Friday, August 19, 2016

I Love/Hate Shopping!!

How hot is it?  It’s so hot I could cuddle up with a Popsicle.  "Come to Mama, you tall, cold, flavored drink of water!!"  That’s the bad news.  

Illustration by Claudi Kessels

The good news is that the cool breezes of fall will soon be wafting my way bringing with them everything I love about the season – the crisp air on my cheeks, the comforting warmth of a wool sweater and the heavenly smell of sausage and apples simmering on the stove. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Like a "Poisson" Out of Water

I spent many years teaching French to adults and teaching American executives awaiting transfer to France how to cope with the cultural differences they would face.  One question always popped up more than any other – “Do you think of yourself as more American or more French?” 

It’s a natural question to ask someone who is bilingual, bicultural and bi-national.  In fact, it’s a question Yvan Jayne gets asked a lot. 

In 1998, the 16-year-old Marseillais came to the United States to finish his studies and fulfill his dream of becoming a champion Rodeo bareback-rider.