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Locked Down in Essoyes, Le Grand Est

The most striking thing to me, really, is that if any of us have ever doubted that we are in fact one human race living a somewhat precarious existence on this beautiful planet of ours; and that we all share fundamental desires, needs, and responsibilities as human beings so blessed; and that we are most certainly “in this together”–now is the time when it should be perfectly clear that we are in fact, all of those things…

Continue Reading March 16, 2020 at 2:45 pm 5 comments

Autumn in Champagne

Champagne is beautiful at any time of year…But some parts of the year are more beautiful than others….

Continue Reading October 27, 2019 at 6:02 am Leave a comment

Bonjour, Arras!

I often tell people that one of the best things about France is the incredibly rich array of choices there is in terms of places to go, and things to see and do in this relatively small country. The diversity of landscapes, types of architecture, cuisines, local languages and dialects, and local and regional history, not to mention climate and geography, is quite simply amazing…

Continue Reading August 23, 2019 at 8:18 pm 4 comments

Announcing “Demystifying the French”

“Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You,” is now available for purchase.

Continue Reading January 8, 2019 at 8:09 am 4 comments

Remembering War, Looking Toward Peace: Armistice Day, 2018

It was an emotionally intense week in France last week as the country marked the 100th year anniversary of the end of the First World War….

Continue Reading November 13, 2018 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

It’s been an exciting week in Essoyes…

Most of the time my life here is pretty quiet, and that is a large part of the reason I love it so much. In Essoyes I have found a place where peaceful solitude, and the ability to concentrate on my work is fairly easy to achieve.
But last week was different….

Continue Reading October 17, 2018 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

Report from Essoyes: Les Vendanges 2018

“It’s been a good year!!” my friend Béthsabée announced, when I stopped by to say hello and ask how the vendange was going this year. “It’s been a very good year,” she added. “It’s the kind of year we’ve been waiting for for 10 years….”

Continue Reading September 9, 2018 at 3:04 pm 2 comments

Interview with Our Forestière (Bilingual post)

The latest in a series of interviews I am doing with the people of Essoyes, asking them questions about their lives, their work, and their relationship with the past, present, and future of this place….

Continue Reading February 21, 2018 at 5:53 pm Leave a comment

A Wonderful Day in Troyes-in-Champagne

Like many people, my favorite city in France is Paris. But my second-favorite city in France is not so well known. So please allow me to introduce you to a beautiful, medium-sized city in eastern France, about two and a half hours southeast of Paris, that you really should think about visiting if you haven’t already…

Continue Reading October 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

Early Autumn in Essoyes

…I am enjoying the pleasure of being once again on the edge of the forest. Listening to the birds, seeing them hop around on the railing outside my window, or peek inside. Enjoying the sound of wings flapping–is it an owl, is it a hawk? I have no idea, but whoever it is that goes scuttering out of the tops of the trees when I walk down the path in the mornings to get wood for the fire has very big, strong wings….

Continue Reading September 22, 2017 at 7:44 am 4 comments

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