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Why you should get rid of those toys your kids received for Christmas

(Excuse my english, I'm French) Are you part of those parents who got drowned by all the toys your kids received for Christmas ? Well I am. And I am certainly not responsible. I have only one son for now. And he is not even 2. But sure enough, he got TONS of things for Christmas from my family in law. I noticed in USA ...

What does your husband do?

(Excuse my english, I'm French) Have yo ever feel like a sense of déjà-vu, like...everyday?! I did. I do. The question I expect E-V-E-R-Y single time when I meet someone for the first time and I get asked (just after "where are you from" since I have a terrible French accent) within 2 minutes of conversation "what ...

“I like large parties. They’re so intimate…”

"...At small parties there isn’t any privacy." F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925) Maybe that's the reason why I managed to get to know you so well on this birthday evening. No one would notice us, no one would disturb us. It's like putting on some invisibility cape while staying in the middle of ...

Life is short and the world is big

“...you can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926) Living an expatriate life is something exciting and at the same time, terrifying. Every time you move to a new place, you have to extract your roots and plant them again ; accepting to leave behind ...

Judgement and Prejudice

“I want - I want somehow to get away with you into a world where words like that -categories like that- won't exist. Where we shall be simply two human beings who love each other, who are the whole of life to each other; and nothing else on earth will matter.” Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence (Pulitzer prize ...