Before moving to France, I lived in the beautiful San Francisco Bay area. The best thing about California was there before any humans showed up….

petanque ournament

Every village in the south of France has at least one terrain de pétanques, a carefully calibrated patch of ground tamped down not too hard…

It’s taken me a while to get this post together—had to set up my scanner in my new place, not to mention finish the coloriages! Martine…

watercolor of theatre

Theatre is alive and well in Aix en Provence. I went to see a play at Theatre du Jeu du Paume (named after an indoor game “Paume” =…

At last the earth has tilted her head down enough so we in the Northern Hemisphere can enjoy more sun! Now that I’m in a…

The wonderful Côte d’Azur is only a couple of hours away from St Cannat. We took a little day trip just when the mimosa were…

My first full day in France was St Valentine’s. Aix was decked out in Yayoi Kusama’s charming polka-dotted trees to open the 2013 Marseille/Provence Cultural Festivities. I…

drawing about packing

I made it! After several months of reducing my life in the States to zero, I am finally on the positive side of the number…

drawing of fallen leaves with poem

Les sanglots longs Des violons De l’automne Blessent mon coeur D’une langueur Monotone. Tout suffocant Et blême, quand Sonne l’heure, Je me souviens Des jours…

When Kaiser Permanente decided to overhaul the existing Oakland Medical Center, they knew the disruption in the Community needed to be balanced by their commitment…

victoria embankment

I was in England this July, though not for the Olympics, but to visit family. Other than the charm of the people (and their noticeably…

sketch of Martigues, france

Recently back from a month in the South of France. Not wanting to spend too much time in the car, I limited my day trips…

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