chasing the wind in bordeaux

Good things come in light, white pastry boxes that we open on the steps of opera houses and city halls and eat in the stretching late afternoon sunlight. Bordeaux is fine food and lively squares and leisurely bike rides. My friend and I partake in all of it with the bleary-eyed stupor one acquires on …

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put that in your book

That's going in my memoir.  When I feel I'm playing a starring role in an indie comedy about someone with terrible luck, I do two things. First, I try to laugh at myself. If that fails, I remember something Mary told me, Nora Ephron's philosophy: everything is copy. No experience is wasted if it becomes material. …

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bad & bougie: our ill-fated vacation turned writing retreat

According to some estimates, Menton, France experiences merely thirty-four sunless days a year. I have been here for all of them.  That's an exaggeration. I have learned, though, that even the "sunniest place in France" isn't always the beach oasis you expect. Not in February, when I visited the first time with my mom, and not …

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