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Friday, July 26, 2019

The president of this country is a crook; a sleazy thug and some of you just don't care

You'd rather poke and prod Robert Mueller.

The president's son is saying Mueller is mentally retarded. The public is saying, "oh my, is the poor man sick?" I'm sure Mr. Mueller and his family feel very gratified by all this. This is now what a person can expect when he does the RIGHT thing in this country??

Mueller did his job. Congress?  Pfft.  As if. 

And those of you who are wringing your hands about whether Mueller is sick or whatever? The man DID HIS JOB. He's not one who has ever needed the spotlight, has, in fact, stayed out of it. Isn't comfortable in it. If you were disappointed because he couldn't remember exactly where in a 450 page report to find the data someone wanted to know (someone IN CONGRESS who SHOULD HAVE READ THE REPORT), then bless your heart. Give him a break. The fact remains that Trump has broken the law. This whole mess is about TRUMP BREAKING THE LAW. Talk about Trump using methods of distraction and now we're doing the same thing forgetting that this isn't about Mueller now. He's done his job, and then had to come back and be hammered by rude Republican temper tantrum tossing politicians who LOVE the spotlight even when making fools of themselves because they couldn't take the time to read the report.

And when you think people have gone as low as they can go, you can count of Fox News to go lower. Without ANY evidence supporting his allegations, one of Fox's assholes starts the rumor mill rolling with the words "Onset Dementia" with regard to Mr. Mueller. Sadly, I've been close and up front with dementia. If you want a clue as to what it looks like, look into the eyes. Where there was once a sparkle of life, dignity and expression of feeling - there's now no light whatsoever. I suggest taking a look into the eyes of the president if you want to know what I'm talking about. In addition to the dementia I believe is there, you'll see the very vivid reality of evil. Purest evil.

He deserves being tossed into a cage - I pray for that day.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Last Night at the Lights for Liberty Vigil in Boone, NC

Donald and I attended our local Lights for Liberty vigil last night.

On our way into town, stopping to admire the flowers along our driveway I couldn't help thinking of children unable to enjoy simple things such as these, or a hug from parents while locked in cages by the most evil among us.

Locked in cages.

In the United State of America.

Words I never thought I'd hear, or say.

Because, after all, seeking asylum is NOT a crime.

These childred DIED in CUSTODY - in our government's custody:

Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle: She died on September 29 in our government’s custody. She was 10.

Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin: She died on December 8 in our government’s custody. She was 7

Felipe Gómez Alonzo: He died on Christmas Eve in our government’s custody. He was 8.

Juan de León Gutierréz: He died on April 30 in our government’s custody. He was 16.

Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez: He died on May 14 in our government’s custody. He was 2 1/2.

Carlos Gregorio Hernández: He died on May 20 in our government’s custody. He was 16.

This is on us.

And will ALWAYS be on us.

The shame and the horror, all coming from corruption in our leadership.

It's nice  having a partner who is as outraged and heartbroken about the state of the country as I am and who will stand by me in protest. Don Barley, I love you to the moon and back.

THIS is what democracy looks like.

Nancy Wells Shannon is a hero of mine

Todd Carter

 And then, breakfast for supper

There's strength in numbers. 

I felt that strength, along with hope, at last night's vigil. 

I will continue prodding each of you to join with your community members in participating in events of this sort as they happen. 

If we want our country to be a place we're proud of, we need to fight for it. 

These vigils and protests may seem silly to some of you. 

Some may think it's a waste of time. 

I think you're wrong. 

I've read comments from some of you at Facebook saying things like "Why aren't we taking to the streets about this?" 

Well - DO IT.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Lights For Liberty

Have you read, or listened to, what Yazmin Juarez told Congress? 

The story of her 19 month old daughter is chilling.

If there is an event near you tomorrow protesting this nation’s immigration policy, please consider participating. 

Immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. are NOT illegal.

You can click here to check for locations where protests are planned:

I know there are people who still feel as though protesting is a waste of time.

I refuse to believe that.

There is strength in numbers. The more people adding their presence to the protests, the more effective.

I agree with Margaret Mead's philosophy - "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Don't leave it all up to someone else. 

Show your support. 

It's YOUR country. 

Fight for it. 

Don't look away.

Friday, July 5, 2019

My Paris Reading List

UPDATED - 9/17/2019

This list keeps growing, there's no way every single book about Paris will ever be included.

Photo by Austeja Gudziunaite

For that reason, here are a few suggestions for your further reading pleasure, 

a list of mysteries set in France can be found at the wonderful Stop, You're Killing Me webpage

Wikipedia has an entire list of novels set in Paris -

Here's a BEST OF list from The Guardian   -

Another list (fiction and non-fiction) set in or relating to Paris can be found here

Buzzfeed has a list of 40 books they believe will make you want to visit France  -

I have always been fascinated by the Paris of the 1920's.  Here's a list for you if that's something that interests you also -

You get the idea.  

There are many (MANY) lists out there of "best" books set in Paris.  Have fun finding them and coming up with your own.  

Do your research and find a hundred beezillion books to keep you happy until you finally get to The City of Lights.  But be prepared, 'cause once you go and return, you'll want more Paris books.  Once you're hooked on all things Paris (especially books) - you're hooked.  

Photo by Paris Photographer Geneviève Thomas of My Joli Coeur Photography      

In the meantime - 

Have Fun!

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The following started out as a list of books I would read over the years while dreaming of a trip to Paris.  It was started a very long time ago.

My "obsession" with Paris isn't anything new, it's just one of those dreams I've had for as long as I can remember.  

When I knew my dream really was finally coming true and a date was set to leave, I started looking for more and more "Paris Books."  I discovered an amazing number of newer novels, along with memoirs, guide books, architecture books, photo journals, etc etc etc

Being a lover of lists, I've continued adding to it.  

And it will grow.

And grow

and grow . . . 

The list contains fiction and non-fiction. Classics and women's lit, romance and mysteries - it's a total hodge-podge, which is exactly what I read.

If you love Paris, been there or not been there, think of this as a great place for you to start your Paris reading 😍  and discover more as your go along.  

This Little Black Book of Paris (from Peter Pauper Press, but can also be found in many indy bookstores).  I love it, and it has come in very handy (besides just being plain ol' fun).

prendre plaisir

Our favorite map (so far) is Michelin's Paris Par Arrondissement.  Having a list of places to see by Arrondissement, along with this map works out wonderfully well.



The Ingredients of Love by Nicolas Barreau

One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin

Death in Paris by Emilia Bernhard

Aimée Leduc Series by Cara Black

LETTERS FROM PARIS by Juliet Blackwell

The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell


A FRENCH PIROUETTE by Jennifer Bohnet

The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen

Paris Still Life by Rosalind Brackenbury

The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown

THE LIGHT OF PARIS by Eleanor Brown



PARIS BY THE BOOK by Liam Callanan

The Little Paris Patisserie by Julie Caplin


The House by the Lake by Ella Carey

From a Paris Balcony by Ella Carey

Haunting Paris by  Mamta Chaudhry

Paris, Rue des Martyrs, Adria J. Cimino

A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke

In the Merde for Love by Stephen Clarke

THE RACE TO PARIS by Meg Waite Clayton

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

Cousin Bette, by Honoré de Balzac

A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay

The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott

IT'S NOT LOVE, IT'S JUST PARIS by Patricia Engel

THE DRESS THIEF by Natalie Meg Evans

A Gown of Thornes by Natalie Meg Evans

The Milliner's Secret by Natalie Meg Evans

PARIS ECHO by Sebastian Faulks

The Art of Regret by  Mary Fleming 


A PARIS APARTMENT by Michelle Gable

I'll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable

THE DESIGNER by Marius Gabriel

The Parisians by Marius Gabriel

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris by Paul Gallico

Hidden in Paris by Corine Gantz

The Mysterious Bakery on Rue de Paris by Evie Gaughan



The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich

Paris Out of Hand by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

The Paris Secret by Lily Graham

Paris by Julian Green

The Game of Hope by Sandra Gulland

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris 

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Claris by Megan Hess

Claris' Fashion Show Fiasco by Megan Hess

The Paris Writers Circle by Norma Hopcraftt

A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore

The Paramour's Daughter by Wendy Hornsby (this is the 7th in the Maggie MacGowan series, but the first focusing on Paris. For background, I recommend reading the previous books. It's not necessary, but it's one of my favorites series by one of my favorite authors).

Disturbing the Dark by Wendy Hornsby (the 10th in the Maggie MacGowan series - and she's back in France)

Number 7, Rue Jacob by Wendy Hornsby (the 11th in the Maggie MacGowan series)

A Bouquet of Rue by Wendy Hornsby (the 12th in the Maggie MacGowan series)


Goodbye, Paris by Anstey Harris

Christmas in Paris by Anita Hughes

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

The Ambassadors by Henry James


Enchantress of Paris by Marci Jefferson

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio 

Le Divorce by Diane Johnson

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

THE BONES OF PARIS by Laurie R. King

A Garden Wall in Provence by Carrie Jane Knowles

The Red Notebook by Antoine Lauraine

P.S. FROM PARIS by Marc Levy

APRIL IN PARIS, 1921 by Tessa Lunney

French Short Stories 1 / Nouvelles Francaises 1: Parallel Text (Penguin Parallel Text) (French and English Edition) edited by Pamela Lyon

The Last Collection - A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin

The Confectioner's Tale by Laura Madeleine

The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Expat Dog by Jackie Clark Mancuso

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

Dragonfly by Leila Meacham

Paris for One by JoJo Moyes

Abundance: a Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Paris Spring by James Naughtie

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Down and Out in Paris by George Orwell

Hugo Marston Series by Mark Pryor (another favorite series by another favorite author).


The Little Antique Shop Under the Eiffel Tower by Rebecca Raisin

Kiss Me in Paris by Catherine Rider

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

One Way Ticket to Paris by Emma Robinson

Follow Me Through Paris by Jill Robinson and Michel Delacroix

Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson

Paris: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Age of Light: A Novel by Whitney Scharer


The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Seltzer

The Collector's Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro

THE MURALIST by B. A. Shapiro

PARIS, HE SAID by Christine Sneed

FRENCH LESSONS by Ellen Sussman

The Paris Secret by Karen Swann



ELEGANCE by Kathleen Tessaro

Letter from Paris by Therésè

Eloise in Paris by Kay Thompson

The French Escape by Suzie Tullett





We'll Always Have Paris by Sue Watson

Paris, 7 A.M. by Liza Wieland

French for Girls by JP Wright

The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola

The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola


My (Part-Time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home by Lisa Anselmo

Paris Peasant by Louis Aragon & Simon Watson Taylor

Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget

The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World's Grandest Garden by Alain Baraton

A Place in the World Called Paris by Steven Barclay

Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard

The Bonjour Effect by Julie Barlow and Jean-Benoit Nadeau

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris by John Baxter

Montparnasse by John Baxter

Paris Brassai

The Artist Who Loved Cats: The Inspiring Tale of Theophile-Alexandre Steinlein by Susan Bernardo, Illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher

A Paris All Your Own - Bestselling Women Writers on the City of Light edited by Eleanor Brown

Contributing authors include Paula McLain, Therese Anne Fowler, Melissa Shapiro, Jennifer Coburn, Maggie Shipstead, Lauren Willig, Cathy Kelly, Rachel Hore, Meg Waite Clayton, Ellen Sussman, M. J. Rose, Susan Vreeland , Megan Crane, Michelle Gable, J. Courtney Sullivan, Julie Powell, Jennifer Scott, AND our very own Cara Black. Edited by Eleanor Brown.

Shakespeare and Company by Sylvia Beach

The Madeleine Project by Clara Beaudoux

My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

Five Hundred Buildings of Paris by Kathy Borrus and Jorg Brockmann

Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train by Ina Caro

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Paris Years by Paul Brody

Paris Sketchbook by Jason Brooks

Hidden Gardens of Paris: A Guide to the Parks, Squares, and Woodlands of the City of Light by Susan Cahill

Parisian Charm School: French Secrets for Cultivating Love, Joy, and That Certain je ne sais quoi by Jamie Cat Callan

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart

Pancakes in Paris by Craig Carlson

Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris by Federico Castigliano

My Life in France by Julia Child

Permanent Parisians: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of Paris by Judi Culbertson & Tom Randall

In Paris by Jeanne Damas and Lauren Bastide

100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go by Marcia DeSanctis

Old-Fashioned Corners of Paris by Christophe Destournelles

Forever Paris: 25 Walks in the Footsteps of Chanel, Hemingway, Picasso, and More by Christina Henry de Tessan

City Walks: Paris, Revised Edition: 50 Adventures on Foot City Walks by Christina Henry de Tessan

The Hare with the Amber Eyes: a Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de Waal 

The Best of Doisneau: Paris by Robert Doisneau

Paris Pop-Up by Ehrhard Dominiq

A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light by David Downie

Paris, Paris: Journey Into the City of Light by David Downie and Allison Harris

UN, Deux, Trois: First French Poems Selected by Opal Dunn

Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London by Lauren Elkin

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Paris by Marie Farman

The Little Book of Paris by Dominique Foufelle

Secret Paris by Jacque Garnce & Maude Ratton

Eugene Atget: Paris by Jean Claude Gautrad

Paris Mansions and Apartments 1893 by Pierre Gelis-Didot

Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation by Charles Glass

Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology by Adam Gopnik

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

The Hemingses of Monticello: an American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (much of the story, although not all, is set in Paris) 


City Trails - Paris by Helen Greathead

French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano

French Women for All Seasons by Mireille Guiliano

Shakespeare and Company: A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart edited by Krista Halverson

EVERY FRENCHMAN HAS ONE by Olivia de Havilland

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Eating and Drinking in Paris: French Menu Translator and Restaurant Guide by Andy Herbach

Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Renee Herrington

Paris: Through a Fashion by Megan Hess

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Taste of France by Carol Hlker

La Vie en Rosé: A Very French Adventure Continues by Jamie Ivey

Paris under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910 by Jeffrey Jackson

Paris in Love by Eloisa James

The Little Pleasures of Paris by Leslie Jonath & Lizzie Stewart

Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City by Stephane Kirkland

A Day with Picasso by Billy Kluver

French Milk by Lucy Knisley

Karl Lagerfeld: Paris Photo by Karl Lagerfeld

My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Home in Paris by David Lebovitz

That's Paris: An Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light edited by Vicki Lesage

In a French Kitchen by Susan Herrmann Loomis

Man Ray's Montparnasse by Herbert R. Lottman

A PARIS YEAR by Janice MacLeod

PARIS LETTERS by Janice MacLeod

A Writer's Paris A Guided Journey for the Creative Soul by Eric Maisel

Pop-Up Paris (Lonely Planet Kids) by Andy Mansfield

BEMELMANS The Life and Art of Madeline's Creator by John Bemelmans Marciano

Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle

Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France by Peter Mayle

Provence by Peter Mayle

Provence from the Air by Peter Mayle

Provence A-Z by Peter Mayle

The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

Paris: Panarama Pops by Sarah McMenemy


60 Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong: Why We Love France But Not the French by Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow

ROOFTOPS OF PARIS by Fabrice Moireau and Carl Norac

Quiet Corners of Paris Unexpected Hideaways, Secret Courtyards, Hidden Gardens by Jean-Christophe Napias

History of France by John Julius Norwich

Inspired by Paris: Why Borrowing from the French is Better than being French by Jordan Phillips

Paris: Beautiful Designs on the Street Cornery by PIE Books

American Expatriate Writing and the Paris Moment by Donald Pizer

FRANCE IS A FEAST: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child by Alex Prud'homme & Katie Pratt

Gail Albert Halaban: Paris Views by Gail Albert Halaban and Cathy Rémy

Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet by Ruth Reichl

Spectacular Paris - Rizzoli Classics

Paris in Love by Nichole Robertson

Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson

Literary Paris by Nichole Robertson

The Paris Journal by Nichole Robertson and Evan Robertson

French Toast: An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French by Harriet Welty Rochefort

How to Read Paris: A Crash Course in Parisian Architecture by Chris Rogers

Paris by John Russell

Hats by Madame Paulette: Paris Milliner Extraordinaire by Annie Schneider

The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino


Impressions of Paris: An Artists's Sketchbook by Cat Seto

Bernie's Paris: Travel Stories with Love 
by Linda Spalla
Paris Flea Market Style by Claudia Strasser

Paris in 500 photos 500 Photos by Maurice Subervie

Paris: An Architectural History An Architectural History by Anthony Sutcliffe


Living Well Is the Best Revenge by Calvin Tomkins

Almost French: Love and A New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull

Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story by Amanda Vaill

Seven Letters from Paris: A Memoir by Samantha Vérant

Quiet Paris by Siobhan Wall

PARIS IN STRIDE, AN INSIDER'S WALKING GUIDE by Jessie Kanelos Weiner and Sarah Moroz

Atget: Postcards of a Lost Paris by Benjamin Weiss

Our Paris: Sketches from Memory by Edmund White

The Guide to the Architecture of Paris by Norval White

The Historic Restaurants of Paris: A Guide to Century-Old Cafes, Bistros, and Gourmet Food Shops by Ellen Williams

Photo by Paris Photographer Geneviève Thomas of My Joli Coeur Photography