Purpose and passion

One of my most beloved childhood memories is the sound of the piano, sighing me sweetly to sleep as my mother practiced in the living room after my brother and I had been put to bed. The scene of babes drifting off to sleep as their mother strikes the chords of lullabies on the family piano, makes the…

Aimer, Vivre, et Voyager For Ever and For Always

Today was colder. The last week was sunny and warm, but today the Big Gray returned to Troyes. Yet evidence of spring remained. On what was my very last walk to school, as I pulled my scarf tighter around my neck to combat the breeze, I passed a beautifully flowering tree. As the wind blew,…

Ask Me Another!

In light of the facts that it has been AGES since I last blogged, and that I’m about half way through my contracted time in Troyes, I’ve decided to write a simple Q&A style blog entry. We’ve also come up on a new year since the last time I wrote, and as the end of…

What’s in a Name

As I was sitting in a room full of French high-school students yesterday, I got to thinking about names. Midway through the English lesson I was observing my colleague teach, a student had a question. He raised his hand, but Jean-Philippe didn’t see him. “Monsieur?” the student then called out to him, finally grabbing the…

We All Live in Bikinis

In my lessons this week, we’ve been learning about California. One of the activities has been to watch this video, a clip promoting tourism in California. It’s only about 30 seconds long, but I love all the visuals: makes me miss my state! I’ve also enjoyed using it in class because it depicts a lot…