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Author Archives: karenmerriam

Feeling our Oats

There are lots of things that can contribute to feeling full of energy and joy. The two I think of most immediately are 1) the warmth of Spring and 2) the pleasure of being surrounded by love and humor.  My “niece” Renée arrived for a three-week visit on April 4, and soon after the weather, … Continue reading »

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Once is not enough

Before I get started, just a reminder to you, the faithful reader, that if you don’t see the pictures I’ve posted on your “update,”  go to the main site (www.karenmerriam.com) to see all the photos in a better format. Also, all photos can be enlarged by clicking on them twice. Enjoy! One of the great … Continue reading »

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Just for Fun

The insistent chatter of magpies building their nest outside my window in the platane tree tells me that I can trust the rhythms of nature. Spring is a fact I can count on. And this turbulent wind and rain are the necessary preparations for its ripening.  This is what I remind myself as I try … Continue reading »

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Souvenir

     SWEETPEA April 20, 1999 – January 26, 2013 Change happens so fast sometimes.  You think you’re all prepared for the day, the week, even the month, and then change turns the world upside down. We learned from the Veterinarian just a few weeks ago that SweetPea had a large mass in her abdomen. … Continue reading »

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A little bird told me . . .

“Mon petit doigt me l’a dit . . . ” is the french expression to say “A little bird told me . . .” In this case it was a little bird, to be sure.  As I settled myself to write these few words, the sun was setting over Aix en Provence.  I gazed inward … Continue reading »

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YES – the word for a new year

What’s not to love about a golf course that places a sculpture at its first tee saying (in french of course) OUI  or  YES .  After Christmas and before New Years, we drove two short hours to the southeast from Aix to try out Golf Opio Valbonne. Situated between  Nice and Grasse, it gave us … Continue reading »

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Precious gifts

It is, every day, a gift to be here in France: living a dream I carried in my  heart for over fifty years; sharing it with my dearest companions, Ken & SweetPea; receiving new friendships and tokens of love that keep me warm and nourished in this winter season. Such are the tiny figures given … Continue reading »

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Un beau mec

It’s a good thing I don’t have to write this little blog post in french or I would never get it done. It takes me forever to compose even one sentence, and just when I think I’ve managed to write a little thought perfectly, Claire (one of my profs) brings out her red marker pen … Continue reading »

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Winter is Coming

I know you’ve heard about the Mistral: winds that sweep into Provence from the north bringing cold and sometimes wrecking havoc. In these past few weeks, the Mistral has been asserting its prowess, knocking over a cruise ship in the harbor at Marseille, downing trees in the local parks here in Aix, and generally making … Continue reading »

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As I Was Saying

Hello to dear friends and family – We are so entirely happy with our new home and our “proprietors,” Monique & Dominiqe, & mother Simone. Here’s Ken with Monique & Dominique in front of the little gallery & theatre, Le Ruban Vert, on the street floor of our building, where Simone, in the gallery, signed … Continue reading »

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