November 4th, 2017

Getting Out the Vote

September 22nd, 2017

The Maple Tree

Although it stills feels as hot and muggy as midsummer here in Washington, DC, it is actually the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere. So, a painting and a poem in celebration. The leaves are changing color; we await those crisp cool blue-sky days. And wait… Happy Autumn, everyone.

The Maple with its tassell flowers of green
That turns to red, a stag horn shapèd seed
Just spreading out its scallopped leaves is seen,
Of yellowish hue yet beautifully green.
Bark ribb’d like corderoy in seamy screed
That farther up the stem is smoother seen,
Where the white hemlock with white umbel flowers
Up each spread stoven to the branches towers
And mossy round the stoven spread dark green
And blotched leaved orchis and the blue-bell flowers—
Thickly they grow and neath the leaves are seen.
I love to see them gemm’d with morning hours.
I love the lone green places where they be
And the sweet clothing of the Maple tree.

—John Clare 1793-1864

Elizabeth

June 14th, 2017

Abbey of Le Bec Hellouin

Although this Normandy abbey is now a historic monument belonging to the French state, it continues to house a community of Benedictine monks. In the eleventh century, two of them went on to become Archbishops of Canterbury.

June 12th, 2017

Bercy/Bibliothèque Nationale

Off to explore a quartier which has greatly changed since we lived in Paris. The formerly industrial neighborhood is now home to a cultural-educational-flower-filled park edged with spiffy apartment towers, and the 19th century stone wine warehouses now accommodate shops and restaurants. It’s an easy walk across the Seine to the four controversial towering volumes of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, today packed with students cramming for the Bac.

June 11th, 2017

It’s a Paris Party

Sunday afternoon in Paris: a time to get together for an eleven-hour lunch with old friends.

 

June 10th, 2017

New Boules, and Musée Rodin

One of J’s goals on this trip: to visit OBUT, where the pros shop.

Paula

June 9th, 2017

À la Recherche de l’Oeuf Perdu (de Paul Arzens)

It is not an actual egg we seek, but the electric car built by Paul Arzens during WWII that he showed us when we were living in Paris in the late 70s.

June 9th, 2017

The Courtyard, and Beyond

Ideal day: begin with this view at breakfast, then wander the streets.

June 8th, 2017

Paris, Pigeon, Poutres apparentes

The best of all places to begin a Paris sojourn: on a bench in the Jardin du Luxembourg. (But maybe without suitcases.)

June 7th, 2017

Romance in France

Off to France (where my husband and I spent our honeymoon) to celebrate a Major Wedding Anniversary.