I went to the mall today. I don’t like malls. I find them claustrophobic, and predictable. Same store chains. Same food outlets. People everywhere. Even worse at Christmas time. Special sales every two weeks (then why call them “special”?)   Beam my up, Scotty! (photographer unknown) I stay away from malls as much as I…

“This town of churches and dreams;  this town I thought I would lose myself in, with its backward ways and winding roads leading to nowhere;  but, I found myself instead.  -Magic in the Backyard (excerpt from American Honey, by Kelly Elmore)”    What does a big-city-loving-French-Girl do, when she can’t be in a big city? …

Special celebrations call for special drinks, like le Kir Royal… A friend commented there was no French twist to last week’s story about New York. My stories ALWAYS have a French twist, she said… Zut. (Rats.) We need to fix this quickly, I say. Cheer up, friend: Plenty of French twists in this story. Plenty of friends,…

  Central Park bench: The wisdom of New York city. A few days ago, I *almost* wrote a story, and it started like this: These vagabond shoes  They are longing to stray  Right through the very heart of it  New York, New York… (New York, New York lyrics)   I was still in New York…

Do you remember Matt Damon’s line at the end of Good Will Hunting? This week, I get to be in the movie. Like Will Hunting, I have to go see about a girl. The girl’s name is New York City. In the French language, all cities are girls,”la ville,” but even if they weren’t, I would…

Fall has arrived with a vengeance. Wait, not fall. More like premature winter. Brrrrr… I have been drinking Fauchon tea almost daily, and this only happens when I am cold.    It looks like I will start wearing my new charming French doudoune, Mademoiselle Plume, a lot sooner than expected. Yes, it has arrived, and…

Once upon a time, in my *other life,* [the French one,] I loved to go antique hunting. During field trips to les marchés aux Puces (flea markets) in St. Ouen, Vanves, or Montreuil, or to local brocantes and vide-greniers (garage sale,) I spent hours browsing, rummaging through dusty boxes, scanning shelves for the unique object –…

 This article was originally published in 2012. It has been updated.    Seattle can be absolutely magnificent in the summer, beautiful summer skies, greens and blues everywhere I look. Locals are relaxed, enjoying summer parties, barbecues, or trips to the beach.   One of the best places to experience the Emerald City is the Pike Place…

Life is good on a boat’s transom… Twenty days. 260 nautical miles. Two countries.  Objects lost at sea: 2 pairs of sunglasses. 1 Fedora hat. 1 flashlight. 1 wrench. 1 winch handle.  Successful rescues at sea: 1 dinghy. 1 boat hook. 1 fender. Photos taken: Too many to count.  Friendly people met: Too many to…