Bastille Day: An Appreciation

July 14th is Bastille Day in France, the date which the country celebrates its independence. Unlike Americans who threw fought to gain their freedom from a foreign ruler an ocean away, the French struggled to gain their liberty from home-grown rulers (royal heirs and self-appointed emperors) who often lived down the street. And it wasn’t … More Bastille Day: An Appreciation

The Paris Wardrobe: Pack the Black

I’ve recently received a couple of emails from American men who planning a move to Paris as soon as conditions permit. Both asked about how to purchase/pack/plan for the weather and the culture with regards to wardrobe, so I thought a post about my experiences in this regard might prove timely, and helpful. Hindsight is … More The Paris Wardrobe: Pack the Black

2021 Here In Paris…and Thank You

First, I wanted to say how much I appreciate the articulate and insightful comments so many of you have offered recently on our various topics. The detail and nuance in your perspectives is highly valued. Please continue to read, think, and engage with passion and civility. Second, I wanted to say a very heartfelt ‘thank … More 2021 Here In Paris…and Thank You

French Table Manners from The Local

The Local France is an English-language site that covers news, politics, and culture, especially as they impact the expat community. I subscribed earlier this year as the pandemic hit France. The Local had current, relevant, and invaluable information posted on their website during the nerve-racking early days when separating fact from fiction was key. And … More French Table Manners from The Local

Standards, the Paris Update, and Vaccines on the Horizon

STANDARDS. I enjoyed and appreciated the contributions everyone made on the topic of ‘standards’. As I may have mentioned before, the comment that has stayed with me the longest has been this: your commitment to excellence will determine your quality of life. And that circles right back to standards. One of my resolutions for 2021 … More Standards, the Paris Update, and Vaccines on the Horizon

Emily in Paris…Hit and Miss

A few friends from the states–and our friend David here in Paris–have mentioned the Netflix series Emily in Paris. Initially, I could stomach only the first episode, so predictable was the writing. But with the encouragement of an American friend here in the neighborhood, I buckled down for more, eventually watching the entire series with … More Emily in Paris…Hit and Miss

A Brief Update from Paris

As the US deals with increasing infection rates, I thought it might be helpful and perhaps a little comforting to offer a little perspective from Paris. To recap quickly, the pandemic spread to France from northern Italy and Switzerland in January and February of this year. On March 17, 2019, the country was locked down, … More A Brief Update from Paris

An Update from Paris

My apologies for the delay in replying to comments recently, and if I by chance missed a comment, please forgive me. Ironically, after an initial lull in the action, the workload here has intensified. I have been squeezed for time and responding to everyone’s contributions in a timely manner has been difficult. I hope to … More An Update from Paris