Chez Nous, part 1

Chez nous means ‘our house’, or more technically, ‘near us’. It’s such a common phrase in speaking French, and I love the familiarity and intimacy it suggests. Near us, in our hearts, in our home. Chez nous, moving to a new place is a constant and familiar process.  One that we have done oh-so-many times, […]

Talent is…

“You are so talented!” Have you heard this before? Anyone with an outwardly apparent skill likely has, and certainly anyone in the arts. The fruits of the painter, the musician, the carpenter, the crafter, the decorator, the dancer, are always recognized as talent. A younger me would have nodded graciously in agreement at the compliment, “You’re […]

En Fin (finally!)

I’ve been wanting to hang up my instruments for years and finally made it happen!  Why did I wait so long?  Well, kids.  I have children and always imagined them smashing them in delight like a heavy-metal rockstar.  I did lay down some stern rules for them,”NO TOUCHING! Unless I am with you the whole […]