My fourth springtime in Washington state, and this year I finally saw the tulips.  I anticipated a day trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival as anxiously I would a vacation – a much-needed vacation.  Happy as my disposition tends to be, I’ve found that working-life post-TAPIF leaves something to be desired.  I need to […]

When you are so happy to be back in a town that you love that you dance down its streets!


The year is off to a great start with a grueling hike up Washington’s most-frequented trail, and a graceful fall back down.


Halloween 2012 came and went with little celebration.  In fact, Phillip and I spent the day in perhaps the place the least likely to celebrate Halloween, Lourdes – a haven for Catholic pilgrims looking for a miracle from sweet Saint Bernadette Soubirous.  And this year, a more strenuous work schedule than last year threatened to cut […]


Sure, Paris is glamorous and old and great and renowned and a bit snobby and dearly beloved – but Périgueux is pretty wonderful, too!


Was it really a year ago that I was boarding a plane to France, jumping out of an airplane, signing a lease to a 15th century apartment, and starting my post as an English language assistant with TAPIF?  And to think that I almost let the date pass by without even a thought.  Then I […]


A peek into my Périgueux home – fifteenth century built, maid’s chamber-sized, in the centre-ville, and very, very loved.


In which I disclose my location after yet another long absence from the blogging world.


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