Reconnaissant

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. William Cullen Bryant The word for grateful in French, reconnaisant, is derived from the verb reconnaître: to recognize or acknowledge. To be thankful is to share your appreciation. I have so, so many thanks to give this holiday season, in spite of the fragility of 2016 in the face of so

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Quatrième

“Recognizing that people’s reactions don’t belong to you is the only sane way to create. If people enjoy what you’ve created, terrific. If people ignore what you’ve created, too bad. If people misunderstand what you’ve created, don’t sweat it. And what if people absolutely hate what you’ve created? What if people attack you with savage

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Garden of Thorns

This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess. —Rainer Maria Rilke Happy Valentine’s Day, dearest readers! Today, I am feeling lazy and so I want to share some links that I’ve been loving this year. As some of you might remember, way back

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Almond Joyous

“Music to hear, why hear’st thou music sadly? Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy: Why lov’st thou that which thou receiv’st not gladly, Or else receiv’st with pleasure thine annoy?” —From Sonnet 8, Shakespeare And thus did the Month of Birthdays begin. Within a 1 month period, my father, my mother, one

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Red, Red

“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and it is the beginning of everything.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Happy

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Just Like You

“There’s no one just like you,” she said. “That’s why we need to celebrate.” —Karen Kingsbury FAME “A party without cake is just a meeting.” —Julia Child A birthday without cake is just another dreary day. A birthday without cake, loves, is not a birthday at all. Birthdays are for cakes. (Note: cakes are definitely not

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Une Souche de Noël

 Mais non, mes chéris, pas une bûche!  Vraiment une souche! That’s right, we just upended the Yule log—literally. Took the classic bûche de Noël and made it into a souche de Noël. A stump!  A stump de Noël.  This cake is an endeavor.  It’s intricate; it’s large. But while detailed, it’s also charmingly rustic. It

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