This & That: June 16, 2017

Jun 16, 2017

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Footsteps: From Ferrante’s Naples to Hammett’s San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World by The New York Times

Have you ever wondered where the inspiration was derived for an author to sit down and pen what we now deem a beloved classic? Well, in a new book based off The New York Times’ Travel column Footsteps, many of such wonderings will be answered. For travel and literature lovers, pore over the journeys of the artists and see where their muse for creativity was found.

Girling Up: How to be Strong, Smart and Spectacular by Mayim Bialik

Dr. Mayim Bialik (aka Blossom or Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler) has just released a new book for young readers, but I think it may just be perfect for anyone raising, teaching or being a role model for any girl in your life. Girling Up shares the why behind the questions of growing up. The physiological, biological and sociological events that occur and often leave girls and their parents perplexed is clearly explained through inclusion of scientific facts, personal anecdotes, and wisdom. Critics are loving and I too am now certainly curious.

Francophile find

Murder in Saint-Germain by Cara Black

The latest book in mystery writer Cara Black’s Aimée Leduc series was just released last week, and it is set in Paris, July 1999, and it is certain to keep readers intrigued and on the edge of their seats. With Aimée’s child now 8-months old, not only is she already working on a big case, the novel begins with Leduc being blind-sided by a Brigade Criminelle agent on an elite counterterrorism squad who adamantly believes she is being stalked by a ghost. With each of the novels I have read by Black, when I do sit down to read, they don’t last long as I stay engaged from chapter to chapter, and if I don’t have to, I do not want to put it down. Perhaps this will be yet another to pass a few leisurely hours.

A Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World by Janice MacLeod

Being released on Tuesday June 20th, author of Paris Letters, Janice MacLeod shares her journal so-to-speak of her first year in Paris. As an artist, illustrations play an integral role, and what readers will be gifted with will be a love letter to a city so many of us adore. With personal anecdotes and beautiful memories with vivid imagery, pick up A Paris Year and be swept away to France no matter where you live.


Moroccan Straw Shopper Bag

Measuring 21″ by 20″, this medium size straw tote is perfect for a jaunt to the farmer’s market to pick up a few items for an evening dinner. Not too cumbersome, it could easily be your tote of choice for summer style. If you would like to look at more farmer’s market tote options, have a look here.


Grantchester, Season 3 premiere

PBS is full of premieres this weekend (see below), and one is the season three premiere of Grantchester. Masterpiece Mystery returns with the sleuthing clergyman and his unofficial crime-solving partner Gordie this Sunday, June 18 ,at 9/8c.

—The Great British Baking Show, Season 4 (season 7 in the UK)

After much patience, the fourth season of PBS’ version of The Great British Bake-Off, known in the states as The Great British Baking Show, will premiere! Today in fact. Be sure to tune in or set your DVRs at 9pm for the first episode of what was season 7 in the UK.

~recipe for Creamy Garlic Herb Mushroom Spaghetti~

The last weekend has arrived before the final week of school, and I, as I am sure my students are, am ready for the shift of schedules. Don’t be mistaken, the school year offered an inspiring group of students who I will greatly miss not having in my class next year, but as with nurturing and growth of any kind, the next step needs to be progressed toward and the transition needs to include a time to celebrate and savor all that has been accomplished, which I feel fortunate to say was much. After next week, I will be savoring and appreciating, and I hope they will be as well. I cannot wait.

In the meantime, this weekend Paris Can Wait has finally arrived in Bend. Showing at the small boutique theater in town, I will be there with bells on and will be sure to recommend it if it is as good as I think it will be. Tune in to an upcoming Petit Plaisir on the podcast if all goes well (it’s Diane Lane in France, how could it possibly go wrong???).

And now to the weekend. Below are a few articles I thought you might enjoy, and doesn’t the pasta dish above look decadently delicious? A must-try that may make its way onto my dinner table this weekend. Thank you for stopping by and until Monday, bonne journée!

~How to Snack (or not) Like a French Person

~French Etiquette to Make Your Visit Even More Enjoyable

~15 Wonderful Signs You Are in the Right Relationship

~7 Things to Stop Believing in order to Live a Successful Life on Your Own Terms

~7 Things to Stop Buying as You Actually Do Not Need Them

~A worthwhile read revealing the distinct difference from one culture to the next of a woman’s role, place and expectation . . .  America Made Me a Feminist as written by a Swedish woman.

13 thoughts on “This & That: June 16, 2017

  1. Another francophile find for you: Condé Nast Traveler has an article on “Why Languedoc Is Like Nowhere Else in France.” As a long-time resident of Languedoc, near the fairytale (but real) fortified city of Carcassonne, I can vouch that it’s true.

  2. Thank you so much for your book recommendations! It is one of my favorite features of your blog.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Pore over vs. pour over
    The phrase meaning to study carefully is pore over. It comes from a little-used sense of the verb pore—namely, to meditate deeply. In modern writing, this sense of pore rarely appears outside this phrase.

    Pour over is of course a meaningful phrase in its own right, but it has nothing to do with studying. It’s what you do, for example, with milk to a bowl of cereal.

  4. Paris Can Wait opens in South Africa on 30 June. Can hardly wait. Hoping some ladies from our Yoga group will join me. It would be a good day out.

    Lizer Pearl

  5. Shannon,
    Thank you for the Marc and Angel article! The idea that daily rituals are more important than big goals in actually accomplishing something is spot on for me right now. Just what I needed this morning!
    Happy summer!

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