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Samantha Vérant talks about learning French

Samantha Vérant
talks about learning French

Last month, France Book Tours was honored to organize a virtual book tour for Samantha Vérant and her amazing memoir: … 389 more words


Let's start from the beginning

The beginning, my story, why I’m like this, things that I possibly haven’t said out loud in my entire life.  “Why?” you ask… because I need to tell someone, even if it’s a blank computer screen and an audience that does not exist.   723 more words


Thanksgiving for Kitchen Orphans

It was more than twenty years ago that holidays were not mine but I still feel so blessed this time of year that I am no longer a chef. 422 more words


Great Expectations

That’s me, in 1962, in the red striped dress — one of my favorites, complete with a scritchy-scratchy petticoat.  And that is my brother Danny, my mother’s fifth child in six years, on my paternal grandmother’s lap.  1,247 more words


How to Deal with Grief on Thanksgiving

For most people, the holidays are a chance to relax, surround yourself with family, and celebrate being alive, but for others, it’s a difficult time, because they’re in mourning for a family member or someone in their family currently has an illness. 310 more words


One Lovely Blog Award

I’d like to start out this Thanksgiving week by giving thanks to fellow blogger Mindyminix for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  This is such an honor, Mindy, and I greatly appreciate your generosity. 843 more words


The Scar That Left A Mark

Don’t all scars leave a mark? By definition, yes. But if you’re like me (read: clumsy, unaware of your flailing limbs, not afraid to jump off of things, etc.), you probably have more scars than you can count, but only remember how a select few of them actually happened. 606 more words