November 2, 2016

I hydrate therefore I go. A lot. When zipping around Paris it’s important to know where my next pitstop is. With more than 7,000 cafés in Paris you might be thinking, what’s the big deal? Just go already. Stop blogging and be done with it.

If only.

In cafés, les toilette...

September 13, 2016

​​“You’re a regular saliva factory,” my US hygienist says to me every time I see her. It’s like a greeting, a call-and-response thing without the response part because by that point her fingers are in my mouth. Then she follows up with, “It’s not your fault. You can’t...

July 18, 2016

Where I swim, the showers are “mixte”, which is to say men and women shower together so it is “interdit” (not permitted) to take off your bathing suit. This makes sense to me not so much from a prude’s point of view but more from a why-unnecessarily-increase-the-incide...

June 21, 2016

I have thick, curly hair—think Magic Sponge Animal expanding six times its original size—Diana Ross meet Cousin Itt. Cousin Itt, Diana. And so one of the more pressing, first-world problems upon moving to Paris was finding a good stylist.

Allow me to introduce you to th...

May 5, 2016

I am an avid swimmer. It is my church/temple/zen/crack. Imagine my delight upon moving to Paris at learning there are 39 municipal pools—each 25-50m, clean with hot showers, individual changing rooms, secure lockers and swim suit/goggle/swim cap vending machines (kid y...

December 21, 2015

For our year-end Salon meeting (please don’t call it Book Club), we members assigned ourselves the task of making dioramas of a scene from a favorite book. Here’s mine. Can you guess?

It’s Somerset Maugham’s "Of Human Bondage", when Philip Carey meets Mildred Rogers in...

November 11, 2015

“Scientists genetically modify human embryos for the first time: controversial technique could lead to designer babies”




Hallelujah, finally I can start having kids! No longer do I have to worry my children will be ostracized for having my husband’s ugly...

November 3, 2015

I won the 2014 Time & Place Prize in Brittany, France. I never win anything so when I got the email last March from Larry (he runs the contest along with his wife, Maria) telling me I had won a one-month, all expenses-paid trip to Brittany, France to have the “time and...

September 18, 2015


Hello, my name is Laurie and I am attached to outcome. 

Everyone: Hello, Laurie!


It all started when I was born. I came out with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish and, I don’t mean to brag, but by the time I was eighteen months, I achieved them all. I could focus,...

September 16, 2015


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To Whom it May Concern et al et Al

Please review the following complaint

Regarding a company called, Door Pal

Problems with quality of wood and paint.


I ordered a new dutch door in dark red.

For those not in the know, a dutch...

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September 18, 2015

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