Sunday, October 23, 2016

Wandering Parisot

This is the weekend of the Parisot Literary Festival. I've had a great time meeting up with friends, listening to authors speak about their books and their writing process, discussing books and writing, buying new and used books, and just generally being steeped in all things literary. Parisot may look like a sleepy little village, but its literary heart beats strong! I spent some time wandering around the village in the lovely warm autumn sunshine. Here are a few things that caught my eye....

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Fall on My Fence

There's a lot of Virginia Creeper around here. Which is lovely this time of year as it provides a nice jolt of red amongst the beautiful orange and yellow leaves of fall. I love these vines on my fence.
The view out my upstairs window isn't too shabby either!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Road to the Vote

I just finished voting in this year's Presidential race It's a good feeling to vote for my candidate and have my voice heard on local issues. The marking of this ballot, though, began two years ago with meeting an aging British actor, pumpkin soup and a literary festival in a tiny village deep in the heart of rural France. Really! You can read about it here.

Fast forward to 2016...I requested an email ballot from Nevada, the state of my permanent US address. Nevada makes it SO easy to vote. I registered when I renewed my driver's license and a simple email request got me my ballot. I printed it, voted, scanned it and then emailed it back to the state. Done! I did the same thing to vote in the primary. I could have actually caucused by skype then with my fellow Nevada Democrats if I had wanted to. It's really too bad every state doesn't make voting this easy and seamless.

Democrats Abroad called me on Sunday to make sure I'd requested an absentee ballot. The woman I talked to was thrilled that I had and in our conversation we agreed that voting this year is crucial. Our country is facing issues and divisions that could influence it for the next generation.

So, it's been a long road to this vote...two years of travel and 5000+ miles to make it happen. Here's my message: if I can do it, so can you! Please get out there and vote. I don't even care who you vote for (well actually I do, but we won't discuss it here) It's important.
This photo has nothing to do with the blog post. I just like it. This is one of the waymarkers along the path in the photo above. The waymarkers direct pilgrims walking the Camino de Compostelle. Maybe this monkish-looking character is directing you to your nearest polling place! A special thanks to my brother, Jim, and a friend, Jane who helped me suss out the local candidates and issues on my Nevada ballot.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Friday, October 7, 2016


Did you think I was in Paris? Nope...this Eiffel Tower is sitting by a little park outside the Cajarc tourist office. The plaque on it says it was created for a September exposition in Villefranche. Nice to see it here.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Shakespeare & Co.

Shakespeare & Co. bookstore
Paris 2016
I listened to a couple of podcasts yesterday from my favorite bookstore in the whole world...Shakespeare & Co. in Paris. Such a pleasant way to spend a rainy Saturday morning listening to authors talk about their writing process and their books and stories. The last few times I've been to Paris I've stayed in a hotel just 'round the corner from here. Makes it all the easier to hang out and browse. This place is always on my 'to-do' list when I come to the city.

Here's another book-related photo for you....
Bouquinisites along the Seine