Yearly Archives: 2014

Hivernale 2014

Hivernale 2014

The last day of the year and the last day of the month are also the last day of La Garde’s HivernaleHiver is French for winter, and I assume the ‘nale’ is appended in the same manner as another, better know celebration – Carnival, without the trailing ‘e’. The Hivernale is the winter festival here, and for the record there no Printempsnale, Éténale, or Automnenale. For the holiday season, this year from November 30th until December 31st, the Place de la Republique, and all the nearby spaces in the town center, are populated with 101 little cabins, chalets, which if you’ve ever strolled between the booths at your town’s annual art and wine festival, then you’re familiar with the concept of the Hivernale. Continue Reading

Apéro, Bac, Chéquier – a guide to life in France

Apéro, Bac, Chéquier – a guide to life in France

Pardon My French by Charles Timoney Penguin, 233 pp., £8.99 2007 Even before France was France, outsiders have been traveling here and then writing about their experiences. Unintentionally and at a time when I had no interest in France, I read one of the earlier books in this genre: in Charles Joyce’s first year Latin class,… Continue Reading

Life as a notebook

Life as a notebook

A small notebook that was my father’s came to me after his death. It measured three by five inches, was made of black leather, and had six tiny yet strong rings for holding the paper –  the clasp that set and unset the rings was brass colored, and it must have been well made because it… Continue Reading

There and Back Again

There and Back Again

The title has been used before, but happily titles are not subject to copyright. Unlike Bilbo, I did not run into any dragons, wizards, dwarves, elves, or trolls, at least in their literal form. Nor was there any treasure to be had, although something close to that was a part of my decision to visit the… Continue Reading

The real football

This is about  the other game, the one that does not have a 100% injury rate and leaves a considerable portion of its players with lifelong, debilitating injuries, or otherwise forces players to retire early because of concussions. In my days of watching football, both Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers and Troy Aikman Continue Reading

Random observations

Random observations

E.B. White style again. *** Fashion: the no longer young but still attractive woman, blonde, she’s had too much sun, in a short black leather skirts, sheer blouse, high heels, carrying a large, black leather weekend bag is a city bus driver and she is dressed for work. *** Behavior: parents hit their children in public, rather… Continue Reading