Category Archives: Health and wellness

A Chinese Tourist, Napoleon’s Birthplace and French Pastry

It was a cold like any other cold: I got it from a Chinese tourist at Napoleon’s childhood home and it took special measures to cure. A little background: Corsica is a beautiful island in the Med that is part … Continue reading

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The Big 5-Oh-Oh

Once upon a time…”Be gentle dear reader: this is my first blog.” That entry was dated January 9, 2007 – almost seven years and four months ago. Since then, there have been hundreds of stories – big and small, international … Continue reading

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Back in Trouble

It’s been a while since I last entered a story. The reason: I seriously messed up my back five weeks ago. Yes, five expletive-deleted weeks ago. Here’s how it happened, as I related to my older son, J, a couple … Continue reading

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Thoughts After a Visit to the US

We recently spent a couple of weeks in US, using NoVA as a launching point. Here are few random observations: “Flying the Friendly Skies.” D and I get on our plane going from Toulouse to Paris and one of the … Continue reading

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How to Telephone God

In yesterday’s story on Castelnau de Montmiral, I wrote about how pretty the town is, how it merits its selection as one of the Plus Beaux Villes de France. With today being a religious holiday in FR –¬†Ascension Day – … Continue reading

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A Pinch of This, a Dash of That

Just a couple of stories about recent events: “Beaucoup Felicitations!” Last month, a friend and colleague of M’s came over with his wife, Dorothy, and their grown-up daughter, Jessie. Having taken part in several visits put on by Elyse the … Continue reading

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Springtime at Chez Newman…

And the flowers are everywhere. We rent our place.¬† But before they moved out, the owners put in zillions of flowers and flowering bushes and trees.¬† So every springtime, we’re treated to a season-long display of color. And while I … Continue reading

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